Charities Directory

This guide includes charities involved in the One World Charity Challenge in 2021-2022. It does not include all Manx or UK registered charities working overseas.

Please remember that all charities taking part in the Charity Challenge must be Isle of Man or UK based and have international development as their main aim. If you have chosen your own charity, please check with us first that they meet the criteria for taking part in the One World Charity Challenge. We will then contact them on your behalf.

Manx registered charities working overseas:

Excellent Development

Excellent supports subsistence farmers and their families to gain access to clean water and grow more food to eat, store and sell.  We support communities to build sand dams which provide clean water and the potential to invest time in sustainable agriculture.

Hands of Hope

Seeking to help the poor, needy and homeless in Romania.  Working in the community through practical home building projects and supporting children.

Koru Hospital Fund

Raising funds that will enable Koru Mission Hospital to complete its’ refurbishment program.  Working with the Kenyan community for the last 15 years to provide access to sustainable and effective healthcare.

Leprosy Mission Isle of Man

A Manx Registered charity, part of The Leprosy Mission International, a Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients.

Mothers’ Union Isle of Man

MU Literacy and Financial Education Programme

Aims: to empower participants, in particular women with literacy and numeracy skills; enable communities and families to discuss important issues such as gender, human rights, health and sanitation; enable literate participants to engage in savings and develop business skills.

Background to the project: this is a three-year pilot programme commenced in 2000 in eight dioceses in three countries: Burundi, Malawi, Sudan and South Sudan. In 2004 the programme continued and expanded into a further two dioceses in Burundi and the remaining three in Malawi. In 2010 the Programme developed into the Mother’s Union Literacy and Financial Education Programme (LFEP) and now incorporates business skills and savings knowledge and has been in operation in Burundi, Sudan and South Sudan since. In 2012, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also started their own literacy programmes helping women across both countries that have missed out on education as a child to now gain essential life skills and knowledge that also builds their self-esteem and confidence, help them participate in decision making in their homes and communities as well as start new businesses and bring important income into their households by participating in their local village savings and loan association (VSLA).

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Pahar Trust

The Pahar Trust helps improve education and health services for remote communities in Nepal. They aim to enable some of the world’s poorest children to receive a high standard of education.

Thare Machi Education (Isle of Man) 

Thare Machi Education creates innovative educational resources for the world’s poorest people in their own language. The lessons are produced on interactive DVD and cover basic healthcare and simple life skills topics such as Malaria, TB, HIV, Basic Hygiene, Healthy Eating, Childcare and  Immunisation. Over 700 lessons exist which are being used by local community groups in over 20 countries.

UK based charities participating in OWCC

Action Village India

Action Village India is a UK-based charity working for change in rural India for 28 years. India’s rapid economic development has left hundreds of millions of people untouched and has destroyed the homes and livelihoods of millions more. It is those marginalised people that AVI’s partners work with, in the Gandhian tradition of nonviolent action, to right economic and social injustice.

Advantage Africa

Advantage Africa supports people affected by poverty, disability and HIV to improve their education, health and incomes. Their work helps some of East Africa’s most vulnerable people to overcome prejudice, help themselves and build a better future for their families and communities.

African Promise

African Promise Is a Small Charity That Work To Improve the Quality of Education In Africa. Giving African Children Hope and Opportunities for a Brighter Future. Donate Today. Improving education. Making a difference. Helping African children. Building a better future.

Chance For Childhood (formerly Glad’s House)

Chance for Childhood is an award-winning charity working in Africa to support the most vulnerable children, invisible from society, such as street children, disabled children, children affected by conflict and children in conflict with the law.

Global Action Nepal

GAN is an educational and social development charity which has been working with some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in Nepal for 20 years. Our work has historically focussed on improving gender equality within schools and teacher training. Since the two earthquakes in April/May 2015, we have been working on building temporary houses and schools, providing mental health support for children, building sanitation facilities, and helping people prepare for disasters in the future. Any funds raised will go directly towards these programmes.

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission is a global team of lawyers, social workers, community activists and other professionals working to protect people in poverty from violence. Our teams combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse.

International Refugee Trust (IRT)

Founded 1989 to help improve the lives of refugees, internally displaced people and returnees around the world. We are there when the big agencies move on. We focus on small scale projects and are committed to seeing the full project through.  We provide medical care, homes, food, education, training and income-generating projects to help rebuild people’s lives.  Countries where IRT is currently active include Uganda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Thailand, Jordan and Colombia.

Kids Club Kampala

The aim of Kids Club Kampala is to bring hope and love to vulnerable children and to transform poor communities in Uganda. Founded in 2009, Kids Club Kampala was set up to overcome the lack of hope and self-esteem of children living in situations of extreme poverty, and works to bring about sustainable changes through various development projects and supporting basic needs.

Play Action International (formerly East African Playgrounds)

We work with communities to enable them to realise the far-reaching benefits of play for children
We create and implement innovative and exciting playgrounds, play based educational materials and training programmes for disadvantaged communities across the world.

S.A.L.V.E. International

S.A.L.V.E. is a UK and Ugandan charity working hard to make sure there is “No street called home.”

We aim to reduce the number of young people living on the streets of Uganda through counselling, care and learning.

We support children on the streets to return home to their families (or another loving family) and to re-enter education.

Send A Cow

Every day families face poverty that is extreme, cruel, and worst of all – unnecessary. But rural Africa is rich with opportunity and where there is land, there is hope.
Send a Cow doesn’t impose solutions, we help grow them from within. That’s why they work. Our African-designed solutions were developed with, and for, the communities we support. Families get back the skills and confidence they need to get the most from their land. Families can grow enough food, earn a living and go after their dreams.

St George Foundation

The St George Foundation is a charity in England and a Local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Sierra Leone, working in partnership since 2004. In England, we are a small team of volunteers with no paid staff and no physical office. This enables 97% of everything we raise to go directly to the work in Sierra Leone.

In Sierra Leone, we are a Local NGO and work closely with The Sierra Leonean Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA).  We belong to the Child Protection Committee and also Family Tracing & Reunification (FTR) Group. We are the leading child welfare provider in an area known as Western Rural with a population of approximately 250,000 people.  This is the rural area immediately on the outskirts of Freetown and covers the Freetown Peninsula (excluding the urban area itself).

The Flying Seagull Project

We are the Flying Seagull Project. Our trained teams of clowns, musicians and entertainers create safe environments for play and laughter in challenging and desperate situations, in the UK and around the world. Since 2008, we’ve brought love, light and laughter to more than 200,000 children in 23 countries across four continents.

Around the world, millions of childhoods are being lost to poverty, isolation, conflict and forced displacement. This causes lasting harm and cannot be ignored. But we believe that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, should grow up feeling special and valuable, with warm and happy memories of play and joyous laughter.

Through each show and play session, we make sure that every child, everywhere, can access the childhood they deserve: a childhood full of laughter, noise, colour, friends and happiness. That is why we deliver crisis care through play for children who are victims of violence or in asylum shelters and transition centres, refugee camps, in hospitals and hospices and with homeless children in Greece, France, Lebanon and anywhere we’re needed.

The Toybox Charity

Toybox started working in Guatemala City in 1992, and we are still there today, working with children who have been plunged into the chaos of living or working on the streets. From working in one country with one partner we are now working in five countries with six partners.