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2024

This grant will improve early learning for an Ethiopian community by building three new classrooms for pre-school children, providing positive and appropriate learning environments for children aged 5-6 in a peri-urban community. As well as building the classrooms Together We Learn will also provide age appropriate learning materials and training in active learning techniques for the teachers. This construction is part of a wider initiative supporting four pre-school communities in order to develop exemplary models of effective early learning in low resource settings.

This project will provide:

  • An appropriate and inspiring learning environment for 120 children aged 5-6. This will be measured by attendance registers six months after completion.
  • 3 new classrooms with age-appropriate comfort, accessibility, resource and inspiring designs. This is proven to affect children’s engagement and motivation for learning and will offer positive experiences in the early years proven to lay the foundations for future success in education. 
  • 10 teachers will be equipped with the environment, resource and skills to truly make the most of this stage of education, and raise awareness with parents about the importance of early childhood development and continued participation in education. This will continue to have an impact for the
    community well beyond the construction year. 

This project will support the costs of running the Village Africa Mountain Ambulance service for half a year. The ambulance serves a total population of approximately 7000 people in an area of severe deprivation.  It is available 24 hours a day and provided free of charge to the community.  The conditions requiring emergency treatment include complications in childbirth, acute malaria, typhoid and other tropical diseases, pneumonia, snake bites, broken bones and other serious injuries.  Since the ambulance service began in 2006, 901 emergency cases have been transported to the nearest hospital (110 kms away).

The rugged terrain necessitates a 4-wheel drive vehicle, experienced drivers and high levels of vehicle maintenance.  A driver and co-driver have to go on each trip, as they may have to move fallen trees, free the vehicle from mud, change wheels, etc.  During 2022, the ambulance transported 79 emergency cases.  In addition, 27  non-emergency patients were transported on these trips.  In recent years there have been an average of 55 emergency cases a year.

Children with complex needs and disabilities and associated social issues do not get invited to as many parties as children who do not have additional needs.

Building for the Future brings members of their community together to celebrate Christmas in an accessible, adapted and inclusive playtherapy building for disabled children called Our House.

The entire family is welcomed and catered for at this specialist building and they aim to give each and every child an experience that is tailormade to their needs but also traditional and seasonal and special as well.

With their volunteers (including Santa) the children will have a wonderful, meaningful and memorable afternoon and go away feeling valued and wanted and thought of. Siblings and parents are included in the celebration as they are often ‘put last’ and at times like these it’s nice to give them some special treatment.

It is estimated that there are at least 100,000 victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.

Due to the traumas of their past and the complexity of their lives, 75% of survivors require support for an ongoing legal case, 44% have little to no English, 76% are digitally disconnected, 100% have mental health problems, 54% require housing support, 63% need financial help, and 100% have no job prospect at the point of referral. The expectation is that the levels of complexity facing people leaving exploitation in the UK will continue to worsen over the coming years.

The Snowdrop Project counselling team enables people to deal with the psychological traumas they face. Clients can access one-to-one and group counselling to help them to process the impact of past events and to cope with the symptoms of their traumas. In response to the needs identified by Snowdrop’s clients, we have created appropriate counselling pathways that respond to individuals’ experiences and ability to process and understand their trauma. 

This project funded trauma-informed therapy for 60 survivors, as part of Snowdrop’s wider support services that help build the framework they need to live independently.

Children bear the brunt of conflict around the world and children from Ukraine are no exception. They have been killed, displaced, lost family members and continue to witness atrocities. There are nearly 7 million children in Ukraine (UNICEF, 2023. ) The ongoing war is unequivocally altering their childhood experiences. It is violating their rights and stripping them of stability, safety, friends, family, home life and hope for the future. 

The brutality and loss of war can create emotional distress in children and young people. The results can be profound fear, panic attacks and other forms of anxiety, risky behaviour and nightmares.  Evidence shows prolonged and repeated exposure to trauma impacts a child’s mental health and well-being and can be severe and life-long, manifesting in social isolation, self-harm, aggression and depression (UNICEF, 2009).  The increasing complexity and duration of the Ukraine war also means more children are likely to need assistance for longer.

The war in Ukraine is constraining children’s opportunities to learn, recover and flourish through play. Despite being a fundamental right, play is often deprioritised in crises ((The Committee on the Rights of the Child (as referred in General Comment No. 17 on article 31 of the UNCRC). Yet, it plays a crucial role in children’s well-being, development, and survival. Children, with their special and different social, physical and emotional needs, require various forms of support, and one essential aspect is play.

Clowns Without Borders UK’s impact framework aligns with our Theory of Change, emphasising a collective impact. Grounded in trauma-informed approaches, their framework relies on participation data, staff, artist, carer and project partner observations, and proxy indicators to measure impact.  Unconscious bias is acknowledged, prompting efforts to collect first-hand testimony through safe and reciprocal means from children and community members. 

This grant supported Project Play Now, which will:

  • Harness the tranformative power of play to support 1,000 children’s well-being within Ukraine.
  • Employ a minimum of 4 Ukrainian artists whose livelihoods have been restricted.
  • Inspire and motivate 1,000 front line staff working with children to share playful actvities in their day to day settings via the Laughter & Play resource.

This project supported more than 80 young people with additional needs and disablities, providing access to a fun and active environment during school holidays. Activities include horse riding, outdoor play sessions, multi-sports, magical quests and more.

This activity program provides a positive, independent social experience for these young people including:

  • Reduction in isolation
  • Increased social range and experience
  • Increased well-being and confidence
  • Increase in independence both socially and physically

Magisterio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a community effected by extreme poverty. 60% of families live on under $1.90 USD per day. The country average is 44% of people living in multi-dimensional poverty, and whilst they report economic development this is rarely touching those in the most challenging circumstances as the country still has a huge divide with a Gini coefficient of 45 (World Bank, 2024). The families in the area traditionally lived and worked around the old rubbish dump, often building their houses and their lives, from the recyclables salvaged.

Children’s Voices in Action believes that children are the only experts in their own lives, and we conducted multiple research projects empowering children to tell us what they need to create a better future for themselves. Children told us they did not want to work on the dump, and overwhelmingly that educational support was the route out of poverty for them and their community. The children’s perception is supported by academic evidence directly relative to their circumstances (J. Garza-Rodrigues et al. 2021).

Children in Mexico receive only half a day of public schooling, which is often over-crowded and under resourced. Expected to spend the rest of the day completing homework, this is often impossible for those with caring duties, illiterate or absent parents and in crowded shack housing.

La Escuelita is a community centre where children receive a nutritious meal, have access to a well-resourced space for working and teacher support for completing homework.

This grant will provide:

  • More than 100 hours of tailored and personalised reading support to 25 of the most needy children in the community.
  • Access to a range of books for at least 135 children.
  • Improved reading age for 25 children  over the course of one year.

Additionally, the children’s love of reading, confidence and experience in education overall will improve.