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Independent Christmas Appeal

The Independent's Christmas Appeal is supporting three charities. VSO sends professionals to share their skills with key organisations in poor countries. Action on Disability and Development works on changing attitudes towards disabled people. And One World Action partners oppressed groups in their struggle to get their voices heard.

 Ios Christmas Appeal The Independent on Sunday Christmas Appeal is for the work of Save the Children in Zimbabwe, where people are suffering hunger and disease. The charity has the expertise to deliver aid directly to those who need it most. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

The hammock-making co-operative in San Salvador. Javier is helping disabled
residents earn an income and is breaking down prejudice against them. One
World Action granted a human rights group �14,000 to start the scheme

Independent Appeal: Weaving their way out of deprivation

A hammock-making co-operative in El Salvador is giving disabled people the confidence and skills they need to become self-reliant.

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The crew from the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen?s Association which competed in the Atlantic  Race Challenge. They came third with a time of nine days and 19 hours.

Epic voyage of the veterans

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Adventure and adversity: meet the twelve ex-servicemen, each missing a limb, who sailed across the Atlantic.

The crab-fattening farms of Zanzibar brought a new life for hard-pressed villagers in the mangrove swamps

Independent Appeal: Poverty in paradise

Monday, 15 December 2008

Daniel Howden: On Zanzibar, the forgotten poor have found hope, thanks to VSO.

Aqua, Nobel and Nelson were turned out of their hostel room and had to sleep on the street

The IoS Christmas Appeal: The brutal reality of family life in Zimbabwe

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Thousands have been traumatised by the country's bloody politics, reports our special correspondent in Harare

Drink cocktails with Claudia Winkleman

The Independent charity auction of the year

Saturday, 13 December 2008

From a hike with Janet Street-Porter to backstage passes for Blur's concert – there's a selection of treats up for grabs. Place your bids now

Christmas auction terms and conditions

Saturday, 13 December 2008

How to enterFollow one of the links on the auction page ( to where you can bid on a lot. You need to register as an ebay user in order to bid in the auction.

A boy collects rubbish in Managua. In poor societies such as Nicaragua, the disabled can be forgotten

Independent Appeal: A woman's passion to put the disabled first

Friday, 12 December 2008

Rosa Salgado's campaign is backed by one of our charities

Volunteers from VSO in Zimbabwe are helping community projects to cope with the crippling collapse of the economy

Independent Appeal: Volunteers go to work in a ravaged country

Thursday, 11 December 2008

The starving victims of Zimbabwe are being helped by VSO – one our chosen charities.

Innocent Sombie was hidden by his family after polio robbed him of the use of his legs

Independent Appeal: 'I would have died'

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Paul Vallely: Innocent Sombie was shunned for his disability. Thanks to ADD, one of our Christmas charities, he is a pariah no more.

Janis Cushnie teaching at a primary school in Corentyne, Guyana

Independent Appeal: Trading places and changing the world

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Paul Vallely: Once a gap-year student's staple, now VSO attracts an altogether different kind of volunteer.

TAS believes its mission to reach out to the multitude of albinos in Tanzania ? and educate them, bring them into the open and teach them their rights

Independent Appeal: Albinos left living in fear

Monday, 8 December 2008

Daniel Howden in Tanzania: White-skinned albinos, known as "ghosts", are being hunted down by their own people.

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