Action Abroad 2013-14
The primary objective of St Andrews Action Abroad is to connect with and to raise funds for projects and organisations in the developing world and in so doing, to foster a sense of community spirit within the congregation. Funds are raised through a variety of social events, an Annual Art Exhibition held in the church, an appeal during the period of Lent and numerous individual donations. Typically, we raise between £2000 and £3000 every year which is divided between two projects over a five year time period. Over the years through child sponsorship, we have supported individual children and their communities in Bangladesh and in Honduras. We have also supported a nursery school in Zanzibar and a seed and tool distribution programme in Malawi.
Fund raising takes many forms
We are now into our third year of supporting two very different organisations in North Africa, both within the vast Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa (more information at http://dioceseofegypt.org).
Partners for Change Ethiopia
Money that we raised in 2013 was divided between the support of orphans who are cared for within their communities rather than in orphanages, and the establishment of women’s mutual help groups among the Negede Woitto people who have been displaced from their homes as the town of Bahar Dar expands on the shores of Lake Tana. £100 will clothe, feed and educate one orphan, while a slightly larger sum will establish a support group which will ultimately become self-sufficient.
In 2015, the 30th Anniversary Year, PfC is entering into a new project, Genda Tesfa, (the Village of Hope) on the outskirts of Dire Dawa, which is a longstanding community for families affected by leprosy. As those afflicted are often avoided by those outside the community and are frequently unable to work, deprivation is common among these people. In partnership with local people, the project seeks to install basic sanitation (water points, shower and toilet blocks), support orphans and other needy children, to ensure that poor children have access to education, and to promote local initiatives such as backyard vegetable growing, women’s savings groups and vocational training.
Quoting from a recent PfC communication:
Abebe Makonnen is the energetic and inspiring manager of the projects in Dire Dawa. Part of the city was affected by flash floods, which washed away people, livestock and homes. He mobilised local people to construct terracing on the bare slopes above the town from which the flood water came. Now there are bushes, trees – and wild life has returned – and no more floods. Its recognised as a huge achievement in climate change adaptation. Now he has set up the Genda Tesfa project
And relating to an example of children in need of help:
This is Fayo. She’s 20 years old and cares for her mother, who has a mental illness, her mother’s two youngest children and her own child – pictured here with her. Her partner wanted her to move away with him to where he had a job. She said she could not leave her mother. Their home is a builder’s hut which they share with a pile of gravel. They can’t keep anything there because the mother burns the children’s clothes and throws away the food Fayo cooks.
Christ the King Anglican Church in Tripoli is a member of the North African Episcopal (NAE) diocese which covers Egypt, Tunis and Algeria.
During and after the Arab Spring in Libya, the Church and congregation suffered many crises and persecution. Yet despite such deprivation, a fuller account of their above activities includes the phrase ‘….great enthusiasm and wonderful pastoral care and leadership’, to describe the work of the ministry team in growing the congregation. And to ‘The clergy team seek to model a pattern of unity-in-diversity which is in the makeup of the church as a whole’.
The last year has been troubled and highly uncertain due to fighting between jihadist Islamist factions throughout Libya and to hostile attitudes to Christians among many Islamists. Coptic Christians especially have been subject to persecution, with unprovoked massacres occurring on several occasions. Bomb strikes have also occurred very close to the church.
In spite of this, during 2014, the church has held a Prayer Week for Christian Unity, and special services during Lent and at Good Friday in addition to the usual Friday worship with services in both English and Arabic. The clergy team has also visited the Ambassador of Nigeria (presumably in Tripoli) and attended a mini synod in Tunis.
Please remember not only Church of Christ the King in your prayers, but all Christians and non-Christians affected by Islamist oppression and terrorism. We pray with them that peace will eventually return to the affected regions and that our relationship with Christ the King Anglican Church will grow with mutual benefit
More information about the church in Tripoli and about the situation in the Middle East and North Africa can be found at http://dioceseofegypt.org/explore/north-africa/christ-the-king-tripoli/
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