International charity Penny Appeal appoints 11-year-old Shakira Rahman as CEO, the first ever child CEO for a British charity…reports Asian Lite News
International humanitarian charity Penny Appeal paves the way for more young people’s views to be heard by appointing 11-year-old Shakira Rahman as the UK’s first ever Child CEO onto a charity board.
Shakira’s (aka Kid Boss, as Penny Appeal call her) involvement will involve her going to visit some of Penny Appeal’s projects, so that she can learn more about the charity itself. She aims give vital input on what she has observed through the eyes of a young child to the board. Shakira will be working on projects helping resolve issues which affect many children in the UK daily including homelessness, bullying and even the consequences and effects of seeing or hearing domestic violence in the family household.
In a recent report published by the Charities Commission, 92% of Trustees in larger sized charities are between the ages of 55-64 and even a higher age bracket for smaller charities. 700,000 Trustees make up the 167,000 charities that are registered in the UK, and of that 92% are white. The Charities Aid Foundation recently highlighted that despite making up 12% of Britain’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees.
Shakira Rahman said: “I’m so excited to be Penny Appeal’s Kid Boss! The first thing I did as Child CEO was to meet the orphan children in The Gambia, where I spent time with other kids and even went to school with them to see what it was like.
A lot of kids don’t have a voice, and it’s my job to make sure they get heard. Because we are the future of this country; of this world… now we just have to make grown-ups understand that!”
Penny Appeal’s Snr CEO Aamer Naeem OBE says: “As a child CEO, Shakira’s role is to make sure children’s issues are at the heart of Penny Appeal’s future and to bring a youthful perspective to our team. There is a negative correlation between experience and imagination and we are optimistic Shakira will bring a fresh young paradigm to the work we do whilst informing a renewed focus on the needs of children. ”
Penny Appeal, the award-winning international humanitarian charity, was set up in 2009 by entrepreneur Adeem Younis, to provide a range of life-saving solutions in over 30-crisis hit countries. As one of the fastest growing charities in the sector, Penny Appeal has transformed countless number of lives and empowered communities around the globe, helping to break the poverty cycle through their simple vision; taking your small change and making a big difference. Penny Appeal is a twice Guinness-World-Record holder and works closely with leading celebrities and globally renowned institutions in the UK and beyond in the fight against poverty.