Here are the charities we are supporting during 2015 with an outline of their aims and objectives.
* = this charity had not previously been supported.
The Leprosy Mission – January
The Leprosy Mission is an International Christian charity and serves 305 million people in and around 30 countries. It diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery to leprosy patients. Leprosy is one of the World’s most stigmatised diseases and sees entire families robbed of their job opportunities, education and marriage prospects and are often shunned by their families. There are around quarter million new cases of leprosy diagnosed each year. The Leprosy Mission works closely in Asian and African countries. In Niger communities are receiving vocational training, literacy classes and education in farming techniques to improve their livelihoods and help with water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
*Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East – February
The FRRME is a small UK based Christian charity and supports the work of Canon Andrew White, the vicar of St George’s church in Baghdad. It provides humanitarian relief in Iraq through St George’s Church and Clinic and provides a spiritual home, medical care and humanitarian relief, as well as promoting reconciliation amongst different religious groups. The Clinic provides free medical care to around 2,000 patients a month and includes a dentist, pharmacy and its own laboratory. The staff at the clinic include Christian and both Sunni and Shia Muslims. The Church runs an extensive food relief programme and needs mattresses, clothes, blankets and food.
Tear Fund (Child Trafficking) – March (Mothering Sunday)
Tear Fund is a Christian Charity whose aim is to help people in the greatest need, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality. It operates through local churches where possible. Child trafficking is a growing crime and Tear Fund is raising awareness of the issues and rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates where possible. It works to prevent exploitation of children and tries to educate families to stop children being taken. It costs 200 times more to rescue a child than to prevent a child being taken. It also helps in disaster areas, famine, earthquakes and supports developing areas by helping people to help themselves. During natural disasters the risk of child trafficking increases, also when children are orphaned or separated from their parents.
Rainbow Centre -April (Easter)
The Rainbow Centre in Fareham supports children and adults with cerebral palsy and adults with a stroke, M.S, Parkinson’s disease and head injury and their families. The Centre uses ‘Conductive Education’ which encourages and teaches children and adults to take an active role in their own development and to learn new ways to become active and to reach their full potential. It provides services for all children and uses a complex programme in the development of social, emotional, communication, cognitive and physical skills. For adults it uses a specialised neuro-rehabilitation for those with motor disorders. It works with educational and medical professionals.
*Ascension Trust – May
The Ascension Trust is a Christian inter-denominational organisation which inspires individuals to work together within their local communities. It operates as the umbrella for a number of international missions. These include street pastors, school and college pastors, urban youth mission, and overseas mission. Portsmouth Street Pastors patrol the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights and try to calm aggressive situations, support people who are vulnerable and try to make people feel safe and secure. Street Pastors operates across the UK and Worldwide and is a church response to urban problems by caring, listening and helping people on the streets. They also operate in other towns and cities in our area. The Trust wants to raise money which will help to train 20 new street pastors in London and install 2 knife bins.
*Families of Ocean Ward – June
This charity was formed by volunteer patients of children with cardiac disease who rely on the services provided by Ocean Ward at Southampton General Hospital. Its aims are to provide emotional and financial support to the families and to help bridge the gap between home and hospital by putting families in touch with others whose child has a similar condition. Southampton treats children locally, also from Devon, Cornwall, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Many of the families spend weeks in Ocean Ward and have to travel long distances. The charity provide financial support to those families in need. They have purchased Coagulation Check machines, an IPAD, and educational apps to help the Cardiac Liaison Nurses to help educate patients and their families on their heart condition and also help with special projects to improve life on the ward for families.
Mission to Seafarers – July (Sea Sunday)
This voluntary society within the Anglican Church is concerned with the well being of seafarers of all races and creeds in more than 60 countries around the world. Its chaplains, lay staff and volunteers provide a welcome and friendship in over 260 ports and provides help and support to the 1.3 million men and women who can face danger such as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment. They help seafarers in need, encourage them in their faith, and visit them if they are left in hospital when their ship sails. It provides links with parish clergy to extend support to families and offers help and advice in cases of injustice or hardship. It is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
Solar Aid – August
Solar Aid is an international charity that provide clean, affordable solar lights in Africa. 598 million Africans have no access to electricity and many rely on toxic kerosene lamps for lighting. These lamps emit noxious black smoke and burn up 20% of the household income. Burning kerosene causes respiratory diseases, eye infections and often fatal accidents. Solar lights cost approx $10 and last for 5 years. A solar lamp protects the environment and transforms lives. Improved lighting in the home can help children study and help people feel safe and secure in their otherwise dark environment.
*Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service –September
GAFIRS is a voluntary run, independent search and rescue facility. It has been chosen as one of the Mayor’s Charities by Mike Ford who is to be Fareham Mayor in 2015. It is ‘on call’ with HM Coastguard all year and is funded by donations. It is available to the emergency services to respond to inland incidents, such as flooding, snow rescue and inland water rescue. GAFIRS works with Hampshire Fire and Rescue services to take firefighters to deal with incidents affecting smaller boats in the Solent estuaries. This provides cover of the Eastern Solent and Southampton Water. Development of the scheme will cover the Western Solent and other Hampshire coastal waters.
*Farm4Life –September/October (Harvest)
Farm4life is a Stubbington based charity working in West Africa. It aims to support the poor and vulnerable through education and provision of resources to encourage self-sufficiency and help small businesses. It sends to Ghana various items including sewing machines, computers, school equipment, clothes and blankets. Their co-worker based in Ghana oversees distribution of donated items. Farm4Life provides free education for all children. It is building The Adoley Welfare Centre for those in the farming communities and will offer a maternity service, family health, parenting, family and employment support, and support for victims of domestic violence.
Sara Afshari CMS Mission Partner – November
Sara is our Mission Partner in Central Asia. Sara is Executive Director of Iranian Christian Broadcasting (ICB), transmitting TV programmes in Farsi (Persian) in the Iran region. ICB broadcasts from Cyprus. It produces and broadcasts documentaries, children’s programmes including bible readings, news, etc. Sara’s responsibilities as Station Director include developing the channel, managing the organisation, fund raising and developing new programmes. Sara has been studying for a PhD in World Christianity whilst continuing her work with Sat-7 and meets her team daily on Skype. Sara exchanges letters with our congregation and relies on our support.
Poppy Appeal – November (Remembrance Day)
The first ever Poppy Day was held on 11 November 1921. The Legion’s purpose is to give practical help in time of need to all who served in the Forces, and their widows and dependents. There is an increasing need to help the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces today as well as ex-service personnel and their dependents.
*Home Instead Memory Cafe – December
Home Instead provides home care services locally and supports the elderly helping them to remain in their own homes. They have now opened a ‘Memory Cafe’ in the United Reformed Church in Warsash for local people with memory loss. The informal cafe provides free support and advice for people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and gives the carer and their loved one a place for them to share thoughts, hopes and fears and to have fun and laughter. It is supported by trained staff who encourage participation from chatting to looking at photos, colouring or quizzes. They can arrange for local transportation and meet twice every month.
S.C.R.A.T.C.H– December (Midnight Mass)
Southampton City Action to Combat Hardship provides services which relieve the effects of hardship and poverty for people in Southampton and the surrounding area. The charity was established by the Christian charity Southampton City Mission. Their projects include Dorcas; providing good quality furniture and household items, Community Repaint; redistributing donated paint to referred clients and community groups and Fareshare; work to reduce waste by making sure edible food is given to people in need. They give surplus food to community groups and charities. Their aim is to provide people begging on the streets and other vulnerable people with a hot meal. Individuals and families need to be referred by a referral agency.