New Small Charities Challenge Fund grant holders working in health announced

Categories: Funding announcements, Small Charities
22 October 2020


We are pleased to be able to announce the names of more grassroots charities to benefit from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF).

These UK-registered organisations, Friends of Kipkelion, Let the Children Hear, and Midwives at Maternity Azur (MAMA) will all receive SCCF grants of up to £50,000, to help them to address UN Global Goal 3, Good Health and Well-being in particular.   

Projects, organised alphabetically by charity name

Friends of Kipkelion Charitable Trust: Community health care in rural Kenya

This is the second SCCF grant awarded to the grassroots charity, and this project will be helping to bring basic healthcare and education to vulnerable people, including babies and children, living in the remote community of Kipkelion in Kenya.

The grant will enable the charity to train local volunteers to look out for health problems and diseases amongst their neighbours and put them in touch with trained medics if needed.

Trained nurses and doctors will be offered transportation to each village where they will hold regular vaccination sessions and assess the health of babies and children.

And every family in the community will be provided with soap and clean water facilities to ensure good hygiene, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A girl using safe handwashing facilities provided by Friends of Kipkelion Charitable Trust

Let the Children Hear (LTCH): Improving hearing outcomes for underprivileged children in Uganda

LTCH, formally known as Ian Hutcheon’s Clinic for Children, is run by a local retired GP, Dr Paul Choudhury and nurses Liz Choudhury and Elspeth Russell, along with a group of local volunteer trustees.

Dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries, the charity focuses on the prevention and early intervention of childhood hearing loss. Good hearing outcomes for underprivileged children especially, is vital for their prospects.

This SCCF funded project aims to improve the hearing outcomes of underprivileged children in Uganda. It will help address the lack of resources dedicated to children’s ear and hearing care in the country, and raise the profile of childhood hearing loss as an important public health issue.

Prevention and early intervention of hearing loss, speech and language development, social integration and educational achievement will all be considered through the work of this project.

A young boy receiving a hearing test from a mobile unit

Midwives at Maternity Azur (MAMA): Kyarushesha MAMA Clinic

MAMA is a UK midwifery organisation, established in 2017, working with partners in Hoima and Kikuube Districts in Western Uganda. Their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies by providing health services and education that are physically and financially accessible to families. They support local midwives, nurses, clinical officers and doctors, to ensure they have the right skills and resources to care for these families.

With SCCF funding, Midwives at Maternity Azur (MAMA) will be establishing a permanent, rural maternity clinic in Western Region of Uganda and providing round the clock maternity and general services to the local population.

The project will help improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies by providing accessible health services and educating women to recognise the need to seek medical care. This will help prevent delays to vital maternal healthcare that lead to serious and often fatal incidents during childbirth.

The project also aims to increase the quality of care that mothers and babies receive by improving staffing levels, staff education and resources.

A trained midwife speaking to women in Kyarushesha

Small Charities Challenge Fund grants are awarded to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations addressing the UN Global Goals and working in the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries the UK government considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is an open funding round with applications reviewed six-monthly. The next review date is Thursday 25 March 2021 at 17:00pm (BST).

You can download the latest guidance information from the SCCF application page and see what other organisations have received SCCF funding to date.