Caring & Sharing
This scheme started by Bishop Peter Ball continues to support dispossessed and marginalized people. Those struggling in developing countries who through our Caring & Sharing with ongoing prayer and committed giving have a chance for hope and a way out of grinding poverty.
Holy Cross Church numbers 30 Carers & Sharers which is just a small proportion of the congregations within our benefice. Through regular giving and sustained caring £2834.90p was given by Holy Cross Carers & Sharers to the 4 projects we support.
Kwasiza Bantu Mission - South Africa
This mission seeks to promote sexual abstinence before marriage to young people to try to prevent them from becoming infected with the HIV virus. HIV prevalence among antenatal women attendees is estimated to be 39%. The head of the Medical Research Council of South Africa has stated that AIDs killed around 336,000 South Africans between mid 2005 to mid 2006.
This mission goes out to schools, universities and Church groups. Nearly 430,000 youngsters have now signed the pledge to remain sexually pure until marriage.
Ebenezer Home and Day Care Centre - East India
300 children live in the Ebenezer home in the east of India. Work is now underway for the day care centre to have its own building to care and teach 30 toddlers.
There are also plans to build an elderly day care centre so that young and old can join together in activities.
‘Let the Children Live’ – Colombia
Father Peter Walters founded this charity in 1982 to safeguard the lives of children in Medellin Colombia from the violence and poverty of the streets. To make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.
These street children need our help. They are called ‘the Gamines’ the ‘disposable ones’, the children who live and sometimes die in the streets and rubbish dumps. Their ages range from 6 years old to teenagers, and they are often unloved, unwanted, beaten, robbed, abused, raped and murdered. Crime related to the cocaine traffic has made cities like Medellin amongst the most violent in the world.
This year the Let the children live funded centre Casa Walsingham closed for 3 weeks due to lack of funds. This was due to the collapse of the Colombian peso against the dollar. Children who were fed at Casa Walsingham were without food and for many hunger would have driven them to the streets to beg, steal or prostitute themselves. Caring & Sharing sent an emergency grant of £1,000 to help fund the re-opening of Casa Walsingham.
CNI-SSI - Nagpur India
The monies sent by Caring & Sharing to this project are used chiefly for work with women to help them gain skills i.e. tailoring – to help them have an income.
The overwhelming majority of women in India live in conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation. CNI-SSI seeks to help these women many of whom work as maid servants earning between £130 to £200 per annum. Meetings are held to teach women of their rights with regard to working conditions and to teach them about health issues. Over 80 self help groups have been set up in urban slums and villages to make women more self reliant. They are given training in leadership skills, book keeping and managerial skills.
Link with Burundi
Holy Cross church established a link with the country of Burundi in 2007. A member of our congregation visited Burundi as part of a Church Mission Society (CMS) short term mission trip. This was to the Anglican Diocese of Gitega in the centre of Burundi. Greetings and gifts were exchanged with the parish Church of Mushasha near to the town of Gitega.
Facts about Burundi
It is a beautiful landlocked mountainous country about the size of Wales set in mid-Africa. Rwanda to the north, Tanzania east and south and Congo to the west. The land looks green and lush but the earth is starved and there is a widespread problem of obtaining fertilizer and manure.
The weather can create devastation during the wet season there are heavy torrential rains and hailstorms with flooding. In the dry season there is drought. Outside of the capital it is a totally an agricultural subsistence lifestyle. If there is no money for seeds and beans etc. to plant then there is no food and hunger is the result.
More than 57% of the population live on less than 1US dollar per day (50p) and more than 83% live on less than 2US dollars per day. There is high unemployment particularly amongst the young educated.
A further visit was made to Burundi in 2008. This time it was a 2 month visit and from that visit the links established in 2007 were deepened. The visit encompassed visiting the diocese of Buye in the north of the country and witnessing
The impact of the forcible repatriation of refugees from Tanzania.
The scale of the poverty and subsistence living.
The impact of the work of the Christian Churches and in particular the work of the Mothers’ Union in the parishes.
Time was also spent in the south of the country in Matana and again appreciating that for many of the people there is no income, no running water and little food.
More information about Burundi and ways to support the work of the Church in Burundi can be found at:
Friends of Burundi 36 Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5TN.
Friends of Burundi
The Friends of Burundi is a group of mainly British Christians who in 2005 set up Friends of Burundi to pray for, support and publicise the situation of the people in Burundi and particularly the Christians and the work of the Christian Churches in Burundi.