People’s Postcode Lottery

Our work with People’s Postcode Lottery

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We are delighted that since 2014, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have made a variety of programmes and activities across sub-Saharan Africa possible.


This includes South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and the Lake Chad and Sahel regions.

The funding is awarded by Postcode International Trust, which is managed by People’s Postcode Lottery , funds some of our most important projects.

In 2021 they started supporting our programme to protect women and girls along the migratory route in Eastern Sudan, who face a range of humanitarian and protection issues on their long and dangerous journeys.

Closer to home in 2017, they supported Surviving to Thriving, which helped young refugees and asylum seekers integrate into the UK.

At the end of 2018 and start of 2019, our partnership entered a new stage when the British Red Cross joined the Promoted Societies family. Find out more about the lottery’s charity work on the People's Postcode Lottery website.

Cash grants help hungry families in the Sahel

People in the Sahel region, a region in Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert, are living with widespread, chronic hunger. Extreme drought is destroying harvests and increasing food prices. Across the region, 1.5 million children are acutely malnourished, while living on one meal a day is commonplace. Mothers often skip meals to feed their young children. 

Thanks to the players' funding, the Red Cross is giving small cash grants to people affected by drought in Niger, a country in the Sahel. These cash grants are critical in ending hunger: families can use the money to buy seeds to plant crops for their next harvests, or to buy food for that day.  

Building livelihoods in Lebanon 

Since the violence began in Syria over eight years ago, more than 1.5 million people have fled to Lebanon in search of safety. Thanks to players’ funding, we are reaching some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee and Lebanese communities in Lebanon

In Arsal, we’re working with families to make informed decisions about their future by giving financial aid, supporting people into work, and providing training. 

Social safety nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 

With players’ funding we provide a safety net to survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By giving cash grants over several months alongside basic business management training, we help vulnerable women to start or renew small businesses or find new ways of earning a living. This gives them the income and tools they need to support themselves and their children, and to reintegrate into their community. 

Tackling chronic hunger in Kenya

In 2020 funding from the players is helping us launch our flagship Chronic Hunger programme in northeastern Kenya, an area prone to malnutrition and hunger.  The programme will help communities take better care of their livestock, prevent conflict over resources and improve health, hygiene, diet and access to water.  

We will reach approximately 3,900 malnourished children under five years old, and help 900 families led by women. 

Global Compact on Refugees in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh

The Global Compact on Refugees is a blueprint put forward by the United Nations. The goal is to bring the international community together behind a more humane and co-ordinated approach towards refugees.

Together, People’s Postcode Lottery and the British Red Cross are exploring how the Compact might be used to make a real difference to refugees’ lives in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This includes:

  • whether the Global Compact can be fully implemented in Bangladesh 
  • how this could be done 
  • the potential impact for people affected by the crisis 
  • how the lessons learned could help us implement the Global Compact in other contexts.


If you represent a charitable trust or a statutory funder and want to find out more about our work or to make a donation, please contact Sophie Kosky-Hensman.