Scottish Churches Housing Action

The speaker at next week’s café service, Alastair Cameron, is the recently retired Chief Executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action.

Scottish Churches Housing Action believes in  NO ROOM FOR HOMELESSNESS!

This means a Scotland in which all people can live in homes which:

  • they can afford
  • offer privacy, security, comfort and dignity
  • offer support appropriate to the needs of the different stages of their lives
  • are located in communities that meet their economic, social, spiritual and recreational needs

Humanitarian Aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Christian Aid is responding to urgent humanitarian need in the Kasai Districtof the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with funding from the Scottish Government’s new Humanitarian Emergency Fund.

Christian Aid has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1970s. But months of escalating violence in Kasai District is threatening families who had become healthier and more resilient.

Our partner, HelpAge, will be providing shelter kits and essential non-food items to reduce the risk of disease for internally displaced people and host families. Women and children are particularly vulnerable.

Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, Michael Mosselmans said, ‘Sadly, the enormous humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not received the media and political attention from the international community that they so clearly deserve. Christian Aid therefore commends the release of much-needed funding for the emergency in the DRC from the Scottish Government.’

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for International Development and Europe said, ‘For decades, the DRC has struggled with one of the world’s most relentless emergencies. Escalating conflict within the country has resulted in 4.3 million people displaced from their homes, 9.9 million considered food insecure and 2 million malnourished children.

‘We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need.’

Easter Greetings from the Philippines

A card and greetings have been sent to us by Christian Paul N Calero (aka ‘Toto’), whom we sponsor though Signpost International.  The message he has written reads

“May you find the renewal of hope, health and love and the spirit of God.  Happy Easter to you and lovly (sic) family.”

Through our sponsorship, Signpost Intentional is helped to support projects to benefit the whole community of West Habog Habog where Toto and his family live.

Easter Offering Appeal

Envelopes are available for support of the world-wide work of the Church.  This year’s focus, on the theme Seek Peace and Pursue It” (Psalm 34, v14) is on situations in Sri Lanka, Japan, and Israel-Palestine.

Envelopes may be returned via the offerings plate today or in coming weeks.

The Easter Offerings Appeal’s origins date back some 135 years to the tradition of particular support for Methodist Women Missionaries; money donated now goes to the World Mission Fund which in 2017 received £340,641 from the Easter Offering Appeal.  The Appeal and associated Service is offered as a gift from Methodist Women in Britain (MWIB) to the whole Church.

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Traidcraft Exchange supported by UK Government

Traidcraft Exchange is Traidcraft’s partner development charity. It works with partners in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, running programmes to support people working in different supply chains. When people in low-income countries receive training in proven business skills – to add to their natural will to succeed – they can turn a profit from the work they do, and use it to feed their families and educate their children.

They can build a better future for their families and their communities – for generations to come. That’s what Traidcraft Exchange is all about.

Until 11th April 2018, all donations made to Traidcraft Exchange will be matched by the UK government, so your donation is doubled.

All We Can in Emergencies

All We Can is a Methodist charity working for relief and development

In the short term

In times of crisis, All We Can works through local partner organisations, already rooted in communities, or through the Methodist Church. All We Can also works in partnership with other international humanitarian aid NGOs that have long term partnerships with local organisations capable of responding.

In the longer term

All We Can also supports the local organisations with which it works with to find sustainable long-term ways of preparing for and responding to disasters. It provides the training and capacity development needed to build communities that are more resilient to disasters and to help protect the hard fought development gains they have achieved.

Fairtrade Fortnight

The fortnight runs from 26th February to 11th March. Buy goods from the Traidcraft stall as well as fairly traded goods from charity shops and supermarkets.

ClothesBank outreach

The ClothesBank has been going for over a year and has helped around 150 people.

We continue to receive funds from the RagBag collections, and just before Christmas, a generous donation of over £180 from a Frocks and Fizz evening held by the Gate Fellowship, proceeds of which were for “our partner charity, Dundee Clothing Project”.

So we had enough funds to purchase toiletries, gloves, hats and warm leggings. These and about 20 new reversible fleece / waterproof coats that were donated by Allison Stiven, were taken to the Salvation Army premises on Christmas Day, where a splendid Christmas Lunch was being hosted for all those in need.

We still have funds available and plenty of clothing in stock and it has been suggested that we make up packs to be given out at Ninewells Hospital, for those who may arrive via emergency services, without any suitable clothing or toiletries, so we will be doing this in the next week or so.

All donations of clothing, shoes, boots and handbags still very welcome.