TOOLS FOR SELF-RELIANCE
Project status: implementing, not fundraising at the moment
In memory of Bob Cook, the late father of our trustee, Chris, we arranged with Tools for Self-Reliance to provide kits of refurbished carpentry tools to five locations in Malawi. Their purpose is to give vocational training to young people. Bob loved working with wood and produced impressive results, like making a wardrobe smaller by cutting out some of the middle and joining the two halves back together again - seamlessly!
The kits were assembled in the UK from second-hand tools sourced here and refurbished by volunteers, and then shipped to Malawi.
COACHING IN LIFE-SKILLS THROUGH SPORTS
Project status: implementing; not fundraising at the moment
The Helderberg Academy addresses issues of poverty and fatherlessness by teaching life skills through sport, and encouraging and supporting children as they grow up, to help them reach their true potential.
The aim is for children and teenagers to grow in self-esteem and in relating to others (especially to those from different races or cultures), and in their physical and mental development; also to give them an opportunity to play and have a break from home responsibilities.
That is achieved through weekly sports coaching, which promotes fitness, health, leadership, and values such as respect, responsibility, courage and empathy.
IRINGA STREET CHILDREN
Project status: implementing; not currently fundraising
A British charity, FISCH, is working in Iringa, Tanzania, to improve life for street children, not least by providing a Drop-In Centre. Our supporters have paid for uniform and stationery to enable children to attend school, Bibles and musical instruments to help them in their worship together, sewing machines to give them their own means of support, vocational training, football boots, and laundry detergent to wash their kit.
VILNIUS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Project status: fundraising only by sale of CDs and cassettes
Support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at this hopsital in Lithuania by buying a CD (or even a cassette - can you remember those?) of a live recording of Lithuanian musicians playing music by a Lithuanian composer. The CD cover features a beautiful painting by the composer.