Events Industry Gets Behind Hope for Children’s Head Held High Appeal on #GivingTuesday

Just in time for #GivingTuesday, a number of high-profile events-industry companies & individuals are announcing their confirmed support for Events for Namuwongo, a network of international children’s charity, Hope for Children.

ExCel London, Freeman and GovNet are amongst the latest additions to a growing list of patrons of Events for Namuwongo (EFN), which supports the charity’s work with vulnerable children in the slum of Namuwongo, Uganda.

As part of Hope for Children’s Head Held High appeal – every pound personally donated by the public before 23 December 2017 will be matched by the UK Government with UK aid. Funds raised by the Head Held High appeal will transform the lives of at least 1,500 children living in poverty in Ghana & East Africa by ensuring they have access to a quality education.

Funds raised by EFN patrons and supporters will go towards the charity’s education-based projects with children in the community of Namuwongo, Uganda. Activities include the provision of school books and uniforms, as well as more direct support such as food parcels for the most vulnerable children to tackle basic barriers to quality education, such as malnutrition.

The extra income from UK aid match funding will help Hope for Children provide a similar range of activities in northern Ghana including providing school books and uniforms, running teacher training programmes to improve the quality of education available, and community workshops that teach girls about their right to education.

Since it was founded, EFN has raised over £650,000, which has been used to improve the basic living conditions of the estimated 30,000 people in the slum community. Conservative estimates are that 40% of people live on less than $1 a day[1], and around 5,000 to 9,000 children[2] are growing up in Namuwongo, one of Uganda’s toughest and poorest places. Project activities included the building of drains and toilet blocks to improve sanitation, as well as providing basic emergency support to orphans and children from child-headed households.

In this latest phase of support, EFN fundraising will focus on improving access to quality education for some of the most vulnerable children, placing a particular emphasis on increasing the number of girls accessing formal or non-formal education.


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Trevor Foley, MD of tfconnect said: “Chris Hughes [MD of Brand Events] and I are very proud of what we’ve achieved collectively as an industry to make such a difference to the people of Namuwongo, but more so, that our Patrons are still so engaged and committed to supporting the ongoing transformation – we’ve had lots of fun along the way too!”

Murielle Maupoint, CEO of Hope for Children said: “The passion, commitment and love that the events industry has generated, to impact the lives of tens of thousands of people living in some of the worst slum conditions in the world, is simply breath-taking. It is a privilege and an honour to be partners with such an incredible group of philanthropists – everyday people making a massive difference in the everyday lives of those living in Namuwongo.”

[1] 2012 Bukasa Survey based on a sample of the population.  Our own work and that of other organisations in the area would put the numbers of people at this level of extreme poverty as higher.

[1] There is no census for Namuwongo but 48% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15 and if this % is applied to the estimates of population we estimate between 5,700 and 9,600 children

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