by Matt Parker
Hope for Children, an international children’s charity, has been selected by the Department for International Development (DFID) to receive match funding in support of their first ever national fundraising appeal. Hope for Children will launch the 3-month Head Held High appeal on Saturday 23rd September, which will run until 23 December. The appeal will raise funds for vulnerable children in Africa who are being denied their basic right to education. Through the UK Aid Match scheme, every pound donated or raised by members during the appeal, will be matched by the Government.
The Head Held High appeal will raise funds to transform the lives of at least 1,500 children living in poverty by ensuring they have access to a quality education. Without an education, children as young as 6 years are often forced to work in fields, pick scraps or are exposed to the daily dangers of wandering the streets or slums they live in.
Match funding will support the charity’s education based projects in rural, northern Ghana. In this region, children are 4 times more likely to be out of school than the rest of the country, and a shocking 1 in 5 are still involved in hazardous forms of child labour.