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Letter from the Chair

Professor Victor Patterson Chairman of Board of Trustees

The last year has been one of rapid growth for Childreach International, expanding its support for community development into eight countries. We’ve doubled our supporter base and increased our engagement with UK businesses, enabling us to reach out to more than 82,000 children this year alone. In recognition of this achievement we were gratified to receive three national awards for our international project delivery and fundraising, and have been nominated for a further two. None of this would have been possible without all of our volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy to change the lives of children.

Given the uncertain economic climate and fragility of the global economy, the Board decided that this was the right time to expand our fundraising operations in order to ensure the long term sustainability of our work. As with all of our fundraising, the aim has been


to increase participation from donors, to become more accountable to our supporter base, and to ensure that we develop a global movement of active stakeholders.

Our vision for the year ahead is to increase the depth and impact of our community development projects, focusing on the effects that both energy poverty and climate change have on the lives of children, as well as continuing our main programme areas of education, health and child rights and protection.

Despite the considerable success of the organisation over the last twelve months the Board are, as always, aware and humbled by the resilience and potential of the children who participate in our projects, the commitment and passion of our project partners, and the compassion and generosity of our donors. It is a privilege to be part of this global movement.

Figures throughout include projected numbers for 2011.

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