AN East Lancashire charity is aiming to raise funds to educate one million children worldwide during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan will begin on Sunday and Muslims across the world will be observing the Holy month by fasting and making charitable donations to good causes.

During Ramadan, the Tauheedul Charity will be asking people to donate to three projects that are helping impoverished children throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and parts of Europe.

The Blackburn charity is asking people to support three distinct campaigns: ‘Send My Friend to School’, ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’, and ‘Building Schools – Building Futures’. Together the campaigns will pay for crucial equipment and resources that will allow children around the world to learn.

Tauheedul Relief Trust Director, Yusuf Patel said: “Every three seconds a child dies worldwide.

“Nelson Mandela said that education is the solution to overcoming injustice and to creating equality, and that is what is underpins this campaign really.”

Money raised will also be used to buy gifts for children at Eid, the Muslim festival that comes as the end of Ramadan.