BeyondMe

We fight poverty, relieve hunger and increase access to health care and education in some of the world's poorest countries. Help us design a programme aimed at making our partners more self-sufficient.

THE CONTEXT

Around 30 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school. According to UNICEF, the WHO and the World Bank, there are 83 million children under the age of 5 in Africa suffering from some form of malnutrition. In 2015, life expectancy in Africa was 60 years. In Europe, it's almost 77.

WHAT WE DO

Bread and Water for Africa UK’s mission is to build a network of self-sustaining innovative grass-roots organisations, which contribute to better access to education, nutrition and healthcare for children and their communities, in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

We work directly with carefully selected, small, local organisations which are best placed to know the needs of their communities, identify the solutions that exist and work best within their cultural and religious contexts. They are efficient and cost-effective because they use local staff and local resources and are quick to adapt.

Since 2004, we’ve helped our partners deliver outstanding services in Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya at a fraction of the cost of bigger international aid charities. We believe in this model of acting locally to tackle local problems. We want to demonstrate that it works, create a model that we can then evidence, replicate and scale up.

To date we have helped 2,000 abandoned children find a safe place to live; 32,260 people access water; 5,388 children through school and 730,950 people access healthcare services.

OUR PROJECT

Our partners need capacity building with both financial and business skills, in order to generate more of their own income and be less reliant on our financial support in the future.

Whilst achieving high levels of impact, we aim to gradually move them to self sufficiency, enabling us to redirect much-needed finance and support to other groups; and providing demonstration and learning from the work we have already done to replicate our model.

For this, we want to tap into the breadth of incredible talents and resources available in the UK, not to mention the incredible drive and motivation people have to contribute to a good cause.

We would love a BeyondMe Team to help design a volunteering programme that will utilise these resources to help the charity and its partners to maximize impact while delivering value for money, and establishing a demonstrable and replicable a model for long term sustainability -- thus helping us reach more families with the vital services they need.