Hello, and welcome to the first Family Matters magazine of 2022.
I had a different introduction planned for this issue, but recent events in Ukraine have driven us to respond urgently to help children and families. We have local partners working on the ground in the region, and our emergency appeal will send funds for vital help for those in dire need. At the time of going to press, our generous supporters have raised over £15,000 in just a few days. This will make a huge difference, and we are deeply grateful for every contribution. You can learn more about this appeal below.
Elsewhere, we’ve had a busy start to the year, with many valuable projects underway. From our domestic violence prevention work to our programme of research to improve support for children escaping conflict and disaster; our teams are delivering locally-grown solutions to global challenges. And not only that, with our new member, we’re now doing so in 36 countries around the world.
In this issue, you can also read about my colleague Blessing’s work in Zimbabwe to better understand the underreported issue of sexual abuse affecting boys. This is a continuation of our long-standing commitment to work in this area. Our sexual violence prevention work has also resulted in our Blue Umbrella Day campaign, taking place for the second time this year. Visit blueumbrelladay.org to learn more.
As always, thank you for your continued support. Together, we are stronger.
Chair of the Board
News in brief
The latest from Family.
Listening to child refugees
Learn about the research we are doing with children affected by conflict who are living in Germany.
Preventing domestic violence in families
Examples of the work we’re doing around the world to tackle this issue.
Shedding a light on sexual violence affecting boys in Zimbabwe
Blessing, part of Family in Zimbabwe, talks about the research he’s doing and why it’s so vital.
The difference you’re making
Recent highlights about how the generosity of our supporters is changing lives.
A lasting legacy
How leaving a gift in your will can change children’s lives for years to come.
Ukrainian Children in Crisis Appeal
We are urgently raising funds for children affected by the events in Ukraine.