Did you know that 130 million girls remain out of school? Or that 1 in 3 girls will experience abuse in her lifetime? Jeremy Stafford-Smith from Vodafone certainly does and is off up Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness and money for the #ShineALight for girls campaign.
This is a restricted fund dedicated to supporting girls dealing with the effects of; self-harm, period poverty, trafficking and displacement. It continues the work of the Vodafone Foundation to take a stand against gender inequality and to promote education.
Stafford-Smith and his fellow charity trekkers are off at the beginning of February 2020 – and he wants your money.
“I am entirely self-funding my travel and the guided element of the trek very penny you donate will be channelled into the “Girl Fund,” he tells us via satellite phone from the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain.
For the trek, Stafford-Smith is partnering with:
- UNSEEN, a charity with only one mission, to end slavery.
- HELP REFUGEES: our continued partner from 2017, a charity that distributes aid to support displaced refugees with special focus on girls as they are disproportionately affected in times of crisis.
- SHOUT TEXT HELPLINE operates in the UK to give support to typically young people experiencing mental health challenges. Tackling self-harm caused by appearance, sexuality and behaviour is a key goal.
“Female focused development opportunities may be more prominent currently and that is because there is so much to do,” says Stafford-Smith. “Please be generous in your donation and remember every little helps and if you can, please fill in your Gift Aid declaration to make the most of your kind donation.”
This photo is under the CC0 / Public Domain