On 21st June Raising Futures were announced as a winner of the national FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, fighting off competition from hundreds of other small charities.
The award recognises the impact of our Seed of Hope programme, providing vulnerable young people in Kenya with better opportunities through personal guidance, counselling, business support and vocational training. Over the past year, over 800 young people have been trained in vocational and business skills or mentored by a Raising Futures graduate. 91% of the graduates from our vocational training programme are employed, self-employed or in further education one year after graduation.
Pauline Broomhead CBE, CEO of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), the charity behind the award and Small Charity Week said:
“Small charities do amazing work, often having an impact far beyond their size, yet they often don’t receive the recognition and celebration they deserve. We’re delighted that over ten years of Small Charity Week thousands of small charities have had the chance to shout about their work and get the support they need, and our Small Charity Big Impact Awards are one of the highlights of the Week. We are thrilled to award Raising Futures Kenya this prize and congratulate them on their amazing work.”
“Without the tireless hard work of small charities and community groups, many people in the UK and internationally would be considerably worse off,” said Zoe Darrah, Marketing Co-ordinator at Policy Bee, the sponsors of the awards. “As most of these organisations don’t get anything like the recognition they deserve, a glittering awards ceremony that sings their praises can only be a good thing. If it were up to us, they’d all get a prize – as it is we’re just pleased to support this good cause for good causes.”
The FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards are a way to highlight the work of small charities (those with a turnover under £1 million) and the impact they make on a local, national and international level.