For the Gambian children whose education we sponsor, and for the victims of recent earthquakes in Pakistan, we have two fund raising events coming up.
On Friday 25th October we shall have our annual fundraising day for the children in Gambia whose education we sponsor. These are children living in extreme poverty and we have pledged to support ten children, at a cost of £20 per child per year, for the duration of their education. For this day we ask that children wear any colours of the Gambian Flag (red, blue or green) and bring a suggested donation of £1.
We are also having on Friday 18th October a fund raiser for victims of recent earthquakes in Pakistan
We shall have a “chocolate biscuits allowed day” on Friday 18th October where children will be allowed to buy and eat in school chocolate “Molly” biscuits, which have been donated by a member of staff. They will cost 50p which is of course expensive, but all funds raised will be sent to UKEFF, which is working with UKIM in Pakistan to alleviate the suffering. They are providing food, shelter, repairs and essential aid. As all involved are volunteers, 100% of the money reaches those in need- none is spent on admin costs etc.
Children with allergies will be allowed to bring their own treats; the point of course is to raise money to help people who are suffering.
On 24th September, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck East Pakistan killing at least 40 people and injuring over 700. Roads were torn apart and hundreds of houses were damaged. The earthquake was so powerful that tremors were felt in Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad, and as far away as New Delhi. The worst-affected area was Mirpur in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Mirpur city is just a few kilometres from the epicentre (Jhelum), and its hospitals have been inundated with victims
Teams on the ground responded swiftly distributing immediate relief including medical aid, cooked meals, clothes and tents. Now , teams aim to provide family food parcels and mid-term shelters for the hundreds of families whose homes have been destroyed. Winter is coming next month and temperatures are set to fall below freezing leaving families at risk of being exposed to the elements without adequate shelter.