The Foundation publishes its Annual Impact Report

In line with the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement, we are delighted to publish our first Impact Report.

The Impact Report, which covers the calendar year 2020, sets out the impact that the Foundation’s work has made in respect of its three over-arching strategic priorities of:

Promoting strong and cohesive communities
Enabling young people to realise their potential
Empowering women and girls

Trustees are committed to delivering significant, long-term and sustainable impact on the issues about which the charity most cares.

To assess progress in meeting these objectives and to inform future work, trustees commissioned independent consultants Bean Research to work with the executive team to develop the Foundation’s first impact report.

The advice of Bean Research ensured that trustees had the benefit of leading independent advice in assessing the difference the Foundation’s funding has delivered.

I feel as though one of the most profound benefits the bursary has had, is eliminating the feelings of inadequacy and anxiety that stem from the notions that Cambridge is a place where people like myself do not belong due to being a minority, both ethnically and religiously.
Adama Sise
Downing College, Cambridge University

The Impact Report shows that in 2020, 505,207 people benefitted from COSARAF-funded projects. Of these,

+ 62,000 experienced substantive change
+ 1,381 lives were transformed for the long term
+ 297 individuals received immediate relief through the Foundation’s hardship fund

Through the Foundation’s Ramadan Fund, an amazing 24,600 individuals benefitted from food parcels that were distributed in Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh & India.

In the past year, the COSARAF Foundation responded swiftly to support its partners and communities. Whilst the negative impacts of COVID-19 forced some programmes to halt, many of the partners were able to adapt and pivot their programmes, responding to changing needs, increased demand and restricted face to face interaction.

The impact of the Coronavirus has been felt particularly acutely on those on whom the Foundation has targeted its support. Around the world, the health risks and the economic impacts of COVID-19 have fallen disproportionately significantly on the poorest communities. Young people have had their education severely disrupted and the employment opportunities savaged by the global pandemic. And, sadly, in very many communities it is women and girls who have borne the brunt of the impacts of Coronavirus.
Haroon Sheikh
Chairman, The COSARAF Foundation

The report is available to download COSARAF Annual Impact Report 2020 FINAL.

Other News

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Jonathan Freeman MBE, Appointed Board Member of National Citizen Service Trust

The COSARAF Foundation is proud to share the news of His Majesty the King’s appointment of Jonathan Freeman MBE, the Foundation’s Senior Adviser, as a Board Member of the National Citizen Service Trust.

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Widening access at Warwick

The second Diversity Day was kindly hosted by the University of Warwick on Thursday 9th November.

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Urgent donation awarded to Muslims Around The World Project for Palestine

Trustees have donated £10,000 to support the humanitarian efforts in Gaza, Palestine to provide urgent aid to innocent civilians.

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