Who we are

About Us

Welcome! A Little Gesture A Great Help (“ALG”) is a registered UK Charity set up as a Trust by Sara Vicente in 2011.

Similar to its Portuguese sister-charity Um Pequeno Gesto, ALG will be focused exclusively on Mozambique, namely in the Gaza province, on underprivileged school-age children and their families.

ALG was recognized by the UK Charity Commission in May 2011 and is registered under the number 1141990.

Our Mission

Promote the improvement of living conditions for underprivileged children and their families in Mozambique.

Theory of change

We believe that access to education and nutrition, in a healthy and dignified environment, will help children and young people from Mozambique break the cycle of poverty.

Our Team

Sara Vicente

Sara is Portuguese and graduated in Economics at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon. Sara was a volunteer in Mozambique in early 2004, where she worked for 4 months in the charitable “Escolinha do Andre” with the Dominican Nuns. Upon her return, she moved to London and decided to found the Portuguese charity Um Pequeno Gesto Uma Grande Ajuda (“UPG”). After 3 years in Investment Banking she left to Boston to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. This allowed her to spend more time working for the Portuguese organization, to increase her network and to gain work experience in micro-finance in Mozambique with Opportunity International. After business school, she returned to work in Investment Banking in London and also launched an entrepreneurial venture on the online legal services space.

In late 2010 Sara engaged a group of London-based volunteers to set up a UK charity to further the support already offered by UPG to the children in Mozambique. She created and is currently Chairman of A Little Gesture A Great Help (UK) and kept her position as CEO and CFO for UPG (Portugal). Sara is fluent in Portuguese, English, German and Spanish, speaks basic French and Italian and is an active blogger. She two small children and lives in London.

Patricia Acquaviva

Patricia moved to London in 2000 to work in Investment Banking. After eight years covering areas ranging from equity research to leveraged finance, she left the industry to pursue other interests. Following several years of involvement with the Portuguese charity Um Pequeno Gesto, as a sponsor for a child since its inception and later as a member of the Fundraising team, she decided to join her sister Sara V. in creating the UK Charity A Little Gesture A Great Help. She currently holds the responsibilities of Treasurer and Secretary to the Trustees. She has moved to Lisbon in 2014 and is also head of fundraising in Portuguese sister charity Um Pequeno Gesto.

Patricia graduated in Economics at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon and studied briefly in HEC Lausanne, Switzerland. Patricia is fluent in Portuguese, English, Italian and basic French and has three children.

Joana Castro

Joana was born in Portugal and graduated in Economics at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. Following a summer internship experience in 2006, she moved to London in 2007 to work in Investment Banking.  After three years of advisory to financial institutions across several countries, Joana joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, focusing on the establishment of private equity funds throughout CEE, Central Asia and North Africa. In 2016, she moved to a Swiss asset manager and continued her private equity role in European countries.

As a result of her involvement with the Portuguese charity Um Pequeno Gesto, as both a child sponsor and more recently a member of the Fundraising team, Joana decided to join Sara in creating the UK Charity A Little Gesture A Great Help in 2010. Joana is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and speaks basic French and Russian. After 11 years in London, she moved to Geneva at the end of 2017

Madalena Godinho

Madalena is Portuguese and moved to London in 2012 to do her MSc in Finance at Imperial College. Prior to working at a large alternative fund, she also worked in investment banking for 2 years and in strategy consultancy. Madalena became involved with A Little Gesture in 2014 when looking to be more involved in charity work. She became an Ambassador for ALG shortly thereafter and became a Trustee for the Charity in December 2017.

Where We Are

12A Selwood Place SW7 3QQ London, United Kingdom Tel: +44 7733 301515 E-mail: info@alittlegesture.org

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Where We Are