Advantage Africa’s Annual Report and Accounts provide a review of the charity’s finances, governance and activities for the period 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020.
The period saw the emergence of COVID-19 worldwide and severe lockdowns imposed to control it in our partner communities. These had a big impact on the wellbeing of the vulnerable people we support in East Africa and the Report includes a description of our response to help those most in need through emergency food and hygiene packages.
Our core work to improve the lives of people living in poverty and facing discrimination because of disability, including albinism, and HIV in Kenya and Uganda also continued in 2019/20. Our priority was to assist such vulnerable children and adults to help themselves and build a better future for their families. To this end, we supported nine partner organisations to improve their impact, skills and reach and undertake more than 20 different projects in their communities.
Specific initiatives included projects to enable children with learning difficulties to gain an education and make the transition from school to community life, disabled people to access appliances / rehabilitation and people with albinism to protect themselves from life-threatening skin cancer. Our work among people affected by HIV included orphans’ nutrition, HIV testing, counselling, home-based care and income generation.
We take encouragement from the achievements of the year and the thousands of vulnerable people whose lives were improved. We are most grateful to all our supporters (including 128 individuals who made a regular monthly donation) and organisations who made this possible through their kind and generous financial support.
Income in 2019/20 was £282k (£249k in 2018/19). Donations from individuals fell by 5% but this was offset by increases in donations from non-individuals and grants from government, trusts and foundations. Expenditure for the year was £273k (£288k in 2018/19) including spending on restricted funds of £118k (£161k in 2018/19). The breakdown by percentage is shown below: