Churches Together in Ansdell and Fairhaven – Supporting Charitable Projects
Joan Baldwin, representative from The White Church and Chair of Churches Together in Ansdell and Fairhaven reports on the projects to be sponsored in 2019/2020:
“We thank everyone who has given us great support over the last year. We are proud to say, that with your help, we raised £1, 617.49. This was most gratefully received by the Fleetwood Community Hub.
This year we are supporting projects overseas, two projects in The Gambia will greatly benefit from our help.
The Gambia Young Learners Centre – Serrekunda
Firstly, The Young Learners Club, this has been set up by ten young Gambian teachers to educate orphaned children and those who have little or no parental support in the rural areas of The Gambia.
The vision is to enable these children to realise their potential in their education and to teach them about environmental issues. This will help them to transform their society and make it become a better place for all to live. There are 50 children in the club, run by volunteers. The president of the club, Andrew Jatta, thanks everyone for their help and says that they promise that any funds that we provide “will be used in truthfulness, accountability and transparency” (his words)
The Gambia Red Cross Society – Bakau Township Centre
The Second Project is to help The Red Cross Society in The Gambia. They are part of the International Red Cross, but self-funding. They are trying to meet the need for medical resources in the clinics and hospitals that are over stretched and under resourced. With our help the unpaid volunteers can gain access to training to equip themselves with the skills to give immediate response to First Aid or give resources to provide medical help in the widespread communities.
The Gambia is emerging from 22 years of brutal dictatorship and is struggling to bring itself through the recovery period. With our help and other supporters of mini projects, such as ours, up and down the country, they will, we are sure succeed.
Stuart Gay, who is an Officer in the Salvation Army, and a great friend of the White Church, will take our contributions over to The Gambia. He will ensure all monies are vetted and the spending is audited. He is a local Trustee for these projects.
Please support your Churches Together, come to our Table-Top Sale in January, and also to our Lent Lunches at all 5 churches in the lead up to Easter and, of course, all our Services, starting with the Advent Service to be held here, at The White Church on Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm.”