We are always delighted when people, schools or businesses want to make donations in kind.
However, it is not always easy to ship things abroad, and sometimes your money goes much further if we give our partners funds to buy something there, rather than ship it from the UK.
On the other hand, some things that we take for granted in the UK are very scarce or incredibly expensive in the countries where our partners operate, especially those in Africa.
At the moment they are asking for:
Our partner Ilomba in Cote d'Ivoire would love an ultrasounds scanner. At the moment, women from the surrounding villages have to pay around £150 per scan when they are pregnant. As this is the equivalent of 5 month's wages for many of them, women resort to forgoing their prenatal scans, and this means that they often do not know when their baby is due (in the UK the 12 week scan dates the pregnancy), whether they are carrying more than one baby, or whether there could be complications to prepare for, such as unusual placement of the baby or placenta.
A new (or used ultrasounds scanner with life left) would be a great asset to Ilomba and has the potential to save mothers' and babies's lives.
Our partners in Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and DR Congo all need books. While e-readers seem like a good solution, one book can be read by many people and, if looked after well, lasts a long time with no charging needed!
We are looking for books in good condition, in English and French, which are factually up to date:
- Reading books (fiction and non-fiction) for school girls and young adults. For example, when we visited a primary school in Douala, we found that they had only around 20 textbooks for over 1,000 children, and no reading books: a cheap paperback in Cameroon costs around £10 and the selection of books is minimal.
If your school or workplace would like to organise a collection or fundraise for shipping, we would love to hear from you! It costs around £100 to send 100 books.
In countries with frequent power cuts, desktop computers have short lives, which is a pity as they are much cheaper than laptops. Laptops, having batteries, mean students and workers in our projects can continue their work even if there's a blackout.
With more and more of the world online, young people need to have a basic understanding of computers in order to get good jobs, and without computers this is impossible. It is a huge barrier to access and is one of the reasons why foreign workers are still regularly chosen over local ones in many sectors, who do not have the skills to compete. Additionally, it is a barrier to accessing knowledge - there is so much to learn through online resources.
If your company is upgrading to new laptops, maybe you would like to give a new home to the old ones?
We would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you would like to help us to make this happen!