Even during these strange times, there’s still a lot of good work going on in our Church!
Update April 2021
Despite the fact that, due to covid, no volunteer trips took place to Kazunzu last year, work has continued on the site. The local labourers have been building the community centre and are in the process of putting the roof on to the building. The plan is then to start work on the school on the site. This will enable the children who are living at Kazunzu to attend a local school rather than having to walk a great distance to the nearest one.
Eight houses have been built and furnished and a total of 58 people, 37 of whom are children,are living in these eight houses. Rather than just a “Mama” as originally planned, each house has a Mother and Father figure – some of the couples have children of their own who are living with them.
The two fish cages are in place and the tilapia (the local fish) are growing steadily. It is hoped they will be ready to be harvested in June or July. This will provide employment for the men living on site and help to make the project sustainable.
So although work hasn’t progressed as fast as originally envisaged, the work has continued and the site is developing, albeit a little slower than expected.
Having raised funds to send a team of volunteers from the church and also raised over £7000 to furnish and equip the two houses we built, as well as raising £1270 for the project from the sale of calendars, we are keen to maintain our links with Kazunzu.
We hope to send another team of volunteers from Trinity out to Kazunzu in 2023? If you are interested or would like more information, please speak to Marianne Pattison. You can contact her via the Office.
Labelled with Love
We were very grateful to have received a donation of 18 full bin bags of brand new sportswear from RJM Sports, based in Falkirk. The bags contained t-shirts, joggers, shorts, sweatshirts and lightweight jackets in a wide range of sizes. We were able to distribute complete outfits as well as individual items and our Labelled with Love bags have gone to many different places: schools, pantries, Camelon Social Work department and the homeless. A big ‘Thank You’ to RJM Sports!
Our Labelled with Love project began in 2020 and continues to help families who need a helping hand at this time. The project has been able to meet needs for school uniform, socks and shoes, winter jackets, underwear, as well as some casual clothing. In December, we were able to donate 20 bags of food to Hallglen Community Pantry feeding 91 people on Christmas day.
Requests are now being received for general clothing for specific children. In order to meet these needs, we aim to provide good quality second hand clothing and new socks and pants, if available. If you have access to children’s clothes – from your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews – would you be willing for someone to get in touch when requests come in? You would be contacted when a need arises to ask if you can help. This would hopefully reduce the need to store mountains of surplus clothing that may not be needed. Phone one of the team on 07942318993 if you can help.
If you would like to make a financial donation, then please use this safe link to do so.