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Salt & Light March 2022

It’s a bit too late to say ‘Happy New year’ so instead - welcome to our first 2022 newsletter!

Kezi’s story

Trigger warning - the following story is a true account from one of our members and may be very disturbing to those who have been victims of rape or abuse. Kezi's name has been changed to protect their identity.

Just after my 19th birthday, two men tried to rape me.

The ‘cruel cut’

‘On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, join us in calling to accelerate investment to end female genital mutilation and uphold the human rights of all women and girls.’  UN Secretary-General António Guterres, February 6th

Making a difference in a challenging year

We are delighted to share that, despite the challenges of Covid-19, we reached 2,248 students in Southwark between January and December 2021.

Expanding the Esteem network through technology

With the help of our amazing donors, we have been able to scale up our online offer to youth workers during the pandemic to enable them to reach their young people with quality materials that would improve their relational and emotional wellbeing.

40 years on: Gender inequality - a driver of HIV

(This story is also featured in Charity Today.)

Garfield Weston grant news

Amazing news - The Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded us £20,000 for core costs of the Esteem programme!

Please help us raise £24,016 in a week

For the first time, the Big Give has offered acet UK the full champion matched funding for the Christmas Challenge online matched funding campaign to add to our pledger’s matched funding.

New faces, Esteem

We are thrilled to welcome two new Schools Workers to the team, who bring a wealth of experience with them as well as sharing our passion for relationships and sex education.

The Fullness Course, UK

According to Youthscape’s 2016 ‘Losing heart’ survey, half of churches never talk about relationships and sex with their young people, yet the topic was the third-highest priority for young people.

A new start in Russia

ACET Russia volunteers work in cities across the vast country, supporting young people in schools, colleges, churches, and prisons with educational sessions. Topics include addiction, family values, love, relationships and sex, HIV prevention, and bullying.

55 years in Thailand

Having served in Thailand since 1966, Alan and Maelynn Ellard have made the decision to return to the UK this autumn.