This is a difficult message to write, particularly as it is my first formal communication with you since taking over as Chair of Grow Movement Trustees at the beginning of August.

Grow Movement is a world-class organisation, and lucky to count amongst its community world-class people. I believe it has a unique place and capability to offer in the aim of poverty alleviation.

However, we are in a very challenging situation. In common with many charities, Grow Movement has found it increasingly difficult to raise funds to run all of our operations, particularly over the past year. We have carefully reviewed the situation and it is with much regret that I have to tell you that the Trustees have decided we can no longer sustain our operations in Rwanda and Uganda. We have therefore given notice to our partners in those countries that we’ll be winding up operations.

Malawi will continue as before and ongoing projects in Rwanda and Uganda will be transferred to the Malawi team who will manage them to conclusion. We’ll work hard to minimise disruption to both VCs and clients during the handover period – your support and patience will be much appreciated.  Please also reach out to your community managers for support – they have been fully apprised of the situation.

Looking to the future. We will re-focus and re-build a robust operating model to serve our mission, whilst exploring all possibilities for fundraising to allow us to continue in the short- and long-term. We have some very willing and capable people on the board, but I don’t pretend that we have all the answers. We would very much like to hear from any of you with ideas, contacts, etc. which you think might help. We have set up three regional calls on Monday 12th of September, to give you more details and discuss potential ideas (invites will be sent out separately).

Thank-you for your understanding.

Paul Gahir
Chair, Grow Movement