It's Black History Month
As we step into Black History Month, let’s embrace the opportunity to reflect on the struggles and the triumphs as we celebrate our ongoing journey towards a fairer world for all. This month serves as a poignant reminder to honour and recognise the immense contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority individuals to our global society. Now is a time for reflection, to appreciate the diverse heritage of our black brothers and sisters in our own communities and beyond and stand as allies to create a brighter future together. Here at Penny Appeal, we’re committed to providing poverty relief to vulnerable people at home and overseas, this Black History Month, we’re diving into the incredible projects we have across Africa.
Statistics show a stark reality; across the UK, Africa, and America, black people continue to face disproportionate levels of poverty. In the UK, the poverty rates within the black ethnic group have persistently hovered at around 40% since 2001, which is double that of the white ethnic group. Similarly, in Africa, 34% live below the poverty line, forced to face the consequences of climate change, disease, hunger, corruption, and various other challenges.
Here at Penny Appeal, we’re committed to offering poverty relief across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. This Black History Month, we’re looking at the incredible, life-changing initiatives we currently have in Africa as we continue our mission to make a BIG difference in the lives of many.
We believe in the power of nutritious meals. Through our £1 meals programme, we enable individuals to provide a meal to a vulnerable person for just £1. To date, we have successfully provided over 19 million meals, making a significant impact on food insecurity. Alhamdulillah!
Access to clean water and proper sanitation is a fundamental human right. Our Thirst Relief projects in Africa have provided millions of glasses of clean water to hundreds of thousands of people. However, the need is still great. More than 14 million women and 3 million children walk around 30 minutes a day to collect water which is often dirty and contaminated.
Education is a fundamental tool for empowerment and progress, arguably the only way to break the cycle of poverty. Penny Appeal’s education projects in Africa focus on building schools, renovating classrooms and providing educational resources like textbooks and stationery, ensuring children have the tools they need to learn and succeed.
Black History Month is a time to celebrate progress and unity, without forgetting the challenges the world still faces around equality and fairness. As we acknowledge the victories of the past, we must stand together, ensuring progress continues for our brothers and sisters around the world. At Penny Appeal, our dedication to creating lasting positive change aligns with the spirit of this month, as we strive to uplift communities, one initiative at a time.
Together we can bridge gaps, foster understanding, and work towards a world where every individual is empowered, regardless of their background.
If you’d like to learn more about the lifesaving work we do across Africa, or our initiatives in other areas of the world, click the link below to see our appeals:
Alternatively, you can learn more about building a water well for just £25 p/m by clicking here: https://pennyappeal.org/appeal/thirst-relief
Or why not take a look at our £1 meals, click here to help:
Make lasting change this Black History Month!
‘’Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.’’ – Muhammed Ali
TUESDAY 3 OCT 2023