About One World
Party Fundraising Group
- Our Mission
to OWP and how it all started
- The projects
& charities we support
Fundraising group is dedicated to supporting programmes and incentives in the UK
and the developing world that train and educate women and children to a
point where they are able to maintain themselves and their families on a
The group's aim is to promote
the concept of ‘responsible giving’ through raising funds for
non-governmental organisations that have very low overheads and are addressing poverty
at a grass roots level.
Our chosen charities have a good track
record in improving the lives of some of the poorest women and children in India
& South America. We also support different UK
based charities that help disadvantaged or vulnerable women and children in this
country. As a fundraising and grant giving group, we run events with a
multi-cultural theme that help people to connect, reach out, have fun as
well as make a difference.
One World Party is a fully voluntary group
with a dedicated steering committee and a team of enthusiastic helpers, and
all funds raised benefit our chosen charities or projects, as described
to OWP and how it all started:
The original idea for holding a One World
Event as a fundraiser came
about as a result of the events of 26th December 2004 when people around
the world were shocked and appalled by the devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami. The tsunami touched families in every nation of the world and
brought people together in a way that possibly no natural
catastrophe has ever done before.
The Boxing Day tsunami was
monumental, and has been followed by other major catastrophes since, but few people realise that a tsunami-sized disaster occurs every
Across the world a similar number of people die needlessly from
hunger and hunger related diseases each week as were wiped out by that
disastrous wave. Nearly 40,000 people a day perish from the consequences
of deep poverty and about half of those victims are children.
The 'One World Party'
fundraising group was founded by Ute Wieczorek-King in Spring 2005 with the
aim to raise awareness, as well as funds
for small NGOs, church and community groups, by staging multi cultural
fundraising events. What the chosen organisations all
have in common is that they address poverty and the
above-mentioned problems at the grass roots level, have low overheads but
suffer from lack of publicity and a chronic lack of funding.
These organisations contribute to making poverty history by focusing
on key areas like basic education for children or training and micro finance
solutions for women.
Providing education and micro enterprise are known to
be proven solutions to poverty. ‘Education’ is one of the major
challenges most developing countries have in common.
Not only does Education have the power to transform the future of
children generally, apparently the single most effective way to reduce
poverty is to invest in the education of girls.
With the benefits of education being
manifold, it is worth bearing in mind that for each year of schooling
children receive, individual earnings increase by a worldwide average of
about 10 percent, according to the World Bank!
the projects we support:
want to use our 'One World' events as an incentive to improve the lives of some of the
poorest and vulnerable women and children in the developing world and
have chose to raise awareness as well as support ‘Food
in Vrindavan India, and ‘Africa
Women's Village Banks in Western Kenya. Most recently we also
raised funds for Save the Children's East Africa Fund.
At each of our events we
also support a local charity. We have supported Family Friends, a charity
that helps families in times of crisis, the RECHARGE project, Open Kitchen and Timbertown. More information about Family
Friends can be accesses on their website- please click on their logo below:
AFRICA NOW is a registered
charity (No 283024) based in Oxford that tackles poverty in Africa by
initiating and supporting small business initiatives as well as improving
producers' access to markets.
One World Party
supports a micro
finance project in Western Kenya, where AFRICA NOW has been helping groups
of women in 8 rural communities to set up and run their own village
banks. Having previously had no access to finance, women in disadvantaged
communities have since been able to support their families by developing
small income generating businesses. Unfortunately EU funding for this project is coming
to an end this year. As only a few of the 8 banks have
been operating long enough to have achieved sustainability, the
Village Banks are now open to both women and men. However the focus of
the project is still women, who are now no longer dependant on charities
for the services they need.
Food for Life
is a charity and humanitarian organisation based in India. For the last
ten years, Food for Life has worked in the poorest villages in the
Vrindavan area (120km south of New Delhi). This small charity provides many
basic services including medical assistance, and securing a safe water
supply. One of the ways they raise funds is through sponsorship of
children, as they both educate and feed poor children at their
own Sandipani Muni primary school.
- Food For Life also offers training
courses and micro loans to women. In
India one third of
all women are thought to be illiterate, and many women suffer from a
lack of basic parenting skills. ‘Food for Life’ is able to
address this through education and training. Educated mothers
are far more likely to send their children to school, and are able to contribute
to helping their family escape the vicious circle of poverty.
- One World Party is supporting Food
for Life in providing continuing education, particularly for
disadvantaged girls and women. Find out more here: www.fflvrindavan.com