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Amantani UK & Alan Clements

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Freddie Branson is the founder of Amantani UK, which he set up to help protect the rights of some of South America’s most vulnerable children. The charity works in collaboration with their sister charity in Peru, Amantani, in order to improve the substandard and unjust education in one of Peru’s most neglected regions; Ccorca. At the time of the match, Fred was seeking advice on charity accounting.

Small Charities Coalition matched them with Alan Clements, an Independent Examiner of Charity Accountants. We caught up with Freddie to ask about the match. 


I was very surprised at how quickly the matching happened. From the day I signed up everything was very swift. I was contacted by SCC team regarding my requirements and then in a few days was contacted back to say they had someone who might be able to help. Alan, who was my matched supporter, was very clear in his communication with me and provided me with all the useful information which I required. This has resulted in setting up a robust accounting system and helping us to grow Amantani as planned.

I also got reassurance. Something as a small charity you need. You can quite often doubt whether you are going the right way. You have the target in mind and passion in you but need to feel confident about what you are doing too. This experience gave me the confidence to manage Amantani's accounts which I was very eager to do.

People start a charity with a passion to change or help an existing situation. Basically all of them share the same aim but differ in the nature of their concern. After learning about SCC, I have contacted several small charities who share similar teething problems and are very willing to share their existing resources to help others and get help back.

Match completed in January 2010

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