About Guinea Bissau

Having visited Guinea Bissau a few times and worked with groups of teachers around the country, we are now in a position to understand what people need most. We are working with trusted people in Bissau and the regions and we have decided we need to help with 4 areas:

  1. Micro-credit loans of around £200 each to selected people, mostly women, to start or expand a small business

  2. Emergency fund for health issues / weather-related destruction

  3. Help with basics eg. digging and improving wells, toilets, solar panels for electricity

  4. Support for education projects

A FEW STATS ABOUT GUINEA BISSAU

We want to help people in Guinea Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world

A few figures:

  • Life expectancy – 58 (men) / 61 (women)

  • Adult literacy rate – 45.6 (62.16% for men and 30.77% for women)

  • Average salary for a secondary school teacher - £130 / month

  • Prevalence of FGM in women aged 15–49 - 44.9%

  • Child marriage – 24%

  • Gross national income per capita - £962

  • 30kg of rice – feeds family of 4 for 2 weeks - £15

  • Number of reported cases of malaria per year – 142,309

  • Number of deaths from malaria per year – 477

                                                                          (from WHO / BBC websites)

WHAT YOUR DONATION COULD PROVIDE IN GUINEA BISSAU

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SCHOOLING

£70 for pre-school for one child for a year

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MICRO-CREDIT LOANS

£200 to help women build small businesses

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WELL

£170 to repair a well to access clean water