Evergreen Africa donation

Charity Focus – Evergreen Africa – £500 donation

The Ten Percent Foundation donated £500 to Evergreen Africa in 2023, a UK based charity operating across Africa using locally based staff, after a direct application via our website.

Who are Evergreen Africa?

“Evergreen Africa aims to help relieve poverty in four main developmental areas.

Health: Training health workers and providing medical facilities and equipment.
Education: Building and supporting schools as well as teaching and other staff.
Income-Generation: Helping local people to establish and maintain a source of income.
Sustainability: Implementing programmes that will ultimately allow the community to become self sustaining.

Funding

“Firstly, our Trustees have dictated that absolutely no less than 90%, and ideally no less than 92%, of funds must be spent on our charitable projects (regrettably, some admin costs are unavoidable – website hosting, bank charges to move funds to Africa, accountancy fees, stationery etc). That means that of every £10 donated, at least £9 goes to the projects. In Africa we work with well-established local NGOs and experts who have developed a network of trusted local individuals built up over many years. These individuals ensure that funds are paid over to local contractors etc, only against previously agreed project plans, after inspection of the works or delivery of goods/services and on presentation of invoices.”

Project Supported

The area in which Evergreen operates features rural villages on the Wanale Ridge, Mbale District, Uganda, where some 25,000 people live in extreme poverty (as defined by the UN). The populace is almost entirely dependent on help, there being virtually no legitimate means of employment available beyond subsistence farming. Health is poor with malaria and water-borne diseases endemic. From the education perspective, the area needs significant affordable schooling. There are few Government schools, all of which are badly oversubscribed, and a number of private schools which are largely unaffordable to the impoverished population. There is a dire need for income-generation to raise the entire populace above the UN-defined poverty level. Evergreen is addressing the underlying causes with a menstrual health programme in primary schools and a Community Health programme, both of which actively address the biology of reproduction and family planning. However, there are generations of traditional dogma to overcome and the issues associated with teenage pregnancy will continue for the foreseeable future. Hence, Evergreen has embarked on a Young Mothers’ Vocational Programme, the aims of which are to provide counselling, guidance and advice to prevent the position becoming worse, and training in a vocational skill with which the girls can earn an income. The counselling is provided by a fully qualified social worker, and the vocational element leads to a nationally recognised, diploma-level, qualification.

What is this all about?

Ten-Percent and Jonathan Fagan Business Brokers donate 10% of annual net profits to charity via the Ten Percent Foundation, a charitable trust set up by our group of companies, to distribute monies to charities in the UK and Africa. We have been doing this for over 20 years. The Foundation never incurs any administration costs (other than Triodos bank charges which are minimal). All monies donated are distributed to charities and community organisations.

Why do we donate?

We set up our companies over 20 years ago with the aim of being ethical in everything we did. As part of this we decided that a percentage of our profits should always be earmarked for charitable work and set the rate at ten percent. A sudden burst of inspiration meant we called ourselves the Ten Percent Group.

Nominations 2024

We received over 60 charity nominations from academic clients, business clients, locums, solicitors, transcribers (via our sister company TP Transcription Limited) and staff.

We have a strict list of criteria in relation our donating which is available on the Ten Percent Foundation website.

Donations tend to be within the range of £500-£2000 per charity per year, although in the past we have supported charities over a period of 5 years with donations going towards specific ongoing projects.

If you have any questions about the work of the Ten Percent Foundation, please email jonathan@tptranscription.co.uk or visit our website at http://www.tenpercentfoundation.org