Current Projects (2021)

January 2021 The trustees agreed to donate £600 to Five Talents for 4 mobile phones for training facilitators. Five Talents supports those living in extreme poverty to create their own opportunities to save, plan and build sustainable futures for themselves and their families. They have been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo training people in literacy, numeracy, financial and business skills and since the coronavirus pandemic started, they have found mobile phones are invaluable for arranging health awareness training, data collection and planning how to operate during the pandemic. www.fivetalents.org.uk

Also, COAT donated £360 to Children of the Dump to provide a supply of rice for one month. Children of the Dump provides education and support to deprived children living in extreme poverty on and around the Payatas and San Isidro rubbish dumps in Manila in the Philippines. www.childrenofthedump.org.uk

In addition, COAT donated £400 to Helping Hands for 40 uniforms to allow children to attend state schools in Cambodia. Helping Hands is a small, locally staffed education project based in the rural community of Prasat Char. For rural Cambodian families, cost of a uniform is a barrier to education, so uniform provision plays a fundamental role in improving school attendance. www.helpinghandcambodia.org

March 2021 We donated £1440 to Village Water of which £940 was for the repair of one village water pump in Zambia. This money covers creating a water committee made up of local men and women who get training in basic maintenance and hygiene. Pump functionality and water quality is checked for a mimimum of 5 years. The COAT trustees also agreed to donate £500 towards boots and jackets for the local team members out in the field. Changing weather patterns in Africa have meant heavy rainfall, flooding and problems with mud have hindered team members trying to reach rural communities. www.villagewater.org

May 2021 We donated £1000 to the AdAmi Project who support vulnerable expectant and young mothers in Sierra Leone to return to education or to take their first steps towards employment. This donation is towards back to school kits (uniforms, stationary and learning materials) and/or vocational training fees. www.adamiproject.org