Thanks to the faithful prayer and giving from our supporters, Anglican Aid has seen the establishment and fulfilment of projects in some of the neediest regions of our world. By the grace of God, projects across humanitarian aid, education, health, WASH have blessed many, and continue to bear fruit as local partner organisations and community leaders remain active in serving them.
We are excited to be able to share some of these encouraging stories with you!
Thank you again for your partnership in this gospel work; showing Christ’s love through practical aid so that many may live, and live to the full (John 10:10).
MADAGASCAR: Famine Relief
In 2020, the drought and famine in Madasgascar was the worst in living memory of this country with many dying in the Southern Androy and Anosy regions of the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, where Anglican Aid has close connections. A report from the Diocese said, “acute malnutrition has struck 120,000 children, youth and elderly people, [with people] so desperate for food they have started eating ash combined with tamarin fruit or cactus leaves.”
Thanks to the generous supporters of Anglican Aid, we were able to send $20,000 in emergency funds for rice, beans, and water for families in the Toliara region. Students supported through Anglican Aid’s Bible College Student Sponsorship program helped to distribute the food and water.
As well as coordinating relief distribution and preparing meals for the hungry, local churches are accompanying this practical love with the good news of eternal life through Christ.
Reverend Berthier Lainirina, the Provincial Secretary for the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean, told us that the number of people registered to be baptised was 1000, and the number of new parishes had grown from 9 to 13 in the Diocese of Toliara.
Reverend Gaston (who was a part of the PTC Pilot Program supported by Anglican Aid) from Amboasary Parish in southern Madagascar, where the famine was most severe, participated in distributing the relief. He said, ‘a lot of people are being baptised because they were being touched by the love, and asking ‘what religion is this that cares? ’”
Watch the video above to see how God’s grace has spread in Madagascar through the gospel and emergency aid.
This aid coupled with the Word of God saved many lives during this tragedy in Madagascar. Anglican Aid are continuing to partner with the Diocese of Toliaria to deliver sustainable water solutions for the region. Find out about our continued partnership with the Diocese of Toliara here: Madagascar: Water and Resilience Project.
(2017 – 2020)
AmFuture was established in 2014 by Christians wanting to reach out to youth struggling in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. It’s aim was to bring hope and inspiration to the 130 young people it worked with during a time of high unemployment. Projects such as the Youth Gathering, the Creative Arts Program, the Outreach Program, a Piggery Project and the Banana Fibre Project helped to create jobs and build hope amongst participants.
Emma* shared in 2019 about her being part of a group of young people who developed and ran their ‘Easter Street Jam.’ This
involved setting up a stage which looks out onto a busy street in Kampala, and showcasing local community talents in music, dancing, drama and poetry to name a few. Over 2000 people came and attended the event with many hearing more about AmFuture and the Easter message.
Emma’s role was to mingle with the crowd and talk to people who were new to AmFuture or from the local community. Many expressed an interest in wanting to know more about Jesus and wanted to join AmFuture. Emma said, ‘I am so thankful for where God has placed me and for how far he has brought me.’
*Name changed for privacy
INDIA: St Andrew’s High School, Hyderabad COVID support
Anglican Aid partnered with the Ebenezer Progressive Education Society to provide COVID-19 relief for St. Andrew’s High School, Hyderabad in 2020. This project contributed to staff salaries, bills, medical assistance, food distribution, and general maintenance fees.
The financial support of staff helped to pay for rent, put food on the table, and save the lives of many during the severe second wave of COVID-19 in India. With many shops and large organisations closing down, the school was able to weather the storm through the giving of Anglican Aid’s supporters.
Mrs. Maria was one of the teachers at St Andrew’s High School and her family relies on her salary alone. Thanks to salary being sustained she was able to continue to provide food for her family and take care of her sick mother who later passed away during the pandemic.
She said; ‘St. Andrew’s always stood by me and was a blessing in all my troubles. Today my family is together because of St. Andrew’s. Had it [not] been for the help I received from St. Andrew’s when my mother passed away, I do not know what would have happened to me or my family.’
SOUTH AFRICA: Reach Restoration
Anglican Aid worked in partnership with REACH-SA (Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa) to support people who were struggling to overcome addiction. The program also helped their families who have often suffered with them throughout their addiction.
Located in Port Elizabeth, the Restoration Centre allows men the time and space they need to break the cycle of addiction by changing lifestyle, ways of thinking and reactions.
Reach Restoration helped people to learn about God and see how the Cross fits into their lives.
Marius came to REACH because he’d developed problems with gambling and drinking alcohol after becoming very anxious. During this time he lost his reason for living and turned away from God. At REACH he was taught how to cope with daily challenges by using God’s Word and he began to find himself again and to rebuild his relationship with God.
FIJI: Taveuni Water Provision
In partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia, Vanua Levu and Taveuni, Anglican Aid responded to the lack of clean water supplies in Fiji – which have been exacerbated by Cyclone Yasa and Ana, climate change and limited facilities.
Cyclone Yasa (December 2020) and Cyclone Ana (February 2021) destroyed and contaminated water supplies across Fiji’s islands. Drinking contaminated water can increase the spread of waterborne diseases such as dysentery and diarrhoea.
Thanks to Anglican Aid’s supporters, pipes were repaired and 10 water tanks were installed on the island of Vanua Levu to serve the surrounding communities.
The fixed pipes have already started to make a difference, one beneficiary told us:
“Now these people have clean water from the local water source. Before the people were needing to walk to the top of the hill. During this wet season vulnerable and older people find it very hard to climb to the water source, it is better that the people can stay indoors and drink the water these pipe will bring.”
Another beneficiary expressed that previously water had to be obtained from drains, but now water tank has helped peoples to drink and cook with clean water.
Thanks to those who supported this project and helped local churches supply water to those in need and showing Christ’s love in action.
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