Money for Madagascar (MfM)’s approach is to support Malagasy people in finding their own solutions and changing their own communities. We make grants to a network of partners who contribute the ideas and the manpower. MfM provides the funds and the oversight. Over nearly 30 years we have been responsible for planting thousands of trees, building over 100 school classrooms, setting up school vegetable gardens and environmental education schemes, supporting prisoners, helping vulnerable women and girls with vocational training, feeding and educating destitute children, constructing wells and latrines and supporting numerous small income-generating schemes. We started with the help of Swansea Quakers and four members of our present management committee are Friends.
E-mail: Money for Madagascar
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Cape Town Peace Centre Committee. The Peace Centre in Cape Town works to reduce violence in South Africa. In the last couple of years, it has changed direction, to focus on work to support local communities in Cape Town and advocacy at the national level. It has started a community support hub in Khayelitsha, a large low-income township near the city with very high levels of poverty, unemployment, crime and violence. This seeks to link individuals and community groups with sources of information and support, including internet access and computer skills, alternative approaches to tackling conflict and Alternatives to Violence Project training. At the national level, the Centre is engaged in advocacy for stronger child protection and for holding the government to account for wasteful and corrupt expenditure. Supported by fundraising amongst individual Friends, meetings and trusts in Britain and Ireland since the 1980s, the Centre is now a fully independent, self-governed organisation, with an office near a Quaker meeting in the city and Quakers on its board. It continues to seek funds for its work among Quakers and others.
Masambe (“let’s get going”) is a micro-credit programme in Eastern Cape, South Africa, started in 2005 under the auspices of Oxford County Council, and now run by BEFSA, a small charity based in South Africa and Oxford. Until political interference brought it to a halt in 2010, Masambe was extremely successful, with at one time over 400 women on its programme. A generous donation by a British Quaker has enabled it to re-start in 2014 in the town of Alice, with the first two loans being given out in April.
E-mail: Jennifer Kavanagh
Friends of Monze is supported by Bridgend Quaker Meeting. We work with Zambian partners to help poor, vulnerable and orphaned children who suffer from low educational attainment and poor nutrition causing stunted growth.
Our aims are:
- To improve educational standards we built 10 schools and equipping them with reading books, desks, laptops, sports equipment. We built 9 houses for qualified teachers.
- To improve health we drilled 10 bore holes providing clean drinking water. We teach hand washing and soap making to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- To keep girls in school we provide menstrual hygiene and human rights training.
- To improve nutrition we established 10 school gardens growing food for the children. We provide training enabling the communities to grow drought resistant food crops in a sustainable manner using natural fertiliser and water harvesting; essential at a time of climate change.
Dabane Water Workshops of Zimbabwe were founded in 1991 to provide clean water supplies and food security to the dry rural areas of South Western Zimbabwe. Dabane has focussed on finding local solutions, such as the development of simple hand pumps to draw water from beneath dry river beds. One of their most important principles is working with communities to manage their own solutions, with appropriate back-up. More recently Dabane has grown to encompass other desperate areas of need, and their expertise is well respected not only in Zimbabwe but throughout many African countries. Mid-Somerset Area Meeting assists through the Dabane Support Fund.
Email: Veronica Watts
The Friends of Hlekweni (FoH) (UK charity no. 1126598) supports schools, training in sustainable skills, and peace-building particularly in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Following the closure of Hlekweni Friends Rural Service Centre in June 2014, Trustees are committed to significant ongoing support for Samathonga School (particularly the feeding scheme and play scheme) and to three other primary schools in and around Bulawayo, to the UK fundraising and communication side of the Zimbabwe Secondary Bursary Fund, and to developing peace work, particularly Peace Club. FoH has close links with Bulawayo and Harare MMs and Central and Southern Africa YM and other Quaker-led projects in Zimbabwe.
Friends of Hlekweni Covid 19 appeal.
Schools are closed, food is hard to get and inflation is rampant. Water supplies in Bulawayo are very limited – 2 days out of 5. Physical distancing is difficult in townships, and on affordable transport.
In collaboration with Southern Africa Yearly Meeting, and Friends in Bulawayo, FoH is providing emergency funding for about 20 Quaker families and to the families of the secondary bursary students we support plus some other projects.
- £10 will buy 10 kg of maize meal, a packet of sugar beans, cooking oil, sugar and bars of laundry and soap.
- £10 will enable skilled local seamstresses to make sets of face masks – the Teachers’ Association is saying all children will need masks when returning to schools.
- £4 funds a month’s vital data to keep in touch during lockdown.
The World Health Organisation indicates that over 50% of the Zimbabwean population would need food aid to get through winter (May – Nov) even before Covid-19.
Please donate through the Friends of Hlekweni website – www.friendsofhlekweni.org.uk
E-mail: Friends of Hlekweni
Lozikeyi Dlodlo: Queen of the Ndebele, written by Marieke Clarke with Pathisa Nyathi, is a study of Queen Lozikeyi, senior queen to King Lobhengula, the last king of the Ndebele, who ruled from 1870–1894. When Lobhengula was driven out by Cecil Rhodes in 1893, she led opposition to the British colonial regime in Bulawayo from a distance, and was the intellect behind one of the most effective anti-colonial revolts – continuing to be an inspiration to Zimbabweans today. Marieke herself was deported by the white-minority Smith regime for reasons which were never stated.
Email: Marieke Clarke