Your current Charities and RAG Rep is Jonathan Attwood.
The BNC Charities and Environment meetings are held in Gerties at 1.30pm on Wednesdays. Anyone in college who is interested in getting involved in organising charitable events, helping college become more green and anything else to do with saving the planet (!) is welcome to come along.
Most BNC undergraduates opt to pay a small amount into the Charities Fund each term via their Batels. This is a great way to give to charity while in Oxford, as the combined amount means that large donations can be made. Once a term everyone will be given a chance to nominate any local, national and international charities they would like us to support as a college. The money will then be split equally between 9 charities. (If more than 9 charities have been nominated, we will hold a vote to choose between them.)
Full details can be found in the Charities Policy, which is available from the Charities & RAG Rep.
Best known as the worldâs leading independent conservation body, weâve seen first-hand how the health and security of people, wildlife and the environment are all interlinked.
Thatâs why our passion for safeguarding the natural world has to be backed up by other environmental action - tackling the urgent threat of climate change (with our big global campaigns like Earth Hour) and promoting sustainable use of resources by helping to change the way we live.
Students Supporting Street Kids (SSSK) aims to raise awareness about the issues affecting street children, and to raise money for projects that work with and for such children in Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia and India.
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF)
Malaria is the world's single largest killer of children and pregnant mothers, 1-3 million people die of malaria each year. These deaths are entirely preventable, and are most efficiently prevented with mosquito nets. Insecticide-treated bed nets prevent cases of and deaths from malaria and are relatively inexpensive -- about $5 per net. The AMF distributes long-lasting insecticide-treated nets mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Give Well (www.givewell.org), an independent organisation which evaluates charities, this is the most proven charity you can give to in terms of protecting human life. Give Well estimates that a donation of about $2,000 will save a life, and that there are other likely developmental benefits (see the full evaluation at www.givewell.org/international/top-charities/AMF).
Greenpeace is an international organisation, working across the globe on several priority campaigns. As well as the campaigns we're currently focusing on in the UK - climate change, protecting forests, defending oceans, and working for peace - other Greenpeace offices continue to work on challenging nuclear power, promoting sustainable agriculture and eliminating toxic chemicals.
Friends of Aschiana
Friends of Aschiana was set-up in 2002 in support of the Afghan organisation âAschianaâ. This followed a trip to one of the Aschiana centres in Kabul, where they work to improve the lives of some of the estimated 60,000 street children in the city. In 2004 âFriends of Aschianaâ became a UK registered charity.
We ensure that 99% of the money that we raise goes directly to the children in Kabul. We are an entirely voluntary organisation with no administrative costs.
The street working children of Kabul, many of whom are orphans, earn money by selling plastic cups, water, cigarettes, cleaning shoes, burning incense and begging. Due to this they are unable to attend school and are missing out on even the most basic of education. They are at risk of kidnap by child trafficking gangs, sex work, substance abuse and drug smuggling, as well as disease and malnutrition.
Our trustees in Kabul work with Aschiana in order to identify areas where our funding can be the most effective. Current projects include the funding of a âone-hot-meal-a-dayâ programme for the 150 children in a centre for girls. If they did not have this programme the girls would otherwise only have a piece of bread and a cup of tea to last the day. This project costs just over ÂŁ6 per girl per month.
We also fund four teachers of basic literacy, numeracy and health education all year round. They teach across the Aschiana centres and also run an outreach programme for children that are unable to travel to the centres. This costs ÂŁ85 per month per teacher.
Kenya Education Partnerships
We aim to improve secondary school education for young people in rural Kenya. We are a student based organisation, working in direct partnership with schools and developing their capacity for self led growth. This is primarily achieved through equipping schools with a solid resource base, and also through supporting a wider, more holistic programme.
Hindu Vidyapeeth via TravelAid
Travel Aid Nepal 2012 are supporting the work of the Hindu Vidyapeeth (HVP) movement in the Himalayan nation of Nepal. Through its schools and associated projects, the HVP movement aims to provide holistic education to children in Nepal and spread the ideals of peace, tolerance and international fellowship.
Temi Community, Georgia via TravelAid
âTemiâ means âcommunityâ in Kartuli, the Georgian language. On this farm in the eastern Kakheti region of Georgia, more than 50 socially vulnerable people live an active, challenging, and most of all, happy life. Life at Temi is based on the belief that all human beings are equal, that everyone can contribute, and that each of us has the right to reach our full potential â which requires provision of care, of love, of education, and of opportunities.
Temi first started as a grassroots organisation in 1989, and the community has grown steadily. Perched in the foothills of the stunning Caucasian mountains, we are a non-profit, registered charitable organisation, and act in accordance with the Georgian code of civil law.
Your support can help Temi to achieve the self-sustainability needed to ensure its long-term survival, and the furthering develop its current facilities, which guarentees that the children and adults of the community are offered the best chance in life. Please browse our site further to find out more.
ChildLine are the leading UK charity for the prevention of child abuse (together with the NSPCC), and they're brilliant - even a small donation would go a long way in allowing them to answer as many calls as possible from abused or worried children, and provide them with the right support. As a large, well-organised charity, they are able to put more of our donation towards answering calls, rather than having to waste a significant amounts in admin costs. They're also the only UK charity that has arranged entirely anonymous and confidential calls with phone companies, and so calls won't show up on the parents' phone bills.
Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996. We provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. Our services reach 17,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. For many, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive.
These exceptionally vulnerable children not only negotiate significant challenges in their family homes, they also face immense threat within their neighbourhoods. Often they are exposed to relentless violence, some are forced into working as drug couriers or prostitutes, and many experience chronic abuse. We provide a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. Our services and support empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to lead positive and fulfilling lives. Despite great difficulties, the children we work with are hugely courageous and embrace the support we offer.
In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2010 we were selected as a âChild Poverty Championâ by the End Child Poverty project for our success in enabling children to achieve their full potential.
Money donated by the Brasenose JCR would go to a project which they are starting in Oxford called the 'Oxford Bank of Opportunities.' Under this project, they will bring students who they work with up from London, to take part in one-off opportunities which are designed to open their eyes and raise their aspirations, and are offered by the Oxford student body.
Nightline is a completely independent listening, support and information service run for and by students. It aims to provide every student in Oxford with the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence. No contact is made with any outside agency, academic department or anyone else; you don't even have to give your name.
Nightline has no political, religious, moral or sexual bias, so we're the ideal people to talk to if there's anything you're not sure you can talk to your friends about. We don't claim to be able to solve people's problems, but we care about whatever is on your mind. We can listen and talk, and we won't moralise, criticise or judge you in any way.
Nightline is not only there for people with major problems; sometimes you may feel like a break from the routine and just want to chat to someone. Also we have an information bank containing, for example, the numbers of taxi firms, addresses of clinics, and bus or train timetables. You can ask to see a man or a woman if you have a preference, and you are welcome either to phone or to come down to our flat for a cup of tea or coffee.
Jacari is a student-run charity providing home teaching for children living in Oxford. These children, who are between 4 and 16 years old, do not speak English as their first language and often come from refugee families and those seeking asylum. University students volunteer to help improve their allotted child's English and performance in other subjects as required.
Helen and Douglas House
Helen and Douglas House is a local charity (20 minutes down the Cowley Road) that offers respite and end of life care to children and young adults with life-shortening illnesses, as well as support and friendship for the whole family. It is comprised of Helen House, the worldâs first childrenâs hospice and Douglas House, the worldâs first hospice for young adults. The two houses provide bright, vibrant and positive spaces where the emphasis is on living life to the full, even when that life is short.
Whatâs great about the Hospices is that theyâre not only places in which patients get incredible palliative care but theyâre also about providing an environment of normality in. When a person is staying at Helen and Douglas House, they regain a degree of control over their lives that most people take for granted. They are able to do what they want as and when they choose, without worrying about the restrictions which usually inhibit their day to day lives.
Unfortunately Helen and Douglas House needs to raise ÂŁ4.5 million to run each year. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate any fundraising and awareness of the charity, which becoming a JCR charity would bring.
Helen and Douglas House does wonderful work and helps so many people in impossibly difficult situations.
Crisis Skylight Oxford
Crisis has provided vital services for homeless and vulnerably-housed people for 40 years. Our new centre in Oxford was founded in direct response to the need here. Despite the cityâs perceived prosperity, there are hundreds of homeless people on the streets, in hostels and on friendsâ floors. The numbers are set to increase with welfare changes and growing pressures on rented accommodation. Crisis believes that to escape homelessness, people need not only housing but opportunities for self-development, to improve their confidence, to improve skills and education and to find work.
Crisis Skylight Oxford, based in the renovated Old Fire Station, opened in November. We now offer free education, training and employment support for homeless and vulnerably-housed people, and we also run a social enterprise cafĂ©. Our first full term has just started and we already have more than a hundred members taking part in classes from literacy and IT to creative writing and bike maintenance.
RAG, which stands for Raise And Give, is charitable fundraising arm of OUSU. Anyone is welcome to attend their weekly meetings so feel free to contact the Charities & RAG Rep for more information if you are interested in coming along.
RAG has some great events coming up this term- visit www.oxfordrag.co.uk for more information about this term's events and charities that RAG is currently supporting.