Every month we receive lots of fantastic news from our programmes, our partners and our wonderful supporters and we know that it can be hard to keep up with it all, so we’ve compiled some of our highlights from the month to share with you.
This month our highlights include Rachel’s OBE ceremony, Iryna’s story and our first video from Kachin State, Myanmar.
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Children on the Edge support Kachin communities who have been displaced by conflict and are living in camps in northern Myanmar (Burma). We provide education, play and expert care for young children aged 3-6 years old.
The current crisis in the country is creating huge uncertainty for people here, but our preschool centres are providing a much needed safe haven for the youngest children, ensuring Early Childhood Development (ECD) at a crucial time in their development.
Read on to find out more…
Rachel Bentley, CEO and Co-founder of Children on the Edge, travelled to Windsor Castle on Tuesday 7th March to receive her OBE award from the Prince of Wales, and talked with him about the work of Children on the Edge.
Iryna is a marketing professional who fled Ukraine to Romania with her nine year old daughter and her parents last February, when the Russian attacks made it too dangerous to stay any longer. Read her story...
Meet Alexandra Dblanari - a Romanian psychologist working with Ukraininan refugee children
Alexandra is a psychologist working at the Iasi orphanage centre in Romania, supported by Children on the Edge. The centre houses and cares for over 40 Ukrainian refugee children and provides daily activities, social work and help with trauma recovery. Read her story...
February might be the shortest month, but it didn’t deter any of our fantastic fundraisers. We kicked off the month with our brand new virtual event - The Puppy Power Walk but it wasn’t just the pups who were fundraising in February.
Read on to find out about eight-year-old Issac’s reading challenge, Mari-Louisa’s 20 hour trek and Helena and Laura’s Big Body Shop Bash…
A year ago today (24th February), Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea. This was the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II. Thousands of Ukrainian families had no choice but to flee their homeland, taking only what they could carry.
With a history of working in Moldova and Romania, which both border Ukraine, Children on the Edge responded immediately. Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from our community we were able to make an impact as refugees arrived, then throughout the year as they came to terms with the longer term consequences of the war.
For the last 10 years, we have been supporting volunteer Child Protection Teams (CPTs) in six slum communities in Jinja, Uganda, a city 80 km east of the capital in Kampala. This low-cost, community-owned model has transformed these areas, enabling local people to create protective environments that allow children to thrive.
In 2022, thanks to our amazing community of supporters, we were able to replicate and introduce the Child Protection Team model in a new area - Karamoja, eight hours north of Jinja. Here, poverty is rife, and children are at risk. But five new Child Protection Teams will tackle child rights abuses and ensure vulnerable children are better protected.
Chichester school, Westbourne House raises over £20,000 to support Children on the Edge’s Ukraine Appeal
When Russia invaded Ukraine this time last year, students at Westbourne House school in Chichester, wanted to support Ukrainian families who had been forced to flee their homes. The whole school community rallied, coming together to fundraise for Chichester based charity, Children on the Edge, raising more than £20,000 to support their work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania in 2022.