Since the charity was founded in 2005, annual donations received have been within the Charity Commission's limits (presently £10K) for simplified accounting reports. In 2011, however, the British Friends of Vanuatu charitable Trust received its first major donation when a sum in excess of £75,000 was donated to the trust.
In 2018 we received a cheque in the sum of £50,000; a charitable donation bequeathed by the lifelong friend of BFoV member and Committee member for many years, Mike Longworth.
Also in 2018, the trustees were delighted to learn of HRH The Prince Wales' wish to make a generous donation to the charitable funds of BFoV-CT, “towards the Trust’s support for education on the Islands”. We are immensely grateful for this quite unexpected and very generous gift. It is encouraging to know that HRH regards our Association and charitable efforts to be worthy of support. To respect HRH’s express wishes, we do not publicise the amount he donated.
Vanuatu's location on the Pacific Ring of Fire means that it is highly exposed to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. According to the World Risk Report (Bundnis Entwicklung Hilft 2018), Vanuatu has the highest disaster risk out of the 172 countries covered by the World Risk Index in 2018. In terms of weather-related loss events, the Global Climate Risk Index puts Vanuatu among the top five most vulnerable countries in the world (GermanWatch 2017)." (Charles Pierce MBE, BSc, PGCE).
Donations to this Charity's work are always welcome and can be Gift Aided to add significant value.
Monies used will be aimed at relieving poverty in the islands by furthering educational and associated projects at all levels, from primary to degree level, and including cultural, social and vocational training. At times of the frequent cyclones, the education infrastructure suffers and students' educations with it. In the aftermath of cyclone Pam in 2015 BFoV raised over £40,000 by way of an appeal. It was used among other issues to put solar panels on refurbished classrooms. In 2020 we are now closely in touch with trusted locals and are assisting them in fund raising. When issues as to the effects on education become clearer we will be wanting to make our own contribution. Vanuatu can't handle it on its own.
To make a donation please make a transfer to our Charity account at:
Barclays Bank plc
Sort Code: 20-81-11
Account: British Friends of Vanuatu Charitable Trust
Account number: 93043649
To make a Gift Aided contribution please click HERE to find the declaration to print, complete and return to the address stated on it.
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