Sitting at home looking out at deep snow, it’s hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago I was in a sunny park in Guatemala City, playing games with local street children. I was there with a group of volunteers from North East England to see the work of Global Care, to spend time with the children they support and to understand better the challenges they face and the solutions the charity is finding.
A ground-breaking peace-building initiative working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been funded through Global Care’s Children At Risk programme..
The pilot project hoped to provide teenagers and young men and women in their early 20s with important skills needed to help re-build their homeland when the civil war in Syria ends. Four trainers presented a programme of eight sessions including topics on communication skills, conflict resolution skills, time management and team building.
The project allowed refugees from different backgrounds to discuss how they wished to build a better Syria, one founded on equality and mutual...
Life was already tough for eight-year-old Jemma, when she was involved in a terrible road traffic accident which could have killed her.
Jemma lives with her grandmother and five half-sisters, near Kampala, Uganda, in a two-roomed house with a dirt floor. Her father is dead, and her mother is physically and mentally disabled, so her grandmother has been her sole carer since she was one week old.
This fragile family are very poor and cannot afford bedding, so they sleep on old rugs bundled up to make a mattress. Jemma’s grandmother works in a nearby...
It seems that there is literally no cash around! I was so glad I had been forewarned and had brought our small denominations of US dollars to use whilst in Zimbabwe. I was travelling out to see the team at the Houtberg Childcare Centre in Chipinge, to see how they were getting on with a large irrigation project, which Global Care had been able to fund through a grant from a major donor.