What facilities will the school have? How many children will attend?

We aim to provide a comprehensive education in a quality setting to as many children as possible. Each school will be set up according to local requirements and available space. Usually, schools will have several classrooms, a library and play areas, and may also have a computer room and science lab.

The number of children who can attend will vary depending on the size of the school, and they may be from nursery age to older teenagers. The idea is that every school will be able to expand, so that over the years, many generations of children can get an education.

How will the schools be set up and run?

As with all of our projects, we plan and implement our programmes to the highest quality to ensure that education has a long lifespan and has an active role at every stage. Penny Appeal will look after the start-up of the schools, and the day-to-day running will be managed by ourselves, our teams or partners.

Each class is led by a trained teacher, and there will also be support staff at each school for maintenance, security and admin – all the people needed to create a safe, encouraging and happy environment.

How will my donation be spent?

Your donation means a lot to us and will be used to fund all aspects of the project, from paying taxes, wages and utility bills, to buying books, sports equipment and food. Education First is a great example of how the community can work together and use a small change to make a big difference – your donation and those made by others take part ito transforming lives.

What does it mean to provide an education station?

Your £100 donation per education station helps to fund the initial development costs of a school, such as the equipment and furniture for all the classrooms and meeting rooms, installing play equipment, fitting science and computer labs, and installing  washrooms.

Can I donate a classroom? How about a whole school?

The answer to both is yes! And it might not be as difficult as you think to raise the money. You could get together with friends, family, classmates and work colleagues to raise funds as a team. Join #TeamOrange, the Penny Appeal fundraising family, and we’ll get you started with loads of ideas for fundraisers and plenty of support along the way. Sign up to #TeamOrange online or call us on 03000 11 11 11 to get started straightaway. Donate a classroom for £3,000, and you will give 30 children a dedicated place to learn. If you fund a whole school for £15,000, we can dedicate it in your name or the name of a loved one and you'll receive updated on its progress and a comprehensive feedback report upon completion. 

Where will schools be opened?

We’re opening, refurbishing and supporting schools in deprived communities across Africa and Asia.

Our teams on the ground carefully select the locations to ensure that new schools can teach as many vulnerable children as possible over the years.

So far, we have built and supported schools in Uganda, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and South Africa. We also have plans to attempt to support more schools in Somalia, Tanzania, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia.

Can I make a regular payment?

Yes, you can set up a monthly Direct Debit. This is the most efficient way to support Penny Appeal as it reduces the cost of administration. Regular monthly commitments allow us to plan ahead and ensure we have a reliable source of income to provide aid.

Why should I Gift Aid my donation?

It really helps us if you can Gift Aid your sponsorship or donation – it increases the value of your donation by 25%. If you are a UK taxpayer, selecting to 'Gift Aid' your donation (either by checking the box online or ticking the box on a paper donation form) will make it worth more to us at no extra cost to you.

In order for Penny Appeal to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) equal to the tax that will be claimed by all the charities that you donate to (currently 25p for every £1 you give) in the same tax year. 

The tax reclaimed will be used to help fund the administration costs of the charity so that more of your actual donation can go directly to those in need. 

Gift Aid can be added to your donation if you are donating your own money. We regret that Gift Aid cannot be reclaimed if you are paying donations that you collected from others, even if everyone was a UK taxpayer. Neither can it be reclaimed on donations made by companies. Other taxes such as VAT and council tax do not qualify. Gift Aid cannot be claimed on payments for any ticketed events.

Please notify us if you are no longer eligible, wish to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or if you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. 

By ticking the box you agree that you are eligible to claim Gift Aid as explained above and that we can treat this donation, any donations made in the last 4 years, and future donations as Gift Aid, and that you understand that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

Please get in touch with us before cancelling your monthly payment as we could reduce the amount so that you can still help us provide life-saving aid. It also helps if you tell us first so that we can update our records.

Is my payment secure?

We only use secure systems with banking standard safety features to make sure that your payment and financial data cannot be compromised. All online payments are securely processed via KeyIVR Ltd, PayPal or SmartDebit, and no financial data is retained on our servers.