Before United Purpose came to his village, Benedict never stopped to consider the detrimental impact that going to the toilet in the open had on his community.
Koranic schools or “Daaras” exist across West Africa and are established cultural and Islamic religious institutions. Run by Koranic masters, they engage more than 100,000 children – all boys - in Senegal. In the capital Dakar, an estimated 50,000 of these children called “talibé” are sent daily to the streets to beg for money, food, rice or sugar, exposing them to many risks.
Although the Senegalese state has ratified the main international and regional child protection laws, a weak application of these rules, particularly in the case of Daaras, is the political reality.
In June we were delighted to announce our new partnership with Urdd Gobaith Cymru . The Urdd give the young people of Wales a chance to work in countries across Africa, Asia and South America, contributing to a fairer, kinder and more understanding world.
Following this partnership, on the 20th August 2019, a group from the Urdd along with Elinor Snowsill (WRU) will be traveling to Kilifi in Kenya to meet one of United Purpose’s fantastic partners – Moving the Goalposts.
It’s a common criticism of mainstream media, that when a humanitarian disaster strikes, there is intense coverage for a few days – and then the news agenda moves on. But while the stories may disappear from our screens, the demanding work of reconstruction - by individuals, communities, governments and international organisations - goes on for weeks, months and years, long after most journalists and reporters have left. Just over 3 months ago in March, Cyclone Idai, bludgeoned its way through the central parts of Mozambique, causing extreme devastation and widespread flooding in its wake. The UN estimates that 1.7 million Mozambicans lived in the path of the cyclone, which caused irreparable damage and the death of over 600 people.