Parish of Greenside
'Open Hands, No Demands, Space to Grow'
Many of our church members are directly involved in voluntary international work such as Give Hope Trust in Zambia, Ethiopia and Malawi, Honey from Bees in Malawi and Zambia and Rehoboth Village in South Africa.
Give Hope Trust in Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi
Give Hope Trust was first set up as Give Hope International in 2005 and later renamed. It started through Martin Zuch seeing the huge need for poverty alleviation in rural Zambia and responding to that need.
Zambia: Originally named Luyando, which means 'love' in the local language, Give Hope Trust started a child sponsorship program in 2010.
Martin Zuch discovered Kamafwesa village, 50 minutes from Ndola in Zambia, when he established a banana plantation nearby. His focus in Zambia soon changed from commercial to humanitarian as the plight of the local people and a drive to help them became overwhelming.
Pictured above are children in the Luyando school and pictured left is their very kind headmistress, Frankie Mumba.
Give Hope Trust focuses on the education of local children, with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to have choices in life, in order to reach their true potential.
The school, built in 2005 with just 60 children, is now educating over 400 children, and is currently oversubscribed. Expansion is urgently needed to include another classroom block, better toilet facilities and teachers accommodation. Teachers must live on site given the inaccessibility of the village.
ETHIOPIA: Then in 2010, Give Hope Trust moved into Ethiopia with a government supported education project for homeless and vulnerable children in Addis Ababa. This is brilliantly managed by Tilahun Tesfaye, an Ethiopian who was himself sponsored as a child. Tilahun's work experience includes managing World Vision's child sponsorship programs.
The Raw honey being harvested from a Top Bar Hive is pictured right. It shows another project underway in Zambia which is beekeeping and is now producing amazingly huge yields in the harvests, due to the refining of the beehive and the expansion of the hives into the bush. Local villagers are trained in beekeeping, each being given between 5 and 10 hives per family. The positive impact on each family is immense in terms of employment, well being and income. For more information please click here.
Pictured left is honey packaged and ready for the European market.
Efforts are underway to bring the honey to Europe for sale. Any marketing advice and help as to how to do this is welcome. It is a whole new world! Please visit www.wildafricanhoney.com
MALAWI: Mike and Rosemary Hendry started in 2011, just visiting family in Malawi who introduced them to beautiful Lake Malawi. There they befriended local pastor Alex Miseki from Kunkhongo village, about 3kms from the lake. They saw at first-hand the urgent need for economic improvement in the village. And so they sought a solution to this problem. It was provided by Martin Zuch, director of Give Hope Trust who simply said 'That's easy, bee keeping'.
And so after raising money to take to Malawi, to buy wood for hives, their first hive was hoisted into a mango tree on Christmas Day 2013 - Mike's gift to Rosemary, as shown left.
Martin suggested setting up a bee keeping project with a target of 1,000 hives, copying the modus operandi of a successful project he is involved in Zambia. Today we have 56 hives and are going slowly but steadily. The first harvest in Oct 2014 produce 52kgs of raw honey, followed by a second harvest in June 2015 which produced 240 kgs. Mike and Rosemary Hendry went on to become the Malawi branch of Give HopeTrust, registered charity 1122867; adding to the Zambian and Ethiopian branches. For more information go to www.givehopeinternational.org
Pictured left is Alex Miseki coating melted beeswax onto the top bars of the hive, to attract bees into it after it's hoisted in a mango tree.
Alex has been with Mike and Rosemary from the very start of the project and is now becoming an experienced bee keeper, always willing to learn and he faithfully carries out his duties.
Pictured left is Alex stapling a plastic covering onto the lids of the bee hives. You can see sponsors' names and the hive ID in the background, painted on by Mike.Church members, family and friends were generous and sponsored some of the families in Kunkhongo village through providing finance for the bee hive project. Since then we have been able to give them a sample taste of this delicious honey, known as Red Riley or Sky Blue, depending on the season of harvesting - winter or summer.
And the church is used as a centre of of bee keeping training, to empower hive owners in knowledge and confidence. In 2014, 14 women also attended, sitting out of sight in the photo, on the left side of the church.
There's so much still to be done yet, so your prayers are greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Mike and Rosemary on 0191 4136111 or click here to email them. Thank you.
Hope for South Africa’s Children is a small charity, based in Stocksfield, Northumberland. It was set up to partner with Rehoboth Children’s village in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal, for children orphaned and mostly abandoned as a result of the Aids pandemic in S.A, which has created more than 1 million orphans. www.hopesachildren.org.uk
David & Glen Smith, went to help set up the village in 2001 and continue to spend time in South Africa supporting the project. When not in South Africa they run the charity with the help of fellow Trustees. The charity raises money through child sponsorship and other fundraising initiatives reducing the gap between the government grant and the cost of keeping a child in this specialized environment.
Rehoboth Children’s Village is set in 22 acres of farmland, and cares for 58 children. It provides a comprehensive care & support facility for these special children in a unique family orientated setting, where the children receive excellent health care and education suited to their individual abilities.
There are 11 houses
in the village and more are ready for occupation. There is also a home for
older boys in the local town where they are learning to become self-sufficient. Further
homes will be purchased in the town for the children as they reach an
HFSAC also supports rural crèches/feeding schemes. Khula Crèche is an outreach of the Genesis Trust, situated in a deep rural area where there is no infrastructure. We have been able to support staff development and operational costs. The crèche now has 70 children and a feeding scheme together with life skills programmes. A clinic and dentist regularly visit.
Around £50,000 is raised annually for Rehoboth and these other child centred projects. Other projects have been identified for support in the future. Expenses are less than 1% of turnover.
hope that you might be able to support our work with these special children. A donation through the website would be
greatly appreciated. Perhaps you would like to consider sponsoring a child at
Rehoboth or a child at Khula with a monthly donation.
David & Glen with the Rehoboth Teen Girls
Joan Garrett and friend
For further information click here to contact David & Glen.
Trustees: David Smith, Glen Smith, Sally Leat Ann Worthy, Neville Fairbairn, Joan Garrett