For our Lenten Appeal this year in 2022, we are supporting the following 3 projects:
- Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation- Uganda - In Uganda, only 15% of children with disabilities receive education through special schools (5%) and inclusive schools (10%). 57% of all children do not have access to health care or medicines when they are sick. In a country where access to health care facilities becomes more limited the poorer and more rural you are, life is particularly hard for children with disabilities and their families. The Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation (RSNF), co-founded in 2010 by Dot Muir, a Kiwi special needs teacher, was established to address this issue. In 2020, they supported 394 children with disabilities, ranging from cleft lip, club foot to down syndrome and retardation. RSNF not only funded their surgeries but also provided transportation, meals, welfare packages, school supplies, uniforms, and vocational training to each of those children. Covid-19 has not made it easier for them and they need your support to continue their life-saving work.
- Church of Melanesia - Solomon Islands (WASH project) - Around 45% of the population in the Solomon Islands practices open defecation, the highest among all Pacific Nations. What this statistic reflects is that sanitation and hygiene standards in this region still requires a lot of work. The lack of basic sanitation facilities (latrines and toilets) affect many communities. The Anglican Church of Melanesia particularly wants to improve this situation for 3 of its religious communities. These planned new sanitation facilities will strengthen the participating religious communities’ capacity and capability to plan, implement, manage, operate, and maintain improved sanitation facilities not only for themselves, but for visitors and the surrounding community.
- Diocese of Egypt, Alexandria Province - Children's health improvement and awareness - malnutrition, anaemia and intestinal infestations are among some preventable illnesses severely affecting children's health in Egypt. Funds raised will help the Anglican Diocese of Egypt combat these issues for poor and vulnerable families through the EpiscoCare Community Development Centres. They will provide health care services and nutritious meals to children; and health and education awareness sessions and resources for the mothers to help them take care of their children.
Please join us again this year and help us to support these three valuable projects. Resources to promote the projects in your parish are available on our dropbox here.
Please pray for our projects - prayer points will be shared throughout Lent.
In spite of Covid and other demands on funding, our 2021 Lenten Appeal raised over $38,000. As a result,
- Anglican Communities in Melanesia have installed 3 water tanks and drainage systems which have helped increase the availability of clean, sustainable water benefiting 1,000 people and 20 families;
- St Luke's Hospital in Jerusalem will be able to install 3 new electric beds for pregnant women which will benefit around 3,000 women each year, and
- the Episcopal Youth Ministry of Egypt is now able to train 50 youth leaders in leadership and discipling skills. These will be tomorrows Church leaders.
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Find fundraising resources, information posters and prayer resources here.
Thank you very much for your support