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WE RAISED £1 MILLION TO HELP CHILDREN LIVE HAPPILY EVER SMARTER!

August 8, 2021

United World Schools

6 mins

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve raised £1 MILLION for our Happily Ever Smarter appeal… and it’s all thanks to you!

To celebrate and raise awareness of the growing need, acclaimed actors Amrita Acharia, Jenna Coleman and Nina Wadia have lent their voices to three films showcasing the stories of four girls in Nepal who United World Schools are supporting through our Happily Ever Smarter appeal.

As the new variant of Covid-19 ravages through rural villages in Nepal, Amrita, Jenna and Nina are backing our appeal to raise urgent funds to support vital healthcare in the communities where UWS works, provide food and other essentials for vulnerable girls, deliver remote learning while schools are closed, and continue transforming children’s futures through education once the pandemic is over.

The three actors are putting a spotlight on the challenges of getting girls into school and staying in education by sharing their real-life stories with films; Heena* and Soneeya* (voiced by Amrita Acharia)  Chimini*  (voiced by Jenna Coleman) and Preeti* (voiced by Nina Wadia). The girls all live in hard to reach villages, high in the Himalayas in Nepal, where only a third of children complete even a basic education and thousands have never had a chance to go to school. 

Prior to Covid-19, 130 million girls worldwide were already out of school and, in the poor and marginalised communities where children have no access to Zoom or technology, getting access to education is now almost impossible. School closures amid the pandemic have resulted in a loss of learning for millions of children and compounded the already dire progress on the global commitment to guaranteeing a quality education for every child by 2030.

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Heena and Soneeya’s story, narrated by Amrita

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Chimini’s story, narrated by Jenna

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Preeti’s story, narrated by Nina

Together, we’re calling for urgent support for children living in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities, as Covid-19 threatens to reverse progress on global education by a decade.

Join Amrita, Jenna and Nina in supporting education at this crucial time; donate to our Happily Ever Smarter appeal today and transform a child’s future forever. 

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