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The Pearl Fund

Join Saracens and England Professional Rugby Union Player Maro Itoje in helping African children fulfil their true potential

Closing date: 31 August 2024



Raised out of £100000 target


Including Gift Aid: £ 20305.71

Raised offline: £ 15096.18



England and Saracens rugby star Maro Itoje has proudly launched The Pearl Fund, which will work in partnership with World Vision UK, Community Development Links Initiative (CDLi) and Stewardship. 

The first programme will be a ‘cradle-to college’ approach, where a cohort of pre-school children from one of Lagos’ most deprived areas will be supported – from early childhood, through the education system until school leaving age. 

Additionally, The Pearl Fund will support programmes in Ghana through World Vision, who have been partnering with communities there since 1979.  

But it’s not just life-changing for those who receive the education. By supporting this fund to improve access to education for children in Nigeria and Ghana, you will be transforming the lives of future generations and communities. 

The Pearl Fund is a partnership between World Vision UK, CDLi & Stewardship. The fund’s goal is to support the work of CDLi with 70% of the gifts & World Vision, 30%.  

Raising funds for

If the fundraising exceeds, or does not reach its intended target, funds will be used to generally support the work of CDLi (Nigerian registered not-for-profit organisation) and World Vision UK (registered charity number 285908 in England & Wales).

Anonymous 26 June 2024

£1 + £0 Gift Aid
Anonymous 26 June 2024

£1 + £0 Gift Aid
Tayo 14 May 2024

£20 + £0 Gift Aid
Jack 11 March 2024

£250 + £62.5 Gift Aid
Anonymous 20 February 2024

£100 + £25 Gift Aid
Nathaniel 16 February 2024

£150 + £0 Gift Aid