A CROPTHORNE charity is celebrating after being awarded almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
APT Action on Poverty has been awarded £499,940 to empower poor and deprived people in 12 communities in Sierra Leone to tackle poverty, disease and inequality by improving access to sustainable livelihoods so that they are able to meet their basic needs.
The grant comes from the fund’s ‘International Communities’ programme which awards grants to UK-based organisations/charities which help people in some of the poorest and troubled parts of the world.
And it’s a welcome birthday present for the charity which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014.
Andy Jeans, Chief Executive Officer of APT Action on Poverty said: “We’re delighted with the award which will transform the lives of many of the poorest in Sierra Leone, helping them back onto their feet.’
This project, serving 12 disadvantaged communities in six districts in North, East and South Sierra Leone, aims to empower disadvantaged people to tackle poverty, disease and inequality by improving their access to sustainable livelihoods, safe
water and sanitation, and civil rights.
An estimated 1,000 young people and 1,500 families will be helped directly by the scheme while a staggering 12,000 people in 12 communities will benefit from better access to water and sanitation and other services.
Programme manager Adrian Marshall said: “We are delighted with the award of the grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
“This will enable us to continue our work reaching some of the poorest most vulnerable people in Sierra Leone.”
In addition to the award received from the Big Lottery, APT are always in need of further funds to develop work across five
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