Action Plan - UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)Projects
1. BAMBELELA – never give up. Christ is our Hope
This was the theme for the 12th World Assembly held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011. Seminars focused on the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and contributed to the formation of a detailed action plan. To develop this theme and reflect international concerns each geographical area commits to work towards their achievement. ( Download Action Plan)
Unit Ireland has selected two goals to focus on
- MDG 2 – Achieve Universal Primary Education - Hope for Children -Colossians 2:2-3
- MDG 3 –Promote Gender Equality and empower women –Hope for women and the oppressed- Galations 3:27-28
We give prayerful and practical support and encouragement to women where there are issues of concern by lobbying governments and though support of organizations who work for justice on their behalf.
2. Project 2013-14 - School in a Bag – Audibibles
The Audibible Project is a WFM&UCW Project. It was initiated by Alan McIlhenny who has worked with Open Schools in South Africa. He asked the WFM&UCW to help raise money for the Project. The Audibible™ is a solar-rechargeable audio player in a strong and sturdy package about the size of a cell-phone, capable of holding hundreds or thousands of hours of high quality audio content. Audibibles™ contain the whole Bible in appropriate languages for learners and also the stories and the phonic sounds used for literacy teaching. They are about the size of a mobile phone but loud enough for a group of children to hear the lessons and stories. One MP3 player is required for each class.
Because they are solar powered they don’t need batteries. The players, the recording costs, and the delivery and training of volunteers to use them, comes to £30 per player and 250 are needed. They are produced in South Africa so there is no cost in having them shipped to volunteer tutors.
We have sent £7500 to Open Schools Worldwide for the purchase of 250 MP3 Players (Audibibles). They are a valued teaching tool which enables us to share the love of Jesus with marginalized children and the volunteer tutors who work with them in South Africa.
Thank you to all Methodist Women (& others) who have helped us reach the target!!Download a leaflet
3. Project 2014 to 2016 - 'Wings of Hope', Kudoaya village, Columbo, Sri Lanka
This project started in September 2014 and will finish in July 2016. Its aim is:
To bring hope and help to women and children in the village of Kudaoya by creating and developing 3 separate, yet linked projects. These are:
i) Water Tank and Sanitation Project - to set up two water tanks with motor pumps and pipelines to supply tap water directly to the village, and to build basic toilets for ten familes. Estimated cost: £3200
ii) Education Programme for Single Mums and their Children - to teach basic health and hygiene, nutrition, disease prevention, first aid, child protection, and abuse awareness. To provide school uniforms, shoes and books for six of the the neediest single mothers and to provide health checks. Estimated cost: £3300
iii) Mother and Baby Programme - to supply nutritional supplements to ten of the neediest pregnant and nursing mothers and babies. To provide ante- and post-natal health care and baby care training programmes. Estimated cost for one year: £3300
Kudaoya is a tea plantation village, 130Km north of Columbo in Sri Lanka,
Our urgent appeal is for the Water Tank and Sanitation project first. We have raised over £1000 so far. Methodist Women could you help fundraise?
Please send donations, payable to WFM&UCW, c/o WF Unit Treasurer - Mrs. Phyllis Watters, 15 Grange Avenue, Bangor BT20 3QF