Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Global Concerns Trust would like to thank you for your support throughout the year, and wish you a happy festive season!
2013 has been a strong year for The Global Concerns Trust. We started the year with news of being awarded a three-year grant from the Scottish Government for our project, â€œTools and Training for Livelihood in Malawiâ€. In May we hosted a successful visit from Brinda Adige, Director of Global Concerns India, who was the keynote speaker at our â€œGlobal Gatheringâ€ event in Edinburgh. We had a fruitful monitoring visit to Malawi in August, and look forward to showing our film documenting the project in 2014.
Throughout the year friends of Global Concerns have been involved in fundraising and we have received generous donations, which are being put towards the construction of the Childrenâ€™s Creativity Centre in the Bangalore slum. We still have some way to go to raise the funds needed, and would appreciate any donations
, however big or small!
Photos (clockwise from top left):
1. Schoolgirls participating in GCIâ€™s Assisted Learning Programme, which encourages girls to attend and remain in school, participate in extra-curricular activities, and enjoy learning. The space inside the GCI office is not big enough for all the children on the programme, so the street outside is being used, until we have sufficient funds to build the Childrenâ€™s Creativity Centre.
2. Science is not considered a subject for girls; in August 2013 the girls from the Childrenâ€™s Creativity Programme in the slum were invited to participate in science experiments and learn about the human body.
3. India is one of the foremost countries for organ trade, cheap labour and sexual exploitation. In November, GCI took part in a walk to raise attention for the missing girl children of India.
4. These girls come to the GCI office in the slum every day and participate in the Childrenâ€™s Creativity programme. Their parents work as daily wage labourers and are illiterate. The girls are intelligent and take part in informal debates and discussions, and share dreams of what they would like to do when they are older.