Chance for Childhood
Their Vision: “A world where no child is forgotten”
Chance for Childhood is an award winning charity working across seven African countries to support the most vulnerable children. They always work with community leaders who best understand the local context and because of this, together with their recent merger with Street Child Africa, they received the BOND Collaboration Award in 2017.
Five years ago the Parish of Shere and Peaslake chose CFC to be one of our Mission Support charities to receive £2,000 per year. We were impressed by their work in northern Uganda, rehabilitating young returnees from life as child soldiers and slaves in the civil war. CFC had built a large, welcoming Youth Centre in Patongo to serve as a hub for counselling, education, and training in skills that could provide a means of income.
The Parish donation continues to help finance the popular tailoring course, which has already contributed to bringing 600 young people out of poverty. We have heart-warming reports of personal stories where learning to make clothes has turned lives around. It has given young women a sense of self-worth as well as enough income to keep themselves and their families.
Our Mission support for Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza
The Parish has been supporting the Hospital in the centre of Gaza city, through our donation of £2000 per year administered by the Amos Trust. The hospital treats over 45,000 patients each year, and is a beacon of hope for peace in an area fraught with political and economic problems, resulting in humanitarian suffering, disease, and social problems. Restrictions on movement and imports of basic medicines have accentuated problems caused by limited electricity, food, water, fuel and personnel.
In addition, Al Ahli provides free mobile clinics to villages across Gaza for elderly women, free care for burns injuries and underweight or malnourished children, screening programmes for early detection of breast cancer and essential psychosocial support. The hospital also partners with community organisations to provide much-needed training for local people in counselling, social work, basic first aid and medical aid, and run their own training programmes for graduate and undergraduate youth.
The Parish has also donated an additional £2000 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the building of the Outpatients Department which collapsed in December 2018.
Further information is available through the Amos website: https://www.amostrust.org/amos-palestine/partners/al-ahli-hospital-gaza/
The Cleaver Family
The Parish, through its outward giving, supported the Cleaver family from 2013- 2018, while they were working with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Western Ukraine. After working with orphanages in Ternopil, they felt called by God to set up a transition home for vulnerable teenage girls from the age of 16, when they have to leave their orphanages. Nina and Josh, together with their children: Joni, Zebadee and (latterly)Tallulah lived with and supported 4 of these teenagers in Vinnitsa. The transition home is on the left of the photo.
When the transition home was devastated by fire in November 2016, parishioners generously gave to the re-build project. Sadly, after the re-build was completed, the Ukrainian government brought in new legislation, which prevents external groups from legally working with orphanages. Consequently, the family were no longer able to continue their work in the Ukraine. However, they prayed for guidance as to the way forward and are now preparing to live and work with the Anglican church in Moscow. See photo of the family in Moscow, on a recent preparatory visit.
As the Transition home ‘project’ has now come to an end, the Mission Support team has agreed to officially end the Parish support for the Cleaver family for the time being.
Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity which has provided a lifeline to the homeless in Manchester for over 25 years. They offer help with accommodation, rehabilitation, practical support, healthcare, mediation, skills training and links to employment opportunities. In addition, they also offer a range of activities, volunteering and mentoring to help build confidence and skills.
Barnabus has a drop in centre in the city of Manchester where much of their support is provided. Our Parish has provided the funding, for the last five years, for their IT cafe (see picture) which has enabled it to be stocked with computers and printers so that clients can seek employment, sort out benefits or talk to their families on Facebook. The facilities have also been used to help clients understand and create budgets or to become more confident about handling money.
Barnabus is passionate about helping vulnerable or rejected people and feel that it is their privilege to help them realise their hopes and dreams for new and positive futures. This Parish keeps in very close contact with Barnabus and is delighted that it can assist them with their excellent work albeit in a very small way.