Charity nets £500k for its poverty work - The Evesham Observer

Charity nets £500k for its poverty work

Evesham Editorial 15th Jun, 2018   0

A CROPTHORNE charity has been awarded £500,000 funding grant by the UK Government to work with communities in Sierra Leone.

Action on Poverty, works with vulnerable groups in 15 rural communities bringing much needed benefit to more than 30,000 people.

They help people improve their lives through training in food security, learning how to access to resources, markets, and knowledge in agriculture. This is especially vital in an area where many people are subsistence farmers and can rely solely on whatever they are able to grow. They also work with women’s and youth’s empowerment in the area.

This grant comes in the second round of funding from UK Aid Direct, announced by the Department for International Development.

In total, 30 small and medium sized civil society organisations, who work on a wide range of issues throughout the developing world will benefit. As well as projects focussed on disability inclusion, funding will also be provided to projects working on food security and nutrition as well preventing violence against women and children.

Action on Poverty CEO, Alex Daniels said: “It is fantastic the UK government has acknowledged the need to reduce poverty and food insecurity in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone through the UK Aid Direct scheme.

“Our work aims to improve livelihoods and earning potential within the district, especially for women and young people, which will in turn allow individuals to support them and their families, to reduce malnutrition and to create sustainable structures that will support current and future generations.”

UK Aid Direct has already reached more than three million people, through 147 grants, across 31 countries.

Announcing the latest round of funding Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt said:

“Small and medium sized charities, like Action on Poverty, offer a wealth of experience, expertise and skills essential to our mission to find innovative new solutions to complex development problems.

“Many of these charities represent the best of British expertise and I am extremely proud that through UK Aid Direct, we are strengthening our great partnerships with them to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty.”


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