Fundraising: DfID beefs up International Service grant

Volunteering development charity International Service is one of 18 international aid charities to get a 26 per cent funding increase from the Department for International Development, raising its grant for 2005 to £1.47m.

The same percentage increase was given to Cafod, Christian Aid and Oxfam under a partnership programme agreement. The DfID has increased the total amount dispensed by £16m to £78m. VSO now receives almost £28m.

International Service sends skilled volunteers to the poorest non-English speaking nations. VSO focuses on former Commonwealth countries.

The rise will help International Service with its foreign football coaching initiative, Coaching for Hope.

The pilot scheme will send 10 coaches to Mali and Burkina Faso, with the Football Association providing two specialists. The idea is to teach football to children and help adult youth workers gain FA coaching certificates.

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