Dear Friends,

It has been a truly phenomenal month for the Trust with the launch of our first major public appeal, Give a Girl a Future, through which we will transform the lives of tens of thousands of girls and women.

Until 7th December, every pound we raise will be doubled by the UK Government.

This is an amazing opportunity for us to raise as much money as we can and then double it so that we can change even more lives for the better.

Girls like Aqsa need our support. She was just 16 when her father died and was suddenly faced with the need to earn money to support her family. Without the right skills she had no option but to stitch footballs - tough work lasting long into the night and causing damage to her hands.  With your help, we can make a difference to the lives of thousands of girls like Aqsa.

Your support will enable us to provide training, help girls to set up businesses and to market their products so they are able to increase their earnings.

International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “By matching and effectively doubling the British public’s generous donations to the British Asian Trust’s ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal, the UK is helping as many as 50,000 women and girls develop the business skills they need to secure steady jobs. We can reduce an entire generation’s dependency on aid as we enable young women in Pakistan to earn their own living and work towards a better future for them and their families.”

We’ve had some fantastic coverage already with the campaign hashtag being picked up across the media and by so many influential people including many leading members of the British Asian community – business leaders, actors, artists, sports stars, musicians and many more.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to be involved in the appeal so far, it’s not too late so please do get in touch with us. You can support us in many different ways; by visiting our website to make a donation or promoting the appeal to your networks or by taking part in one of our fundraising events.

Just £60 can give a girl the textile skills and confidence she needs to earn a living.

Please remember the UK Government will double donations only until 7th December.

Thank you for your fantastic support and we look forward to working together with you to change the lives of girls in South Asia for good.

Richard Hawkes

Chief Executive