For every £1 given this Christian Aid Week, the Government will add another
Very good news from Christian Aid!
This year as part of Christian Aid Week, the Department for International Development (DFID) will match the first £5m donated pound for pound, enabling even more people in poor communities around the world work their way out of poverty through Christian Aid’s work. The Government will give the money through its UK Aid Match funding scheme.
On Christian Aid’s website, Director, Loretta Minghella says: `We are delighted DFID has awarded Christian Aid Week UK Aid Match funding. Christian Aid Week has been running for 55 years and this is the first time we have ever received this kind of match funding for it.
`It’s a major boost to our fundraising efforts in an increasingly difficult economic climate. The potential extra £5million will make an enormous difference to our ability to help poor communities around the world live in dignity.’
The money received from match funding will be used to support poor communities in Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Burma to improve access to healthcare and build sustainable livelihoods. You can find out more details about how the money received from the Government’s match funding will be used at Christian Aid’s website
This funding for Christian Aid Week follows on from the DFID’s support of CAFOD earlier this year. During the period of Lent it match funded all donations received by CAFOD.
UK Aid Match is an initiative that allows the UK public to have a say in how some of the Government’s international aid budget is spent. The Government will match, pound for pound, public donations to a charitable appeal which aims to tackle poverty in developing countries. More information on the scheme can be found at www.dfid.gov.uk/ukaidmatch
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