Registered Charity Number SC030428

Total raised
£7478.00 + £1225.75 Gift Aid = £8703.75
+ £1186.75 Gift Aid
+ £39.00 Gift Aid

About COCO

COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) is an international children’s charity, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We believe that education provides the best possible chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. COCO works with communities in remote regions of East Africa to provide sustainable sources of quality education through our Schools for Life programme.

COCO was founded by Steve Cram CBE and British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000. Since then, the charity has raised over £4 million to fund small, sustainable, community led initiatives. COCO and its partners have now undertaken 60 transformational projects in 16 countries, positively impacting the lives of over 200,000 people. 

Graduates from partner school, Hoja Secondary in Tanzania, have achieved the best results in their region for five consecutive years and the school is now able to cover its own running costs thanks to income generation schemes. COCO is working with 14 other communities to replicate this success. In addition, to enable parents to cover the cost of their children’s education, COCO has distributed over 6,000 small loans and provided sustainable agriculture training to several communities, helping farmers to increase their annual income by up to 284%. 

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Greg's Massive March to Machu Picchu 2019

10 years on from Kili, I am heading for the hills again; this time the home of Paddington, Alpacas and Ancient Mayans.
Yes, treading some well-worn paths, parts of the Incan Trail and more remote terrain, I will be trekking to Machu Picchu in June 2019 and I really need your help to do it!!
My flights are booked and trek paid for, so all I’m asking is some support for myself and COCO in raising some funds so that they may continue their work in the development of young lives in those region, less able and where priority to education is less forthcoming, something that we might take for granted.
Any donation would be gratefully accepted.
If you would like to take the time to check out COCO and the awesome projects they are presently undertaking you can scroll down or visit their website:
You can also follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn.
I have some photos of my past excursions to Kilimanjaro in 2009 and the Himalayas / Everest Base Camp in 2017.
It’s well worth the Peru’s!!
Watch out for a significant fundraising announcement soon; it’s getting close…

So there it is - my challenge is the 8 day trek to view one of the Ancient Wonders of the World; Machu Picchu whilst being able to help make a difference to so many others lives.
I can’t wait but still need your generous assistance to help me achieve my fundraising target.
To make it more interesting this time, I had a stupid idea (absolutely, another one!)…
Why not shave off my now extensive head of hair, and why not if you’re going to do it, do it properly?

So my proposal is this;
With my total Fundraising Target at £2500, if I exceed £2000 I will get my head shaved!!
Now all you have do, is click the "sponsor" button and you won't have to imagine what I would look like with no hair…
Thank you very much.

Greg Nixon

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Current appeals


<p class="ql-align-justify"><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">Spring is in the air and we are surrounded by regrowth and renewal. Please support us by renewing&nbsp;hope for the community in Bwayi.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">In Bwayi, a village in Western Kenya, farmworkers are paid </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">55p per day.</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> Families live in such poverty that&nbsp;sometimes their children have to work too, for </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">30p per day.</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> Imagine, a whole day’s work and it won’t even buy you a bottle of water or a loaf of bread!</span></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">COCO want to change this.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">COCO and our partner organisation </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">Niaver </strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">(</span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">which means HOPE</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">&nbsp;in the local language of Luhya) have already trained 140 women in sustainable agricultural practices. Those trained can now afford to send their children to </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">school </strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">and access </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">healthcare</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">.</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> Previous evaluations have shown that farmers see an average household </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">income increase of 284%</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> as a result of this training!</span></p><p class="ql-align-justify">&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">We need your support </strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">to establish a model farm and resource centre for the community in Bwayi, as the land previously used for training is no longer available. The new farm will be used as a site to </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">train more farmers</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> and grow cash crops to support the</span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> long term sustainability</strong><span style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);"> of the community so that parents can provide for their families and their children don't need to miss school&nbsp;The resource centre will hold </span><strong style="color: rgb(137, 75, 139);">community education events and even house a nursery school.</strong></p>

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