Malawi

Fill a suitcase for Malawi – Update

160201_015 Fill a Suitcase for MalawiEilidh, Marie and mum Helen have been overwhelmed and thrilled by the wonderful donations of baby clothes knitted by members and friends of the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. They want to pass on their heartfelt thanks for all the time and effort that was put into knitting these beautiful clothes. The girls can’t wait to deliver the outfits and see babies wearing them when they go over in June.

The knitting from all the pupils going on the trip is being gathered together and divided among all the extra suitcases, so to allow time for that, could we ask that anyone still with knitting, to hand it in by 15th May.

We plan to hold an evening later in the year when the girls – and hopefully a member of the medical team – will come along and tell us about their experiences. Everyone will be most welcome. Thank you all so much once again.

Please note that if you cannot complete your knitting by 15th May, don’t worry. We are still in contact with the Life for African Mothers project and we will pass any extra clothing on to them.

Fill a suitcase for Malawi

Calling all knitters again! You all did such a great job in producing beautiful garments for our “Life for African Mothers Project” that we want you to get those needles busy again.

150719_010 Malawi photo

The daughters of one of our members are going to Malawi next year as part of their school programme. They have been allocated an extra suitcase allowance and tasked with filling it with baby clothes to take out with them.

150719_020 Malawi flag photoWhen Helen Urquhart heard about the tremendous success of our previous project, she asked if we would be willing to help the girls fill that suitcase. Baby jackets, cardigans, hats and bootees of any pattern or colour would be much appreciated.

Wool will be available shortly – keep an eye on the vestibule (or at the back of the Hall at Balloch). In the meantime, if you have any questions, just speak to Elizabeth (726451) or Ivy (728063).

Christian Aid News – Winter 2011/12

The latest edition of Christian Aid News looks forward to Christian Aid Week 2012 (13-19 May) and encourages everyone to get involved in some way. There is a story of how one Kenyan church minister is fighting the stigma that is attached to people with HIV, news of the singer Beverley Knight’s visit to Malawi as a Christian Aid ambassador and an appeal for the UK Government to do more to “tackle the role that British banks and companies play in fuelling and facilitating corruption overseas”.

The newsletter also reports on some of the ways Christian Aid and its partner agencies are dealing with devastating flooding in Central America and East Africa and launches an appeal to churches to raise £500 each to fight malaria in Sierra Leone this year. There is a report from the UN Climate Change Summit held in Durban, South Africa in December, and how Christian Aid is joining the fight for land rights in India. And these are only some of the articles, so please click on the link above to read the complete thing!