SCIAF Appeal to help women and girls in Congo

SCOTTISH STARS URGE ANGUS TO GET BEHIND SCIAF’S WEE BOX BIG CHANGE APPEAL

People across Angus are being urged to get behind SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal to help some of the world’s poorest people as the charity fears coronavirus could heavily impact the work it delivers.

The money raised from the appeal will help women affected by widespread rape in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo where its incredible mineral wealth has helped fuel decades of sexual violence, leaving thousands of women and girls injured and traumatised and in urgent need of help.

SCIAF’s Director Alistair Dutton said: “We’re extremely grateful for everything we receive from the people of Angus every year. Every global crisis hits the people we’re working with in the poorest parts of the world hardest, and the coronavirus is no different. 

“In these very difficult times, I urge you not to forget thousands of women and girls who need our help to recover from horrific sexual violence they’ve suffered.  However, bleak things feel here, their circumstances are much worse.  Please give whatever you can to the WEE BOX appeal to help us provide the help they need.

“The money you give will be doubled by the UK government until 20th May 2020 and will make an even bigger difference to some of the world’s poorest people.”

Money given to SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal this year will help the charity’s life changing work around the world, while match funding from the UK government will provide a lifeline to 4,000 extremely vulnerable women affected by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Last year, the people of Angus generously raised over £7,600 bringing the total donations from Scotland to an amazing £925,869. The money enabled SCIAF to help some of the poorest people in the world with medical care, vocational training and education.

Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue, who are helping SCIAF to raise awareness of the widespread sexual violence in DR Congo, recently travelled to meet women the charity is supporting with medical care, trauma counselling, free legal support to prosecute their attackers and help so they and their families can become financially independent.

Each year, people the length and breadth of Scotland give up a favourite treat such as coffee, chocolate or wine, put the money they save in a SCIAF WEE BOX and then donate it to help the charity’s work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The generosity of people across Scotland helps provide the support vulnerable and poor communities need to help themselves and build a future.

To get your own WEE BOX, make a donation or to find out more about the campaign, please visit www.sciaf.org.uk/weebox or call 0141 354 5555.

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