A Little Gesture A Great Help
Who we are
A Little Gesture A Great Help" ("ALG") is a small UK Charity focused on overseas aid to vulnerable children.
The dream of helping with Little Gestures was created when founder Sara Vicente went on a life-changing local volunteering experience in Mozambique in 2004. She immediately launched Portuguese NGO Um Pequeno Gesto Uma Grande Ajuda("UPG") to help children locally. Sara and three founding Trustees Joana, Margarida and Patricia then set up ALG as a UK charitable trust in 2011. Trustee Madalena joined in 2018.
Both charities are focused on underprivileged children and their families living exclusively in the Province of Gaza, a deeply impoverished area in southern Mozambique. The sister-charities are financially independent but both intervene directly on the ground through local established operations in the regions of Xai-Xai and Chokwé. This is a mostly rural area heavily affected by AIDS where children typically belong to one-parent only families, have HIV-infected relatives or are already orphans.
Our mission is to promote the improvement of living conditions for underprivileged children and their familiesin Mozambique.
Our goal is to give them access to academic and skills based education in a safe environment with adequate nutrition, water and housing.We strongly believe our impact is to improve their employability, create income-generating activities and support the local economy.
What We Do
Both inspired by how much a little gesture could do in Mozambique, ALG and UPG support 877 children with direct Sponsorshipof basic food and school enrolment costs in 2018, in mostly rural impoverished villages.
The two charities also finance complementary Projects to promote Poverty Relief(HIV support), improve Infrastructurefor living conditions (basic housing, water wells, sanitation), advance Education(academic and technical, such as literacy or arts&crafts courses) and invest in Sustainability(community centres or micro income-generating activities). The Charity benefits an average of 2’000 children and young adultseach year with this intervention.
Both charities have strict control of costs using essentially volunteer work, and aim to apply 90p on the ground per pound donated.
ALG UK and UPG Portugal directly benefit over 2’000 underprivileged children and their families annually on their common charitable projects. Please help us reach more!