The Big Give’s annual flagship event – The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023 has now closed.
Together, you helped us reach our target of £20,000 for our mental health project in Rwanda, helping another 250 genocide survivors to receive counselling. We couldn’t do this without your kindness and support – thank you.
How the Big Give Winter Challenge works
The Big Give Winter Challenge is an annual match funding campaign that Network for Africa has taken part in since 2012.
The initial match funds come from two sources –
- Network for Africa needs to secure promises of funding (also known as pledges) over the summer (which are then collected in the winter); and
- A Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund.
This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign goes live.
Progress So Far
From 2017 to 2022
During this period, you have helped Network for Africa to raise over £138,000 for our SURF project in Rwanda. While the 1994 Rwandan genocide is well known, less understood is the conflict’s lingering impact on survivors’ mental health and therefore their ability to lead normal lives and support themselves. Many orphans had to raise their siblings, some are single mothers, and others have been cheated out of their inherited property by distant relatives and strangers. The funds have helped to train Rwandan counsellors and lay counsellors so they can provide counselling to genocide orphans, in fortnightly group therapy sessions and one-to-one counselling.
In the years 2012 – 2016
You helped Network for Africa to raise over £70,000 for our Patongo Counselling Community Outreach (PCCO) programme in northern Uganda, where the recent civil war left many people traumatised. The PCCO transformed people’s lives by alleviating the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and its associated social and economic problems.
Our Big Give Champions
Network for Africa is grateful to our Big Give Champions who have helped us to raise large sums of money over the years through their donations:
The Coles-Medlock Foundation | Friends of the Reed Foundation | Human Rights Fund | Reed Foundation – International | The Step Up Fund