Sing for Seed was a great success raising funds and awareness towards our Seed for Life campaign. Our guest celebrity at the Sing for Seed event in Seil Island Hall at the weekend was Vera Kamtukule, CEO of the Malawi Scotland Partnership. Thanks to all who took part and contributed to a great night!
We are excited to introduce the new brand name for the food aid project suggested by Dikirani and the Bemvu Partnership.
The project which entails Netherlorn Churches raising and sending funding by mid September this year to Bemvu to enable 100 Farmers to be given seed and fertiliser which they will plant and grow on until harvest time next March/ April 2018.
Once the crop has been harvested the initial value of the seed/fertiliser given to the farmer will be repaid back to the Bemvu Partnership Committee who will distribute it again the following Autumn. A percentage of the balance of the harvest will be donated to the local Primary School ( the ambition is to eventually give every child in the school one meal per day during term time) initially only the infants (5-6 year olds) will benefit. What is left from the harvest will be for the farmers` own personal use to feed his/her own family.
This advantages of this project are:
The project has been devised and put forward by the community of Bemvu (it is their own initiative). It is a `self help` programme encouraging people to fend for themselves and has the advantage that people will want to remain in their own environment without thinking of economic migration to foreign countries. The whole project will be organised and operated by themselves (with professional input and auditing from an independent agricultural consultant if required). Except for some small upfront and running expenses all monies raised will go direct to the Bemvu Partnership Committee. There are no middle men.
School children will benefit by receiving one extra meal a day while at school during term time (currently it is common for these children to receive in total only one meal per day, two if it is a good day supplied by their own homes). Relieving some of the hunger should encourage better concentration and therefore improve the standard of learning.
This project is self financing as the money from the harvest once repaid will go back into the fund to finance the following years planting. To qualify this statement money would be required to be sent to Bemvu year on year until the ambition of feeding the 1200+ children in the school each receive one meal per day. Hopefully in subsequent years grant aid will be available but there is too little time to source that in time for this year’s planting. The project should ensure a better standard of living for the residents of Bemvu by ensuring better food security. Makes better use of the land available.
The whole project has been presented to the three Kirk Sessions ie: Kilbrandon & Kilchattan, Kilmelford & Kilninver, and Craignish and all three have committed to raising funds which is welcome news and will make life changing differences to our friends in Bemvu.
To enable planting to go ahead this year money is required to be available by mid September at the latest. Currently we are developing a separate web site for SEED FOR LIFE. FEED FOR LIFE. www.seedforlife.org.uk although the project will be updated on a regular basis on the Netherlorn web page.
We hope that you will all support this worthwhile project which will make such a difference to the lives of the community of Bemvu.
Centenary of Battle of Arras: Prayers at Craignish Parish Church, 9 April 2017
The congregation at Craignish Parish Church on 9 April 2017 remembered that 100 years ago on that day the Battle of Arras began. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War with some 159,000 allied troops losing their lives and a daily casualty rate of more than 4,000. Among those killed were two local men, Peter MacGilp from Craignish who died on 16th May 1917 aged 21. He has no grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial and on the family stone at Kilvaree. And Duncan Campbell from the Isle of Shuna, who died on 23rd April 1917 aged 20 and is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. Both Peter and Duncan were serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 44 of the 120 battalions on the British frontline were Scottish. Church of Scotland Moderator Russell Barr led the centenary commemoration service at the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras. The prayer he used on this occasion was included in the prayers at Craignish Parish Church.
Arras 100 Prayer
God of time and eternity
speak to us in the silence of our remembrance
of Your promise of a new heaven and a new earth.
Weaving together past sorrow and future hope
help us be mindful of the debt we owe others
and of the opportunities which lie ahead
As we recall the terrible cost of war
in particular the price paid at Arras
by those who served here
let us also recall Your command to love our enemy
and care for our neighbour.
Renew our faith in Your unchanging purpose of love
and embrace us and all for whom we pray
in that peace which passes all understanding
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen