Monday, 30 September 2013

Charity Submission & Bank Progress

In the past month, we have reached three of our milestones.  Our first milestone was successfully opening a bank account in the UK.  The second was officially launching Give Aid Direct.  The third occurred last week when we received some good, no great news from the Charity Commission.  As long as we made a couple amendments to our constitution document, they would proceed with granting us charitable status in the UK!  We are delighted - another milestone achieved!  It has taken us longer than we anticipated, but we have made it.  Now we are in the process of waiting for the official documentation and our charitable number, but it seems to be only a matter of time now.

It has been a good month and we are looking forward to October being even better.  I am currently in Angola and have spent the last week in rural communities.  I have seen children suffering from severe malnutrition that makes me wonder why i was so lucky being born where I did.  I've talked with women who have started small businesses using a small loan - some of these women have gone from success to success scaling their businesses in ways that I am in awe of.  I have seen communities who have built wells with locally available materials and have changed their lives for the better with some small technical help from the outside.  There are great things happening here and I hope that as Give Aid Direct grows, we can support people here too!

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