Third world Projects

Developing World Project.

Each year the congregation of Bamford Chapel and Norden URC raise money by personal giving and a few fundraising events between Harvest in September until Christmas Day.

The project brings together young and old to learn how we can help others and in doing so we learn about other countries, cultures, religions and the difficulties people face. We choose projects where we are sure there will be good outcomes for local people and usually we have a good UK based link to help us understand how we can best help. 

We hope to show how we care for others and share the love of God.

Our Uniformed organisations are involved in raising money, e.g. the Brownies hold a Coffee Evening, the Rainbows, Guides and Boys Brigade also get involved.


Project 2015

                                                            

The project for 2015 is "Water for Kids". "Water for Kids works to promote the good health of children and communities in Africa by providing safe drinking water. good sanitation and other public health related measures.  Our projects are primarily in Uganda and Zambia; this year we have also funded projects in Kenya and Tanzania." (Water for Kids 'Annual review 2014-2015)

The Church family at Bamford Chapel and Norden URC see this as an important part of our mission and we are glad to be supporting Water for Kids as our 2015 Project. 


Some of our Recent Projects

Project 2013

Big Banana Appeal, Gulu, Northern Uganda.

The people of Gulu have endured 20 years of devastating warfare, but now they face an even bigger challenge as one of the poorest regions in Africa are now experiencing the impact of post war rebuilding of the economy and community. 

Following the war, the population, largely widows and orphans and returned child soldiers, are rebuilding their lives after enduring years in IDPs (Internal Displaced People’s camps). They are returning home to find their crops and animals gone and their communities decimated with limited opportunities to alleviate their poverty.

The Church are working with the Lancashire Gulu Link to help build on previous projects they have organised in partnership with the Gulu people. The project involves growing and cultivating bananas and then splitting the plants to give to others. The money raised will fund the plants and a local project manager so that local people are supported, learn new skills and plants are passed on in an organised way thus sustainable for future generations. 

The banana planting is now underway and Gulu Link report that 4000 banana plants have been planted, 120 people trained in growing and best practices in management of a banana plantation, and 12.5 acres of banana gardens established. The project manager in Gulu, James Ocara hopes that they will get at least another 4000 banana plants from this to give to a further 400 people. The plants have been mainly provided to schools and churches. 


Project 2014

Safe House, Tanzania.

In 2014 we worked in partnership with The Tanzania Development Trust, a UK based charity, to help furnish and kit out a safe house and training centre for young women in the Mara Region of Tanzania. Life is tough in the villages of the Kurya people of Tanzania’s Mara Region.  It’s a forgotten area, which is intensely poor. Education standards are low, modern influences rare, so families maintain outdated damaging illegal tribal customs which often leads to the physical harm of girls resulting in far reaching and lifelong physical and psychological trauma.

The Safe House will provide a secure environment for girls of all faiths and none to stay until their homes are safe for them to return to, or they are able to develop the skills to work and then move on to live independently.

We were fortunate enough to have Rhobi Samwelly, the project leader from Tanzania to visit us and tell us first-hand what the money was being used for.

The Church raised over £7,000 to help support young women in the Mara Region of Tanzania. The Safe House has now officially opened and has already helped more than 130 young women.   


Projects supported since 1987:

Year

Project / Country

1987

Sri Lanka

1988

Madagascar

1989

The Holy Land

1990

Jamaica

1991

Bangladesh

1992

El Salvador

1993

Uganda

1994

Philippines

1995

Botswana

1996

India

1997

Salvador

1998

Moldova

1999

Malawi

2000

Haiti

2001

Goa

2002

Indonesia

2003

Portugal

2004

Ghana

2005

Shuktara, Calcutta,India

2006

Namibia

2007

Kenya

2008

Belarus

2009

Shalom, Greytown, South Africa

2010

Solkids, Mexico

2011

Eden Farm, Zambia

2012

Orphan Hope, India

2013

Gulu Link, Big Banana Appeal, Uganda

2014

Safe House, Tanzanian Development Trust, Tanzania

2015

Water for Kids