Lively Minds works in very poor villages in Ghana and Uganda where children don’t have the basic early learning opportunities that we in the UK take for granted. Without education these children will never have the chance to break out of poverty. Lively Minds trains and empowers uneducated mothers to run Play Centres in their villages. The Centres reach young children at a crucial stage in their development, giving them happier childhoods and improving their education, health and wellbeing. This transforms the mothers too - giving them childcare skills, confidence and the support of other mothers. This is a low-cost, sustainable and fun way to bring about lasting change. Lively Minds is a very small charity but is already working in 50 communities. With your support they could work in 18 new villages next year, creating thousands more Lively Minds.