Over £2.8 million raised for people in world’s poorest communities

By supporting our 2021 WEE BOX BIG CHANGE Lent appeal you've raised a spectacular £2,877,391 for SCIAF's life-changing work in some of the world’s poorest places.

This year’s campaign focused on helping children with disabilities in South Sudan access education and life-changing support. SCIAF and our local partners work to tackle discriminatory attitudes towards children living with disabilities and break down the barriers that prevent them from accessing the support and opportunities they need to thrive.

Your generosity this year is particularly special given the fact that COVID-19 restrictions were in place during most of Lent 2021. Many parish collections and school fundraising activities were unable to go ahead. We recognise how extraordinary it is that we were able to raise so much given the circumstances. Thank you for going above and beyond for our sisters and brothers overseas.

As part of UK Aid Match, this year’s appeal benefited from match funding which means all donations given to SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal were doubled by the UK government. Match funding from the UK government will help to adapt six schools in South Sudan so that pupils with disabilities can access mainstream education.

A huge thank you goes to schools and parishes for their fantastic fundraising efforts. This includes St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School in East Kilbride where pupils raised over £11,600.

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Our Chief Executive, Alistair Dutton, expressed his thanks.

“Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to our WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal. We couldn’t have reached this total without the fantastic fundraising efforts from people across Scotland, especially those in parishes and schools.

“This is the second WEE BOX appeal we have run during the pandemic and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have found it in their hearts to donate during this difficult time. We are incredibly grateful.”