Community Projects we’re involved in
Here are a few examples of community projects that we have been involved in over the years.
Foodbank is an amazing charity with over 420 local outlets that work in partnerships with churches and communities across the UK. We are proud to say that we support the local Foodbank in each of our congregations.
The UK may be one of the richest countries in the world, but according to various studies, over 13 million of it’s people live below the poverty line. Foodbank states on its website:
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
The bible calls us to support those in need. Isaiah 58 says: ““Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
Twice a year we have a week of fasting and prayer in which we encourage everyone in our congregations to seek Jesus in prayer. During that time we often collect the food we don’t eat (because we’re fasting!) and donate it to the foodbank.
Village of Hope
The Village of Hope is a care facility for children affected by HIV/Aids set up in the farmland of Grabouw (45 min outside Cape Town, South Africa). Grabouw is a town of 50,000 people with no overnight hospital and over 34% of the population living with Aids.
South African news site News24 has said that around 50,000 of the 100,000 children born in South Africa in 2008 will die before the age of two, not directly due to the HIV/Aids but because there is no-one to look after them!
The Village of Hope is a response to this need. It will not only provide a stable home environment for the children who have nowhere else to go, but will also provide an opportunity to work with the local community, employing local mums and dads to come and care for the children with the vital knowledge of their customs and culture.
One out of every 12 children born in South Africa today is HIV positive.
274 of these children die of HIV/Aids every day.
The number of these children under 15 years, living with HIV is between 230,000 and 300,000.
The need is great, but together, we can make a difference.
the village of hope seeks to help children infected or affected by hiv, aids and tb in two different ways: we have a 9 bed children’s unit to support those infected by hiv and aids and we also run a community-based sports and lifeskills outreach in the informal settlements and squatter camps each afternoon.
Besides partnering financially, Every Nation London has also sent people over to the village of hope to help with the tremendous workload Tim and his team are shouldering. If you want to support them you can do so via our giving page.