UK Charities COCOA and International China Concern Announce Merger

Coming together to care for disabled and abandoned children in China

Today, the boards of Care of China’s Orphaned and Abandoned (COCOA) and International China Concern UK (ICC) announced the merger of the two charities, effective 1 February 2014. The combined organisation will retain the International China Concern name. 

COCOA and ICC have enjoyed a long-standing partnership since 1999. Both charities were founded—COCOA in 1999 and ICC in 1993—in response to the desperate conditions that are faced by abandoned and disabled children in China. Many of the children who have been abandoned by their families face extreme suffering because of poor care, substandard accommodations, limited access to medical help and lack of nutrition. 

ICC has worked in China for more than 20 years, helping to save the lives of disabled children who have been abandoned by their families. COCOA has been instrumental in raising funds and raising awareness in the United Kingdom, helping to fund ICC, which also raises funds and awareness in the UK and around the world. 

“I am very excited about the coming together of COCOA and ICC UK,” said David Gotts, the founder and CEO of International China Concern. “We have been strong partners for many years with the common goal of seeing love, hope and opportunity be given to the children of China who have been abandoned because they have disabilities. And I welcome the many faithful supporters of COCOA to the ICC family.”
Kate Blewett, the founder of COCOA, shared how this merger came to be. “As the trustees of COCOA, we believe that the mission and vision of International China Concern are consistent with our own. We have a long history of working together, so it’s exciting to be merging the two organisations. We’re reducing duplication of effort and giving our supporters a direct connection to the amazing work taking place in China.” 

“We’re committed to the same standards as COCOA and will be managing pledges and funds to ensure they are still directed to the same areas of need after the merger,” explains Judy Elliott, the National Development Representative for ICC in the UK. “It’s important that supporters of COCOA visit www.chinaconcern.org/cocoa to register to have their records transferred to International China Concern.” 

Additional information about the merger can be found on www.chinaconcern.org/cocoa and questions and concerns may be directed to Judy Elliott at +44 (0) 1670 505622 or judy.elliott@chinaconcern.org.