Children on the Edge and Sanctuary in Chichester celebrate World Refugee Day with a special event in Chichester
On World Refugee Day (Monday 20th June) Children on the Edge and Sanctuary in Chichester joined together to host a special event celebrating community, mutual care and the human ability to heal and start again.
Chichester was recently named as the 'most generous' area in the country for housing Ukrainian refugees, according to the Home Office. The area has a strong track record of supporting refugees both within the city and in international crisis situations around the world.
When our friends at Tuppenny Barn, in Emsworth, saw the crisis in Ukraine unfolding they knew they wanted to do something to help, so decided to hold two special events supporting Children on the Edge’s work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania.
Child Rights Clubs in Loco, Wandago and Masese I slum communities in Uganda give children the opportunity to express themselves and play an active role in their communities, campaigning and advocating for change.
Working closely with the adult members of the Child Protection Teams in their communities, the focus for the Child Rights Clubs in recent months has been on education and encouraging children to get back to school after lockdown. Find out what they have been up to below...
Our learning centres in India work with Dalit children to support their learning and enable them to integrate back into government schools, where they can continue their education. Read about how they've been doing just that in recent months.
We’re incredibly proud of the children in Bangladesh who run Moja Kids, their very own online community where they can express their ideas and talents, connecting and communicating beyond the confines of their challenging surroundings. They have just produced their 30th video newsletter, celebrating with a fresh colourful look and an uplifting new soundtrack.
Gardeners World Arit Anderson to visit Tuppenny Barn for special event in support of Ukrainian refugees
Tuppenny Barn in Southbourne is hosting a Gardeners Question Time Fundraising event on Sunday 12th June in aid of Children on the Edge to support our work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania, where we are providing accommodation, food and longer term psychosocial support for families and children without parental care.
In May, our fantastic fundraisers were out in force to help make a difference and support Children on the Edge. There were South Down treks, 5km runs, a marvellous musical performance and Charlotte from our fundraising team channelled her inner Paul Hollywood to judge a bake off competition.
Take a look at some of our favourite fundraisers this month…
We are pleased and proud to announce that our CEO and Co-founder, Rachel Bentley, has been awarded the OBE in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours, for services to the protection and education of marginalised children worldwide.
In the kind of work we do - supporting children in the some of the toughest situations across the world - there are many benefits to being a small organisation. Here are five reasons why small is beautiful…
1. We can work under the radar
Being small has enabled us to access situations that larger organisations cannot, due to their size and the corresponding limitations and bureaucracy. For example, from 2011, for six years we were the only organisation providing education in safe spaces to Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar in the largest makeshift camp in Bangladesh. We attribute this in part, to our compact size. Since the influx of Rohingya refugees after attacks escalated in August 2017, a huge number of larger organisations arrived to contribute help, and we have replicated our community based education model to meet gaps in provision of education.
2. We’re agile
Our size enables us to have the flexibility to meet needs in a targeted way, as they arise, quickly and in a relational manner. If our partners are faced with a crisis, like dropping temperatures, fires within crowded camps, the explosion in Beirut, sudden floods, increased air raids or arrests, then we can respond immediately, garnering support or adapting the programme accordingly to continue to meet the needs of the children we work with.
3. We’re streamlined
We don’t rely on large and costly international staff offices in the countries we work in. Instead, we focus on building strong relationships with our local partners who have a thorough understanding of the situation on the ground and a depth of relationship with their communities.
4. We’re focused
Having a small number of projects means we can focus on delivering work of the highest quality. Larger organisations have a higher capacity, but deal very much in 'broad brush strokes', where as we have the ability to fine tune and ensure that each child is valued as an individual.
5. We keep you connected
Our small size means that our donors and supporters can have a greater connection and ownership with the work they are investing in. Your money doesn’t go into a huge machine, but to a small (but perfectly formed!) group of projects which you are updated on regularly, seeing tangibly and specifically the ongoing progress that you are making possible.
Read more about our work and how we help.