St. Andrew's Girton currently supports two overseas projects, in Honduras and Zanzibar. We help these projects in several ways: by raising money; praying; keeping in touch with the work; teaching about them in Sunday Club; and raising their profile by arranging a number of socials each year.
Child Sponsorship in HondurasWe had considerable success in sponsoring a child, and her community in Bangladesh, in recent years working in partnership with the charity World Vision. Following our five year review we decided to continue with child sponsorship but this time in Honduras in Central America. World Vision has found us another little girl. She is called Keren Yolany and was twelve in November 2008. We know little about her yet except that she likes ball games.
Honduras is a very poor mountainous country of 7.2m people and is prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch killed 5,600 people, and caused extensive destruction. The standard of living is very low with 36% of the population living on less than £1 a day. Some 17% of the under fives are underweight, and 10% of mothers die in childbirth. Most people live in mountain valleys and fear flooding yet struggle to maintain supplies of drinking water. Rural areas lack good housing, medical care, and power. Our contributions will not only help Keren but her whole community by contributing to health care, access to clean water, and education.
Education in Zanzibar (in partnership with the USPG)Our project to help nursery schools run by the Diocese of Zanzibar came about as a direct result of Ely Cathedral's link with Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar. In this country the parishes help support the work of the diocesan officers. However, in Zanzibar the parishes have very little money, and the Diocese struggles to fund its parish projects. Our help to date has been to make a contribution to pay for a minibus to bus in small children to St Monica's Nursery School which is situated within the Cathedral compound in Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital. If all goes well we shall be helping to fund expansion of the school to provide primary school classrooms for the children over the next few years. This is important as there are few Christian schools on the island.
We have also sent funds via the USPG to help with other diocesan child projects on the island, including St Barnabas' Nursery School which badly needed tables and chairs, writing materials and books.
Support St. Andrew's Action AbroadAnnual fund-raising events include a Lent Appeal, coffee mornings after the Sunday morning service, a cream tea, and a fish and chip supper at Harvest Festival. Special events such as our annual Art Exhibition are advertised in the Girton Parish News. Another way to collect money is in an Action Abroad pot. Each pot, a camera film canister, can hold a column of coins-- 2p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and even £2 coins all fit! You can pick up a pot from inside the church.