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Welcome to the Safe Child Africa Spring newsletter! In this edition we are bringing you updates on several important topics, including a celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the Emergency Accommodation Centre in Calabar and an introduction to another of our Nigerian partners who is co-ordinating grass roots community engagement in Akwa Ibom state.

In addition to the important work taking place in Nigeria, we have also taken some time to reflect very carefully on our responsibilities as a charitable organisation in the context of upcoming changes in the law regarding Data Protection, and more widely our duty to be transparent about the way we operate.

As a supporter of Safe Child Africa, your trust and continued support are critical to our ability to be able to continue to support the delivery of life-changing work for some of the most vulnerable children. We at Safe Child Africa are always seeking to be good stewards of the resources you give us to deliver on our mission of defending rights and creating futures.

To that end we have updated our ‘Supporter Promise’ to reaffirm our commitments to you, and to reiterate our good-practices in never sharing your data with any 3rd party. We believe that the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a positive step in giving individuals control over their data. We are also pleased that Safe Child Africa’s existing policies and processes are already generally aligned to the new regulations.

I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who makes a financial contribution to Safe Child Africa, no matter the size of such contributions. Those who give regularly, those who give when they can, and those who felt moved to give in response to our Christmas newsletter – you are contributing towards making a real difference in the lives of others. I am humbled and inspired and commend you for your generosity.

Whilst new donations are always welcome from those who are willing and able to give (ways to donate can be found on the donation page of our website), we also recognise that many of our supporters already give very generously. As such we wanted to highlight another way you can provide Safe Child Africa with support at no cost, through Give As You Live

If you have been following us on social media you may have already seen ‘Give As You Live’ being discussed. This is an affiliate shopping website which raises funds from online retailers every time you shop online – signing up at ‘Give As You Live’ for free and selecting Safe Child Africa as your charity of choice is a fantastic way to help us raise additional funding.

Finally, I also want to highlight this year’s International Day of the Street Child, taking place once again on the 12th April. You can read more about this year’s themes and what they mean for street connected children here.

Best wishes

James

James Trevett - Chair of the Board of Trustees

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