Yesterday was a particularly good day. A sizeable cheque arrived on my desk from a Trust which is winding up. Actually, every day that a cheque arrives on my desk from a Trust or Foundation is a pretty good day, whether the cheque is large or small. I often receive a letter with a cheque apologising for what the sender thinks is a small amount. No amount is too small – we do truly believe in the famous words of our founder, E F Schumacher, that ‘Small is Beautiful’! Practical Action will make sure that every penny, every pound of the donation I received yesterday, and of all those donations from the other Trusts and Foundations that support us, makes life better for those who are the poorest of the poor, marginalised and vulnerable.
The cheque that arrived yesterday was ‘unrestricted’, meaning we can use the funds where we want. That choice won’t be my decision – I leave that to our finance and programme staff. But I do know that in the coming months, even years, it could help, for example, a family have access to clean water in Kenya, it could ensure children in Zimbabwe are protected from killer diseases as a result of refrigerated vaccines thanks to energy from Practical Action’s micro-hydro schemes, and the donation might enable a family in Bangladesh, whose lives have been decimated by floods, begin to earn a living from growing pumpkins.
Funding from Trusts and Foundations are vital to our work, and to the futures of the people we work with. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post already!