The Commonwealth Ex-Services League
“Ensure that no Commonwealth ex-serviceman or woman is without help if in need”
What made 5 million people from the Commonwealth volunteer to fight the Second World War alongside the 6 million British Forces?
Who were these people and what motivated them? They were people who believed in freedom and were happy to fight alongside the ‘mother country’ to make this World a safer place.
They weren’t called up. They didn’t have to join us. They chose to.
They came from all over the Commonwealth, a million from Canada; 2.5 million from the Indian sub-continent; from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Far East and from across Africa.
Benevolence monies are dispensed to beneficiaries through a network of ex-Service Organisations across the Commonwealth.
Such is the demand today, that in some parts of the World, the charity is unable to provide more than 20 meals a month where it aims to provide a meal a day.
Please help us help these brave people.
The League currently has 56 member organisations in 49 Commonwealth countries where 40,000 eligible veterans have been identified. It acts as a link for ex-service organisations throughout the Commonwealth and provides welfare for those in desperate need. Financial support is also given to self-help projects that will generate local income.
The League helped in excess of 10,000 veterans in each of the years up to 2015. The League has a staff of four who work from an office in Haig House, Borough High Street, where it is co-located with the Royal British Legion. Recently, the League has responded to the care crisis in Zimbabwe, and has provided help to the veterans and widows who have lost houses and possessions in natural disasters across the world. The League also acts as the overseas agent for over 40 UK-based Service Charities.
Street Child started working in Sierra Leone in 2008 when it was then the poorest nation in the world having only recently recovered from a devastating civil war.
Their work in Sierra Leone began with a small handful of street children, connecting them to families and supporting them to go to school.
Now, Street Child works throughout Sierra Leone to support the country’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children to go to school and learn.
Whether supporting and empowering families, training teachers or building schools with communities in the most remote areas Street Child and their local partners, Street Child of Sierra Leone, work with communities and with the Ministry of Education to promote the importance of education.
Street Child’s 1000 Schools
As part of the Commonwealth Row, funds raised will be supporting Street Child’s 1000 schools in Sierra Leone campaign to ensure that children in areas where there are no primary schools, or no effective primary school education provision, have the chance to go to school and learn.
The Guyana Foundaiton
Guyana’s greatest wealth lies in our people and our diverse cultures.
Our first peoples consist of nine native Amerindian tribes – the Akawaios, Arawaks, Arecunas, Caribs, Macushis, Patomonas, Wai Wais, Wapishana, and Warraus – who inhabit the hinterland of the country.
The coast is populated by people of African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and European descent, brought to the shores of South America under colonial rule.
Tragically, decades of political and ethnic division, dating back to the country’s independence in 1966, have left serious economic, cultural and social challenges in its wake.
Poverty, with all its social and psychological dislocations has inhibited development, while an epidemic of domestic abuse, alarming suicide rates, illiteracy, outward migration and hopelessness among the youth are just some of the ills that stalk the idyllic landscape of Guyana.
The existing challenges require a concerted effort by the private and public sector to work together to secure the human and natural capital of the country for future generations. Every opportunity must be urgently seized to ensure that Guyanese are able to achieve their potential, to cope with the normal stresses of life, to work productively and fruitfully, and to be able to make a contribution to their community.
Here’s some of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far:
- Largest Private Mental Health Initiative in Guyana’s History
- Running Water for the First Time in Pigeon Island
- Empowering Women in Remote Communities in Guyana
- Skills Training for Hundreds of Youth and Women
- Free Eye Clinic for Underprivileged Residents
- Distribution of Essential Personal Items and School Supplies
- Empowering Young Children