13 February 2018 - Education All Month, Every Month - help girls go to school

The simple fact is that girls completing their primary education are more likely to continue their education into secondary school. When girls are at school, they are less vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. For each year of primary school a girl completes, she will typically earn 10% more than than her non-schooled counterparts. For each year of secondary school completed, that increases to 25%. Girls who regularly attend school also typically marry later and are less likely to fall pregnant while still children themselves. Let's not forget that in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, complications arising in pregnancy or childbirth are the biggest killer of girls aged 15-19.

Not only will educated women be better placed to support their families financially, they will also be better informed in their decision-making and will be more likely to ensure their own children are educated, therefore continuing the 'Ripple Effect' for years to come. Girls' education is crucial.

In Africa, girls miss school every month just because they're girls. The problem? A lack of affordable sanitary towels. Our solution? Education All Month, Every Month: providing girls with sanitary protection, underwear and a monthly social education programme at school.

Poor families across Africa cannot afford sanitary towels or even underwear and feeding their children takes priority. Many girls are forced to use unsanitary rags, animal skins and even chicken feathers as protection while they menstruate. We have even heard of young women digging holes in the ground to sit over in isolation all day. This makes the prospect of going to school while menstruating impossible.

Missing a week's school each month has a massive detrimental impact on a child's progress and girls fall so far behind their peers that they frequently drop out of school completely, often before they have completed Primary School. The result: loss of education, hope and future - for girls and their families.

Our Education All Month, Every Month programme works. We support 400 girls in eight Primary Schools in the Thika area of Kenya and we have seen a staggering 73% reduction in absenteeism and a phenomenal 53% increase in secondary school enrolment from 2015 to 2016.

The supply of sanitary towels to the girls and the lessons offered regularly by your staff have a great and positive impact on the girls, teachers and parents. Hygiene, confidence in the girls and interaction have put our girls on the frontline in both classroom and outdoor activities.” - Mary Kebatu, Headteacher, Kathambara Primary School

Girls at Mwtingiri Primary School

Please consider setting up a monthly Direct Debit of just £5 to support African Children's Fund's 'Education All Month, Every Month' programme that provides girls with sanitary towels, underwear and a monthly education programme so that there is one less reason for them to drop out of school. Download a Direct Debit form by clicking here or set-up your Direct Debit on JustGiving by clicking here. Thank you for your support.

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31 January 2018 - RideLondon-Surrey 100 2018 - 1 place available!


How do you fancy taking part in this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event while raising funds for us AND sporting one of these fetching cycling jerseys while you take part? Well, you can!

We have one place available for the 2018 event which takes place on Sunday 29th July, starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishing 100 miles later on The Mall, with the small matter of the (in)famous Box Hill somewhere in between! The organisers' main ballot for the 2018 event has already closed so to register your interest for our one remaining charity place, please click here and fill in the form! 

Why not share the link with any family & friends who might also be interested?!

If you have any questions or would like further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

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17 January 2018 - Important changes to the Tassimo recycling programme


Due to changes that TerraCycle UK are making to the Tassimo recycling scheme, we are incredibly disappointed to confirm that our Witney shop is no longer going to be a registered drop-off point for the recycling of Tassimo T-Discs and packaging after 31st January 2018. Unfortunately, there are no other collectors in Oxfordshire.

** The last day we will be able to accept your Tassimo discs is Tuesday 23rd January, to give us enough time to return your waste to TerraCycle by their 31st January deadline. **

While we are naturally disappointed by TerraCycle's decision, we would like to extend our thanks to them for supporting our participation in this scheme during the past two years. In that time - thanks entirely to all our wonderful collectors - we have (so far) returned over 77,000 discs for recycling which has saved over 1,100kg (over 1 tonne) of otherwise non-recyclable waste from landfill. Furthermore, it has generated £770 for African Children's Fund which equates to over 11,000 mugs of porridge.

We will be sure to give you an update of the total amounts raised from the remaining collections in early February. We can also confirm that there are no changes to the biscuit wrapper or cleaning product packaging recycling schemes.

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28 November 2017 - #GivingTuesday - what will you give?

It's #GivingTuesday so please consider giving to African Children's Fund so that we can in turn continue giving to the projects we support in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

So, what can you give?
* You could give money by making a donation to our Christmas Appeal or by visiting one of our shops and decorating our Christmas trees with coins!
* You could give good quality second hand items to our charity shops in Faringdon, Grove or Witney.
* You could give old Tassimo discs, biscuit wrappers and cleaning 'triggers' to us in Witney that we can turn into cash through recycling.
* You could give us your time by volunteering in one of our shops or by collecting shop donations in your area.
* You could give us a free donation that won't cost you a penny when you shop online via Give as you Live.
* You could give us your commitment to fundraise by running, cycling, trekking or skydiving in 2018.

Of course, don't hesitate to get in touch if you have your own ideas about what you would like to give, as we would love to hear from you!

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20 November 2017 - Give a Child a Chance this Christmas

This Christmas, African Children's Fund is aiming to raise £1,000 to give the 2,500 children supported by our projects even more hope and opportunity for a prosperous future without poverty.

By helping children regularly attend school, upholding children's rights and providing social care, we are giving vulnerable children the chance to improve their lives and move out of poverty.  

There are lots of ways you can get involved in giving a child a chance this Christmas:
  • * Instead of dressing down (or up!) at work or school, consider donating £3 to provide 40 mugs of Porridge through one of our Kenyan Porridge Clubs.
  • * Instead of holding a Secret Santa event, you could donate £5 to provide a girl with sanitary towels and a social education programme.
  • * Instead of sending Christmas cards, why not donate £10 to provide stationery to a class of Zimbabwean school children?

  • African Children's Fund supports a range of projects which include:
  • * Porridge Clubs and the provision of sanitary towels to Kenyan primary school children, increasing school attendance & academic attainment;
  • * A nursery school and vocational training scheme for teenage girls in Tanzania;
  • * The provision of educational resources and counselling for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe; and
  • * Slum dweller education forums in Uganda to promote children's rights.

Will you help us raise £1,000 this Christmas to ensure the continuation of these valuable projects? You can donate online by clicking here to find our Christmas appeal page or you can text ACFX86 to 70070 followed by the amount of your donation (ie. ACFX86 £10).

Our shops in Faringdon, Grove and Witney are also getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of decorations, outfits and unusual Christmas presents already on sale. 

This year, our shops also need your help to decorate our giant Christmas trees with gold & silver coins! 
Remember, it costs just 7p to provide a child with a vital meal through our Kenyan Porridge Clubs - which is why we are encouraging people here in Oxfordshire to help children in Africa by bringing in their pennies and pounds for porridge.

If your children's school, Brownie Pack or Scout Troop would also like a giant poster to decorate, please share this page with them and don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

We would love to hear from you so please get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter if you would like to join in or indeed ask any questions. Remember to use the hashtag#ACFXmas2017 on social media! 

Thank you in advance for your support.

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