Derry MP Colum Eastwood writes to Dominic Raab seeking reversal of 'disgraceful' cut to Children in Crossfire Tanzania funding

Derry MP Colum Eastwood has written to the British Foreign Dominic Raab asking him to urgently reinstate Children in Crossfire’s UK Aid Impact Grant funding that was cut last week with just 90 days’ notice.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:42 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:44 pm
Children in Crossfire founder Richard Moore with his friend the Dalai Lama and the actress Joanna Lumley.

Mr. Eastwood said: "The decision last week to close Children in Crossfire’s UK Aid Impact Grant is a disgrace. I’ve called on the British government to reverse this decision immediately to allow Children in Crossfire to continue its valuable work for those in need around the world."

Last week the founder of the Derry charity Richard Moore said the funding had been crucial in supporting its pre-primary education programme in the Dodoma region of Tanzania.

"If implemented, these cuts will have a profoundly negative impact for tens of thousands of vulnerable young children. Our Early Childhood Education work has proven to give children the best possible start in education; cutting this funding will let those children down, limit their life opportunities and ultimately see them left them behind," he said.

Now the SDLP leader has written to the British foreign minister urging him to rethink.

"As you will be aware, Children in Crossfire and their Executive Director Richard Moore conduct vital work in addressing inequality and underdevelopment in some of the poorest countries in the world - Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Derry MP Colum Eastwood

"Their work prioritises education, nutrition and early childhood development, and they are world-renowned for their hard work and dedication to those in need.

"The recent decision to close their UK Aid Impact Grant funding would be disastrous for those children in need. This funding cut will mean that the education, health and prospects of many children will suffer.

"I am urging you to reverse the UK Aid cut to Children in Crossfire's Tanzania Programme immediately." wrote Mr. Eastwood.

Colum Eastwood has written to Dominic Raab seeking a change of course.