Nicola, CEO of SALVE, is looking at a girl's artwork while she is doing a painting. The girl is concentrating on her work.

March 2024 newsletter

Many heads are better than one

Marc h is going to be a busy time for me as I will be working alongside our new CEO, Lucas, who will be taking over my position at S.A.L.V.E. when I change roles at the end of this month.

Having a Co-CEO for the next few weeks while we are both in Uganda together will give me lots of opportunity to introduce him to our amazing team and the incredible people we support, and show him a taste of what we have achieved so far. I know that Lucas will receive a very warm welcome and you can read more about him, below.

It is also an exciting month as we have so much coming up!

We have now launched our fundraising raffle, which is an amazing way for you to not only support S.A.L.V.E., but also win some fantastic prizes.

Coming up in April is the International Day for Street Children which is a globally recognised day, to stand in solidarity with children all over the world who find themselves living and working on the streets.

We will mark this day in Uganda, the UK and all over the world, on Tuesday 16th April, we will be hosting a S.A.L.V.E. Get Together, an online event that we would love for you to join. I will be there to introduce Lucas to you, and to give you the chance to learn more about what we’ve achieved with your support. It’s free to attend and everyone is welcome, please just register your interest here.

And last but not least, we are hosting another fun-filled ceili on Friday 19th April in Manchester. You can get your tickets here and I for one hope to see you while I’m spinning around the dance floor!

Meet our new CEO, Lucas

Lucas joins S.A.L.V.E International with experience in the public, private and charitable sectors. After completing his law degree, he spent three years at the Home Office, before joining a start up in London delivering sports events and managing retired sports stars. In 2019, he joined Street Child United, helping to deliver the Street Child Cricket World Cup in London, before subsequently project managing the Street Child World Cup in Qatar and Street Child Cricket World Cup in India. Having worked with over 50 organisations supporting street connected young people in 35 countries, he brings passion for the cause and strong experience of delivering impact on both a domestic and global level.

Lucas Mee, SALVE's CEO, is smiling at the camera and sitting casually at a cricket game.

Help children on the streets and win a holiday!

We are very excited to launch our 2024 fundraising raffle with many fabulous prizes – including a one week break in Eastbourne for up to 6 people! All funds raised will be used to help children living on the streets of Jinja, Uganda leave the streets, return home to their families, and re-join education.

Tickets are just £5 and you can buy as many as you want to maximise your chances of winning. The more tickets we sell, the more funds we raise and therefore the more children we can help.

So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who loves paintballing or outdoor swimming, if a £50 voucher would make you happy, if you’ve always fancied axe-throwing or if you’d like the chance to do an online cookery lesson – we have a prize to suit everyone! Please share far and wide!

S.A.L.V.E. Get Together

We would like to invite you to attend our S.A.L.V.E. Get Together.

Taking place on at 7:30pm (UK time) on Tuesday 16th April 2024, this online event is a chance for you meet our new CEO, Lucas Mee, see what S.A.L.V.E. has achieved with your help and learn what our plans are for the future.

Our Get Together agenda includes:

👉 A welcome from Nicola Sansom, our outgoing CEO as she changes roles

👉 Introduction to Lucas Mee, our new CEO

👉 Discussion of the results of our head counting research with our Ugandan Director Alfred Ochaya

👉 Hearing from beneficiaries of S.A.L.V.E.: what difference have we made?

👉 Raffle prize draw

Please stand in solidarity with children who are living and working on the streets and join our session. To register your wish to attend, please visit our website.

Everyone is welcome!

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

👀 Read our latest blog of a sadly all too common story of a young girl and her experience of the streets.

📚 Children in Uganda returned to school and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children in our Education Support programme excited to return to learning and for the opportunities that this will give them in their futures.

🎓 We were delighted to hold a meeting for the caregivers of children in our Education Support programme, who we have been privileged to support. It was amazing to see how some of these families have turned their lives around completely through our Business Empowerment programme and Advanced Business programme.

Large group of parents and carers of street connected children

Lottery for Change

Congratulations to Veronika – 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.

Webale nyo

None of what we have achieved would have been possible without the support of you, our amazing global family. Thank you for continuing to be part of our community and for standing in solidarity with street connected children with us.

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

With love, cake and lots of sunshine,

Nicola and the whole S.A.L.V.E. team

Lucas Mee, Alfred Ochaya and Nicola Sansom
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