A further three organisations have secured Small Charities Challenge Fund grants

We are pleased to announce that Cerebral Palsy Africa, the Lorna Young Foundation and Mosaik Education have all been awarded Small Charities Challenge Fund grants. These are in addition to the 13 most recent organisations that were announced by the Department for International Development (DFID) on 1 March 2019.

Just over 50,000 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable are expected to benefit from the work of these projects, with three of the UN’s Global Goals – No Poverty , Quality Education  and Reduced Inequalities – specifically being supported here.

In more detail:

Disability Inclusion project (in Ghana)

Cerebral Palsy Africa’s 24-month project Enabling education for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana will work with the University of Education in Winneba to train special education teachers to create accessible classrooms for children with cerebral palsy. Teachers will be supported to provide educational activities and supportive devices to meet the children’s needs.

The parents and wider community will also be supported to reduce the stigma and increase the understanding around the needs – and benefits of – educating children with cerebral palsy.

Agriculture project (in Ghana)

Lorna Young Foundation’s 18-month long project is also being delivered in Ghana and is expected to provide training and resources to 50,000 smallholder farmers through radio.

The new Farmers Voice Radio project will work with female farmers working in shea butter production.These often isolated farmers, will be supported to sell their produce for a good price, to mitigate the impact of climate change, and to improve business and livelihood sustainability.

Education project (in Lebanon)

Mosaik Education’s 18-month project Dardachat Lebanon Expansion will support over 200 young Syrian refugees in Lebanon to access tertiary education and enable them to reach their potential. It will provide digital and face-to-face psychosocial support to the refugees and establish peer-to-peer mentorship between existing and prospective Syrian students.

More information about Small Charities Challenge Fund grants can be found on our dedicated SCCF page.

SCCF is currently closed to applications whilst we plan for the next phase of the fund. Further information will be published in due course, but you can keep up to date with the latest news by following UK Aid Direct on Twitter and Facebook.

Optimising the use of natural resources on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, we take a closer look at the work of a grant holder that is securing economic empowerment for thousands of households in Zimbabwe through the commercialisation of indigenous species.

In a country with over 6,000 plant species, less than 1% has typically been used commercially. This is where Hilfswerk Austria International-Zimbabwe, a UK Aid Direct grant holder, stepped in.

The UK Aid Direct funded project focuses on creating alternative income opportunities for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe from natural species and high value crops.

Partnering with Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe and Organic Africa Pvt Ltd, the project optimises the use of natural resources that would usually go to waste, for example: Amaranth, Cassava, Resurrection Bush, Lippia Javanica, Moringa, Stevia, Ximenia, Mongongo, Bamboo, Bambara Nuts and Wild Melon.

At the beginning of the project, extensive GIS mapping was carried out to establish the distribution and density of all the plants.

Products were then developed, tested, and launched. They are now sold both locally and internationally at fairs and markets.

The farmers were trained in sustainable harvesting, storage and processing and were organically and fair trade certified.

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