posted 31/03/2014

St Peter’s Life-Line

From David Baldwin of St Peter’s Lifeline, one of WWDP’s recent grant recipients:

“So very different – but also so very much the same. Women, all beneficiaries of the small British charity St Peter’s Life-Line micro finance scheme, celebrating Women’s World Day of Prayer in the Parish church of St Peter, in the remote, harsh, tribal area at Kajuki, NE Kenya. Whilst in Somerton, Somerset, ancient capital of Wessex, St Peter’s Life-Line was represented at the Prayer celebration held there. ‘United in Prayer – Umoja kwa Maombi’.”

Unknown David Baldwin of St Peter’s Lifeline, one of WWDP’s recent grant recipients

Unknown-1 Somerton, Somerset, ancient capital of Wessex, St Peter’s Life-Line was represented at the Prayer celebration held there. 'United in Prayer - Umoja kwa Maombi’

Grant Update

Once again, thanks to your wonderful generosity, we have been able to give grants to a variety of Christian projects around the world. Receiving feedback from these projects is one of the delights of grant-giving.  Without stepping on a plane, we travel all over the world, hearing about people’s lives, their struggles and hardships – and their vision and hopes for the future. What is it like living on the occupied West Bank; as an orphan in Zambia; or an elderly leprosy patient in West Bengal? Perhaps some of these snapshots will give you a tiny glimpse of life in such places – and of the difference your giving is making.

Dumi International Aid is a very small charity based in the UK, but supporting a local community in Zimbabwe. It aims to use its grant to help empower local people and enable them to take responsibility for their own sustainable development.  Over the last 2 years, one area on which Dumi has concentrated is in providing much-needed practical resources for Mapengani Primary School.

A much larger organisation, to which we awarded a grant, is the Bible Society which supports a wide range of Bible-based initiatives – one of these last year was to set up two Women and Children Resource Centres in Malaysia.

The grant we gave Torch Trust in 2011 enabled them to develop a specialist IT project for blind and partially sighted people, providing accessible resources on-line.  They road-tested their software for producing Braille and giant-print service handouts at Spring Harvest in 2012 and say it worked extremely well.

FRRME (Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East) was delighted to receive its grant, which will go towards humanitarian aid, medical and dental care through St George’s church, Baghdad.  They write: ‘Please pass on the heartfelt appreciation from Canon White and the FRRME team … The theme’ I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ is highly appropriate in this context as St George’s welcomes believers, widows, orphans and those in tremendous physical need, as well as those with spiritual questions.’

LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) put our grant towards their PrayerWorks initiative, which focuses on Christians in the workplace. They write: ‘Having initially imagined that about 50 people might sign up for each of the 40 day ‘prayer journeys’, we have been thrilled at both the number of participants (over 3,000) and the level of engagement’

The charity Open Doors is using its grant to support, train and equip Christians in Northern Nigeria. They write of recent atrocities against Christians by extremists – and say: ‘We do value the prayers and support of women around the world for our dear sisters and brothers who daily face the reality of such traumas.’

Leprosy still carries a stigma in many societies and abandoned by their communities, those affected often face homelessness and a life of begging to survive. The Leprosy Mission used the grant we gave towards providing a residential home in West Bengal for elderly patients disabled by leprosy. The home caters for 46 people, offering a safe environment where residents are able to live with dignity and are provided with good nutrition, disability care and medical treatment.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is well-known for its peace initiatives around the world. They are using their grant to fund one such project in Kenya.  They write: ‘It was a huge thrill and privilege to receive your letter and grant for the Turning the Tide programme to build peace in Kenya. This is truly wonderful news for the programme…Please extend our heartfelt thanks to all involved.’

Sportsreach aims to ‘reach the world for Christ through sport’. They run numerous sporting events around the country for children and young people, where they also share the gospel message.  They used their grant to buy Bibles and Bible literature.

We were absolutely delighted to receive your gift…’ writes Toybox, ‘…it came as a lovely surprise…’  Toybox works with children who have largely been abandoned and often abused at the hands of adults they trusted.  They plan to use their money to carry out kitchen improvements at two of their partner children’s homes in Guatemala.

One of the charities we supported in 2012 was Ebenezer Child Care Trust, in Zambia. Our grant went towards the building of a medical centre at Ebenezer, Livingstone. You can read a little about those involved in the project in a separate article.

Another charity we have supported in 2012 is the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).  Maureen Jack, a former Ecumenical Accompanist, writes of the work EAPPI does in a separate article.

These are only a few snippets from the lovely letters we have received from our grant recipients, many of whom work in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our world. I hope you will find them informative and inspiring – and that you will remember them all in your prayers.

Kathleen Skinner

Methodist Women in Britain and Dalit Solidarity

Methodist Women in Britain and Dalit Solidarity

Since its inception in July 2011, Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) has been seeking ways to show solidarity with the cause of Dalit people in India and around the world; working to raise awareness, to stimulate prayer and action and to support our sisters and brothers who are victims of discrimination because they are Dalits.  In November of that year we applied for a grant from WWDP to enable us to produce a resource pack about this issue.  The grant application was successful and a small task group began meeting in January 2012.

As we have worked on the pack, we have heard of Dalit children forbidden to use the same tap as other children to obtain drinking water in a school, of Dalit women forced to work as ‘manual scavengers’ (cleaning out dry toilets for higher caste families), of ongoing violence, rape, assault, victimisation and prejudice.  All this offends our understanding of justice and of humanity.  Our Christian gospel cries out that no person is ‘untouchable’, that all are equal, that all should be treated with respect and given opportunities for life in all its fullness.  The stories are relentless and show no signs of abating.

After an introductory section, which includes information about the Hindu caste system (from which the discrimination arises) and an explanation of Dalit Theology, the pack invites us to listen to ‘Dalit voices’ – first-hand stories of oppression, violence and injustice.  It is not easy reading – but there are signs of hope and great courage too.  Then a lengthy section offers prayer and worship material – all can be adapted as required to help raise awareness in local situations.  There is a whole section on ‘Food Issues’, including some recipes which could be tried out as part of an evening or day meeting focussing on Dalit Solidarity.  Finally,’What can I do?’ gives ideas for action and for further investigation, as well as introducing the 3-year partnership with the Church in North India which MWiB are now embarking upon; raising funds to support women’s self-help groups and the education of Dalit girls.

Visit www.mwib.org.uk for more information or e-mail admin@mwib.org.uk to purchase the pack.

Jill Baker

Photo: Manual scavengers

Friends of Ebenezer Child Care

Proposed Medical Centre

Dr. Nagendra Charavanapavan, together with his wife Ranji, has been running the charity Ebenezer Child Care Trust in Livingstone, Zambia since 2001.  During these years Dr. Chara, as he is known locally has been caring for Ebenezer orphans, as well as attending to rural clinics in the Livingstone area for three days a week.   A Sri Lankan doctor, trained as a physician and a microbiologist, he would like to build not only a clinic but also a laboratory, where he could carry out tests quickly and save time and hopefully, lives.

Ebenezer Ranji and Nage Chara

Dr. Chara has land for his proposed medical centre.  A borehole for water has been dug and a tower is being built for the water tank.  Water is a priority because it is needed for making cement and other building processes.  Next, electricity will need to be brought onto the land.  An electric fence will need to be erected, along with a hut for a security guard, for the purpose of preventing theft.

Ebenezer Sheila with Racheal

This little girl is called Sheila and she is alive because of Ebenezer and Dr. Chara.  In 2008 he noticed that she had difficulty breathing and diagnosed a heart problem.  The surgeons in South Africa were reluctant to operate because they discovered she had three major problems and would probably not survive the procedures.  Ranji and the Ebenezer children and staff prayed through the operation and she did survive.

Ebenezer Sheila reading

Sheila today has a large scar down her chest, but other than that she is a healthy and strong member of the girls’ home at Ebenezer.  She loves dancing and playing with the other girls.  Many children have had the quality of their lives improved thanks to the medical care given by Dr. Chara.

Keith and Anne Olford, trustees of friends of Ebenezer Child Care UK will be visiting Ebenezer during the year and reporting their findings from this trip on their return.

www.friendsofebenezerchildcare.co.uk

info@friendsofebenezerchildcare.co.uk

Feed the Minds

Education is the key

Feed the Minds’ work in Egypt and around the world gives women who missed out on an education the chance to change their lives.  Being able to read, write and make calculations enables them to find work, control their finances, take care of their health and become leaders in church and society.  It benefits them, their families and the wider community.

One of Feed the Minds’ projects is run in partnership with the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt who shares our vision on the importance of education. In Ezbet Al Nakhel, one of the poorest parts of Cairo, St Mary’s Church holds literacy classes which are open to men and women of all ages, but attended mainly by women who have moved to the city from rural areas where most girls do not attend school.

Picture 116 Feed the Minds

Mary is one such woman.  She did not learn to read and write as a child because in the rural community where she grew up, only boys were sent to school.  On moving to Cairo, she seized the opportunity to attend literacy classes at St Mary’s, the church she attends with her family.  She is now using the skills she learned in those classes to help her four children and although the whole family lives in a single room, which serves as bedroom, kitchen, dining room and living room – and shares a bathroom and toilet with several other families, she is optimistic about their future.  Her eldest daughter, 13 year-old Mariam would like to become a teacher.

Being literate enables Mary to support her children’s homework and monitor their progress in school.  Once, when looking over school work, she found that one of the children’s teachers was not doing her job properly.  “She was marking work right even when it was wrong.”  So Mary went to the school and confronted the teacher.  “She was very surprised.  She said, “How do you know that?”  She hadn’t realised I could read and write.”

Picture 120 Feed the Minds (1)

The method of teaching used in classes at Mary’s church is one that Feed the Minds encourages all its partners to adopt.  It is different from the way in which school children are taught and does not rely on textbooks.  It is designed to meet the needs of adults and takes problems people encounter in their daily lives as its starting point.  For example, if a lack of clean water is a problem participants discuss that topic and learn to read and write words and phrases related to it.  The curriculum evolves to reflect participants concerns.

Picture 122 Feed the Minds (1)

The contribution made by local people who know the needs that exist and the difference education can make in their communities, is key to the success of the charity’s literacy projects in many countries.

Adam Sach

Grants Allocated in 2014

    • CORE GRANTS £

    • Bible Reading Fellowship 3,000
    • CAFOD  6,000
    • Feed The Minds  10,000
    • Lifewords  7,000
    • MAF UK  5,000
    • Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen  3,000
    • Scripture Union  4,000
    • Tear Fund  10,000
    • The Leprosy Mission  5,000
    • Torch Trust for the Blind  1,500
    • Wycliffe UK Ltd  8,000
    • PROJECT GRANTS £

    • The Bible Society (N Ireland) –Egypt 5,000
    • Embrace The Middle East – Egypt  10,000
    • Christian Solidarity Worldwide – Egypt  5,000
    • Egypt Diocesan Association – Egypt  10,000
    • Christian Aid – Egypt  10,000
    • Release International – Egypt  10,000
    • Open Doors – Egypt  6,000
    • Anglican International Development – Africa  10,000
    • Juba School Support Group – Africa  5,000
    • Christian Mercy Foundation – Africa  2,000
    • Helping Uganda Schools – Africa  5,000
    • VIVA – Africa  1,000
    • USPG – Africa  5,000
    • Mother’s Union – Africa  5,000
    • CBM – India  5,000
    • Traidcraft Exchange – India  15,000
    • Arab World Ministries – Middle East  5,000
    • Toybox – South America  5,000
    • Hand to Mouth – UK  1,500
    • London City Mission – UK  2,000
    • Depaul UK (Nightstop) – UK  15,000
    • Daylight Christian Prison Trust – UK  500
    • UCCF – UK  5,000
    • Workplace Matters – UK  2,500
    • Bible society – Congo  8,000
    • Mwpongwe’s People – Zambia  5,000
  • INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS £

  • World Day of Prayer European Committee  2,000
  • World Day of Prayer International Committee  23,538
  • WDP National Committee of Egypt  10,000
  • WDP Workshop, Albania  3,500
  • OTHER DONATIONS £

  • Royal National Institute for the Blind 4,000
  • Christian Aid – Philippines, Gaza, Sierra Leone 45,000
  • GRANTS ALLOCATED BY THE COMMITTEE FOR

    WELSH-SPEAKING CHURCHES £

  • Christian Aid 300
  • Cyhoeddiadau’r Gair – Word Publications  500
  • Sunday Schools Council  500
  • Society of Reconciliation  500
  • Blind Society of Wales  400
  • CRISTION – Welsh religious periodical  300
  • Y Goeuad – PCW weekly newspaper  300
  • Seren Cymru – Baptist weekly newspaper  300
  • Y Tyst – Independent Welsh weekly newspaper  300
  • Alcohol and Drug Council Wales  1,000
  • CAFOD  300
  • Cytun – Churches Together in Wales  300
  • Y Gwyliedydd – Methodist weekly newspaper  300
  • Bible Society  400
  • Open the Book  200
  • WDP Egypt  1,000

Grants Allocated 2015

As the 2015 service was written by the Bahama’s WDP we were able to send a gift, to them, of £10,000.
The RNIB produce Braille copies of the Order of Service for us each year so we sent them a donation of £4,000.
    • CORE GRANTS £

    • Bible Reading Fellowship 2,000
    • CAFOD 5,000
    • Feed the minds  7,000
    • Lifewords  5,000
    • MAF UK  3,000
    • Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen  2,000
    • Scripture Union  2,000
    • Tear Fund  7,000
    • The Leprosy Mission  4,000
    • Torch Trust for the Blind  1,000
    • Wycliffe UK Ltd  5,000
    • PROJECT GRANTS

    • Bible Society Northern Ireland (West Indies)  5,000
    • Bible Society (Guatemala)  5,000
    • Mother’s Union (Africa)  5,000
    • Hand in Hand ( Africa)  500
    • Food For The Hungry (Africa)  5,000
    • True Vine Trust for Tanzania (Africa)  4,500
  •   £
  • Asifonde Sonke Christian Training Centre (Africa) 3,000
  • Women’s Ministry Programme (Africa)  3,000
  • Christian Aid ( Afghanistan)  10,000
  • United Society (Sri Lanka)  5,500
  • Global Care (Sri Lanka)  2,500
  • Traidcraft Exchange JEWEL (Bangladesh)  10,000
  • Computers are Free for Everyone (Bangladesh)  8,500
  • Rope Charitable Trust (Pakistan)  3,500
  • Release International (Pakistan)  5,000
  • Romanian Ministries (Romania)  5,000
  • Foundation ‘Care for Albania’ (Albania)  10,000
  • Restored (UK)  6,000
  • 24- Prayer (UK)  4,000
  • Off the Fence (UK)  5,000
  • Manchester City Mission (UK)  5,000
  • Youth For Christ (UK)  3,000
  • Covenant Players (UK) Trust (UK)  4,000
  • Imagine If Trust (UK)  5,000
  • Rainbow Living (UK)  5,000

A number of grants are awarded, for one year only, every September, towards projects run by Christian charities throughout the world.

Project grants are made to charities that support only one project and they would not be expected to re-apply for at least three years. Larger organisations, which fund many projects or which operate in different countries, may apply and be awarded grants in consecutive years so long as each grant is for a different project or country.

Priority will normally be given to project proposals from UK based charities – which may operate from anywhere in the world – for work with women and children, or projects in the country that has written the service for the current year  (i.e. in 2014 – Egypt, 2015 The Bahamas).

Grant application forms can be obtained from the WWDP office. (office@wwdp.org.uk)

Please note: The closing date for Grant Applications is 1st August 2016 (Completed applications should be received by 1st August each year.)

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in October.

Applications received after 1st August will not be considered for the current year.