Bakewell, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 10, 2008 -- International development charity Village Aid today announced the launch of Africa Matters - a major two-year appeal in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire - to boost its work improving the lives of over 10,000 people across West Africa.
Village Aid is calling on individuals and businesses to support the appeal and help it raise at least Â£100,000 towards its vital work tackling poverty in Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The organisation is launching the appeal â the first in its almost 20 year history - at its annual general meeting which will be held at its offices in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Village Aidâs Donor Development Manager Jo Williams said: âOur Africa Matters appeal will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people. We work in partnership with community-based organisations in West Africa, supporting people in their efforts to deal with their own problems and make positive changes to their lives. The results are life-changing.
âBut thereâs so much more to do and we need people to show that they care about ending poverty by supporting the Africa Matters appeal. We welcome schools, groups, churches, business and individuals to get in touch and find out how they can support the appeal and make it a huge success.â
For almost 20 years, Village Aid has been working successfully with rural communities in West Africa. Adult literacy underpins the charityâs work, including by bringing communities together to read and write and also analyse problems and confront issues through discussion, drawing and social drama.
Village Aid also works with local communities to ensure access to justice, to help secure loans in rural areas and to help increase yields of food through organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
Osman Seesay, for example, works for Village Aidâs partner, the Malal-Mara Youth Development Agency in Sierra Leone. One of the many tasks Osman manages is to accompany single mothers to community decision-making meetings in order that they can participate effectively. This makes a huge difference to their lives.
For more information about the appeal or to support Village Aidâs work, please call 01629 814434, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Village Aid, Unit 1b, Riverside Business Park, Buxton Road, Bakewell. Cheques can be sent to the above address payable to Village Aid.