Feed the Minds is a UK based international charity. For over 50 years, we have partnered with local organisations all over the world to deliver practical education projects, often in communities where people live in extreme poverty. Our projects empower marginalised communities, particularly women, who have missed out on education due to extreme poverty, conflict or discrimination and focus on three thematic areas:
Citizenship: Our projects aim to improve women's and people's knowledge of and access to their political, civic and human rights.
Economic empowerment: Our projects aim to improve the financial security and resilience of women and people who have been marginalised.
Health: Our projects aim to improve women's and people's knowledge of, and access to safe healthcare and practices.
We believe that education makes the world of difference, which is why education is at the core of all of our projects. And because education makes the world of difference, we are committed to the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 4: 'to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.'
Through our projects, women like Keely have learnt to read, write and count. They have developed skills to set up social enterprise projects and increase their income, allowing them to support and feed their families, pay for school and medical treatment and even save for the future. And they now have knowledge of safe hygiene practices and their human rights.
"Before I joined this project, I had no sources of income. I used to depend on men for survival. Thanks to this project, I used my profit share from the sanitary pads social enterprise to buy my own sewing machine and started sewing different fashions of bitenge for women and girls, including men’s bitenge shirts alongside making and selling the pads at my outlet. I even sell my products to markets in neighbouring villages like Mawa market. Now I earn daily income.....this income has me feed my family three times a day [and] medical care for my children." Project participant, aged 36
Donating £10 could provide resources for 5 women like Keely to participate in adult literacy classes and help lift them out of poverty.
Donating £80 could purchase a sewing machine to produce affordable, hygienic and reusable sanitary pads.
Donating £120 could fund a radio show to improve community wide understanding around menstrual health.