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Message from James Trevett, Safe Child Africa, Chair of Trustees

This week much of the UK has been covered in snow, transforming towns and cities into winter wonderlands, and putting everyone in the festive spirit as preparations for Christmas continue in earnest. Snow in the UK also has the effect of causing disruption to our normal routines – schools closed and roads impossible to navigate by car – adding to the anxiety and stress that can also be associated with Christmas.

But as I was walking to the local shop I couldn’t help but be filled with joy at the sight of the number of children and parents out in their front gardens working together to build an array of snowmen. I was struck by the laughter and excitement that filled the air. The disruption of the snowfall had broken the routine and brought families together in a shared endeavour – an opportunity to connect, live and love.

Christmas is another such opportunity, a chance to step out of our day-to-day lives and connect with those people closest to us. For those who will be spending their Christmas with children, grand-children, nieces or nephews it can also be particularly joyous; being able to share in the wide-eyed thrill of their youthful excitement at the whole experience.

However, at Safe Child Africa we know that not every child has the chance to experience a safe and loving family life. The magic of Christmas that delights us, is the plight of children in parts of Nigeria where magic is a much darker force used to justify physical and mental abuse of children.

No one should have a childhood like this.

Everyone at Safe Child Africa is committed to continuing to work for justice for these children and create better, brighter futures. We want to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who has supported us in delivering this work in the last year – we really couldn’t do it without you!

In this newsletter we bring you two stories – 'Rutendo' and 'Eno' – we hope you get a chance to read and listen to these. It is children like these that we have been able to support in 2017, and with your help, it is children like these we hope to continue to help in 2018.

Finally, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year . Enjoy your time with your friends and family – this is the future we want to create for every child.

Warmest regards,

James Trevett | Chair of Trustees

You can read more about James, and his involvement with our Charity here