About Village Aid

Working with communities in rural West Africa to break the cycle of poverty

We work together with communities in rural West Africa, providing access to the tools and resources people need to break the cycle of poverty and gain independence over their own lives.

Village Aid is a charity working to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in some of the world’s poorest countries across rural West Africa. We have been based at the heart of the Peak District National Park in Bakewell for nearly 30 years. Working with established partners in West Africa. Village Aid believes that African people are best placed to deal with the challenges in Africa.

We work with local African partner organisations which are at the heart of the communities they support. By providing essential skills and resources, we help them to deliver education, livelihoods and conflict resolution projects. We train these organisations in the skills they need to become sustainable and independent in their own right. Our long-term aim is that when we leave the communities, our partners will be stronger, independent and self-sufficient. They can then help the most marginalised and vulnerable people to break free from poverty.

Our vision is “A world in which all people in Africa enjoy a peaceful society, a prosperous economy, and a healthy environment”.

Our mission is “to empower disadvantaged people in Africa to improve their own lives”.

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Village Aid in Action



Village Aid is an initiative of United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal).

United Purpose (UP) is an international development charity with a new approach to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and eradicating global poverty and inequality. We lift people up out of poverty by providing solutions to poverty that last. Our unique approach combines high quality intelligent development, disruptive innovation and enabling independence making us a powerful agent of change.

Village Aid is fully signed up to United Purpose’s Safeguarding Policy and Privacy Policy.

For more information please call +44 (0)2920 220066 or visit united-purpose.org

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