The Report reflects upon another important year in the development of the COSARAF Foundation, in which we have continued to support a range of important programmes in the UK and overseas. The last year was also one of reflection as to how the Foundation can best deliver its mission in the years to come.
The Report sets out key highlights for the year, including:
- the Foundation’s continued support of The Prince’s Trust, through its Enterprise Fellowship and its Mosaic mentoring programmes, providing inspiration and support to young people from some of the toughest backgrounds;
- the COSARAF Feeding stations in Kenya and Bangladesh, supporting some of the very poorest women and children in the developing world; and,
- the opening of the doors by the Fahmida Manzil project in Karachi to their first students, as part of its new educational provision.
The trustees have also been pleased to support some important new projects this year by which to deliver our charitable purposes. The selection of these powerful programmes highlights the enthusiasm of the trustees to address new challenges relevant to our charitable purposes, such as addressing the mental health challenge in Pakistan in partnership with the British Asian Trust or the under-representation of minority communities in UK democratic institutions in partnership with the Patchwork Foundation.
Reflecting on the Foundation’s work ahead, Chairman Haroon Sheikh stated:
“I am very pleased that the trustees have settled upon a powerful set of new strategic priorities in order that the Foundation can make long-term systemic contributions to challenges here in the UK and overseas. We know that a key strength of the Foundation is the personal commitment and engagement of the trustees – and indeed of our wider families and stakeholders. I am grateful to my colleague trustees and to those who advise us for their hard work over the last year. I hope that, like me, they are excited about the year to come, which promises to see a significant step forward for our work.”
The report is available to download at COSARAF Foundation Annual Report 2017-18