The Mite Scheme is a simple and effective way for faith groups to raise funds for Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) for severely dehydrated children.

Incorporate a Mite collection into your regular worship or service and send the money raised to the Mite Scheme, which funds Unicef and its partners to distribute life-saving ORT sachets.

Diarrhoea is very common among children in developing countries. Though treatable, it remains one of the biggest causes of death in children under the age of five, accounting for around 1.8 million young lives every year. ORT is a simple and cheap solution of glucose and salt which, when mixed with water, helps severely dehydrated children to recover from the dehydration caused by diarrhoea. 

How to take part in the Mite Scheme

If your congregation would like to take part please contact:

Keith Garner – Mite Scheme Coordinator
39 Trinity Close
NN11 4RN

Sending in your money

Include a stamped, addressed envelope with your donation so that every penny donated to the Mite Scheme is sent directly to Unicef, rather than on admin or publicity.

You will receive a receipt and the latest copy of the Mite Scheme News (which is printed with funds from a supporter church). The Mite Scheme promise they will not send out mailings requesting further donations.

The story of the Mite Scheme

In October 1985, Roy Barnett was moved by a news report on the 5 million children each year who were dying from diarrhoea. In February 1986 he saw a follow-up report about the development of a cure, Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), which cost just 5p per child. At the time he was preparing a service based on the widow’s mite story from Mark, (a mite is a coin of low denomination which nonetheless has great significance). The following Sunday his chapel held their first collection of 5p pieces (the ‘mites’) to fund ORT for children in the developing world. A collection has been held at every service since then.

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