Our digital education programme in Bangladesh is proving so successful that we are starting to replicate the model in India, where we support 35 learning centres, offering education to around 1000 Dalit children. Read on to find out more about this exciting development.
Our first inspirational conference of 2023 kickstarted the new year with our incredible partners at The Body Shop at Home. More than 1,000 people gathered in Telford, and thousands more watched online to celebrate this incredible change-making business, which has been a force for good for decades ever since the late Dame Anita Roddick founded the business.
Children on the Edge works in coalition with local communities in some of the toughest places in the world, transforming the lives of marginalised children by creating protective environments where they can safely live, play, learn and grow.
2022 has been an incredible year of transformation for the children we work with, thanks to continued support of our Children on the Edge community.
We'd love to invite you to grab a cup of tea and read through our monthly highlights from 2022 and see just how much your generosity is making a difference.......
13 new toilet blocks and water collection tanks have been installed at the newly constructed Early Childhood Development Centres we support for Congolese refugee children in Uganda.
Read about the impact they're having on hygiene and sanitation in Kyaka II refugee settlement....
The countdown to Christmas is on, but our fantastic supporters kicked off the festive season in style with some brilliant events held in November, including two Christmas markets and a 90’s reunion party. Read on to find out more …
Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, as people fled to safety across the borders, Children on the Edge has been working with our partners in Moldova and Romania to support refugee families. As we approach the end of the year, find out how the situation has evolved and what we are doing to help Ukrainian refugees.
As the political and economic crisis in Lebanon continues, refugees are struggling. Despite the difficulties, the children at the school we support in Zahle offers a safe haven for 173 refugee children. Read more about how they have grown in confidence this year and have hope for the future...
In 2019 Body Shop at Home Consultant Claire Martin decided that she wanted to push herself out of her comfort zone, so booked a charity trekking challenge to Jordan for the following year. The trek involved lots of walking, camping (which is not something she is passionate about) and would also be the first time that she had travelled alone. When the pandemic hit, the trek was cancelled and rearranged,then cancelled a second time so Clare decided to switch to another adventure, this time in Sri Lanka but due to the political unrest in the country her trip was cancelled yet again. In spite of all this, Claire was determined to complete her challenge, so with just one month’s notice she set her sights on Cuba.
Children on the Edge is a Chichester based charity that works to support some of the worlds' most marginalised children, living in some of the toughest situations.
The charity was co-founded in 1990 by Bishop Luffa graduate and Chichester resident, Rachel Bentley and the late Dame Anita Roddick.
After witnessing the appalling conditions in Romanian orphanages first hand, Dame Anita Roddick mobilised her company, The Body Shop International, based in Littlehampton, to help.
The Body Shop, sent supplies and a small group of volunteers, to help three orphanages in the remote village of Halaucesti. Rachel Bentley, a 23-year-old law graduate from Chichester, was one of these volunteers, and together, they sparked the response that created Children on the Edge, which exists to this day to support some of the most marginalised children around the world.
By 1992, Rachel Bentley and Anita Roddick started the charity, Children on the Edge in an official capacity, together with The Body Shop. By this time, they had developed considerable expertise in working with institutionalised children in Eastern Europe, working through local partners, and coordinating all their work from offices in Chichester.
The charity is grateful for the incredible generosity and long term support of The Body Shop and other local Chichester businesses, including Montezuma's, Store Property, Wiley and many others over the years, who have made an incredible difference and made much of our work possible.
Children on the Edge is also supported by a faithful community of supporters in West Sussex and beyond. Local schools, churches, individuals and organisations as well as consultants from The Body Shop At Home, have raised thousands of pounds to support our work with marginalised children around the world.
Our historic flagship fundraising event, the Chichester Half Marathon was brilliantly supported by the Chichester community during the years that we were involved (up to 2019), and the event raised tens of thousands of pounds for our vital work around the world. The event is now run by Everyone Active.