Registered Charity Number SC030428

Total raised
£23954.00 + £3988.75 Gift Aid = £27942.75
+ £3539.75 Gift Aid
+ £449.00 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 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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<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>

Urgent Appeal to save Mercy Primary School

<p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Mercy Primary School have had to pull down five temporary classrooms that were awaiting replacement at the school. We urgently need to raise funds to build five new classrooms, so that the students can be back in school and learning as soon as possible.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify">Last week a school classroom collapsed in Nairobi. The accident tragically took the lives of 7 students and injured dozens more. As a result, the Kenyan government are cracking down on the safety of school buildings, a commendable move that COCO and its partners welcome. A safe place to study is one of the six pillars of COCO’s School’s for Life programme and our partners in Kenya do everything they can to provide students with a safe place to learn. The new government legislation requires all classrooms to be government approved and does not allow temporary classrooms.</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify">Previously, the community erected temporary classrooms at Mercy Primary School while COCO worked to find the funding for a permanent replacement. These temporary classrooms can no longer be used under this new legislation and these students are now without a place to study. The school already has five safe classrooms, which have saved the school from complete closure.</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify">Mercy Primary is even more important to the community now, as the next closest school has been completely closed, leaving many more children without a place to study. We need your help to ensure these children get access to a quality, safe education.</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>The full cost of replacing the classrooms will be £42,500 (£8,500 each)– PLEASE donate and share so we can support this fantastic school and get these children back into class as soon as possible!</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p><p class="ql-align-justify">£500 bricks for one classroom</p><p class="ql-align-justify">£100 could buy 400 bricks</p><p class="ql-align-justify">£50 could buy 200 bricks</p><p class="ql-align-justify">£10 could buy 40 bricks</p><p class="ql-align-center"><br></p>

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