UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
27th November, 2013
The Gambia, like other West African countries, has had a long history of slavery, which began in the tenth century. Around three million slaves were taken from the Gambia during the 300 years of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery was finally abolished in the Gambia in 1906 although modern forms of slavery still persist. The Gambia is one of the world’s poorest countries.
Just one sixth of its land is arable and soil quality is poor, leading to a dependence on one crop – peanuts. The country relies heavily on peanut exports and so it is susceptible to fluctuations in world prices.
A third of Gambians live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. Gambia has a high infant mortality rate as well as a high maternal mortality rate. Eradicating poverty and improving food security and nutrition are considered important issues in the country’s development. Other issues are gender equality and ensuring education for all school-age children; in rural areas poverty and cultural factors prevent girls attending school.
Penny Appeal is carrying out the following projects in The Gambia:
Join us at the Global Peace and Unity Festival!
24th October, 2013
The 6th Global Peace and Unity Festival opens its doors on Saturday 23rd November at ExCel London for a weekend of harmony and entertainment. Come and have a chat with us at the Penny Appeal stall (C20) and you could have your photo taken with a Muslim celebrity!
Fancy a FREE ticket? Simply sponsor an orphan, a well, or 120 life-saving meals here and you will receive FREE entry as a thank you! (You may make a one-off payment or choose to pay monthly by Direct Debit.)
The festival gathers individuals and organisations from across the social, political and religious spectrum, providing informative seminars and workshops as well as international speakers and performers. There is live entertainment, an international food court and shopping at the GPU souk in addition to attractions for both adults and children, including a funfair and a sports and adventure zone.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Read more about the GPU Event here.
Thirst Relief – Solving Thirst First!
18th September, 2013
Our Thirst Relief team remains focussed on its global mission to ‘solve thirst first’! Over the last two months we have installed many wells in lots of countries worldwide including a much-needed tube well in Sunderpur Village in the Sarlahi District of Nepal, to the delight of its residents! Beforehand, villagers used mainly contaminated river water, which carried a high risk of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, and intestinal worms!
The new tube well was funded by Penny Appeal supporter Chris Marshall, who ran 2,012 kilometres during 2012 to raise money for wells in twelve countries. It will provide the people of Sunderpur Village with easy access to safe water. This will improve health, which in turn should help to improve the villagers’ economic conditions. Tube wells are generally bored to a depth of 35 to 50 metres, depending on the water table and the viability of the water available.
Chris commented, “Seeing these pictures of real people benefitting from my running makes the challenge so worthwhile. Every water project we’ve been able to fund so far this year will make a real difference to so many peoples’ lives. I’m incredibly grateful for the support of all those who sponsored me; without their generosity these wells would not have happened.”
Donate a well in your name or in memory of a loved one from just £300 (or £25 monthly direct debit).
29th January, 2013
Calculate and pay your Zakat online: zakatcalculator.co.uk
Crossing the line: charity runner reaches 2,012km target
11th December, 2012
It's mission accomplished for charity fundraiser Chris Marshall, who has run 2,012 kilometres (1,250 miles) in 2012, helping to fund 12 clean water wells in 12 countries.
Chris (40), from Swansea, is raising funds for UK charity Penny Appeal's Clean Water Campaign. Nearly one billion people don't have access to clean water; the water they do have is often contaminated and makes them sick and unable to work or study – which in turn makes it harder to break free from poverty.
After running nearly a marathon a week since 1 January, Chris' "Run2012 Challenge" has raised over £6,150, and has helped to fund wells in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kashmir, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan.
Chris, who ran his 2,012th kilometre on 2nd December, said: "Crossing that finishing line was a great feeling, but it's even more rewarding to know that communities in 12 different countries will have access to clean water thanks to the generosity and compassion of the people who sponsored me."
Penny Appeal Chairman, Adeem Younis, said: "Everyone at Penny Appeal has been hugely impressed by Chris' determination and commitment to this challenge, and we congratulate him on his success. We really shouldn't underestimate the dedication it takes to run four or five times a week in all weathers, and those early morning runs in the wind and the rain can't have been much fun!
"He has been a real inspiration and I know his dedication has touched many people. And what a result to have provided clean water to 12 communities! He's definitely earned a rest, and he should be proud of his achievements."
Chris completed the 2,012 kilometres over 177 runs, burning approximately 200,000 calories (the equivalent of 600 slices of pizza!) and wearing out two pairs of running shoes in the process. He even completed his first full marathon along the way, but doesn't class himself as a natural runner.
He commented: "This all started when I was looking for something that would challenge me physically. I have never been the fittest or most athletic of people but I started running and was surprised to find myself enjoying it. I decided at the end of 2011 to run 2,012km in 2012, and to do so for Penny Appeal because, worldwide, nearly one in five deaths of children under the age of five is due to dirty water, and I don't think that's acceptable in this day and age.
"Hopefully, the 12 wells supported by my Run2012 challenge will make a real difference to the communities who will benefit from them, and I'm grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way."
The Run2012 Challenge continues until the end of the month. Every penny donated will go to Penny Appeal's Clean Water campaign and will help to change the lives of countless people in some of the world's poorest communities. There are three ways to donate:
1) At www.justgiving.com/run2012k
2) By text, using Vodaphone's JustTextGiving service. Text TWTW55 £5 or TWTW55 £10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10. Texts are free and 100% of your gift will go to Penny Appeal.
3) By calling Penny Appeal direct at +44 (0)1924 231088 - please don't forget to say that you're donating to the Run2012 Challenge.
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