7 children under 5 die every hour

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on earth. Around 12 million of its 20 million population have no access to safe, clean water; 14 million live on less than US$1 or around 60 p a day; and 60,000 children under 5 die each year from water borne diseases and generally poor health – caused mainly by malnutrition. These deaths are preventable.

To read more about Madagascar and the difference that small grants can make to both individuals and communities click here to read the Africa Research Institute Report “Think Small: The example of small grants, in Madagascar” by Brian Donaldson

I have set up a page on the Just Giving website. Having pondered long and hard about whether I should have just donated the cost of the trip to the charity,  I decided two things:

1 – I can, by going out to Madagascar, develop a far greater understanding of the issues people face. I can in turn discuss these issues on blogs, in tweets, with friends, the media etc and I can film, photograph and record images, stories and impressions  in some hope of raising the profile of the huge need for small grants which can go a long way to changing lives out there.

2 – if I am going to go out there, to a politically unstable country with extreme poverty (and 740 species of spider), then the least my friends, family, neighbours, twitter network, facebook friends, and fellow human beings can do is donate a little something to KTCT as well.

So – go to:

http://www.justgiving.com/EllieStoneley and hit the ‘donate’ button – anything you can afford would be hugely appreciated and will go entirely to local transformative projects supported by the Kitchen Table Charities Trust.

A message from John Humphrys – founder of Kitchen Table Charities Trust.

“The money we raise is fed directly to the smallest charities. We choose those whose work we can assess and monitor.

Many of them work with children – often orphans whose parents might have died from Aids and end up on the streets of big cities. Without help they might turn to crime or prostitution and face an early death from dreadful diseases. Another charity helps polio victims who are forced to beg for a living. They train them to make marvellous metal sculptures from old junk. Other charities make small loans to widows who use the money to set up little businesses. Another teaches skills such as carpentry to young boys. Another runs a cancer hospice. A small hospital restores the sight of people with cataracts.

The one thing they have in common is that whatever money they have is spent in the local area on the people most in need. That not only helps the most vulnerable but, in the longer term, helps the country to stand on its own feet. If a child is educated or taught a skill or has his or her sight restored, they can help others in return.

We at the KTCT think this is what matters. We are not interested in charity as a big business. We believe that charity is about individuals helping other individuals with the minimum of bureaucracy and needless expense. That is why we exist.”

Just some idea of how your money might be spent:

  • In many poor countries children cannot go to school unless they have uniforms. It costs just £4 in Tanzania to provide two uniforms and a few exercise books and pens for a child – but when you are dirt poor that’s a huge sum.Four pounds can change a life
  • There are millions of people who are blind from cataracts and, therefore, utterly destitute. A charity hospital in Dar es Salaam will perform a cataract operation for £10 – not that they turn anyone away.Ten pounds to see again.
  • Tens of millions of people contract the worst form of malaria because they have no protection against mosquitoes. It costs less than £1 to supply someone with a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide.One pound to protect someone from a deadly disease.
  • It costs as little as £25 to help a woman buy a reconditioned sewing machine so that she can run a little business and feed her family.Twenty-five pounds to give a family a future
  • It costs approximately £500 to build two water points that will provide a decent water supply for a village of a few hundred people. This means the women and children no longer have to walk many miles every day to collect water that is often rank and disease-ridden.Five hundred pounds to transform a village
  • It costs £35 to cover all school costs for a child in primary school for a year.A child who can read is a child with a future.
  • For £100 a year a teenage boy or girl can be taught a skill – carpentry or dressmaking or even computer skills. They become self-sufficient and the whole community benefits. The future looks brighter.£100 for a real chance in life.

Pretty good value for money eh?


thank you