Nile founder Sarah spent time working for an NGO in Ghana, West Africa. In a 10 week placement she reviewed the basic services available in a refugee camp in order to make recommendations about where to prioritise financial support. That was back in 1996. We are still helping today.
Life in Africa is tough for many, but even tougher if you have no family around to help you with the basics. That’s exactly what life is like for 55 orphans (many as a result of the civil war) living in The Orphanage of Hearts, Burundi, the poorest country in the world.
In 2015 we started committing a percentage of our profit into a fund for the orphanage children. Our fund is there for any leaver of the orphanage to access when they need it. It has been used for range of things, from simply buying a suit for an interview, to more complex needs such as medical treatment, university fees, student accommodation and learning materials like laptops.
Emmanuel is the first leaver to make it to university. It’s an accomplishment which has sparked hope and excitement about the future amongst all the children. Many never imagined such opportunities would ever be open to them.
Sometimes the smallest of gestures can have a profound and lasting impact. Go and spread some good. It’s catching. Honest.