PHASE Worldwide, the international development charity, has announced that the UK Government will match all donations to the ‘Start Strong’ appeal. The appeal will fund a project that supports 1,000 women and their children in Nepal.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
“Every mother wants to give their child the best possible start in life. For mums in Nepal, that can be as simple as making sure their baby receives the basic healthcare and nutrition they need to survive their early years. By backing PHASE’s Start Strong appeal, the British public will provide healthcare alongside agricultural training and farming equipment to 1,000 mothers, helping them to provide their children with nutritious food and a better start in life. Donations are being doubled by the government through UK Aid Match, meaning even greater impact.”
Life in Nepal is beautiful, but it is one of the most challenging environments for giving birth to a baby and raising a child safely.
PHASE Worldwide’s Start Strong appeal that launched last week will fund a three-year project, starting in late 2021, which will aim to strengthen maternal and child healthcare services and the role of women in the community to provide mothers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to raise children that are healthy, happy, safe, and strong.
PHASE Worldwide Director, Tom Edwards, said:
“We are incredibly excited to launch our first ever UK Aid Match appeal, which will be our biggest campaign to date. With support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and through the generosity of supporters, we will have the opportunity to double our impact in Nepal and support even more vulnerable women and children.”
In Nepal, women are the foundation of family life, but many struggle to access maternal healthcare and are denied access to agricultural training and materials that would enable them to provide nutritious food for their children. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the lives of vulnerable communities. Reduced access to healthcare services and hindered agricultural production has sadly caused increased preventable deaths.
Tom Edwards said:
“We are asking the public to support our Start Strong appeal and, where possible, give before the 25th of June 2021 so that we can utilise this match funding opportunity and ensure that all mothers, regardless of where they live, can give their children a strong start to life.”
To find out more about the Start Strong appeal and to donate, please visit: www.phaseworldwide.org or call 0117 916 6423.