HUNDREDS of children in rural Africa are looking forward to a brighter future thanks to the efforts of a Mid Wales charity.

Volunteers at the Dolen Ffermio charity based in North Powys which provides support to communities in Uganda say an extra 30 children will be supported by the organisation after a Christmas appeal raised more than £8,000.

Val Talbot, the project co-ordinator, thanked the people of Mid Wales for their generosity and says the appeal will change children’s lives.

“This sum will enable the project to recruit a further 30 children in 2019 and they will be given a whole package of support for three years like all the other children on the project so that they can start building an income and get the most out of their schooling. Since 2012, 230 children in Ngora have each been given uniforms, shoes and stationery to keep them in school; mosquito nets to protect them from malaria; training in a wide range of valuable income generating skills and gifts of livestock and seeds to help them build sustainable livelihoods. These gifts transform the children’s lives and give them hope for the future.”

Each year, the charity releases a ‘Christmas Catalogue’ of gifts which people can buy for children in Africa, from a pair of shoes up to six months worth of education.

Moses Ekoi, the leader of the Ngora project, sent a message of thanks, saying that the children can now look forward to a “brighter future”.

“I’m sure you know by now that we are all unpaid volunteers in the UK and that every penny raised is destined for the project,” she added.

“Please don’t forget that the fundraising continues throughout the year, with gift cards available for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. With our very grateful thanks to Rachael Sharpe, our new volunteer organiser, who has worked so hard to deal with the donations.

“Thanks also to David Goodman and Cordelia Weedon for designing the catalogue for the last 4 years, Emyr Owen for Welsh translations and to volunteers and members who helped distribute catalogues.”