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MESSAGE FROM SAFE CHILD AFRICA'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chair of Trustees - James Trevett

"I want to start this edition of the newsletter by saying thank you to every one of our supporters who, in the last 10 years has supported our projects, read our newsletters, volunteered their time or taken part in one of our flagship fundraising challenge events.

You have been the heart of Safe Child Africa, helping us to shape the charity into what it is today: fearless and ambitious in it's determination to support some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged children in the world.  

The cause we champion at Safe Child Africa, is often unpopular and frequently overlooked.  Despite this, our achievements over the past 10 years have been significant. With your help, we have:

Changed the law in Nigeria to criminalise child abuse and witch-craft accusations

Created safe accommodation to take abandoned children off the street

Funded the education of children that now have access to a brighter future as a result. 

And brought the subject of Child Witchcraft Accusations to the attention of the UN.

In fact, as this Newsletter goes to print, our Projects Manager Dr Emilie Secker, together with one of Safe Child Africa's Partners, James Ibor, is just returning from a special United Nations two day workshop on witchcraft-related human rights violations. We will be bringing you more on this in our next edition of the Newsletter. 

As well as celebrating our past achievements, one of the roles of Safe Child Africa's Board of Trustees is to set the strategic direction for the charity, and periodically the trustees review progress towards achieving our charitable objectives. In July the Board concluded the most recent review and have re-committed Safe Child Africa to supporting the ongoing work of our partners in Nigeria to deliver projects that provide life changing and often life saving, help to children suffering abuse, torture and neglect.

In order to maintain this level of financial support to our partners, the trustees have also reviewed the costs of the organisation and have begun to implement an action plan to make the charity as financially streamlined and efficient as possible. By doing this, we maximise the funds available to our partners and deliver the ambitious goals, we at Safe Child Africa have set.

One of the changes that you as a supporter may notice, is that we have changed our address! (For our new address see the link below) We have taken the decision to close our office in Manchester, and going forwards the Safe Child Africa UK team will follow the model of many small charities and NGO's and will instead be home based. Our new address is a ‘virtual’ office address that will receive and forward our mail, and although that address is in London, we remain active in the North-West region operationally. This great news is that this one change alone will save the charity £500 per month!

As we continue to implement this and other changes, we are excited about what the future holds. The opportunities we have to work with our partners in Nigeria to deliver genuinely life-changing support to the children who need and deserve it most, are as important as they have ever been. We hope you will continue to support us in these endeavours.

As I hope you will see when you read Mary's Story, your contribution really does make a difference.  

Thank you.

James Trevett

Safe Child Africa September 2017 

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