posted 22/06/2017

All We Can

You will be interested to hear this update from the ‘All We Can ‘ project that WWDP supported, with a grant, last year.

About All We Can

All We Can is a pioneering international development, relief and advocacy organisation that believes in the power of partnership. It has its roots in the Methodist Church in Britain and is inspired by Christian principles to focus on those in greatest need.

All We Can helps people to find solutions to poverty and become all that they can, by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change in some of the world’s poorest communities. Our vision is every person’s potential fulfilled.

Update on our work with older people in Cameroon

This report provides an update on All We Can’s work in North West Cameroon, which has been generously supported by a grant of £5,000 from Women’s World Day of Prayer in 2016-17.

In Cameroon, All We Can is working with local partner Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA). Poverty in the North West region forces young people to cities in search of work, often leaving older people isolated in rural areas. Many are the primary carers for grandchildren, yet they are left without a stable income or a family network for support.

Older People’s Club members, who have been supported by Women’s World Day of Prayer this year

With support from the Women’s World Day of Prayer this year, we have been helping older people in 11 communities to establish Older People’s Clubs to support their income generation activities and help them develop stronger networks for social interaction and campaigning. Already the 35 clubs have a total membership of 3,702 members (71% of members are women) and they are very active.

Our work with CDVTA is really exciting as it is building on their years of experience working with older people to bring about change. Their achievements in bringing older people together with decision-makers are inspiring, as are the stories of the people benefiting from the project.

In the initial phase, CDVTA brought older people together and helped them organise into 35 Older People’s Clubs. The Clubs received training and support with the aim that they gradually become strong, sustainable organisations.

Elemighong Older People’s Club

Many clubs have established small farms and gardens. This enables them to share the work in a way that is accessible for all members. They also share the food they grow and, when they sell surplus in local markets, they share the profits.

The clubs trained in organic agriculture are now cultivating a huge variety of vegetables including cabbage, okra, celery, tomato, beetroot, pepper and ginger. They have seen excellent yields, providing nutritious food for the household and a steady income from the sale of surplus farm produce.

This year, each of the 35 Older People’s Clubs has received refresher training on new income generating activities. Many of the group members received initial training last year, and began their new activities. The refresher training is designed to boost participants’ knowledge and skills to enable them to continue processing locally available resources, such as ginger and ginseng, to make products that can be sold locally.

Products include ointment, washing powder, ginseng and ginger powder. The groups work together and share the profits. Already the groups that received training last year have reported an impressive increase in their income which is now 1,287,150 Central African Francs (approximately £1,663). This makes a huge difference club members and their families who benefit from household income to pay for the goods and services they need.

Another key role of the Older People’s Clubs is to build confidence and networks for advocacy and campaigning activities. During the year so far, networking meetings have been held locally and at zone level, to enable older people to exchange experiences and plan their campaigning activities. Their main priorities are to spread messages widely about older people’s rights, and to engage with decision makers to influence policy implementation.

Already a National Policy on Ageing has been passed into law, and CDVTA’s advocacy work has contributed to this. Ensuring implementation of the law at local level is the next step.

The project helps clubs to come together, coordinate, and to share skills and experiences

 

The project helps clubs to come together, coordinate, and to share skills and experiences

Enabling older people to communicate their views and experiences to decision makers is vital for systemic change. So far this year, 36 meetings have been held with government officials, religious and community leaders and elderly representatives, to discuss the need to promote positive messages on older people’s rights. This is a huge increase on the target, which was to organise two meetings in the year!

An impressive 1,143 older people have participated in these meetings, which really demonstrates the success of the project in bringing older people together and helping them to grow in confidence and articulate their views. Ultimately, the success is down to the older people themselves who are increasingly taking the initiative to engage with decision-makers, buoyed by the guidance they receive from CDVTA and from the successes they have had.

In November 2016, the project mobilised 349 older people to celebrate the International Day of the Elderly and to raise awareness of issues affecting older people. This year’s celebration brought together eight government and traditional authorities who spoke in support of older people’s rights. Participants marched with placards featuring messages promoting their rights.

Two radio programmes were broadcast featuring CDVTA’s work in rural communities. The programmes included information for younger people on how to create an age-friendly environment and actively support older people in their communities. Some of the older people involved in the project also participated in the broadcasts.

Sensitising young people to the needs and rights of older people is an important part of the project. A discussion session was organised for 317 young people, to encourage them to care for their older relatives, and to support older people in their community. CDVTA has found these activities have attracted a lot of young people, who are interested in the income generation activities being developed by the members of Older People’s Clubs. Life is difficult for many young people, with few job opportunities. Through the project they are able to get involved in the older people’s activities, which is of mutual benefit.

Case study: Theressia’s story

Theressia Mbuh, 62 years old, is a widow and lives with her three children and five grandchildren in Nkva-chi quarter in Anyajua village. In 2006 she lost her husband and has since then taken care of her children and grandchildren on her own.

Theressia Mbuh

Theressia was initially reluctant to join her local Older People’s Club, not really knowing what it was all about. She was finally persuaded to get involved. At first she felt very shy, but her

involvement in the club helped her develop social relationships and build her confidence to the extent that she has now been elected president of her club.

CDVTA has provided training on sustainable farming techniques and other income generating activities. Through CDVTA assistance, the club members have been able to obtain national identification cards, which means they can participate in national elections and travel freely. Using the training she received, Theressia now produces medicinal ointment in her home and this provides her principal source of income.

Theressia now has a regular income which makes a huge difference to her life. She is able to pay for the goods and services she needs to support herself and her family. But more than that, Theressia has benefited from the communal activity and peer support from her club.

She reflects: “The group has helped us to understand ourselves, and then as we come together we look at one another as the keeper of the other, so we are each other’s keeper. And that because we come together, we do our things together, we share our griefs, we share our joys together, so it makes life interesting for us, because nobody feels isolated.”

Thank you for your support.

posted 01/04/2017

One Heart Ministries Moldova

One Heart Ministries Moldova sent these photos to show the sorts of activities that their grant  of £2,000 was spent on the Grant.the Hope’ project.

One Heart Ministries Moldova Christmas3

One Heart Ministries Moldova Christmas1

One Heart Ministries Moldova Christmas2

One Heart Ministries Moldova Christmas4

One Heart Ministries Moldova Womens Club

posted 01/04/2017

Asifunde Sonke Christian Teacher Training Centre

We had a grant of £3,000 to provide a resources centre for Asifunde Sonke Christian Teacher Training Centre. It doubles up as at Training Centre. It doubles up as a training room for groups of students.

resources centre for Asifunde Sonke Unknown

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 2016

  • CORE GRANTS  £

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

  • Bible Society (N Ireland) – Cuba 10,000
  • Langham Partnership – Cuba 3,000
  • Christian Aid – Zimbabwe 10,000
  • St Peter’s Life-Line – Kenya 7,000
  • Transform Burkina – West Africa 3,500
  • CBM UK – Nigeria 8,500
  • Rope Charitable Trust – Ethiopia 5,000
  • All we Can – Cameroon 5,000
  • 28 Too Many – Africa 2,000
  • Mission Without Borders – Albania 5,000
  • One Heart Ministries – Moldova 2,000
  • The United Society – Myanmar 10,000
  • Mother’s Union – Papua New Guinea 10,000
  • Release International – Korea 5,000
  • Meninandança – Brazil 5,000
  • Happy Child International – Brazil 5,000
  • Nicolás Lowe Foundation – Argentina 4,000
  • Santa Maria Education Fund – Paraguay 4,000
  • Traidcraft Exchange – India 5,000
  • Global Care – India 2,000
  • Feba Radio – India 5,000
  • Embrace the Middle East – Middle East 5,000
  • Quaker Peace & Social Witness – EAPPI Palestine 15,000
  • Toxteth Women’s Centre – UK 5,000
  • Jericho Road Project – UK 5,000
  • Church Pastoral Aid Society – Falcons project UK 2,000
  • Women on the Frontline Ministries – UK 5,000
  • INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS £

  • World Day of Prayer European Committee 2,000
  • World Day of Prayer International Committee 21,191
  • WDP National Committee of Cuba 10,000
  • WDP Workshop, Albania 3,500
  • OTHER DONATIONS £

  • Royal National Institute for the Blind 4,000
  • WWDP Welsh Committee 15,000
  • Cumbria Flood Fund 10,000
  • Christian Aid – for Haiti Hurricane Matthew Fund 10,000
  • Sarah Grace – Christian book project 5,000
  • GRANTS ALLOCATED BY THE COMMITTEE
    FOR WELSH SPEAKING CHURCHES
    £

  • Christian Aid 300
  • Word Publications 500
  • Sunday Schools Council 500
  • Y Cymod – Society of Reconciliation 500
  • Wales Society for the Blind 400
  • CRISTION – Welsh religious periodical 400
  • Y Goeuad – PCW weekly newspaper 400
  • Y Tyst – Independent Welsh weekly newspaper 400
  • Youth Christian Enterprise 400
  • CAFOD 300
  • Cytun – Churches Together in Wales 300
  • Y Gwyliedydd – Methodist weekly newspaper 400
  • Bible Society 400
  • Seren Cymru – Baptist newspaper 400

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 2017 – The Philippines; 2018 Suriname).

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 2017 (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.

Registered Charity: National Committee of The Women’s World Day of Prayer for England and Wales and Northern Ireland.
Place of registration: Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Registered address: Women’s World Day of Prayer, Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2RR.
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