The Christian international education charity, Feed the Minds (FTM) has announced the launch of a new initiative to mark International Literacy Day on 8 September 2010. They aim to raise money to support international literacy and education projects.
The Lunches for Life campaign asks supporters to host a lunch for friends, families, colleagues or schoolmates, who are invited to make a contribution to their meal. The funds will be put towards FTM’s Education for Change programme, which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the developing world.
FTM says that “scores of fundraisers” are already signed up to the initiative, with events scheduled across the UK, including Perth, Salisbury, Norfolk, York and London.
As part of the campaign launch, one of the beneficiaries of a Feed the Minds literacy programme will be visiting the UK to officially endorse the initiative. 35-year-old Sierra Leonean Josephine Sifoe is a victim of the vicious civil war in her country.
Sifoe has experienced profound personal tragedy and until three years ago was illiterate. Thanks to a FTM literacy and education programme, she can now read and write, is numerate and as a result has been able to turn her life and the life of her family around.
“As well as feeding friends and family, Lunches for Life will help feed the minds of marginalised people from across the globe,” said FTM’s Adam Sach.
FTM have launched a dedicated website for the Lunches for Life initiative, providing a range of fundraising resources designed to support anyone considering getting involved. They describe it as “packed full of tips, recipes, downloadable invitations and posters”.
Sach added, “We hope that this new scheme will become an annual event and will enable us to deliver more education projects, while also raising awareness of how education can make a world of difference.”