Registered Charity Number SC030428

Total raised
£14934.00 + £2373.75 Gift Aid = £17307.75
+ £2321.00 Gift Aid
+ £52.75 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 our 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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Raising Money for COCO!

We're running the Great North Run for COCO!
We've only gone and signed up to run the Great North Run and it's in less than 10 weeks! Ahh! On September 8th, we'll be taking on a gruelling 13.1 miles of running for COCO. It's going to feel like a long and painful challenge but in reality we havn't got that long at all!
I (Matt) for one has never ran a park run before never mind the GNR, but now's a good a time as any... right?
We'll be training hard to run as fast as we can. So let the training runs commence!
The biggest reason we're doing the run is to raise a few pounds for the amazing charity COCO. And we're hoping our bodies will thank us for it too.
COCO's goal is to create a world where every child has a quality education. They do absolutely fantastic work in East Africa providing schools for life in communities that need them the most. COCO equip thousands of children with the tools they need to break out of the cycle of poverty and over the last year their work has directly helped nearly 20,000 people!
Together, we're aiming to raise a whopping £600 to help COCO continue their work so please donate anything you can.
It doesn't matter how small or large your donation is, every little helps!
Just £3 will buy a treated mosquito net which protects kids from deadly diseases, a tenner will buy a school uniform which enables children to go to secondary schools and £50 will pay for a teacher's salary for a full month.
Your donations will go to life changing work! Thanks for your support!!
Matt and Ella

Matthew Hamer

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<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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