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Team Kenya

Team Kenya involves entire communities in Western Kenya in gender equality, so that girls and women in rural Kenya can create their own bright futures. We work with local primary schools, and the whole community that surrounds them to tackle the barriers that prevent girls from accessing quality education. We do this by working towards our three key priorities:

  1. Girls Education – Girls gain access to and attain a good quality education and have relevant skills and knowledge to fully participate in economic social and cultural life.
  2. Economic Empowerment and Food Security – Families have improved food security and develop sustainable economic enterprises to support girls.
  3. Girls Equality and Safety – Girls and young women are equal and respected members of society who are safe at home, in school and in their community.

Team Kenya’s story began when teacher Valerie Wilson travelled to Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County, Western Kenya as part of the British Council’s funded school links programme in 1999. She maintained strong links with the community and in 2008, Team Kenya was officially founded, working with local Kenyan people to educate girls, empower women and transform communities. In 2016, Team Kenya successfully applied to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which has enabled us to appoint our first staff members who will contribute to the long-term growth and sustainability of the charity.

Why women and girls? In Homa Bay County, 63% of people live in extreme poverty and at least 1 in 4 people are infected with HIV – the highest rate in Kenya. Adolescent girls are most at risk due to lack of sexual health education, widespread sexual exploitation, gender based violence (GBV), harmful traditional practices, including polygamy, wife inheritance and child marriage. 57% of women & girls in the County have experienced physical violence and 31.6% sexual violence. Average life expectancy is 47.5 years against a Kenyan national average of 64 years. In Ndhiwa, 75.5% of children attend primary school but only 15.7% progress to secondary school, and very few of these are girls. Girls in Ndhiwa have fewer educational opportunities than boys due to deeply entrenched traditional attitudes towards girls leading to widespread and tolerated abuse of their rights.


Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why we can help you find the support you need to get back on track.

The Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.

We also award our own grants from the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, the Turn2us Response Fund, and the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust.

Our help is available through our website, helpline and through our partners.

Website: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/



Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. A spinal injury can happen to anyone at any time, and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.

Individuals affected by Spinal Cord Injury will lose muscle and sensory control and a large majority will become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK. This support allows people with spinal injury to lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in their workplace and in leisure time.

Aspire do not receive any government funding and rely solely on generous donations from supporters. To find out more about what they do visit www.aspire.org.uk

You can support their work by fundraising and maybe taking on a sporting challenge, which is a great way to get fit and do something amazing for the people they support.

Their fundraising events include Marathons, Half-marathons, open water swim events, Channel Swim relays and Cycle sportives such as Ride London among many others.

The most popular challenge is the Aspire Channel Swim. Last year around 6,500 people signed up to the challenge and there are hundreds of stories about how the event has inspired people, predominantly women, to get fit and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Between September and December you can swim 22 miles at a local pool and at a times that suit you. With profile pages, online support to monitor, track and share your progress, it’s a fantastic way to keep motivated with your fitness and fundraising goals.

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can do and a great way to get fit whilst raising money for an amazing cause. To register for your personal challenge, go to https://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk


Just4Children provides support for families to help their children with disabilities and sickness.

 Just4Children is passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of good physical and mental health of children and young people under the age of 25 years resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland in particular, and without limitation, by providing and assisting in the provision of services and grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies and equipment which would not otherwise be available to them.

Just4Children provides fundraising support for families in these areas:

Life changing treatment for children with brain injuries;

Access to quality of life enhancing surgeries and treatments like selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and stem cell therapy;

Access to life-saving surgeries and treatments;

Probable and likely surgeries and treatments as yet not diagnosed;

Short breaks and holidays for children with families fighting illnesses and disabilities;

Creating dreams for terminally ill children;

Mobility and sensory equipment;

New technology to enhance quality of life for house bound children;

Holistic therapy and support programmes for autistic children;

Adaptions to homes and living environments to improve quality of life;

Sports equipment to enable talented disabled athletes to participate in competitive sport;

Seizure response dogs for children with epilepsy;

And any other areas the trustees feel will benefit children who have disabilities and sickness.

Goa Outreach

“Goa Outreach is a working name of ‘Joy Home for Children’ a registered charity (No. 1131247).  
The Goa Outreach project is based in the Indian state of Goa, where it helps local disadvantaged children from small pockets of slums dotted around the state, these children migrate to Goa with the hope of a better life, which many do not find.  
The main objective of the charity is to help these children enter and stay in full time education.  Families often rely on their children to bring in money by working or begging and we try to get them off the streets and into school which can be difficult as many of the parents  do not see the benefit of education especially for girls who are often seen as just a burden for the family. 
Medical and health care are also provided to encourage safe practices and maintain their well being.  
All of this is provided by a small team of volunteers and local Indian staff. 

If you would like to support us then please contact us on office@goaoutreach.org

To find out more please visit our website at https://www.GoaOutreach.org and like our facebook page at https://www.Facebook.com/GoaOutreach .”

Media Matters for Women

Valentina Barbacci is Social Impact and Development Advisor to TRVST, which facilitates and incentivises collaboration on sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues bringing together corporations, philanthropists, investors and engaged citizens.
She is also Executive Director of Media Matters for Women, a women’s empowerment charity that employs female journalists to create and disseminate broadcasts on women’s rights via Bluetooth and IVR in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Association for the Protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights (APWCR), which investigates and reports human rights abuses to local and international authorities on behalf of the most under-privileged in Cameroon.
Previously she was: Senior Advisor at I.G. Advisors, a strategic management consultancy focused on social impact – philanthropy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and fundraising; Client Solutions Director at General Assembly, a digital education company, working with Fortune 500 companies globally on their Digital Transformation strategy; Client Relationship Manager at Guidepoint Global, a leading primary research firm, managing research projects across all industries globally for analysts and investors in EMEA and APAC, including global banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and mutual funds; and Assistant Director, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, managing high-level meetings, study trips, and endowed lectureships on U.S. foreign policy with economists, policymakers, and academics.
She holds a BA in International Relations and Journalism from Boston University. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Spanish, and has a basic foundation in Turkish and Russian.