Church Life

Our Overseas Partnerships

Thank you for giving over £2000 for Christian Aid Week, May 2021

Partnerships with Communities in AFRICA & SOUTH AMERICA

Striving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals in pursuit of the love and justice of God’s Kingdom, we’re pleased to be partnering communities in Burundi and Peru until 2023.

GREAT LAKES OUTREACH (GLO)

Education not ignorance, Employment not hand-outs, Peace not killing… one by one, lives and communities are changing.

GLO’s vision is for the transformation of Burundi and beyond.  GLO works in partnership with Burundian leaders to transform Burundi through education, sport, business, healthcare and more, bringing hope to thousands of the most vulnerable.

In seeking to apply the highest professional standards to their work, GLO’s values are modelled by Christ: respect, passion, integrity, humility, wisdom and justice.

Following the civil war that ended in 2005 over 300,000 people were dead and unrest from 2015 saw 400,000 flee the country.  Burundi is consistently ranked among the world’s three poorest nations – there is plenty that needs tranforming!

Join us in our church support of GLO as we discover the story of Burundian communities and humbly share in their journey of renewed hope.

VINE TRUST

Connecting People. Changing Lives.

With a local Gosport interest in the ‘Forth Hope’ medical ship sailing on the Amazon in Peru being a sister ship of one of our Gosprt Ferries, Vine Trust is an international development charity which enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru.  Aiming to empower communities; connect enthusiastic volunteers with in-country partners and local people to create significant, sustainable development for vulnerable children and families.

 

Join us with our church and local focus on supporting the ‘Forth Hope’ medical ship in Peru as she provides floating primary healthcare services to remote and isolated communities.  Communities which were already medically deprived prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and which are even more vulnerable today.

 

Above:  Forth Hope at work on the Amazon in Peru.

www.vinetrust.org

 

Left: A family’s new home in Burundi!

www.greatlakesoutreach.org

FUNDRAISE & DONATE

Can you organise a fundraising event for this?   From selling cakes to quiz nights… Thank you.      Previously a sponsored run for Kenya raised over £700 – who’s up for that in 2021-2022?  A supper raised £800 – any budding chefs out there?

If any would be willing to donate regularly by Standing Order or BACS then please pay to our special overseas 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 ‘OVERSEAS’

Have you signed up with us so we can collect any Gift Aid?

Gifts in envelopes clearly marked ‘OVERSEAS’ can be offered in church or to the Parish Centre at any time.

Thank you for sharing in our overseas partnerships as one expression of God’s Kingdom.

OUR PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIPS…

2018-2020  KENYA through CHASE Africa

The monies raised over three years supported the amazing work in ‘community health & the environment’ and in favour of women’s well-being, continuing the work our previous partnerships were promoting in Ethiopia and earlier in Kenya. Thank you for giving over £4,000 for CHASE Africa by the end of 2020.

Find out more at CHASE Africa.

A CHASE Africa partner mobile family planning clinic in Kenya: 

2018-2019    GHANA through Christian Aid

We raised £5,000 to increase economic opportunities and well being for young and disadvantaged young people in Ghana.   Upon completion the EU add £15,000 to this making a fund of £20,000 for the partnership.

2016-2017   ETHIOPIA PARTNERSHIP

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

HEALTHIER FUTURES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN ETHIOPIA

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 grateful to have raised the £5000 by October 2017 which was then multiplied to £30000 by the EU. This enabled our partners to improve the circumstances and wellbeing of women and girls and release them from the dangers they face.

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

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

 

 

PREVIOUSLY…

2014-2016  KENYA PARTNERSHIP

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.

2000-2015    NIGERIA PARTNERSHIP

The parish was significantly involved with Wusasa Diocese in Nigeria during this period.  A very successful 15 years through a direct link with the Bishop of Wusasa and close co-operation and visits, giving and raising of funds in support of the diocesan hospital, orphanage and agricultural development.