A large group of people smiling for the camera and cheering outside inside the Ugandan Parliament.

July 2024 newsletter

United we thrive

There is a famous African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Since joining S.A.L.V.E., I have been impressed by the strength and tenacity of our team in Uganda. But in the last month, there have been some things that I am exceptionally proud of.

The first is our Ugandan Director, Alfred, representing us at the Ugandan Parliamentary Forum to end Child Marriages and Teenage Pregnancies. The forum is designed to work with parents and cultural leaders, to stop viewing girls as a commodity.

At S.A.L.V.E., this is of course something we advocate for as we see so many girls turning to the streets to avoid being married off in return for a dowry (payment). However, as a small charity, it is not always easy to have our voice heard, which is why events like this, where our voices can be amplified together, are so important.

Another is our Permaculture Teacher, Joshua, travelling to Kenya to deliver sustainable farming training with a partner organisation, Help Change Lives. This shining example of teamwork is going to help hundreds of people improve their farming practices so that they have better harvests, can provide for themselves and their families and lift themselves out of poverty.

We have an exciting team work opportunity that you too, can get involved in.

We are running a fundraising event in September where I want to encourage each and every one of you to Step up for S.A.L.V.E. and for street connected children. You can do whatever you want – a walk, a run, shave your head or bake a cake – all that we ask is that you join us as a collective as we try and raise £10,000 so that we can support more children living and working on the streets of Jinja. 

Individually, we might be small, but together, we can be mighty!

I hope that you’ll join our team from wherever you are in the world so that we can go fartogether.

SALVE's Permaculture teacher, Joshua, smiling for a photo with the Help Change Lives team

Step up for S.A.L.V.E.

Step up for S.A.L.V.E. is a fundraising initiative taking place throughout September 2024.

We are aiming to raise £10,000 as a group through individual challenges. All money raised will support children living and working on the streets of Jinja.

How can I Step up for S.A.L.V.E.?

The joy of Step up for S.A.L.V.E. is that you can do whatever you want at any point throughout September. Ideas include:

🏃‍♀️ Running a 10k in your local area

🍰 Organising a bake sale

👣 Doing a repeat exercise such as 10,000 steps a day

🏊‍♂️ Swimming a certain distance across the month

👚 Running an event such as a dress-down or crazy hair day at your workplace or school

There are some examples of what other people are doing on our website. You can find them here.

Why should I get involved?

By Stepping up for S.A.L.V.E. this September, you will be supporting children who are living and working on the streets of Jinja. Children on the streets are as young as 3. They struggle to get food to eat and are at constant risk of abuse, trafficking and illness.

Every penny raised will make a huge difference for young people living and working on the streets of Jinja as we work with them to help them return home to their families, re-join education and begin working towards brighter futures.

How do I find out more?

Visit our website to find out more about how to get involved, share your ideas and leave your details, so that we can get in touch with you.

We are excited to have you on our team as you Step up for S.A.L.V.E.!

Latest S.A.L.V.E. news

🎓 Our Permaculture Teacher, Joshua, graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture this month. We are very proud of all he has achieved.

🛍️ This month, we updated our online shop with some gorgeous new items including laptop cases and bunting. All of our items are ethically sourced and profits go back into supporting our work with street connected young people.

♀️ “Because I am a girl, and every day is my day”. Take two minutes to read this inspiring blog about a girl and her mum, written by one of our team. Read it here.

💪 In June, we celebrated Small Charity Week. Did you know that 96% of the UK’s voluntary organisations are classed as small charities? We’re very proud to be one. We might be small, but together, we are mighty!

Lottery for Change

Congratulations to Su – this month’s winner of £100 in our Lottery for Change.

Would you like to be next month’s winner? For just £3 a month, you could be in with a chance of winning £100 and provide a street connected child with lunch for a week! Find out more here.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this email and catch-up with what we have achieved, thanks to your support. I really hope that you will join us as part of our team and Step up for S.A.L.V.E. this September, so that we can achieve so much more, together.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always keen to hear from you.

With optimism and thanks,

Lucas and the whole S.A.L.V.E. team

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