Kids Company

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Kids Company
Founded 1996
Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh
Focus Charity
Location
Website http://kidsco.org.uk/

Kids Company is a charity organisation that works with vulnerable children, young people and families through its schools, centres and programmes in London, Bristol and Liverpool [1][2] The charity's services reach some 36,000 children, young people and families.[3]

History[edit]

The organisation was founded in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh.[4]

Kids Company aims to restore trust and provide an environment in which kids can begin the healing process, using a support system that includes psychotherapy, counselling, education, arts, sports, hot meals, and various other practical interventions.

Kids Company depends on the financial support of charitable trusts and businesses. In 2012, the charity helped draw attention to a substantial increase in the number of London children suffering from hunger and malnutrition. It reported that some young people have had to forage in bins for food, sometimes eating raw meat. Most of the worst affected children are from the families of illegal immigrants, but there have even been cases of hunger among the children of low income or benefit dependent parents. Kids Company reports that in five inner city schools, teachers say that at least seven out of ten pupils have issues with food security. [3]

Awards[edit]

Kids Company won the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 award and Batmanghelidjh received the Woman of the Year award in 2006.[5] [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bell, Esme (2008-01-30). "Kids Company: I was homeless and desperate, but Camila saved me". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Kids Company gets £12m lifeline over three years". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  3. ^ a b Charlie Cooper (2012-04-06). "Look back in hunger: Britain's silent, scandalous epidemic". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Kids Company » Camila Batmanghelidjh". Kids Compnany. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Angel of Peckham's gift of giving". BBC. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ "New Statesman - Person of the Year: NS Readers' Choice". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 

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