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Overseas Aid and Development Commission matches money raised by 2016 World Aid Walk

The Overseas Aid & Development Commission has matched the £22,000 raised by the 2016 World Aid Walk. As a result six charities will receive £3,500 each from the World Aid Walk, and a further £3,500 from the Commission. The charities supported by the walk are ActionAid, Christian Aid, the Eleanor Foundation, Oxfam, Save the Children Fund and the Tumaini Fund. In addition, the Walk’s sponsor, Standard Chartered, will receive £1,000 from the Walk and £1,000 from the Commission towards its overseas charity for 2016, Seeing Is Believing. Deputy Emilie Yerby, the Commission’s President, said: ‘The World Aid Walk is a highlight of Guernsey’s charity calendar – an event many islanders enjoy participating in each year. One of the great things about the Walk is that it’s entirely home grown – it was started more 45 years ago by islanders who wanted to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living in poorer countries, and how we could take action to make a difference.’ ‘The Commission’s decision to match money raised by the Walk reflected its recognition of how much a part of island life the event has become since its inception in 1970.’ ‘It was a privilege for the Commission to be able to boost the impact of the World Aid Walk this year, by doubling the funds raised by those who took part; and it is great to see that the charities involved have selected a range of projects which closely reflect the Commission’s ethos of making lasting change in poorer communities through health, education, sanitation and food security.’ Bella Farrell, Chairperson for the World Aid Walk Committee, said: ‘I was thrilled to hear this year that the Overseas Aid Commission had agreed to provide matched funding for The World Aid Walk.’ ‘For the past 46 years this Walk has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which has enabled Aid and Development projects to continue to impact on individual lives worldwide.’ ‘Guernsey should be very proud of this event which has maintained its unique identity and support from local Guernsey people, who have compassion for the 3 billion vulnerable and impoverished people on our planet. Long may the Commission support our work. We are incredibly grateful to the Commission.’ ‘We have also been immensely fortunate with our sponsors who have enabled the World Aid Walk to continue over the decades. Our 2016 sponsor is relocating so the organising committee is keen to discuss 2017 sponsorship opportunities with interested parties.’ The charities receiving funds have advised the Commission that they will use this money to: ActionAid: Fund a project in Nepal to assist with post-earthquake rebuilding. Christian Aid: Help towards the cost of constructing a plinth-raised cluster village in Gaibandha in the north of Bangladesh. The total projects costs are just over £14,000 and the village will house 15 households. The balance of the funding will be raised by Christian Aid locally. The Eleanor Foundation: Construct a shallow well in Kagera, Tanzania. The work is part of the charity’s wider programme to provide clean water to this region of Tanzania. The cost of each shallow well is approximately £7,000 and each well serves a local population of around 2,000 people. OXFAM: Support an ongoing food security programme it has established in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Save the Children: Support an emergency feeding programme for a small school in Ethiopia. This proposal is part of its wider response to the famine disaster relief that the charity undertaking in Ethiopia. Tumaini Fund: Buy mosquito nets for families it supports in Kagera, Tanzania. The charity will purchase the nets locally and each costs about £4, enabling two children to sleep under it and significantly reduce the risk of them contracting malaria. Seeing Is Believing: Support a new project in Zambia providing eye care services (through cataract surgery, treatment, eye examinations, distribution of spectacles, eye health education and training of eye health workers) in four underserved districts in Muchinga and Eastern Provinces. A sight restoring cataract operation costs as little as £23, while a pair of spectacles can cost just £12.   OADC Press Release
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11 Facts About Global Poverty

11 Facts About Global Poverty 1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. 3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout. 4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day. 5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition. 6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment. 7. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. 8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people. 9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day. 10. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty--that's less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires. 11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
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Poverty Facts

Quick Facts About Poverty Learn the facts about poverty and how it affects children and families in need. Poverty is a devastating problem of global proportions. To be effective in fighting poverty, we need to understand the truth about it. These poverty facts shine some light onto the reality of poverty. Poverty is a ruthless and relentless enemy with an arsenal of weapons: infant mortality, hunger, disease, illiteracy and child labor, among other things. The list of obstacles the poor most overcome seems endless. These poverty facts highlight the devastating effect poverty has on its victims, especially the most vulnerable. Based on the updated poverty line of $1.90 a day, World Bank projections suggest that global poverty may have reached 700 million, or 9.6 percent of global population, in 2015. Globally, 1.2 billion people (22 percent) live on less than $1.25 a day. Increasing the income poverty line to $2.50 a day raises the global income poverty rate to about 50 percent, or 2.7 billion people. Among the poor living on less than $1.25 per day, just under half have electricity. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia account for about 80 percent of the global poor and 81 percent of all child deaths in the world. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 43 percent of the global poor. 30 percent of the world’s extremely poor live in India. On average, a child in our sponsorship program spends 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs, is at least 50 percent more likely to graduate college, is 14 to 18 percent more likely to have salaried employment and is 35 percent more likely to find white-collar employment as an adult. Almost three-fifths of the world’s extreme poor are concentrated in just five countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Nigeria. A third of all poor in the developing world are children 0–12 years. Indigenous peoples make up about 5 percent of the world’s population but for some 15 percent of the world’s poor. In developing countries (where 92 percent of children live) 7 in 100 will not survive beyond age 5. In developing countries nearly half of all mothers and newborns do not receive skilled care during and immediately after birth. Up to two thirds of newborn deaths can be prevented if known, effective health measures are provided at birth and during the first week of life. Every day, 800 women die from causes related to pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum. Most maternal deaths occurred in developing countries. An estimated 289,000 maternal deaths occurred worldwide in 2013. Some 62 percent of these were in SubSaharan Africa. Poverty is concentrated in rural areas and the poor are most likely to earn income in agriculture. More than eight in 10 Americans (84 percent) are unaware global poverty has decreased by more than half in the past 30 years. More than two-thirds (67 percent) say they thought global poverty was on the rise over the past three decades. Ending extreme poverty by 2030 is the first of the World Bank Group’s goals. Ending extreme poverty is defined as reducing the share of the global population living below the international poverty line ($1.90 a day) to below 3 percent . . . Achievement of the global poverty target of would leave an estimated 270 million people impoverished. Annual per capita consumption growth of four percent in every country around the world, combined with no change in income distribution in each country, would result in a reduction of global poverty to about 3 percent of the world’s population by 2030. Among U.S. adults, concern about extreme poverty has declined from 21 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2013. What is Poverty? "Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit." — Eli Khamarov, writer "As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest." — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa "Where you live should not determine whether you live, or whether you die." — Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist How do the UN Sustainable Development Goals relate to Compassion? The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) directly parallel what Compassion does. But when it comes to goals and implementation we sometimes take a different approach. This is a quick analysis of the SDGs and how they most closely match our work, along with ways they overlap and differ. More facts and statistics about the issues affecting children in poverty Sources: World Bank Group. 2016. Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016: Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change. Overview booklet. World Bank, Washington, DC. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGOUNDP. Human Development Report 2014. Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience. Olinto, Pedro; Beegle, Kathleen; Sobrado, Carlos; Uematsu, Hiroki. 2013. The State of the Poor: Where Are The Poor, Where Is Extreme Poverty Harder to End, and What Is the Current Profile of the World’s Poor? Washington DC; World Bank Group. World Bank Group. 2015. Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015: Ending Poverty and Sharing Prosperity. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0336-9. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO World Health Organization Media Centre Fact sheet N°333. Newborns: Reducing Mortality, May 2012. The Barna Group. April 2014. Global Poverty Is on the Decline, But Almost No One Believes It.
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25 Most Shocking Global Poverty Facts

25 most shocking global poverty facts
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Earthquake Hits Nepal

Hello all

A powerful (7.5 - 7.9, reports vary) earthquake has hit Nepal this morning. The epicentre of the massive quake was 80km (50 miles) east of Pokhara in Nepal, about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu.

Initial reports indicate significant damage, with buildings collapsing and casualties being rushed to hospital. There is a high prospect of significant damage and fatalities.

Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas. Save the Children teams on the ground are co-ordinating re a response and more information will follow shortly.

Save the Children has been working in Nepal since 1976, and our work in Nepal focuses on education, especially early childhood development and primary education, as well as basic health, including maternal child health and HIV and AIDS prevention and care. We work in 63 districts of Nepal.

Save the Children will be in need of the funds raised from World Aid Walk 2015 - with your help, they are able to give the care and assistance so desperately needed at this tragic time.

Thank you.

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A Message from Bella!

Hi everyone! This is my 15th year to be involved with organising this amazing event. It’s been such a joy to see so many of you over the years support us. I really hope you’re managing to find time in your busy lives to spare a thought for the reason we are going to do yet another ‘World Aid Walk' and join us on the 4th May. So many people REALLY DO NEED OUR HELP and please do get yourselves registered and raise those funds for us. Bella Farrell
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Save the Children: Restart the Rescue

Following the tragic events in the Mediterranean this week, Save the Children are petitioning against the shameful EU policy of leaving children to drown. To sign the petition, visit 
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And the winners are…

Awards 2014

GUERNSEY WORLD AID WALK, 2014 AWARD WINNERS The Highest Amount for an adult was Brian Guille - £305. Highest Girl was Elicia Stephens from Vale Primary School - £180. Highest Boy was Sam Woodington from Vale Primary School - £190. Highest family was the Stephens Family (Abigail, Joshua and Haidee and Stuart Taylor) - £232.20. Abigail and Joshua are 9 and 11 and at the Forest School. Highest Team was Methodist Madness - £470. Team members were Brian Guille, Janet Foss, Pam Gidney and Murray, Callum, Ryan and Michelle Gilson. Schools Trophy – highest amount from a school was the Vale Primary -£1,124.70. Schools Merit – Forest Primary School Individual Merit Trophy – Mr and Mrs Holland who do the Port Soif Checkpoint. Top 10 schools:
  1. Vale  £1,335.70
  2. Grammar £913
  3. Vauvert  £590.65
  4. Amherst £549.50
  5. The Ladies College £547.50
  6. Les Beaucamps High £422.33
  7. Forest £397.20
  8. St Sampson’s High £368.50
  9. Notre Dame £354
  10. Elizabeth College £330
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Ipes Sponsored World Aid Walk 2015

This year’s World Aid Walk, once again sponsored by Ipes private equity fund services, will be started by the Bailiff in Market Square, St Peter Port at 9am on Monday 4th May. The Bailiff, Richard Collas, has supported the event for several years and will start the walk from the balcony in Market Square where he will sound the horn signalling the start of the event. The 20km walk sponsored by Ipes for the 15th consecutive year will start and finish in Market Square on 4th May, with walks also taking place in Herm and Sark on the same day. It is the third year the walk will take an alternative route as the new format proved very popular in previous years. Walkers will go through the High Street and along the seafront into the Vale and onto the West Coast before returning to St Peter Port up the Rohais. More than 1,000 walkers are expected to take part in the annual event and it is not too late to enter. You can enter online via Race Nation, download an entry form from our web page or you can enter on the morning of the event at Market Square. This year the World Aid Walk also welcome a new charity, The Eleanor Foundation, to the fold. Action Aid, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam,The Tumaini Fund and The Eleanor Foundation all benefit from the funds raised by walkers. Each charity has its own projects earmarked that the funds from the walk will go towards. Please visit their pages on our website for more information on each charity.
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Save The Children’s Response to Cyclone Pam

Save The Children have been vital in the global response efforts to the devastating Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Here's what your fundraising through World Aid Walk goes towards: Save The Children - Cyclone Pam  
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