In March 2018, the Funding Network came together with our friends at Octopus Giving, for an evening of live crowdfunding.
Sarah's Rural Libraries Fund (SRLF) raised over £7,000 to help record and publish oral traditions, and provide libraries to rural communities in Northern Peru, to improve literacy and education.
Since the event, SRLF has published four different books of oral traditions, and 10 new rural libraries have been established, where copies of these and other books have been donated.
There are now Rural Libraries in all 13 provinces in Cajamarca, Northern Peru, with the work recognised with a special award by the National Library of Peru.
Child.org raised over £5,600 for their project to identify whether Finnish-style 'Baby Boxes' could be a tool for improving childbirth outcomes and health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since pitching, Child.org delivered 483 Baby Boxes to mothers with newborn babies living in informal settlements in Nairobi County, Kenya, benefiting 1041 mothers and newborn babies.
A boost was seen in both the rate of mothers and babies receiving potentially life-saving postnatal care services, and improvements to mothers’ knowledge on baby-safety.
London Reclaimed is an employment charity which helps young adults into employment through training and mentoring.
London Reclaimed raised over £7,900 to take on an administrator to help support their team who are employing, training and mentoring young people in their two social businesses.
Shortly after the funding was received, Charlie, the new Administrator, was hired. Charlie has integrated into the team brilliantly, and is now running day-to-day finances, Human Resources, operations and communication.
Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) manages four schools which provide education and personal development to around 1400 girls from over 138 villages of Anupshahr, India. PPES raised over £6,400 to take on more students.
The funding was used to fund the education and well-being of 20 rural girls, including their nutrition and healthy growth through healthy meals, health check-ups and medicine.
Since the event, people have shown interest in volunteering and supporting the school, which has grown by 100 students, with additional classrooms and facilities to support the students.
Thank you to everyone who shared this fun evening with us and gave on the night.