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The challenges experienced globally over the past couple of years have taught us all the power of supporting each other and our communities. This Christmas, many of us will be thinking about how best to do that through charitable giving. With so many worthwhile causes to support, you may be wondering how your gift can have the biggest social impact.
Thankfully, charity evaluator GiveWell has just published its annual list of top charities recommended for giving in 2021. GiveWell is a non-profit dedicated to identifying the most impactful giving opportunities globally and has named SCI Foundation as one of its ‘top charities’ for the 11th consecutive year.
SCI Foundation, known as the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative until 2019, supports public health programmes tackling preventable diseases like schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (intestinal worms). These parasitic infections affect 1 in 6 people globally and impact children’s growth and development, their ability to learn, and their future. Deworming treatment is cheap and cost-effective and ultimately allows children to fulfil their potential and dreams.
The teacher is helping the community health workers, giving water to her pupils to take medication during a deworming campaign in Ambohimiadana, district of Vatomandry, Madagascar. © SCI Foundation/END Fund/Viviane Rakotoarivony
In 2020-21 alone, SCI Foundation supported Ministries of Health to reach over 60 million people with deworming treatment in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We want to be able to continue to support these programmes and other areas at risk of these preventable diseases.
The extensive reach of the programmes we support, coupled with their impact on people’s lives, has resulted in SCI Foundation being the longest standing GiveWell-recommended deworming charity.
This year, we are working to make donations go further, by joining forces with the Big Give Christmas Challenge to reach 150,000 children with de-worming treatment, through our Dream Big campaign.
So, if you are overwhelmed by the choice of charities this year, we would love you to consider giving to SCI Foundation and double the impact of your support.
Want to hear more about what makes deworming such a cost-effective intervention? Listen to an interview with our resident expert Katie Fantaguzzi.
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Deworming drugs are being given to this little girl by spoon, avoiding contact which can spread COVID-19 pandemic. In Maromitety village, district of Vatomandry. © SCI Foundation/END Fund/Viviane Rakotoarivony