Big Lottery Fund unveils £6.7m funding recipients

Sixteen international poverty charities have been awarded between £285,000 and £500,000

More than £6.7m in funding for 16 international poverty charities has been announced today by the Big Lottery Fund.

The fund has awarded grants of between £285,000 and £500,000 to the organisations, which work in Africa and Asia but have UK bases. This includes five projects supporting communities still recovering from the Asian tsunami.

Beneficiaries include Camfed International, which will run a schooling project for 40,000 marginalised children in Ghana, and Concern Universal, whose project will improve agriculture and water conservation in Malawi.

"These UK-based charities are making a significant impact in some of the world's most disadvantaged areas," said Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund. "We're pleased that today's funding will help them to tackle poverty and deprivation across the developing world, helping those who are desperately in need of help."

The organisations that received grants are:

Village Service Trust, India - £308,006
A P T Enterprise Development, Sri Lanka - £440,774
Send A Cow, Ethiopia - £285,804
Traidcraft Exchange, Kenya - £467,754
Intermediate Technology Development Group, Sri Lanka - £519,500
Concern Universal, Malawi - £489,034
Find Your Feet, India - £467,680
Lead International, Nicobar Islands (India) - £481,115
Pragya, India - £311,759
Disability and Development Partners, Mozambique - £499,421
Agency For Cooperation And Research in Development, Rwanda - £498,814
Target Tuberculosis, India - £103,191
The United Kingdom Committee for Unicef, Thailand - £460,608
Camfed International, Ghana - £459,263
Project Hope UK, Indonesia - £499,741
Helpage International, India - £488,084

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