Light up a Child's Future
Stratford & Evesham Methodist Churches Circuit Project 2018/19
It is sobering to remind ourselves that almost 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity. 75% of Kenyan families depend on homemade kerosene lamps which produce little light, lots of toxic black smoke, and can easily cause house fires. So a project which enables them to use free energy, allows children to study in the evening, which saves the need to buy fuel and which also helps to combat climate change, is seriously worth our support.
100% of the funds raised will be used to buy more lamps
Our new circuit project will help the Elsa Conservation Trust’s Centre for Education in Sustainability in Central Kenya make solar lamps to needy families who still rely on kerosene lamps. Costing less than £10 they can really ‘Light up a Child’s Future’. One of our Kenya Directors recently wrote:
‘Nothing has made me happy than the fact that one of the needy children whom we donated a solar lamp to managed to score 375 marks out of 500. This is a great achievement for a child in a local school, who before getting the solar lamp could only use a smoky lantern lamp to study and couldn’t get such marks! With this kind of marks, I believe Ibrahim Kanyi will join one of the national schools! I believe his performance has been contributed by having a solar lamp through which he could study for more hours without having to worry about his lungs due to the toxic smoke from the lantern.’
Start by saving your printer cartridges and old mobile phones
Muck is brass runs the old saying so why not help us begin to begin raising funds and improving our environmental credentials by collecting used ink jet printer cartridges and old mobile phones. As part of its EcoChurch commitment Mickleton has been doing this for well over a year (and also saves used stamps, unwanted spectacles and use batteries). Please consider encouraging your church (and your friends) to start doing this and let Mark know when you have a cardboard box full. We already have a company willing to collect them and to pay us for doing so.
Please phone (01386 438572) or e-mail Mark if you need more information