Choosing Between Your Children

Choosing Between Your Children

I can’t imagine having to choose between which of my kids get to carry on receiving an education...

Simon Guillebaud

The new school year is big business in the West, with supermarket aisles crammed full of uniforms, pencil cases, notepads, and more. I asked my daughter Grace to film me as I recounted one of the most moving encounters I ever experienced with a mother desperate for her children’s future in the video above.

Even a hard-working family with a modest income will struggle to shoe, clothe and supply stationery to all their children. Often, they’ll only be able to equip one or two of their children with the bare minimum. I can’t imagine having to choose between which of my kids get to carry on receiving an education…

It’s a heart-wrenching decision that parents will be making right NOW. Sadly, there will be thousands of children (particularly girls) who will not make it through the school gate this year, and if they do, they’ll be too ill-equipped or too hungry to learn. The children suffer, and so does Burundi when educational potential is not realised. 

During this most demanding time, GLO is committed to providing extra support to the 615 families of our hard-working GLO partners. 

Please join us in giving these parents the joy of seeing ALL their children head off to school, proudly clothed in their school uniforms, backpacks loaded with pencils and books, with full stomachs and ready to learn. What a blessing!

I can’t imagine having to choose between which of my kids get to carry on receiving an education...

Simon Guillebaud

In the happy event that we meet our goal to provide 615 families with a gift of £30, we will make sure any additional donations are put to equally invaluable use, distributed to where the needs are the greatest.

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If you are donating in other currencies, please do include a message to inform us that your donation is for this appeal. 

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Account Name: Great Lakes Outreach
Account No: 13505459
Sort Code: 60-04-53

Please put your name and GLO as the reference and email info@greatlakesoutreach.org to tell us. 

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Great Lakes Outreach, 1st Floor, Tower House, Latimer Park, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1TU. 

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The needs in Burundi are huge and donations will be used where most needed unless stated. Gift Aid is also used where most needed.