St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

Charity of the Month

Each month we support a different charity. Information about the chosen charity is published in the Parish magazine, and a presentation is made at the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of the month.

The charity for the month of October is Mothers' Union Overseas

The majority of the Mothers’  Union Overseas work is supported by the Mothers’ Union Overseas development fund. Through this fund they are able to arrange community workers throughout 30 different countries across the globe.  This includes amongst many others hundreds of isolated South Pacific Islands, Guyana, Myanmar and 27 of Africa’s 53 countries.  Through this dedicated network, communities are encouraged and supported to lead and direct their own development.

Local MU groups provide the skills, knowledge, contacts and man-power to make things happen and it is really led at the grassroots level.  All visions, ideas and implementation processes are devised and carried out by the very people they affect.  This means the poorest and most marginalised people take back control over their own lives and development, finding their own solutions and escape from the difficulties and challenges they face.

To enable them to do this the Overseas Fund is used to arrange:

Income generating and community development projects

Training and conferences

Office and project equipment

Vehicles

Advocacy work

Capacity training for workers

Examples of projects already arranged include fishing projects, bakeries in the DR Congo, corn mills and cafeterias in Sudan and livestock rearing in Kenya.  Grants have also been arranged towards traditional birth attendants in Zambia, food and nutrition in Guyana, HIV\AIDS in Papua New Guinea, microfinance and savings in Myanmar and human trafficking in Madagascar and India. All applications for grants in every country must come from the local Mothers’ Union in the first instance but MU are happy to discuss involving other project partners if there is a need and no MU nearby.

Once again this help can only be offered if there is money available and every contribution towards this work is very gratefully received. In Marden this month we ask that any donations, large or small, are placed in the collecting box on the church dresser but we also invite you to a

 Charity of the Month Fundraising Meal.

This will be held on Monday 29th October at 12.30 in the Vestry Hall, Marden.

A simple meal, in a clean and comfortable environment with friends close by.

This is something that so many people in this world cannot take part in.

See you there............

 Ann Woodgate

Mothers Union Overseas