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Autumn 2020 Humanitarian Relief Appeal 


The data that justify the need to help


The data (or information in words and numbers) that tell us there is a need to support are given in the following examples and work from these multilateral agencies working on poverty matters.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and others (1) argue the following:

“Around 57 per cent or more of the population cannot afford a healthy diet throughout sub-Saharan Africa (and South Asia)” (p. 19)

“The Prevalence of Undernourishment in Africa was 19.1 per cent of the population in 2019, or more than 250 million undernourished people, up from 17.6 per cent in 2014” (p. 20)

In terms of the outlook for 2030, Africa is significantly off track to achieve the Zero Hunger target in 2030” (p. 21)

“In 2019, more than nine out of ten stunted children lived in Africa, representing 40 per cent of all stunted children in the world” (p. 22)

(1) FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, 2020: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 – Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets, Rome, FAO


In a similar line of work, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Fund (2) claim that

Maternal deaths similar to the child mortality picture are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and (South Asia)” (p. 12)

(2) World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Fund, 2020: Protect the progress rise, refocus and recover, 2020 Progress report on Every Women Every Child, Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)


Likewise, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (3) provides the following data on wildlife crime:

“The first clear and consistent linkages between two major illicit wildlife product markets – those for African elephant ivory and for African pangolin scales – have been documented, with a series of large scale seizures containing both specimens in recent years” (p. 20)

“Over the last decade, the share of total rosewood imports to China coming from Africa has steadily increased, with a portion of this share suspected to have illegally sourced in or exported from Africa” (p. 30)

(3) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2020: World Wildlife Crime Report 2020, United Nations on Drugs and Crime, 2020


Additionally, the International Labour Organisation (4) reveals that

58.0 per cent of African workers are employed in low-skilled occupations that disproportionately include low productivity, for instance small holder agriculture” (p. 38)

“Significantly, 140 million out of the 234 million workers living in extreme poverty across the world are in sub-Saharan Africa (i.e. 59.8 per cent)” (p. 40)

(4) International Labour Organisation, 2020: World Employment and Social Outlook, Trends 2020, International Labour Office, Geneva, ILO, 2020


Finally, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (5) support the view that

“The analysis on implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area suggests that opening to trade can increase women’s salaries relative to men’s ones, helping to close the gender wage gap and decrease gender inequality.  By 2035, wages for skilled and unskilled female labour would be 4.0 per cent and 3.7 per cent higher (relative to baseline), respectively compared with a 3.2 per cent increase for all males” (p.18)

“The share of informal employment in sub-Saharan Africa is 86.4 per cent for men and 92.1 per cent for women” (p. 26)

(5) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/World Bank and World Trade Organisation, 2020: Women and Trade, The role of trade in promoting gender equality, New York, Washington, D.C.   


Whether it is about stunted children or African workers in low-skilled occupations or women in informal employment; the above data just highlight the underlying problem of poverty and extreme poverty in Africa.  Part of the above mentioned figures also indicates the continuing threats to wildlife and the lack of skills in some situations to build back better from poverty and hardships. 

Furthermore, with the current global health crisis induced by the coronavirus pandemic the figures about poverty and threats to the wildlife could be different; meaning that poor people, children, women, flora and fauna could be in a worse scenario case or situation in which humanitarian relief could be part of the response.

These above data from multilateral agencies finally highlight CENFACS’ findings and the reality on the ground in Africa in the area of operation of CENFACS.   There is a need out there that deservingly requires support that the locals are requesting, especially at this exceptional time of the global pandemic.


The request


The beneficiaries of the above projects are local poor people, flora and fauna under threat as well as  Africa-based Organisations with whom we are working together to help alleviate the following types of poverty and hardships linked to the following:

• Poor or lack of basic infrastructures (such as safe drinking water collection points, medical and health centres, toilets and washing essentials, places to get training and basic education, online necessary equipment, lack of personal protective equipment to protect against the coronavirus etc.) to secure safe drinking water, to educate children, to sanitise health and access primary health care.

• Lack of animal protection and care, threats to extinction or killings, trafficking and poaching of endangered animals (such as the elephants, gorillas, rhinoceros etc.) and plant species

• Wildlife crime through illegal harvest of and trade in wildlife and forest products as well as derived products

• Income poverty and dehumanising treatment afflicted to poor particularly women and children

• Asymmetrical economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic whereby those who are poor do not have financial bailout and financial resources to cope with  the mounting or crippling effects of the coronavirus pandemic as well as they cannot move out of the vicious circle of deprivations

• Little involvement of women in the coronavirus economic recovery process; yet they are making the bulk of the care economy that is dealing with health adversity caused by the coronavirus pandemic

• Lack of income and or enough earnings by poor families to send back to school their children after Summer and other times of the year, and also due to the coronavirus and lockdown, as the cost of education entirely falls on them.


The projects


Five projects to help reduce poverty and meet the needs of the local people, animals and organisations this Autumn and beyond

(1) Skills to Build Back Better (Skills Development project) – A project that helps to reduce poverty linked to poor or incomplete skills, knowledge, information and capacities amongst African organisations and those who are running these organisations living in deprived areas and anxious improve their skills in order to rehabilitate, recover and reconstruct from the continuing adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  

(2) Save Flora and Fauna projects (Environmental projects) are a wildlife preservation, conservation and protection initiative to save animal species (like elephants, gorillas, rhinoceros etc.), birds (such as the Congo bay owl) and fish (like cae cobarbus geertsi) from danger of exploitation and killings while aiming at reducing poverty in Africa.  They are as well about the protection of plants (like afzelia pachyloba), threes, water and forests.

(3) Symmetry Project (Equality Project): – A sustainable development initiative aiming at reducing the difference in the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that have been asymmetrical; project of working with local poor people in parts of Africa where there is uneven impact of the coronavirus and poverty reduction in order to establish equal right and address the roots and causes of this type of asymmetry or inequality in a sustainable way.

(4) Gender into Covid-19 Recovery Project (Women Integration Project) is a project to help to integrate women or to have a gender dimension in the process of the coronavirus economic recovery in Africa.  In doing so, the project will try to reduce gender poverty and discrimination towards the contribution that women are making in the battle against the coronavirus and in poverty reduction in Africa. 

(5) Back-to-School Support (Educational hardship project) – an educational support to poor children and families facing poverty barriers to send their children back to schools, to cope with the cost of education and to meet the unprecedented costs of the educational impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  The project will help them to find income earning paths and life-sustaining opportunities to survive and reduce back-to-school poverty.

In total, 5 projects to donate £2 for 2 benefits as you wish per project

Note: Further details about the above projects are available on request from CENFACS.


The beneficiaries


This Autumn 2020 humanitarian relief appeal will help 

  • The virtual beneficiaries made of African organisations based in Africa
  • The real and end beneficiaries who are poor people (amongst them children) and endangered wildlife species.


The asking amounts: £2 for 2 benefits


CENFACS is appealing to you to donate £2 to create 2 benefits (1 for humans and 1 for the other living beings) as you wish to achieve one last benefit or relief.


What your donation can achieve


If you donate £2 for 2 benefits towards humans and other living beings, we can anticipate the following use and relief impacts that these amounts can help


=> to implement Skills to Build Back Better project by

  • buying computer and distance learning equipment for training and development
  • building workshop halls and or hiring spaces for digital and IT training in a social distance environment


=> to deliver Save Flora and Fauna projects by

  • running wildlife protection awareness campaign to address illicit trafficking in wildlife and  to keep advocacy on wild animals’ and plants’ rights and welfare
  • buying or developing software or apps on protection and care of wildlife species in Africa


=> to execute Symmetry project by

  • running online and virtual equality workshops on the reduction of the asymmetrical  adverse effects of the coronavirus between people and groups,
  • training people to tackle inequalities of poverty reduction or treatment induced by the coronavirus within their communities


=> to improve the Integration of women into Covid-19 economic recovery in Africa

  • helping to increase women‘s representation in the boardrooms of Covid-19 economic recovery in Africa
  • supporting African voluntary organisations to advocate for women to have a democratic say in the decision-making process of building back better from the coronavirus


=> to make Back-to-school support realises needy children’s dreams by 

  • setting up income-generating activities with poor families to meet the cost of sending back to and maintaining their children at schools
  • purchasing school e-books and e-materials through African voluntary organisations to help educationally needy children to embrace distance learning opportunities to mitigate the adverse effects of the coronavirus on children’s learning and abilities


To realise a total of 5 lasting benefits, it may require a donation of £10 to £20 or even more.

To smooth the process of supporting these projects, CENFACS is ready to post to you and or to any other potential supporters the project proposals or an information pack about them for consideration to support.  Likewise, CENFACS is ready to talk to you or to potential funders about them if wanting us to do so.

To donate, gift aid and or support differently, please contact CENFACS

You can donate

*over phone

*via email

*through text

*by filling the contact form on this site. 


On receipt of your intent to donate or donation, CENFACS will contact you.  However, should you wish your support to remain anonymous; we will respect your wish.

Thank you in anticipation for your willingness to give and help change the lives of these poor people, organisations and wild species.


THIS AUTUMN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN will last all the Autumn 2020 season.  

CENFACS will accept any support given during and beyond the duration of this campaign.

Please do not wait for the end of Autumn 2020 to donate as the needs are pressing now.

We look forward to your support with helpful difference for the Poor People, Organisations and Wildlife Species in Africa at this exceptional time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you again for your generosity.



Howthree you can further support CENFACS

You can help by

Sending a one-off voluntary giving
Sending a yearly contribution to CENFACS
Providing a legacy or donation
Sponsoring a particular project, need, cause or programme
Promoting particular events or publications or even activities

You can as well support with No Direct Cash Donations 

Those who would like to support CENFACS by using other means than directly giving cash, they can consider the following.

  • Give unwanted goods and items to CENFACS charity e-store (details about this way of supporting are given below)

  • Sign up for a Gift Aid declaration

  • Nominate CENFACS for a donation at charity fundraising and donation events

  • Select CENFACS as your preferred charity for donation from advertising revenue

  • Choose CENFACS as a donation recipient of some of the profits raised from online shopping

  • Donate your unwanted and unused points and cashback to CENFACS as your chosen charity from your loyalty shopping rewards or good cause gift cards

  • Name CENFACS as your favourite deserving cause from click online option “donate cashback to charities”

  • Donate any unwanted excess points of your loyalty card from apps

The above is just the few examples of helping that one can think of to support CENFACS without they have to directly give cash.

Supporting by Donating Unwanted Goods and Products for CENFACS Charity e-Store 

You can donate unwanted and unneeded light and easily movable goods and products to CENFACS’ Charity eStore to support good and deserving causes of poverty reduction. 

After donating products or goods, these will be converted into cash to support good causes or our work.  The cash converted can also be used to support CENFACS‘ work.  

When thinking of donation, please ensure that your donation does not bear high costs for us to handle, otherwise the impact you want to create through your giving will be reduced or nullified.   

Items to donate include:

Mobile phones, IT accessories, laptops, digital and communication devises, art and design objects, children gadgets and toys, and miscellaneous.

Notes for goods and products donors (Products Acceptance Policy):

    • We do not take electrical equipment and devises
    • Items donated need to be functioning, not requiring fixing, repair or testing prior to use
    • Products given must have environmentally-friendly contents and be sustainable
    • We do not accept heavy items such as books, metals and a heavy bag of clothing
    • We do not take items requiring large storage capacity as we are not a profit making organisation
    • We do not refund or give back the products donated as we expect products givers or donors to act in good faith and in the interest of poverty alleviation
    • We do not take stolen properties or items in dispute
    •  We can arrange for collection if you live locally

Help us to convert your unwanted goods or products into cash to help reduce poverty.

To donate or enquire about your products donation, please contact CENFACS.

Thank you for your support!

Choosing the Beneficiaries of your Support

You can choose or indicate

The type of beneficiaries of your contribution
The project or country where your support has to be allocated
To help CENFACS’ running costs
To leave to CENFACS the choice (freedom) to decide on the best possible use of your support
To delegate your responsibility to CENFACS to execute your wishes

Reporting on your support


As a result of your giving, you can ask us to send you

Either the report or a summary of change that your support has brought to beneficiary people.

Either the report on the project or area or even country that you have supported

Either the report on CENFACS’ works and activities


Executing your wishes to supportpictforweb (2)

Through donation in cheques, postal orders, vouchers, online and paper free payments made payable to CENFACS

CENFACS offers straightforward and easy ways for individuals and organisations to help projects and project beneficiaries. Donations can be made directly to CENFACS Fund for Poverty Relief and Development or CENFACS grant making programme or even indirectly to help with CENFACS‘ running costs in order to deliver its programmes.

Making a donation to CENFACS is not only about the transfer of money. It is first and foremost the sharing and development of knowledge and skills. Through our Development Programmes, we work in strategic partnership with Africa-based organisations through a participative and bottom-up approach to set up and develop sustainable initiatives. Our African project partners initiate projects and CENFACS help them to plan, execute, control and close the project in the most successful way. CENFACS also helps them to develop a viable, accountable way to helping them to help themselves in building their capacity, particularly in the ever changing development landscape as it deems the case now with the 2030 Agenda and Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the new International Climate Change Agreement and the African Union Agenda 2063.

Other ways of supporting us include: Legacies, gifts, sponsorship, premises, web advertising, direct marketing, events, training, digital technologies, public relations and social media (communications).
It is in this way your support can make a world of helpful differences.

Volunteering at CENFACS

<> About CENFACS Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering at CENFACS is about giving the opportunity to volunteers to acquire direct exposure to CENFACS’ work and/or to compliment development-oriented learning with practical experience for those who are planning to take up a career or to further their practice in international development. We review our volunteer opportunities every quarter. To find out and/or discuss what opportunity is available, please contact All in Development at CENFACS and read/check our BLOG page every quarter. When contacting us,
Either you could let us know the role or kind of work you would like to carry out
Or we can explore together areas of work or role which may be suitable for you
Or even we could simply tell you what voluntary position is available

<> Applying to become a CENFACS Volunteer

To apply for a voluntary position you need to send us your Curriculum Vitae (plus a covering note/letter) and or to complete the following online form and submit to CENFACS

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Type of voluntary work applying for

    Brief description of your voluntary interest