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 UnitingWorld 

 End of Financial Year Appeal 2024 


Your tax-deductible gift will help resource the critical work of our church partners in India and beyond to the Pacific, Asia and Africa, giving people the tools and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty – for generations to come.

Thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government, your gift will be combined with Australian Aid funding to make up to 
six times the impact*

Please give generously and together we can make a powerful impact.

“If a girl is educated ... then the next generation will be illuminated in that light.”

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Laboni grew up in a typical rural village in West Bengal, India, where education is out of reach for many because families are too poor to invest in it.

Stuck in a cycle of poverty like this, going to school never seems as vital as the tasks of daily survival. Children grow up to help in the household or in the fields as soon as they are able; girls are married off young.

“My family was eager to marry me off at an early age,” Laboni now reflects. “It was not just because of my family but also according to our tribal culture; every girl between the ages of 13 and 15 should get married.”

Our church partner, the Church of North India - Diocese of Durgapur, saw the situation and believed that things could – and should – be different.

They supported Laboni’s education, and she became the first in her family to ever finish school. Today she's pursuing her dreams: working on a university degree and hoping to return to her community as a teacher to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

“The girls of my village [now] see me, and they are encouraged to study. I’ll tell them to go further,” says Laboni.

“I would urge every girl to stand on her own feet. We girls can participate in the development of our family, society and village.”

The impacts will be felt for generations to come.

Thanks to UnitingWorld supporters and our partnership with the Australian Government, our partners also helped transform Laboni’s whole village and beyond, providing hundreds of families with income-generation support, training in agriculture and animal husbandry, and family health interventions. 

          

The Diocese of Durgapur now runs 27 study centres currently supporting 420 children and a community development program working across 25 villages and two urban slum communities. Since they began the project, our partners have helped more than 2,000 children like Laboni with high-quality education support and career skills. The wider community development work has grown to impact 1,698 households and 7,691 people with income-generation support, training in agriculture and animal husbandry, and family health interventions.

Laboni’s village is now a different place because of the love, hard work and dedication of our partners spanning more than a decade.

That's why we believe this type of sustainable community development, led by local partners is the most effective weapon we have against poverty and injustice. 

It’s an incredible blessing that we can play a part in creating such profound and lasting change.

You can play a role too. You can help expand this live-changing work in India and beyond by making a tax-deductible gift that will have up to six times the impact for people like Laboni and her community.   

Your gift will help create justice for generations.

Please donate today.

Right now, your gift has up to six times the impact for people like Laboni and her family.

As a partner of the Australian Government, we can access funding each year to implement poverty alleviation, gender quality and climate change programs overseas. But we need your help to do it. We have committed to raising at least $1 for every $5 we receive from the government*. So your donation will be combined with funding from the Australian Government to reach more people! 

Your donation will help resource our partners in India and beyond to provide education support, income generation and employment opportunities; empower women and girls, develop leaders, build resilience to climate change and disasters.

It will also put the keys to development into the hands of communities themselves, empowering local leaders to organise people to make change.

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All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

You can help create justice for generations!
UnitingWorld EOFY 2024 Video

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Education doesn't stay in the classroom...

This illustration was inspired by the story of our partners in Durgapur, where what started as a project to help the most marginalised children be able to complete school created so many flow-on impacts. These impacts also guided our partners' programs to create opportunities to escape poverty, impact family health and food security and transform whole communities - for generations.
(You can download this illustration as an A3 poster here.)

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Help spread the word in your church or social network! (digital resources)

Progress to our fundraising goal

We hope to raise $500,000 before June 30 to fund our education and poverty alleviation projects in India and beyond to the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Every gift, large or small, helps us reach our funding goal. Thank you for your generosity!

Offline donations not tallied live, progress will be updated weekly.

$155,882 raised

$500,000 Goal

$155,882 raised

$500,000 Goal

 

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PO Box A2266

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For direct banking, please arrange to deposit your donation into the following UnitingWorld Account:

Bank: Westpac – King St, Sydney NSW
Account Name: UnitingWorld Donations
Account Number: 182657
BSB: 032-014

Reference: "End Poverty"

IMPORTANT: On completion of your deposit, please forward an email to: info@unitingworld.org.au with the following details: the amount you deposited, to where you wish the funds be directed (In this case: "EOFY Appeal 2024", to whom the receipt is to be made out to and the relevant contact details (address and phone number).

Thank you!

*Why your gift makes a bigger impact

 

UnitingWorld is a valued partner of the Australian Government, receiving flexible funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and other programs to carry out poverty alleviation, gender equality and climate change projects overseas.

Each donation made to this appeal will be combined with funding from the Australian Government to reach more people. We have committed to contribute at least $1 for every $5 we receive from the Australian Government, which means right now your gift can go up to six times as far helping us extend the reach of our programs.

Your tax-deductible donation will make a huge impact and transform lives. Please give generously.
(Click here to donate now online)

Privacy and transparency

All gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Your personal information will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected and will not be disclosed to any person, body or agency except where required by law. Click here to read our full Privacy Policy. We hope to raise $500,000 through this appeal to fund our government-supported projects. In the event that funds raised exceed the amount needed for a certain project, funds will be used for other government-supported UnitingWorld projects.

UnitingWorld is accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), responsible for managing Australia’s aid program. To maintain accreditation, UnitingWorld's systems, policies and processes are rigorously reviewed by the Australian Government.

UnitingWorld is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), which holds us accountable to the highest standards of governance, financial transparency and effectiveness in our work. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and other programs.

       

Which projects are supported by the Australian Government?


These are some of the projects that will be supported by this appeal and all donations will be combined with funding from the Australian Government and applied where most needed.

Empowerment of Excluded Castes in Punjab and West Bengal (India)
Empowering people with Disabilities (Sri Lanka)
Disaster Readiness and Climate Change (Pacific Region)
Gender Equality and Climate Resilience (Fiji)
Volcano Recovery and Disaster Resilience (Tonga)

Poverty Alleviation in Bali (Indonesia)
Livelihoods and Microfinance (West Timor)
Church Partnerships for Community Service (Papua New Guinea)
Safety and Inclusion (Zimbabwe)

    

Care about climate change? So do we.


All UnitingWorld projects supported by this appeal address the impacts of climate change on communities in their designs. 

This fundraising appeal was created collaboratively by the UnitingWorld and the CNI Diocese of Durgapur communications teams. All photos, videos and interviews were collected in-country by Tarun Pal and other CNI staff, so no flights were required.

All print materials are sourced with sustainability credentials and as much of it from recycled materials as possible.


Thank you for your support!

Together we'll make a big impact.

Memberships

As a member of ACFID, UnitingWorld is held accountable to the highest standards of governance, financial transparency and effectiveness in our work.

UnitingWorld gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).