Our partners in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso received funds to buy food for the displaced people that had fled from the countryside to the capital. In Burkina Faso extremists have killed teachers and pastors and so churches and schools have closed and the security situation has significantly deteriorated. More than 1,000 schools in the north and east of the country have been forced to close. The violence has caused 120,000 people to leave their villages and many are now living in refugee camps or staying with family or friends. Money sent by the charity has bought 320 sacks of Maize and 198 sacs of rice. They are so grateful for the food that your donations have helped to provide
We have just sent another container to Ghana, this time to the Shekhinah clinic in its Northern Region.
This clinic helps destitute people, particularly the mentally ill, and runs a feeding program in the centre of Tamale. It offers basic medical and surgical help for no charge. We sent them colostomy items medical equipment, clothes and a washing machine.
We had 3 hours to load a 40 Foot Truck for the charity ORA International in Moldova.
It contained medical aid including walking frames and gloves, creams and dressings and colostomy aid, worth nearly £500,000
Jacob’s Well is launching an appeal to help the people of Mozambique who have recently been affected by Cyclone Idai, which hit southern Africa 12 days ago. The Cyclone, one of the biggest natural disasters to hit the continent in recent years, destroyed tens of thousands of homes in Mozambique. In the Port city of Beira alone, normally home to half a million people, over 90% of the properties have been destroyed. Over 1.8 million have been rendered homeless. The cyclone also wiped out a whole year’s worth of crops across swathes of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Jacob’s Well is partnering with Iris Ministries, A large Christian organization that has a network of schools and orphanages that care for for tens of thousands of Children and their families across Mozambique. They are sending out teams across the affected area with food and clothing, and will help in the massive task of rebuilding once the waters have receded. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, and before the cyclone people were barely able to survive. Now they have lost the few possessions they have. Businesses have been destroyed, the infrastructure is gone. Families have no-where to live and nothing to eat.
Money is what is needed most. Funds given to Jacob’s Well will be quickly transferred and used to buy food which is available to purchase from surrounding countries. Money is also needed to fund the rescue effort, to treat those who are sick and injured and to help them rebuild their lives. Our partner, Iris ministries, is right now sending out teams to the affected areas of Mozambique. They will personally hand out the aid to those affected, make sure that the help that is given reaches those who need it the most.
We just sent a 40ft shipping container of medical and colostomy aid to a medical facility in the Eastern parts of Kampala which concentrates on child and maternal health.
We just sent a container filled with medical aid including many walking frames and wheelchairs, hospital beds, hospital mattresses, disability equipment and medical items including medicine, creams and lotions. Alongside school stationary we sent two pallets of refurbished computers setup to run r.a.c.h.e.l educational software.
The container also had 3,000kg of clothing and over 1100kg of shoe gift boxes following another successful Christmas appeal.
We have just sent a lorry worth of aid to the charity ORA international in Moldova. Moldova is a poor country in Eastern Europe between Ukraine and Romania.
It contained medical aid including many walking frames and wheelchairs, hospital beds, hospital mattresses, disability equipment and medical items including creams and lotions.
Also sent a large amount of colostomy aid that the people of the country cannot afford to buy. It will be carrying chairs and desks for the schools and day centres that our partners have set up in Moldova.
It also had warm winter clothes onboard.
Those of you who saw our newsletter may remember we had an appeal for money last year, to complete the hospital in Burkina Faso. They have no health system whatsoever, so if you have no money you get no medical care. Our partners in Ouagadougou run a clinic which has a few medical beds, where they offer reduced price / free care for those in need. They began building a hospital next to the clinic but ran out of money several years ago. We are unable to fund the completion of the entire building, but for £30,000 – which we have raised, we can complete a wing of this new building. This will be a mother and baby unit. Currently any women in labour deliver their babies in a small room in the clinic, there can be up to 4 women at a time delivering in a space that would be too small to fit double bed into!
We are sending the money over in four stages and hope to have regular pictures on the website as the work is completed. If you had intended to give money for this project, you can still donate – we need finances to send further medical containers to equip this unit and hopefully this is just the 1st phase of work on the hospital.
Phase 2: Complete!
The tiling has now been completed.
Jacob’s Well is launching a new project which aims to feed poor families in 30 villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Following a recent visit to the region, Rev. John Beynon, the CEO of Jacob’s Well was so touched by the poverty of the people living the villages that he felt compelled to do something about it. “We have already planted 1000’s of fruit trees in West Africa, and have the goal of planting 1 million fruit trees in poor communities in the region”, said Rev. Beynon. “However, during my last trip, as I was visiting one of our fruit tree plantations, one of the villagers asked me if we could help to give him seed so that he could grow more food for his family next year. The life style of these people in the countryside has hardly changed for 1000 years. People still live in mud huts, without electricity or running water. They only eat what they are able to grow. If the rain does not come, or if the harvest is poor, there is will not be enough grain to last until the following year. That means when it comes to the next rainy season, they sometimes have nothing to plant. People are so poor that they usually don’t have enough seed to plant in all the fields that are available to them.
Jacob’s Well’s “Seed Bank” programme is designed to help address this problem. At the start of the planting season, Jacob’s well “lends” to the villagers a large 100kg sack of Maize. The villagers clear the land, plant the seed and look after the crop until harvest time. At harvest, they can expect to reap around 8000Kg of maize. When they have gathered in the harvest, they then return a 100Kg sack of maize that they have “borrowed” from Jacob’s well. The beauty of the project is that it is self-sustaining, and it empowers the local people to hel p themselves”.
On his last trip, Rev. Beynon met leaders from over 200 poor villages in Burkina Faso. From these
communities, 30 will be chosen to run trials of the seed bank programme in 2018. If the trials work well, Jacob’s Well hopes to expand the programme to hundreds of other villages, so empowering many more communities across West Africa to be able to help themselves in the future.
To contribute towards this project, or for more details, ring our offices on 01482 881162 or visit our web site www.jacobswellappeal.org. To give by sms, text 70070 with the message JWAS16, then specify the amount (£5, £10, £15 etc). Donations can be made on our web-site, at our shops in Beverley, Bridlington or Withernsea or at our offices on Swinemoor Lane, Beverley.