Partnerships with Christian Aid


September 2017 and we have now raised our £5000 for women and girls in Ethiopia.  THANK YOU.


A huge thank you to all who have given, been sponsored and raised money over the past 16 months for this partnership project which has really caught our imagination and our giving – THANK YOU ALL.

Click here for the Summer 2017 newsletter about the partnership: Community Partnerships Ethiopia Summer update 2017 AW

In 2016 we described the project like this:   With Christian Aid and their partners on the ground we are supporting women and families in Ethiopia overcome the challenges they face from poverty which fuels selling girls to marriage as children followed by high maternal and child mortality. A situation of suffering, of dangerous abortion, of harmful traditional practices, of gender inequality and lack of access to family planning, health and educational services. Involving work in both churches and in mosques.

We seek to raise a £5000 by October 2017 which will then be multiplied to £30000 by the EU. This will enable our partners to improve the circumstances and wellbeing of women and girls and release them from the dangers they face.

Can you organise a fundraising event for this?   From selling cakes to quiz nights… Thank you.      In 2015 a sponsored run for Kenya raised over £700 – who’s up for that?

If any would be willing to donate regularly by Standing
Order or BACS then please pay to our special account of
St.Mary’s Alverstoke PCC (it’s at Lloyds TSB plc, Gosport)
Account Number: 01077703 Sort Code: 30-93-56
If you can please code your gift as ‘ETHIOPIA’
Have you signed up with us so we can collect any Gift Aid?

Gifts in envelopes clearly marked ‘Ethiopia’ can be offered in church or to the Parish Centre at any time.
Thank you for sharing in this Africa partnership for the poor.


Check out this video on YouTube by clicking on the picture…

Ethiopia Women Video image jpg

Please also see this Christian Aid link about this exciting new project.

Remember, we’ve got until October 2017 to raise £5000!







Kenya Update 4 Spring 2015

Kenya Update Winter 2015

Changing the lives of mothers and their children in Narok County, Kenya

Our project reached its target of raising £5000 at Easter 2016.

This follows our commitment as a church to raising £5,000 over two years by 30th June 2016. The European Union will now match fund our giving by three times – turning our £5,000 into £20,000!

THANKS ever so much to those who’ve held suppers, book sales and even run & cycled a duathalon in support of the partnership.

Over the two years we’ve receive updates (posted above) from Christian Aid about the progress of our special partnership with Narok County in South West Kenya.

Child and Maternal Mortality rates in Kenya are unacceptably high.

One child in eleven dies before their fifth birthday. 90 children/1000 compared to 5/1000 in the UK. In Narok County, SW Kenya, 435 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 births compared to 8 mothers in the UK.

The reasons behind these sobering statistics are clear. Here, less than 30% of the population has access to basic maternal and child health services. Even fewer people (just 17%) actually use these services. This is because women often rely on traditional birth attendants – usually elderly women with little or no formal training – rather than go to a clinic; if there are complications; it’s too late to move them.

Our Project – has worked to provide 5 maternity wards!

Our exciting and ambitious project is revolutionising maternal healthcare in Narok County.  Check it out at Christian Aid.
Working together in conjunction with local authorities and national government, with our partners we’ve built two new maternity wards and renovated three more, as well as provided medicines, ambulances and basic medical equipment. Through our partnership, we’ve also worked with communities and leaders to ensure that women are able to access these new, improved services.

We launched our project on 6th July 2014 and had two years until 30th July 2016 to raise the sum of £5,000 to release the match funding from the European Union.

Together with our partners and in the name of the Lord we’re grateful to have shared in making a huge difference for our sisters and their children in Narok County. Please continue to pray for them as our giving transitions to a partnership in Ethiopia.
Thank you for your support.

Contact us for further information.



The parish was significantly involved with Wusasa Diocese in Nigeria during this period.  A direct link with the Bishop of Wusasa led to close co-operation, giving and raising of funds in support of the diocesan hospital, orphanage and agricultural development.