January 2020 The trustees decided to support a local student, Lena Shimmin, who is fundraising for a year’s voluntary work through Project Trust. She’ll be working in a school in Ghana. We gave £100.
COAT also donated £850 to the Kinamba Community Programme, based in Ulverston and working in Kigale, Rwanda. This will pay for one month’s supply of lunches for 137 school children and 13 staff, and porridge and bread for 80 nursery children in the mornings. https://kinambaproject.org.uk/about-us/
The COAT trustees agreed to donate £200 to PHASE Worldwide towards providing toilets in Bama in Mugu, in Far West Nepal (not all villagers have a toilet). PHASE supplies materials for the householders to build a basic ‘hut’, with a drainage hole, pipe and squat toilet, teaches villagers how to construct it and provides education about the importance of good sanitation and hygiene. Local connection with a retired GP in Windermere. phaseworldwide.org
We also donated £200 to Five Talents towards a motorbike in the Aru area of the Democratic Republic of Congo to be used by outreach workers who travel around the local communities providing training in literacy, business skills, savings and loans groups. Local connection through a Five Talents trustee who lives in Carlisle. www.fivetalents.org.uk
The COAT trustees agreed to donate £500 to Concern Worldwide to support their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bangladesh they aim to ensure the availability of 1 month’s supply of food to the Rohingya refugees in the camps in Cox’s Bazar. They have also been distributing information leaflets about COVID-19 to communities in 3 districts in other parts of the country. No local connection but we have worked with Concern Worldwide before and this is an emergency situation. https://www.concern.org.uk/
We also donated £500 to the Kinamba Community Fund to provide emergency packages to the local community during the lockdown period in Kigali, Rwanda because of coronavirus. Packages contain maize flour, beans, cooking oil and soap. Local connection (based in Ulverston, Cumbria) https://kinambaproject.org.uk/