A grant of £2,835 to UK charity, FISCH (Future for Iringa Street Children), is providing for their needs. It is being used to buy: sewing machines to help girls set up in business; musical instruments and Bibles for FISCH Church; soap and detergent; repairs for computers to enable their use in teaching computer skills; stationery and clothing for school; vocational training for one of the boys; first aid supplies; a roofing repair.
We supported Paul Ssemubage (not his real name), a youth worker and musician ministering to refugee children in Africa. With a total grant of £2,673 he bought many musical instruments, music lessons for himself, and items to enhance his wife's cafe, which provides them with financial support.
A grant of £2940 has been given to cover the cost of buying and installing a large bouncy castle and a large trampoline at the Matumaini Rehabilitation Centre in Molo, Kenya. The Centre is dedicated to caring for the needs of disabled, orphaned and destitute children and young people, helping them reach their full potential in life and giving hope for a good future. The items have been installed in their newly-completed playground.
A mechanical hoist enables this severly-disabled Belarusian youngster to be moved into bed, bath, etc., with safety and dignity. Some hoists are built into the ceiling and so can only be used along a certain track; however this hoist is on castors and thus can be used anywhere on a suitable floor. We gave a grant of £840 to UK charity The Belarusian Orphanage Project to enable it to provide this item.
Having built up a sizeable sum in our Vilnius Fund - from selling CDs and cassettes - we sent it to Vilnius, where it was formally passed on to the hospital by Stephen Conlon, Deputy Head of Mission & HM Consul at the British Embassy there. He kindly produced an enlarged copy of our cheque for the photographs! They plan to use the £1,000 to buy one or more syringe infusion pumps.
Construction workers in India sometimes have to leave their young children to look after themselves on the building site while they're at work. A charity called "Mobile Creches" provides craft activities for these children, keeping them occupied and out of danger while also helping them to learn social and pratical skills. We spent £75 to provide them with a plentiful and varied supply of craft materials.
A range of laundry equipment, but none in working order any more - that was the situation at Spaask School - so one woman did all the laundry by hand. Through Love Russia we donated £2075 to refurbish and re-plumb the laundry, providing new machines.
Asenyevskaya Dietski Dom is a home for 25 orphaned and needy children in a very remote village, 40 km from the nearest town. The children range from 6 to 16 years. A major need was for a small estate car or minibus to enable them, amongst other things, to purchase and collect the supplies required to keep the home running. We raised £5000 for that purpose.
At Pronskaya Scholar Internat, a residential school in a very remote part of Russia, the outside temperature can fall below -30 degrees C for a whole week! We gave £1275 for the repair and overhaul of their central heating system.
Not only have over 500 toothaches been cured, using dental equipment you helped to provide, but also over 2000 people have heard the Gospel as a result of the Convoy of Hope.
The Convoy, comprising just two vehicles so far, has made three major trips from its base in St Petersburg to the Ural Mountains, where Europe meets Asia. Each trip took three days and an average of 1400 miles each way. Altogether 655 people have been treated, between them having around 350 fillings and over 500 bad teeth removed. They included homeless and old people at a shelter (along with the staff of the shelter!), and pastors on retreat. An ex drug-addict, now working at a rehabilitation centre, had the roots of 15 teeth pulled out, the teeth themselves having fallen out long ago! The dental equipment was purchased from a grant provided by Natalya’s Fund.
The Convoy team has shown the “Jesus” video (a literal portrayal of the life of Christ according to Luke’s Gospel) 41 times, and estimate that through the Convoy 2160 people have heard the Gospel message in one way or another. Forty have committed their lives to Christ.
Hot water for an Estonian YWAM (Youth with a Mission) training centre, play equipment and immunisation for the Moscow House of Infants, room padding for violently-disturbed children in Moscow Orphanage 15, a large fridge for Russian Orphanage at Solotcha, learning equipment and safe food storage for the New Life street children's ministry in St Petersburg - these needs were all met, with a total outlay of £5920.
Tutshill Church of England Primary School, Gloucestershire, raised funds to provide a reconditioned incubator for Siauliai Hospital, Lithuania. This project came about when trustees Andrew & Chris Leighton visited the maternity unit of the Royal Gwent Hospital in South Wales, where they noticed several spare incubators available for use if needed. On the other hand they were aware that in Lithunian hospitals several premature babies would be placed sideways in a single incubator, such was the shortage of equipment.
Update: Andrew & Chris are still in contact with the family of one of the first babies to use the incubator provided - he is now studying economics at Vilnius University! (2015)
It is most important to monitor the oxygen level in a premature baby's blood: Too much oxygen can lead to blindness while too little can cause brain damage. In the UK we monitor levels using a pulse-oximeter, an electronic unit with a sensor that fits over the patient's finger - enabling the measurements to be non-invasive (hence safe) and continuous. In Lithuania, however, as those devices are not generally available, monitoring has to be performed by regularly taking blood samples and testing them. The sampling process is of course invasive but, more importantly, imposes a delay which slows down the medical team's response to any problem.
In response to their requests we provided a pulse-oximeter each to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Vilnius University Children's Hospital, and to Siauliai Hospital. The total cost was £2650.