The Bouncing Ball Trust has today announced that it will join thousands of other small international development charities across the UK in their call for Government support. This comes following the announcement that, due to lack of financial support, nearly half (45%) of the UK’s small charities working with the world’s poorest people are expected to close.

Surveys from the Small International Development Charities Network show that 89% of these charities are on the frontline responding to COVID-19. The crisis has had a disproportionate effect on the sector, which is seeing a 27% increase in demand and a 33% loss in income.

Small international development charities support millions of people across the globe and employ tens of thousands of people in the UK. The Bouncing Ball Trust, whose fundraising opportunities has been cancelled this year leading to a massive drop in its income, which will have an impact in Kenya.

Since its formation in 2014 The Bouncing Ball Trust has supported educational projects in Kenya. We are currently fundraising to build a primary school in the Kangawa district of Ngong town in Kenya.

COVID-19 is a global crisis, which requires a global response. In recent months, The Bouncing Ball Trust been focussed on strengthening the organisation to meet the challenges ahead. This includes appointments of new Trustees, new student volunteers working with us and working with a pro bono management consultancy. The Bouncing Ball Trust is also working collaboratively through the Small Charities Coalition to apply for job placement for 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit through the Kickstart Scheme.

Chris Orman, Founder and Trustee of The Bouncing Ball Trust, said:

“The Small But Mighty campaign is highlighting the tremendous work undertaken by small international development charities like The Bouncing Ball Trust overseas. The current COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from fundraising for the new primary school. This has denied the children of Kangawa the opportunity to go to school once the Kenyan Government has announced it is safe for children to resume education (from January 2021 for primary school children).”

A collapse of the small international development sector would mean a collapse in their impact overseas and in the UK. The Small But Mighty campaign is calling on the UK Government to commit to a £50 million package of support over two years, funded from the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget. It will ensure the survival of these charities, including The Bouncing Ball Trust.

We are pleased to welcome Adelaide Morgan to the Board of Trustees.  

Adelaide is a Director of a management consultancy company, an accomplished resilient leader with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results, offering outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills. Adelaide has a wealth of voluntary experience working with children charities, including founding the "Life Map Planning" programme that enabled 90% of at-risk young people achieved employment and recognised certifications. 

Adelaide's biography can be found here.

We have the following exciting opportunities that you might be interested in:

1. Trustee: one of our Trustees has stepped down following the arrival of her baby and we are looking for a local Trustee to replace her. There are five Trustees (including the current vacancy) who are responsible for the running of the charity. We meet two to three times (at least one face-to-face meeting on a Saturday) a year and each Trustee has a specific responsibility. After 5 years of running educational projects in other primary schools we are now fundraising to build our own preparatory/primary school in Kenya, To help us achieve this, we are seeking someone with fundraising experience who has a few hours to spare each month.

2. Volunteers are welcome to help us to fundraise for our own preparatory/primary school in Kenya. We are keen to build on our profile in Bradley Stoke and environs as a locally based charity working in Kenya. Next year we are planning a number of fundraising activities and are looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours and donate a few ideas!

If you are interested Chris would be delighted to discuss these opportunities.  He can be contacted by phone on 0330 120 0720 (evenings) or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are pleased to welcome Keith Davis to the Board of Trustees.  

Keith is a Chief Commercial Officer with a managed services provider working with the NHS, health boards and private healthcare providers.  He has a strong financial and business development background and, as a Trustee, hopes that these skills will help in raising awareness of, and funds for, The Bouncing Ball Trust. He has visited Kenya several times and is fully committed to making a contribution toward improving the lives of children there. 

Keith's biography can be found here.

 

We are looking to appoint a new Trustee to join our team.  This is a great opportunity for someone with fundraising experience to get involved in an exciting project that will enable local children in Kenya to gain an education, which in turn would empower the local communities.

A professional fundraiser was contracted last year to research potential grant making organisations and develop a Case for Support. We would be looking to the Trustee to take the lead on this, supported by the other Trustees.

For further information please visit the Do-It webste here.