Please join us at Craignish Parish Church for a Netherlorn Churches united service to celebrate Pentecost followed by a BBQ.
Andrew Namakhoma an Independent Agricultural Consultant based in Malawi completed a site visit this week to Bemvu where he met with Iain Gatward who is part of our sub Committee and at this moment in time we are eagerly awaiting full reports from both parties which we hope to have this coming week, however initial reports are sounding very positive.
A bank account has now been opened specifically for SEED FOR LIFE. FEED FOR LIFE. details are :
Account name:- KKPC-Seed for Life. Feed for Life.
Sort Code:- 80:17:99
Account no: 10106164
Monies can be paid direct into this account through Bank Transfer or BACS or direct to Denise MacLean our treasurer who lives at Arran Cottage, Ardmaddy. Oban. PA34 4QY It would be helpful when paying electronically if in the reference section that a name can be attached to enable us to see where the money has come from and if you are eligible to gift aid the donation please request the appropriate form at the same time as we can claim another 20% for the fund at no extra expense to the donor.
As you can see from the enclosed chart we have had an excellent start to the fund which is currently standing at £2271.45 in particular from one extremely generous anonymous donor to whom we can only say a huge THANK YOU.
We have the potential of reaching our goal IT IS ACHEIVABLE – let`s go out there and with a bit of effort we will be able to change many of our friends lives over in Bemvu
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.
Mission Partner Ruth Shakespeare – Visit to Netherlorn
Argyll Presbytery mission partner Dr Ruth Shakespeare, medical director at Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi, will be visiting Netherlorn on Saturday 6 May 2017. Ruth will speak about her work at a meeting to be held at Kilbrandon Church, on the Isle of Seil, at 3.30pm on Saturday 6 May 2017. All welcome.
All donations gratefully received to help pay for secondary education in Bemvu, Malawi.
The Global Involvement Group of the Netherlorn Churches has established a Scholarship Fund to pay for the secondary education of a number of students in Bemvu parish. Secondary education is not provided free of charge by the government in Malawi, meaning that many families cannot afford to pay for their children to go to secondary school. For those who can afford some payment, there may be difficult decisions as to which child to send to school, and often the eldest son is chosen. To date, thanks to the generosity of many donors, 20 funds to pay for the education of 20 students have been sent to Bemvu. Although only one donor asked that a girl be sponsored, the Bemvu session has chosen 13 girls among the group of 20 that we have been able to sponsor in 2017. These are across the different prayer houses in the parish of Bemvu, and attend different secondary schools.
When discussing the fund, it was decided that there would not be a one-to-one relationship between any sponsor and any child, but that we would sponsor a group of children. Therefore there will be no personal letters from any child to any individual sponsor. However, we hope we will be able to keep you informed of the progress of the children as we receive reports from Bemvu.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, please send a cheque made out to Kilbrandon and Kilchattan Parish Church, to the assistant treasurer, J.P. Moss, An Isean Eala, Clachan Seil, Oban PA34 4TL. £45 will cover the cost of one child for one year. Please gift aid your donation if you can.