We know the feeling, stuck in that Chrimbo Limbo between Christmas and New Year. But, here’s the feel-good factor: we can do so much more because of YOUR support! As we reach the end of another busy year here at School in a Bag, we’d like to fill you in on everything you’ve helped us achieve:
First of all, with your support we’ve provided a little red SchoolBag to 9,479 children. That’s 9,479 smiling students around the world who have a chance at a better life, and hope for the future. That doesn’t include the 3,263 SchoolBags which have been funded ready to be distributed in the New Year.
Alongside these SchoolBag distributions, we have made connections with 12 new international partners, and 5 new countries, which opens up countless new projects and collaborations to look towards.
Around the world, School in a Bag’s Uganda appeal for refugee children has so far raised an incredible £18,577 funding SchoolBags for thousands of children who lost everything escaping war-torn Sudan. In Nepal, we’ve helped set-up 2 new school builds in Nepal using money raised by Yeovil-based firm Leonardo Helicopters apprentices and graduates scheme, AWASA, and Rotary District 1200 as well as supporting the funding of a library at Nakote School, also in Nepal, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Yeovil
Ed Pratt has cycled through 6 more countries on his World Unicycle tour, bringing him roughly 3,000 miles from his final destination of the School in a Bag HQ, where his journey began in march 2015… He’s expected to arrive sometime this Spring, and is well on the way to achieving his target of £18,000 for School in a Bag, thanks to the incredible support he’s been getting! ,
Back in the UK Lis, our School Liaison Officer, has given presentations to around 30 Schools, who each chose to support School in a Bag this year. It’s always amazing to see students in the UK aiding their own generation internationally, helping children who face severe barriers to education.
Back in June, Home Farm Festival 12 smashed its record by raising a whopping £72,700, nearly £13,000 more than 2016 – what’s more, this takes the accumulated HFF total to £325,000!! The team is already planning for next year, and you can grab your Earlybird tickets here – but be quick, they finish on 31st December.
Although 2017 is nearly over, we’re not done yet – there are still hundreds of millions of children worldwide out of school, and this doesn’t include the refugees and internally displaced children not reflected in statistics. Progress towards an educated world is beginning to slow down. Your continued support means that we can go into 2018 with some momentum and continue to give the gift of education to those who need it.
Now all that’s left to do is to wish you all a very warm and joyful New Year.
School in a Bag Team x
PS talking of numbers, can our first ever charity single get to no.1?! Don’t worry, it’s not us singing, but The Odd Gods, and 50% of the profits will come to us, so a BIG thank you to the band! Take a listen to the song here and you can buy it on iTunes 🙂