In the UK we are preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which celebrates 70 years of service on the throne. 70 years or 25,566 days. This is a very long time!
It got us thinking about our own milestones and all we have achieved as a charity. It’s not quite 70 years, but we have been going for 14 years and we’re pretty chuffed to be a teenager! In that time over 1,950 children have accessed our Street Outreach services, more than 429 have stayed in our temporary residential care and over 559 children have been resettled to their families. You can read more about our impact (up until March 2022) here.
Absolutely none of what we have achieved so far though would be possible without our amazing supporters. We are so grateful for our global family and everything you do to support us. Please know that we are enormously thankful for your time, generosity and kind hearts.
So while we’re happy to be teenagers, we look forward to celebrating our 20’s and eventually even 70 years of service with you (though wouldn’t it be great if we had helped to end child homelessness before then)! We would love to celebrate our 15th birthday with you atop Mount Elgon in Uganda in February 2023.
We can’t do it without you though, so thank you again and this weekend have a piece of Platinum Pudding on us: let’s hope we’ll have our own S.A.L.V.E. pud in time!
Fundraising for Fifteen
We are very excited to announce our new fundraising campaign – #FundraisingForFifteen – where we will be fundraising for 15 weeks to help 15 street connected children from Uganda to go to school.
We are trying to raise £5,260, which is the equivalent of sending 15 children to school for one year.
These children have all been on the streets and although now back in a safe family home, they are unable to attend school as their families can’t afford the school fees.
Through our generous education sponsors and kind donations to our education fund we are able to help over 100 children to go to school, but unfortunately this falls short of covering the costs for all children in our programme. Sadly some of our kind supporters have had to stop donating recently due to other pressures on their finances.
These children are desperate to get an education and have been through so much already. We don’t want to let them down and for them to miss out on having a chance of a brighter future.
Fundraising for Free
We are very aware that the cost of living is rising for everyone and many people are struggling to make ends meat. Sadly the impact is always the hardest on those who start with the least in life, which is why we’re encouraging whoever can to give to our #FundraisingForFifteen campaign.
If you can’t afford to give, then the good news is that there are still lots of things you can do that will cost you absolutely nothing – zero, zilch – but are amazing for us!
💰 Are you selling anything on Ebay, Vinted or a similar platform? Why not sell for S.A.L.V.E.! Or, if you’re in Manchester and could drop your items off with us then we can sell them ourselves. Just contact us to find out more.
🛒 Use Give As You Live and you could earn us donations at over 5,500 online stores and high street brands. All you need to do is sign up and it won’t cost you a penny.
May S.A.L.V.E. news round-up
👂 Listen to our latest podcast with our Ugandan Director Alfred speaking about children’s rights and how they should be for all children, not excluding children living and working on the streets.
🤗 We celebrated a number of children being resettled home this month but especially loved this picture of girl with her mum.
We finished our goat enclosure, which is a large space to allow the animals to roam free and not eat our crops! We also shared our ‘Goat Pro’ video with our lovely monthly givers (yes, we did put a Go Pro on a goat!). You can watch it here to see life from a goats perspective.
👀 Read our latest blog “Finding the Right Path Home”, about how an orphaned boy got into trouble, was taken to prison and then ran away to the streets. Luckily the story has a happy ending after he met S.A.L.V.E.
The S.A.L.V.E. Lottery for Change winner this month is Georgina!
Thank you for your continued solidarity and support. We are so grateful to be part of such a caring community of people, working together to give opportunities to children living on the streets of Uganda.
If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We always love to hear from you 🙂
Lots of love and sunshine from,
Nicola and the whole S.A.L.V.E. team
Each month the children in Uganda want to hear from you for our Inequality Debate. This month’s question is about the rights of refugees. Share your views here. The children love hearing thoughts from friends around the globe on their debate question!