Thursday, 9 July 2009

Help give a child a better future

Since 2004, God's Grace Foundation (GGF) has been making a difference and giving children a better future by awarding scholarships to less privileged children. This has been made possible with the generous support of our partners and sponsors. You can watch videos clips showing the impact of our sponsorship program at

In 2000, the ILO [International Labour Organization] estimated that 211 million children aged 5 to 14 were working. Of these children, approximately 111 million children were working full time and did not attend school. The other 100 million children of the same age group combined work and school. Poverty is commonly the primary determinant of a child's participation in work and reason for dropping out of school.

There is great need for educational sponsorship in Nigeria and every term we hear of more children dropping out of school because of the loss of a parent or due to financial hardship. I also met lots of children who are going hungry, sick, prone to abuse and without education during my trip to Nigeria last year. Investing in children's education yields great benefits for both the individual child and society as a whole.

Our goal this year is to raise £10,000 so that we can give 40 children full scholarship in September 2009. GGF sponsorship does not only focus on education but on the total wellbeing of the children. As well as paying for tuition, school books and uniform, we provide lunch (term time only) for our sponsored children, mentoring by a support worker, and termly meetings between the child’s support worker and the child’s guardians and also with their teachers.

Please join us on Saturday, 8th August 2009 (we will start the walk in Woolwich at 10am). We have a very scenic route mapped out with lots of interesting sights on the way and we will be finished by 1pm.

To register, we would be grateful for a donation of £10, every walker will receive a sponsored walk pack to help them raise funds, a t-shirt and a bottle of water. We will also provide light refreshments at Greenwich Park after the walk. To register for the walk, please contact me on 07859 057770 or email

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to join us we would be grateful for your pledge to give whatever you can in support of the walk and work.

God bless you as help give a child a better future.