Room to Read know that when a child reaches the third grade without basic literacy skills, it is virtually impossible for that child to catch up. Primary school is a narrow window of opportunity that is crucial to future success and right now 250 million primary school-aged children around the world are missing it. Room to Read want to reach 10 million children by the end of 2015.
Project Scotland work with 1000 ProjectScotland volunteers a year. Each volunteer spends three months with a local charity, giving their time in return for skills and experience. We offer them a mentor to help them get the most from their experience. By mentoring a ProjectScotland volunteer you can change two lives. You will help a young Scot get on in life and you’ll get new skills and learn more about yourself. You’ll spend time with them helping them to think about their future and how to get the most from volunteering.
Up to 20,000 children are trafficked from Nepal each year, and this figure is on the rise. Children are separated from their families and communities, often looking for a better future, but are forced into sex work, domestic work and other forms of exploitation and abuse. Keeping children in school by improving the quality of education is the best way to prevent trafficking, because a child in school is proven to be at significantly lower risk of being trafficked than a child who has dropped out. Follow the link above to find out more about how you can help with Childreach International's campaign 'Taught not Trafficked'.
Today, RLNI are asking you to support the Moelfre Boathouse Appeal. Moelfre lifeboat crew, on Anglesey in Wales, have got a brand new lifeboat. The Tamar class Kiwi is faster, bigger and safer than the crew’s previous lifeboat. Now, Kiwi needs a home, and her crew need facilities to help them launch her faster in an emergency. The current boathouse is 102 years old and not big enough for the modern lifeboat. Crew facilities are cramped and dated. The crew have to climb a steep ladder to get in. There is no changing room, no shower and no drying area. Despite all this, these volunteers rescued 42 people last year. You can help RLNI continue and improve their work in Angelsey by donated to the above appeal.
EMMA International offer children in Malawi with cancer, relief from unnecessary pain and suffering. Trained medical staff and pain relief are hard, often impossible, to come by in Malawi. Committed medical staff and volunteers help relieve the pain of these children. You can make sure that this help is available for more children. This Christmas your gift means so much more. The UK government will match every gift, pound for pound, to help even more children and adults receive the care they need.