Giving Back Helps Others and Ourselves

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  • Posted on May 3, 2019

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… Donate a day’s wages to charity day

Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day falls on Wednesday 8th May this year. It is celebrated every year on second Wednesday of May. This is the day for donating your one-day wages (1/365 of your annual wages) to charity. Many people will increase their charitable giving in celebration of this day. Consider how better off you are than many others in the world, be thankful and reach out to do an act of kindness for a good course.

It’s always heart warming to hear of generous acts, regardless of how big or small the act or the amount given. There is a beauty that comes with using your candle to light another person’s and watching that light spread, as multiple candles are lit from your one light. This is true of the African Child Trust (ACT), which in October 1998 began by sponsoring the education and wellbeing of one child in Chingola, Zambia. From such very small beginnings, it’s vison has grown to educating poor fatherless children and orphans, empowering needy widows and enriching communities in impoverished parts of Africa. What seemed an impossible goal at the time has seen the charity extend its reach to eight (8) African countries, delivering quality care and support to a large number of beneficiaries. To date, ACT has educated more than 5,500 children and 1,155 widows have received training in business and other life skills, enabling them to generate income in a sustainable way to support their families.

Can you spare just 50 pence a day?

Today 50 pence cannot buy you even a bar of chocolate in the UK. But 50 pence can make a difference in the life of an orphan child in Africa. Just 50p a day (£15 a month) will help to educate a child who may otherwise be forced into child labour or child marriage to support their family. Education is a good investment and changes lives. In one year your gift will buy school uniform, feed a child and pay school fees. Be the reason that a child’s life starts to be transformed today.

Empower a Widow / Guardian

There are about 22 million widows in sub-Saharan Africa. Their treatment by their community can be really sad. Many are denied an inheritance and left in abject poverty. ACT is empowering widows through income-generation projects that enable them to earn an income to support their families. £30 a month will provide wellbeing support, training and a small grant to start their business. Please help to change a widow’s fortune today.

Support a University Student

In Africa university education can be life changing. For a poor orphan, the prospect of a University education can appear unattainable. Many ACT youngsters are doing well and obtaining good grades at school, but the financial barrier to go further with their education remains. With a donation of £50 a month, you can support an orphan to study at university and help them to achieve their potential in life.

The growth of the work has been made possible by the generosity of committed individuals, businesses, schools and churches, who have recognised that “Every Sunrise is an invitation to arise and brighten someone’s day”- (Richelle E. Goodrich).

ACT child sponsorship program has been the vehicle for many passionate individuals who share our vision to see disadvantaged and marginalised children transformed into world changers through receiving an education. The more children, widows and communities we see benefiting from this work, the more we want to do to reduce poverty in the world.

It’s taken us 20 years to reach where we are, but our vision is big. Our goal is to more than double the numbers of children we support to 12,000 by 2023. In the same vein, the ambition is to have empowered 5,000 widows within the 5 year time frame.

“We are committed to being good stewards of the donations we receive, with the view to keeping running costs as low as possible. We want to maximise the assistance we provide to the children and widows who need it most. It is for this reason that we will continue to maximise our volunteer strength to keep costs down and ensure your money is going where it is most needed.“ – (Kunle Onabolu – ACT Director)

 How will you get involved in Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day?

Giving back helps others and ourselves. Thinking about others takes the focus off of our own challenges and struggles, and has been shown to make us happier! Giving just one day’s pay can have life changing repercussions for those most in need.

If you would like to be a part of this life changing work, please consider our child sponsorship program, using the link below. With a regular donation of just £15 a month, you can help a child to go to school and provide necessary school items and also meals at school and at home. There is also the option of making other regular donations or a one-time gift. Whichever, you will be making a difference in the lives of needy children and widows in the African countries where we work.  If you would like to sponsor a child or donate please click here.

If you would like to calculate how much is your one days wage click here.

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