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Moving Mountains Trust

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    Received: 74 days late

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Charity no. 100742 Date registered. 12/02/2015

Public benefits

PREVENTION OR RELIEF OF POVERTY: All of the work of Moving Mountains contributes to prevention and relief of poverty, directly benefitting those who receive support as well as reducing prevalance of suffering and inequality in society. Our strategic development partnerships and programmes are targeted to support the poorest, most marginalised young

people, families and communities, particularly street children and families, urban slum communities, internally displaced people and impoverished rural communities. ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION: Advancing education is at the heart of what we do, with focus on areas where our work can have greatest impact and for those most in need, particularly street children and young people from urban slum communities and impoverished rural communities. We work directly with underfunded schools, both in urban and rural contexts, improving the quality and reach of education for communities most in need. Advancing education improves knowledge and skills, resulting in improved confidence, employment opportunities and well-being on an individual and family level and impacting positively on socio-economic development on a wider level. Promoting our work also educates the public and increases awareness of other cultures and development contexts, helping to create informed, active and engaged citizens, capable and motivated to contribute to the development of their own communities. ADVANCEMENT OF HEALTH OR SAVING OF LIVES: We work with disadvantaged and underfunded health organisations, hospitals and communities, supporting health services to reduce illness and disease and reducing the financial burden on families and individuals in accessing health services. Our work increasing awareness of healthy living and disease prevention also reduces the demand for health services. ADVANCEMENT OF CITIZENSHIP OR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Sustainable community development and active citizenship are also at the heart of our work. By involving and empowering beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders in projects we advance citizenship and encourage and support beneficiaries to become agents of development and change. Individuals benefit by becoming key to the process of development whilst wider society benefits through positive transformation of communities and effective solutions to development issues. RELIEF OF THOSE IN NEED BY REASON OF YOUTH, AGE, ILL HEALTH, DISABILITY, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR OTHER DISADVANTAGE: We provide social welfare support to these vulnerable groups where existing support services are lacking. The public benefits from the support received through reduction of the burden placed on existing carers and services and by ensuring the well-being of these groups is met. In terms of harm: our activities incur no harm to any person or persons, we take systematic measures to ensure that this is the case and to protect staff, beneficiaries, the wider community and all stakeholders who are involved with or affected by our work. We utilise risk assessment analysis to identify and mitigate any potential negative consequences related to our work and use this information in the formulation and implementation of our projects and programmes. no individuals receive private benefit from the operation of the charity other than incidental benefits through working with our organisation. The beneficiaries of our work are disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities in developing countries, namely Kenya, Nepal, Borneo and Tanzania. The general public in each of the countries in which we work are also indirect beneficiaries of our work. We support volunteers through participation in a guided personal development experience whilst supporting community development in Africa and Asia.

What your organisation does

Moving Mountains Trust is a non-profit development NGO dedicated to long-term sustainable development. OUR VISION: We believe that people who are educated and healthy and recognised as equal global citizens have greater opportunities. Our vision is that empowered equitable relationships will ultimately drive the evolution of development and help

us move mountains for people to succeed and improve their quality of life. OUR MISSION: We are on a mission to help people enjoy equality and equal opportunity, and have a positive impact on society. Ultimately this begins with empowerment and we believe it is the main way in which people can achieve their potential and for communities to become the architects of their own success. We challenge prejudice and stereotyping and create fair working models of development. We aim for a democratic and non-prescriptive model of development which begins with people, attitudes and relationships. We work with local stakeholders to find solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges, and be part of a team where collaboration is the key. We are underpinned by a duty to protect human rights and natural resources, and to promote social justice and equality for everyone. We are committed to bringing practical support to disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities in the developing world. We create holistic long-term development partnerships which build capacity and empower local people to identify and address educational, health, social, economic and environmental issues in their communities. We work in partnership with communities, schools, village development committees, local authorities and a range of grass roots organisations to identify development needs in each area in which we operate and to formulate and implement projects and programmes to address these needs, all within a wider holistic and long-term development strategy and vision for the region.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Addictions (drug/solvent/alcohol abuse)
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Homelessness
  • Overseas/developing countries
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Community development
  • Counselling/support
  • Education/training
  • Grant making
  • Medical/health/sickness
  • Overseas aid/famine relief
  • Relief of poverty
  • Sport/recreation
  • Youth development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2023

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2022

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2021

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Charitable purposes

(i) the provision of financial assistance, food, clothing and shelter to children and their families who are homeless or living in desperate conditions to help advance their education, relieve their poverty and promote their ambitions, hopes and dreams. (ii) the provision of financial assistance, advice and expertise for self-help projects, schemes and rehabilitation camps for street children in order to promote practical and vocational skills, the production of food and income, good citizenship and standing in the local community, plus an increased sense of personal self-esteem and enjoyment of life. (ii i) the financial assistance and otherwise for setting up useful rural and urban community programmes which are environmentally responsible and which promote empowerment and sustainable development; this includes facilities and projects in the interests of education, social welfare, the improvement of existing conditions and the promotion of awareness to a wider audience. (iv) the relief of sickness and the safeguarding of health by grants of money for: (a) the provision of drugs and medical appliances, and the support of medical and other personnel engaged in and for such purposes. (b) the provision and support of facilities in the interests of social welfare for the relief of sickness and distress. (c) the promotion of public education in all matters relating to HIV and AIDS. (d) the prevention of children's diseases through conditions brought about by severe poverty and lack of education. (v) the development and joint maintenance of cornmunity groups in areas benefitting from all of the above whereby specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound objectives are evaluated, supervised, implemented and monitored so that the benefits can serve the community for years to come; this includes the provision of volunteers and personnel, shared management and implementation of projects, training, maintenance, advice and arbitration over problems or disputes plus assistance with accounts and records. (vi) to advance the education of the public in global citizenship and youth development through expeditions in all areas of operation.

Governing document

Trust Deed or Declaration of Trust

Other name

  • 5 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Andrew Macdonald, 9 Central Avenue, Portstewart, BT55 7BP

Trustee board

Mr Christopher Little
Mr Gavin Bate
Miss Dorothy King Bsc, Msc
Mrs Susan Birkett
Mr Andrew Macdonald

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland
  • In The Uk
  • Internationally
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Tanzania