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SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN THE SLUMS OF NAIROBI

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Donating Money

Thank you for considering making a donation to Porridge and Rice. Donations can be made in the following ways:

One-off donation

Monthly donation

Standing order donations of a set monthly amount to Porridge and Rice are extremely valuable as they enable us to plan ahead.

Please contact us if you would like our bank details in order to do this online, or you can print off the standing order form, fill it in, and post it to us or your bank.

Paypal offers a monthly payment facility but takes 1.4% + 20p of what you donate each month.

Wish List

If you would rather pay for a specific item, please review our wish list which includes items from desks to footballs. You can pay for an item in full or make a contribution to its cost by any of the methods in the one-off payment section.

If you have any questions about items on our wish list or how to make a payment, please contact us by email on info@porridgeandrice.co.uk.

Legacy

Another way of donating is leaving a gift to the charity in your will. You can leave a fixed sum, a percentage of your total estate or the residue of the estate after paying out specific legacies to other beneficiaries.We would be happy to discuss how we spend our money should you wish to be sure that your gift will be used properly. Please feel free to email us on info@porridgeandrice.co.uk and we will endeavour to answer your questions.

If you decide to leave money to PaR in your will, then the value of your estate on which tax will be payable will usually be reduced. Gifts made prior to death will usually also not be included in your estate for the purposes of calculating inheritance tax. Please note that we cannot give advice on tax and if you have any questions, you should speak to a tax professional.

Fundraising

You can attend one of our functions, or arrange one of your own to support Porridge and Rice.

We run fundraising events all year round. Petting days are held several times a year and are popular for the family with chickens, guinea pigs, and hedgehogs to pick up and pet, along with doves, finches, and budgies to watch. For the more energetic, we arrange 5-a-side football tournaments with drinks and hot dogs, and a cycle ride from London to Paris each August. Details can be found on our Facebook page or on fundraising events on this site.

If you would rather, you can organise your own event. You can sell tickets for a sit down mean, give your friends sponsored hair cuts, walk your neighbour's dogs, sell unwanted items on ebay or Amazon, or put on a performance at your school. The number of possibilites is endless. The only limit is your imagination and organisation skills.

If you have got a fundraising idea or run an event, we would love to hear from you with details and photographs. If we can, we will attempt to help you draw attention to the event.

Second Hand Clothing and Unwanted Goods

We are always grateful to received goods or items you no longer need, new or used. We sell some of the items to raise money for PaR, and we take others to Kenya for the schools we support.

Clothing is expensive relative to salaries in the slums of Nairobi so each time we visit, we take second hand clothes with us for the school staff. The clothing we take is always well received as it enables teachers to make their salaries go further.

Sports equipment is too expensive for community schools to purchase from their limited funds. Children in the slums frequently make balls by tightly wrapping plastic bags together. As a result, we take balls of all kinds that are donated to us to the Kenyan schools that we support.

We take a stand two to three times a month at a car boot sale to sell some of the items donated to PaR along with promotional items like PaR t-shirts. We can be found at Apps Farm car boot sale early on Sunday morning while it is open. The money we raise from car boot sales provides a steady stream of very helpful funding.

Gift Aid

If you are a British tax payer, your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid. You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for PaR.

Gift Aid is a way for charities to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor on the donation. Gift Aid is worth nearly £1 billion a year to charities. It can increase the value of donations by a quarter at no extra cost to the donor. For every £1 donated, PaR can claim an extra 25 pence. Please consider making a Gift Aid declaration when you donate. You can cancel this declaration at any time by notifying us.

If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your self-assessment return. You can consult HM Revenue & Customs website for details on gift aid and tax.

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