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An A&O team returns from a trip to see War Child’s work in Uganda

18 June 2018

A&O’s Global Charity Partnership with War Child set out to raise GBP500,000 to support 2,160 Syrian children and their parents in Emirati Camp in Jordan through a new project, Rescue Childhood.

​A&O’s fundraising total now stands at GBP1.32 million – by far the most we have ever raised for a global charity partner.

The additional money is being given to War Child as flexible funding, allowing the charity to direct money to where it is needed most across the seven countries in which it operates. A six-person team from A&O visited War Child’s work in Uganda, where it is working with the social enterprise, KATI.

KATI supports young people to develop their own business ideas and provides training, mentoring and financial assistance.

Singapore partner Brendan Hannigan was part of the A&O team in Uganda. “The impact of the conflict is huge and is still being felt today. KATI does incredible work with young people in Uganda to help lift them out of poverty by developing a business idea of their choice – rather than imposing particular ideas or professions,” Brendan says.

“A relatively small investment has a massive impact in rebuilding communities after conflict. Visiting Uganda was a unique experience – endlessly fascinating, thought-provoking, challenging and ultimately overwhelmingly positive.”

Watch the video from the trip here.

A&O’s support is helping this and other underfunded programmes in regions not widely reported in the media. “With this funding, we can provide life-saving support for children affected by war today,” says Rob Williams, CEO of War Child, “and ensure that War Child can protect, educate and provide hope for a brighter future for children affected by the conflicts of tomorrow.”

Read more about our Pro Bono and Community Investment work in the latest edition of our magazine, Increasing Access.

 

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