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Alleviating African poverty

Southampton Science Park company Semantic has helped the Amakuru Trust, which supports education, humanitarian, and health projects across Rwanda, boost its digital presence and fundraising efforts with a new mobile-friendly, search engine optimised website,  

Neil Lewin, Founder and Owner of Semantic, said: “Whilst times are tough in the UK at the moment, we can only begin to imagine the challenges faced in communities throughout Africa. We are hugely proud to have been able to partner with Amakuru to get their website working for them to help fund vital work. Since its launch in April, we're thrilled to have made such an impact to the charity, particularly in these challenging times, and we hope the new site will drive donations and online engagement for the trust for many years to come.”

Alan Booth, Chairman of Amakuru Trust, commented: “The donation of this product and Semantic’s collective support and time will be an integral component to our continued charitable aid work in Rwanda. For evidence of the effect the website is already having within our community, one needs to look no further than our Coronavirus Appeal. Our new website has engendered the success of this appeal beyond our initial expectations. We currently stand at an incredible 95% of monies raised towards our target of £3,000 and it is no coincidence that the impact of the website and the appeal have come together in a dramatic surge of support, for the targeted children and families we are helping in Rwanda. And as dramatic as it may sound, the Semantic team has literally saved lives in Rwanda and we are all very much in their debt.”

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