CDUK - Compassion Direct UK

Earth is the Home we Share.

CDUK provides environmentally sustainable solutions and self-help
projects in the developing world.

About Us


CDUK is a registered international charity number 1113505, based in Dolgellau, North Wales, working directly with children, families & communities in shanty towns, rural mountain schools & refugee camps.

We provide environmentally sustainable solutions & self help projects in the developing world.

We have provided wells, fruit trees, a woman & child development centre, school buildings, vegetable gardens, wind turbines, educational materials, rainwater harvesting tanks, industrial sewing machines & workshops, latrine doors, libraries &we send hand knitted clothing to refugees.

We encourage self help projects, environmental awareness, good practice & sustainability in the UK & abroad via our fundraising & projects. We are all volunteers & our work is entirely dependent upon your voluntary contributions. Why not join us or go to our donations page & make a regular donation?
We can do nothing without your support.

You can raise money for CDUK simply by buying online from www.smile.amazon.co.uk & choosing Compassion Direct UK as your charity to support. Your product costs no more but CDUK get the benefit.
To make a donation of £5 text CDUK to70970

WHAT ARE OUR USP's? (Unique Selling Points)

  • We work directly with people & organisations  avoiding uneccessary expense &  bureaucracy.
  • We consult with local people to advise us on what needs to be done at their particular project.
  • We take into account the environmental impact of our work & plant trees to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • We encourage people to help themselves by providing practical, sustainable, self help projects.
  • Because we are all  professional volunteers we have low overheads so your money goes where it is needed

To be kept in touch with our work scroll right down to the end of these pages & fill in the registration form

Photos: boy waiting for a soup kitchen to open in a shanty town in Quilmes, Argentina & boring a hole to find water in Ashanti Ghana
 

  



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Earth is the Home we Share


Who we are..........

The Trustees of CDUK are professional volunteers, experienced in their field.  We are able to complete projects at a fraction of the costs of some larger charities.

How?  For example, we built & equiped a Woman & Child Development Centre for £10,000, which  included running it, employing visiting psychologists, educationalists, social workers, & lawyers to assist in client development. The centre was run for a year before it was taken over by the government which was our aim.  All this was possible because one of our volunter Trustees worked directly with the people in the shanty town.  We provided the money & under our supervision, with consultation & cooperation, they provided the labour free.

"Why should I care about supporting children abroad, do we not have enough problems of our own in the UK to deal with?"

CDUK's strapline is 'Earth is the Home we Share' this phrase underpins all our work.  

We believe that everyone on this planet is interdependent & that we are all in some way interrelated. We live in a global economy, we eat foods from all over the world, we export & import goods & services; sea & air pollution is blown by winds, spread by tides, climate change & environmental degredation is a global challenge for us all, so in a nut shell.........

Global challenges require global solutions, they require educated minds from all over the world to come together to make the vital decisions that are needed to sustainably maintain our planet for future generations.

Imagine that maybe one of the children from one of CDUK's international projects, e.g. the Kyebi Primary School in Ghana which our supporters funded, maybe will become someone who is part of this enormous & vital global decision making process when they are adult?  Imagine the goodwill if that child remembers the assistance that was given at an early age by people in the UK who cared, to their school?  What goes around comes around!

We are all aware of the importance of education in the UK, please help us to facilitate education & environmental sustainability at our projects

Please go to our projects page to find out more

To be kept in touch with our work scroll down to the end of the pages to fill in the registration form


Pillowcase Dresses


Pillowcase Dresses for Young African Girls

CDUK encourages recycling to conserve the earths depleted resources. . Here are guidelines on how to make dresses out of unwanted cotton pillowslips. We have taken dresses to orphans in Ghana made by ladies in Stratford upon Avon but now we need many more to go to a new project in Eastern Rwanda

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Working in Rwanda


In the East of Rwanda in a rural area of Gatsibo is a Church built on land that supports many poor villagers of different faiths including 70 women who have HIV due to the legacy of the Genocide that ended in 1994.

The Church hosts a school where more than 150 children receive a daily main meal & in many cases, the meal will be all they have to eat in a week. At least 60 of the children attend school free because they are orphans or have mothers with HIV, who due to prejudice, fear & ignorance are unable to get work as no one will work with them & so they & their children go hungry due to lack of income.

A Pastor at the Church formed an HIV support group & when I visited, the woman told me their stories. They said there were many more women who could not attend nor could their children go to the school as they had no clothes & were ashamed.

They said, those that had work on the land tried to help the others & that some of them saved a tiny amount each week, I asked them what they were saving for & they proudly said coffins so that they could be decently buried. This is their immediate future without food or work as they are unable to take their medication without eating, so they know that if they go hungry, they will die very soon. This is their shared fate.

The Church bought the group two sewing machines so that they could learn a trade & work from the back of the building, but the women number 70 & more & they need more machines & a building to work from.
CDUK want to sink a well near the Church for village use by people of all faiths. Currently the only clean water has to be collected & paid for at a government water source several miles away at approximately the equivalent of one penny per litre

The Church collects fresh water for cooking & has to use rain water from muddy puddles for washing when it rains. Disease from the polluted water is rampant. CDUK want to provide 2 water harvesting tanks that will collect rainwater for the Church to enable better hygiene & cleaner water access for all their cooking & personal needs.
We want to help the women to make a secure building where they can meet, with room for at least 10 sewing machines, tables & storage so that they can learn a trade, support themselves, each other & their families.

Then maybe they will not need the coffins so soon as they will be able to eat, take their medication, earn a living & look after their children safely.  Please help us to achieve this goal.

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The Giving Machine & The Giving Lottery


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You can choose from over 2000 shops to raise funds for our work, not just Amazon Smile who support us too

https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/compassion-direct-uk-266536

& THE GIVING LOTTERY - your support here could help us to have a regular income & aid our forward planning

A wonderful opportunity to win £25,000 each week for only £1 & charities get 60%. This is a really fun way to suport CDUK, just click on the link and sign up

https://www.givinglottery.org.uk/support/compassion-direct-uk

Volunteering with CDUK


Raise funds, have fun, meet new people, do something wonderful today

"Be the change you want to see in the world" M Ghandi. Giving is not just about making a donation it is about helping to make a difference.

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Some FUN raising ideas

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE, large or small?

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Equipement, insurance & how we support you.

The boring but useful stuff! How do we support you?

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Setting up a Knitting Group

Knitting groups enable you to meet new people & have fun sharing a favorite craft.

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How do CDUK raise money -can you help?

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Anne Frank

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Our Trustee Team


Ros Grant

Chair of Trustees

Ros is the founder of CDUK and CEO, she believes that we have the power to change the world we live in for the better and is a keen environmentalist.

Chris Cartwright

Trustee

Chris spent time in Africa which inspired her to do all she could to help people to help themselves. She is the main collection point for our Knit for Kids project.

Leandro Ghezzi

Trustee

Leo is Argentinan and has been with CDUK from the start. He advises us on South American culture and translates Spanish for us, we can't stop him planting trees!.

Don Graham

Trustee

Don is our most recent Trustee and our IT guru, a vital resource in today’s hi tech world. Don lived many years in Colombia where he helped provide IT solutions to schools teaching English.

Want to be a Trustee?


Becoming a Trustee with CDUK will enable you to help some of the poorest & most disadvantaged people in the world.  The opportunity will enable you to participate in life changing work.

Because we are a small organisation, our trustees don't just make policy decisions round a table, we are a hands on organisation, we get down to grass roots & get involved in our local areas when we can.

Depending upon the time we have available & our personal skills, we do PR, admin, IT, applications for funds, plan strategy, or organise fundraising events, etc. working with other volunteers & local groups in the area. Working to our strengths & discussing what works with the chairman, other trustees & relevant volunteers.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE BEING A TRUSTEE?


Most importantly we agree what time we have available & plan our workload within the time we are able to give. You may only have 1 hour a week available but if you put your mind to it, it is amazing what can be achieved in an hour when working to a plan & within a team. 1 hour or 1 day a week we can find a way to make your time count. But we prefer it if you enjoy what you are doing with CDUK & that you have some fun along the way as well as job satisfaction.

CAN I WORK FROM HOME?

Our team work remotely & meet up on Zoom or Skype etc. & at the AGM once a year. We are too busy doing what needs to be done to call meetings all the time, but we do keep in touch regularly & chat online. Facebook & Twitter keeps us up to date as does the website. This is the new normal.

IS THERE A FINANCIAL LIABILITY IN BEING A TRUSTEE?

The Trustees have a policy of never promising what we can't afford to deliver. That means that if we don't have the cash in the bank we don't do the project. This way Trustees do not have to concern themselves that we might go overdrawn or get into debt for which they might be liable. We just don't do it! Then we can all relax!

We decide what we want to do, raise the money - if we don't already have it, & do the project. Neither do we promise to projects what we can't fulfil.

We prefer that you work with us for a short time as a volunteer before becoming a trustee. Then when you get the feel of the organisation we can talk over where you feel your strengths lie & how we can fit them to a role. All trustees work a minimum 6 months probationary period & while during that time their views will be taken into account they will not be allowed to vote until they have completed their probation. They can still be part of the debate and suggestions for change.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO PROMOTE CDUK?

We have leaflets & collecting tins available to be distributed throughout your local area & varous fundraising aids such as display boards & banners.

So, if you are interested, give our chairman a call on 01341 388649 or fill in the contact box on this site & we can take it from there. Don't forget we are all volunteers here at CDUK so you will be one of the team.

History of CDUK


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History of Compassion Direct UK

In 2002 Ros – our chairman, went to visit her family who live in Quilmes near Buenos Aires in Argentina. She was horrified at the poverty and destitution she saw in parts of the city and its environs.

One day while she was there, an educationalist – Daniel De Scala, came to visit Ros with a translator as she didn’t speak any Spanish at the time. He said he knew from speaking to friends that Ros had always worked for charities and that she had a degree in Sociological Research & Psychology – a respected qualification in Argentina. He wanted Ros's help. He said he knew that people in the UK were very generous but that mainly they cared about poverty in Africa and did not know much about the awful economic crash that had occurred in Argentina in 200/2001 when the AR Peso was devalued by two thirds. Many thousands of people lost their jobs and their homes and became destitute and more and more shanty towns grew in many areas including Quilmes. They desperately needed help!

Daniel asked Ros if she would help some of the people and took her on a tour of the shanty towns – Villas, surrounding Quilmes. Ros agreed to try to help a Soup kitchen – Comador that fed 130 destitute children twice a day – Luz Del Alma (Light of the Soul).

Ros wrote to her friends in the UK, explaining the situation and sending photos asking for a donation of £5. When she returned home to the UK some weeks later, she realised that she would have to open a bank account for the generous donations that had arrived. One thing led to another, fundraising continued, Trustees were recruited and Compassion Direct UK, the charity became registered in 2004 after a generous donation of £500 from Banbury Rotary Club.
Ros had semi-retired from being self-employed in Cornwall for some years after working for The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for many years as a Regional Manager. Just before her visit to her family in Argentina she had moved from Cornwall to be nearer her daughter in the UK intending to continue a part time Training business that had been part of her previous business in Cornwall.  Somehow the training never got started because CDUK took over Ros’s life.
During this time CDUK raised money to build a security wall and gates at the Comador, built a homework room and sewing workshop for children and parents, a store room for dried food and recruited a group of local volunteers to maintain continued assistance and support to this project.
As CDUK grew other projects followed and new directions were pursued, our strap line is
Earth is the home we share
Lead the Change
CDUK provides environmentally sustainable solutions & self-help projects in the developing world

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COMPLAINTS PROCEEDURE

What we can do to help

At CDUK, we treat a complaint as an opportunity to improve our procedures and practices.

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ENVIRONMENT STATEMENT

We are all responsible for the future of our children

All activities and organisations have some impact upon the environment and CDUK wish to minimise our carbon footprint where possible.

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FINANCIAL RESERVES POLICY

Rainy Day Fund

financial reserve in line with our current income and expenditure are necessary for the effective working of the charity.

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VOLUNTEER POLICY

We are all volunteers at CDUK, why not join us

CDUK believe that our fundraising & campaigning work is a partnership between volunteers & trustees. Volunteers make a real, practical, difference to the lives of some of the poorest & most dispossessed peoples in the world.

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WORKING WITH BUSINESS

CDUK sees a future in which business makes a net positive contribution to the well-being of society and the planet.

RISK ASSESSMENT

“reasonable measures, reasonably applied”.

“reasonable measures, reasonably applied”.

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EQUALITY & DIVERSITY POLICY

cultural diversity positively enriches our lives so that everyone has an equal contribution to make to our society

cultural diversity positively enriches our lives so that everyone has an equal contribution to make to our society

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PRIVACY POLICY

Your privacy is important to CDUK

SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS

Treating people with respect

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  • Registered charity number 1113505

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  • Registered charity number 1113505

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