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Charity celebrates its 2nd birthday by showing what the smallest amount can do

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Curly Productions joins the Liverpool founders of Be One Percent campaign to celebrate their second birthday with a visit to see the projects and communities their donations have paid for in Malawi. 

Two years ago a simple idea was devised in Liverpool. Anyone can tell you there is a vast difference between the poorest and the richest in the world: Few can think of a way to make the world a little fairer, as much as they would want to. Be One Percent was established with the promise of donating 1% of your income to help eradicate poverty.

In its first month eight people raised £166 which paid for malaria treatments for 332 people.

In the following 11 months Be One Percent has funded projects supplying clean water for whole villages, donating 1000′s of vaccinations, planting entire forests, buying malaria nets, school books, school meals and footballs. Be One Percents network of givers now raises £3000 a month for great projects around the world.

Be One Percent teamTo mark the first anniversary of the charity, a team are flying out to Malawi to visit two projects supported by their donations; Mary’s Meals (made famous by the young Scottish schoolgirl who began a blog highlighting school dinners and now supports projects in Africa) and Concern Universal.  The team consists of a musician, an entrepreneur, a filmmaker, a photographer and a designer.  In this trip they will be going into rural Malawi to see water and sanitation projects, school feeding programmes, Seed-banks and Microfinance initiatives.  If you think you could afford to donate 1% you can join a small group of people who are changing the world every month by being 1%.

Christian Hughes, Managing Director of Curly Productions is going on the trip with stripped back camera equipment:

“When I was asked by the Be One Percent team if I would like to go on the trip to make some films to highlight the work that Be One Percent is doing in Malawi, I jumped at the chance.  Curly Productions has always had the ethos that as a business we should always try to use our skills to contribute to the wider global community, and this was the perfect opportunity.  Usually working on much larger productions, I don’t normally get the chance to get hands on and shoot documentary style myself – so going with a backpack filled with a Canon 5D and a few lenses really excites me.  Its film making in a raw but very pure form.”

Be One Percent will be posting a series of videos after the trip made by Curly Productions.

To follow the trip from 22nd February visit www.beonepercent.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @Beonepercent