January 2019 – The trustees agreed to donate £825 to Village Water for sanitary hygiene products workshops and education in Zambia. There is a Cumbrian link. Our grant enables Village Water to apply for match funding from the UK government which will go towards a project in George Compound – a slum area of Lusaka. https://villagewater.org/
COAT also donated £1085 to DEWODE (Dedicated Women in Development) to pay for items for the Pakegido Health Centre in North-Eastern Uganda including a new delivery bed, an oxygen concentrator, a sewing machine and an overlocker. Local link is DEWODE is based in Wythrop Mill, Cumbria. https://www.facebook.com/DeWoDe
We also donated £100 to a student from Kirkby Lonsdale, Maddy Davis, who will be going to Ghana for a year with Project Trust to teach Maths in a school. https://projecttrust.org.uk/
March 2019 – COAT donated £300 to local Cumbrian charity Poverty Swap towards materials for classrooms and toilets at Fikir School in Ethiopia. Local link through founder of Poverty Swap Helen Faulds, who lives in Cumbria. https://povertyswap.com/
We also agreed to donate £100 to Katherine Monaghan, a University of Cumbria student who is on placement in Alldays, Limpopo Province, South Africa. She is setting up a ‘period project’ for local school girls with the organisation Subz and our donation will contribute to the project. https://subzpads.co.za/
May 2019 – COAT agreed to donate £1000 to a project in Taru, Kenya, building 2 classrooms and 2 toilet blocks for a school. Local link through Paul Moffat from Carlisle.
We also gave £400 to a joint application from Days for Girls and Rosie Baxter, to buy sewing machines and school resources, also for Taru, Kenya. Local link – Cumbrian group of Days for Girls, based in Brampton. https://www.daysforgirls.org/
July 2019 – The trustees decided to donate £1000 to Five Talents charity to pay for a motorbike to enable local trainers to train, mentor and supervise participants in a microfinance scheme in Butere, Western Kenya. Local link through a Five Talents trustee from Carlisle. https://www.fivetalents.org.uk/
September 2019 – COAT gave £750 to Legs4Africa towards the costs of sending prosthetic legs to Africa. The prosthetic legs are donated by private donors and partner NHS hospitals and recycle legs that would otherwise end up in landfill. They enable amputees in Africa to regain their mobility and help them escape poverty. There is a local link through a member of staff from the Cumberland Infirmary. https://www.legs4africa.org/ .
The trustees also decided to support a Twinning Project between Old Hutton Primary School near Kendal and Joachim Fode N’Diaye Primary School in Joal, Senegal. £500 was donated towards the cost of repairing a classroom roof at the school in Senegal. https://www.imaginesenegal.com/