People across Angus are being urged to get behind SCIAF’s WEE BOX Lent appeal to raise money for some of the world’s poorest people as they continue to be ravaged by climate change, hunger and the coronavirus crisis.
This year the UK government has again committed to matching – pound-for-pound – all donations given to the appeal before 11 May, meaning people’s donations will go twice as far.
Funds raised will provide much-needed help to children with disabilities and their families in South Sudan, to overcome poverty, hunger and the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis and economic downturn.
Every year, generous Scots give up a treat for Lent and place the money they would save into the WEE BOX. Money raised from this appeal helps to provide crucial schooling, healthcare, food, sanitation, and support to earn a living.
In 2020, the appeal raised over £2.6M, including £1.2M of match funding from the UK government helping people in extremely poor communities where SCIAF works. The people of Angusgenerously gave over £7,130 last year.
SCIAF’s Director Alistair Dutton said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the people of Angus for supporting us year after year. Even during these difficult months you have shown amazing generosity and kindness. Your continued support means extremely poor communities can get the help they need to work themselves out poverty and survive the devastating impact of the pandemic.
“We’re also delighted that as part of UK aid match, everything you give to our WEE BOX appeal will be doubled by the UK government and help make twice the difference.”
The Scottish aid charity is seeing how the coronavirus crisis is pushing extremely poor and vulnerable communities, already dealing with climate change, hunger and war, deeper into hardship.
This year’s WEE BOX appeal tells the story of a generation of children with disabilities in South Sudan. Conflict and famine have left behind a legacy of fear, displacement and despair, making it one of the world’s poorest states and the health and economic crisis has only made these communities more vulnerable.
Match funding for the appeal from the UK government will help to adapt six schools in South Sudan so that pupils with disabilities can access mainstream education. Teachers will be trained to better understand the needs of children with disabilities and how to effectively include them in their classes. The children will receive aids such as wheelchairs, ramps, hearing aids and canes, as well as medical support to help them live more independently and actively participate with their classmates. Money raised from the appeal will also help to provide a lifeline to communities facing hunger and poverty worldwide
To find out more or to make a donation go to www.sciaf.org.uk/weebox, or call 0141 354 5555.