HELP US BRING LIFE CHANGING HOPE TO COMMUNITIES IN INDIA & KENYA
As a family of churches, Relational Mission have always believed that the church should be a source of hope to the broken world around us. One of the most obvious ways in which the world is broken is through poverty, which robs people of hope, power and dignity.
For many years we have made a special Christmas appeal. Rather than giving short term financial aid, we partner with friends in the UK and around the world through our Pathways form Poverty initiative, to work with the poor to empower them by providing long term sustainable routes out of poverty.
This Christmas we are looking to raise in excess of £50,000 to transform the lives of hundreds of families experiencing extreme hardship, helping them get onto pathways out of poverty.
We are looking to support two projects, in two nations, on two continents. We will be empowering people's lives as we work to protect vital water supplies in drought stricken Kenya and transform communities living in poverty in rural India.
Please watch the video below and see how your giving this Christmas can really make a difference and empower thousands of people who have been robbed of hope, power and dignity to find sustainable pathways out of poverty.
Building on our very strong relationship with Edward Buria and EDFRI International in Kenya we will be working to protect vital water supplies for hundreds of families affected by the recent droughts, with the renovation of two sand dams that will capture the rains when they do fall. Sand dams provide a clean, secure and local year-round water supply in water scarce environments. With the water being held under the sand, evaporation is minimal, meaning this precious resource is not lost. People are also protected from many water-borne diseases and mosquitoes can’t breed – reducing the threat of malaria. As the dams are close to villages, they stop the need for people walking for hours each day just to collect water that is often unsafe to drink, enabling children to attend school instead of looking after younger siblings and farmers to put their energies into food production rather than water collection.
Building on a new partnership with Vinu Paul and Commission in India, we will be setting in motion a long term community transformation project in Odisha in rural India, where the majority of people are living on less than $1 per day. This project will empower local people with the knowledge and skills they need to transform their own communities, utilising the creative and natural resources they have available to them, to help them to get onto sustainable pathways out of poverty.
This project is expected see the creation of initiatives similar to those we have successfully supported in previous appeals, such as: savings and credit association schemes to help start new small businesses, alongside developing conservation farming techniques to improve the yield and income from the land and improving local access to education and healthcare, so that the whole community can see transformational benefit.
Your giving this year can see life changing improvements in health and education to thousands of people living in extreme hardship and bring much needed hope of a more secure future for hundreds of families trapped in poverty.
We hope you can partner with us to see lives transformed as people are empowered to walk on pathways out of poverty.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
If you are a part of the leadership team of a church we would encourage you to partner with us and show the appeal video at the next appropriate church meeting, then to take up an offering in aid of the appeal. The appeal video can be downloaded or streamed from Vimeo (where it is hosted).
Please utilise your usual mechanisms for collecting appeal donations and claiming Gift Aid. Please then send a cheque or make an electronic payment reflecting the total money raised.
If you represent a business or charitable organisation but feel stirred to ask this organisation to contribute to the appeal then please send a cheque or electronic payment as outlined below.
If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please send a cheque or electronic payment, as outlined below.
We would also love as many as people as possible to get involved, so it would be great if you could help us publicise and share about the appeal with your networks & connections on social media.
HOW CAN you MAKE A DONATION TO OUR CURRENT APPEAL?
We've tried to make is a easy as possible for you to be join us in transforming lives this year. There are 4 different ways below that you can give:
1 - Online
Visit the Relational Mission Just Giving Christmas Appeal Page or click the donate button to give with JustGiving.
Please quote reference PFPA17.
2 - By text
Text PFPA17 and the amount of your gift to 70070.
e.g. to give £25, text PFPA17 25 (please leave a space before the amount of your donation)
3 - Bank transfer
You can make a payment via bank transfer to our CAF Bank:
Account Name: Relational Mission
Account number: 00022890
Sort Code: 40-52-40
If you wish to make a transfer from outside the UK please contact us for international bank numbers and codes.
Please include the reference PFPA17 with your payment so we can allocate you donation appropriately.
4 - Cheque
Cheques should be made payable to Relational Mission and sent to:
Relational Mission (PFPA 17)
Jubilee Family Centre
Norwich Road, AYLSHAM
Please write on the reverse of your cheque, or with an accompanying note, the reference - PFPA17
If you are a UK tax payer, we'd like to invite you to add Gift Aid to your giving. Please complete and send this form in with your cheque.
If you have any questions regarding the appeal or about making a donation please email us.
Legal and financial infoRMATION
Pathways from Poverty is an initiative of Relational Mission a registered charity in England No: 1150583.
All of the funds received from this appeal will be used to ensure the success of the projects being funded. A minimum of 90% of the donations received will go directly into the appeal projects. Accountability and transparency are amongst our key principles and we want to ensure that the money raised is used effectively to meet the needs outlined and in line with the UK Charity Commission's good practice guidance and regulations. As a result, a small proportion of the appeal funds raised (no more than 10%) is used to cover the necessary governance, monitoring and promotional costs incurred to enable these transformational projects to go ahead.
In the unlikely event that there is an unprecedented public response to this appeal and we raise more money than can reasonably and efficiently be spent in relation to the needs identified, we would use any surplus funds to support further sustainable water infrastructure projects in Kenya and long term Community Empowerment in rural India.
NEED SOME FURTHER INFORMATION?
For further information or resources relating to the appeal, alongside information on how your church or organisation can get involved go to the main appeal page. If you still have any questions or queries then please contact Julia Miller.