Poverty & Hope

The Diocese Poverty and Hope Appeal channels Christian concern in our Diocese about justice for the poor and food for the hungry towards our commitment to tackle the causes and effects of poverty in different parts of the world.

The Appeal has been raising money since 1977 to help eradicate poverty in the UK and abroad. It aims to do this by supporting national and international projects that focus on core issues that lie at the heart of poverty – agriculture, education, empowerment of disadvantaged people and communities, and healthcare. It also seeks to foster education in the Diocese, working with schools on issues of global citizenship and encouraging churches, schools and communities to learn more about the causes of poverty and how it can be tackled around the world.

Projects are usually supported for three years, for stability and to help them grow and become self-sustaining. They are funded through partner charities with which we work to identify suitable opportunities, and which provide assurance that the funds are properly applied. We are currently working with Christian Aid, CMS, USPG and Commonwork. An Appeal starts in the May of a year and we make a distribution to the projects supported in the July or August of the following year. In 2016, we gave £31,134 from our 2015 Appeal, and hope to distribute a similar amount from the 2016 Appeal. Our expenses are limited to the production and posting of Appeal resources, which means we are able to distribute over 97.5% of the moneys we receive.

The Appeal committee is looking for new members to help coordinate the Appeal and reach out to churches and other groups in the Diocese. Please contact Debbie Cooper (details below) for more information.

Poverty & Hope Appeal – 2017

The 2017 Poverty and Hope Appeal was launched by James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester in May 2017.

This year we are supporting five projects. They are summarised in our 2017 brochure, and explained in more depth in the detailed projects information note  – follow the links. You can also download this display poster. The projects are

  • KENT:   exploring with young people global crisis issues linked with poverty, injustice and climate change, working through Commonwork, an educational charity. Receives long-term support.
  • ARGENTINA:   supporting marginalised people and protecting the land on which they live and depend. Supported since 2015.
  • BURKINA FASO:   improving food security in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather. Supported since 2015.
  • DEMORCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC):   helping members of marginalised communities understand their rights and work with local authorities to secure resources and assistance.  Supported since 2016.
  • INDIA:  empowering vulnerable women through community councils. Supported since 2015.

The project in Burkina Faso will receive matching funds from the EU which means that for every £1 you give, the project will receive £10. Similarly, the project in the DRC will receive EU matching funding of £3 for every £1 you give. We expect this matched funding to continue notwithstanding uncertainties surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Supporting the Poverty & Hope Appeal

We are very grateful for the support given in 2016 by 74 parishes to the Poverty and Hope Appeal. We hope that this support will grow in 2017 as we continue to seek to help the most disadvantaged and give them the opportunities and assistance to move out of poverty.

  • Please give to the Appeal and encourage your church to give. Please ask us for copies of the annual brochure, posters and gift aid envelopes.
  • Learn more about the organisations we are supporting – we would be delighted to provide a guest speaker from the Poverty and Hope Appeal or its partner charities.
  • Pray for the organisations we are supporting. You can use these prayer points.

If you would like to make a donation, receive details on the gift aid scheme or how to make your donation by standing order please do not hesitate to contact us using the details below. Please make out cheques to ‘Rochester DBF’ and write Poverty and Hope Appeal on the back of the cheque’ and send them to Debbie Cooper, at the address below. Debbie can give details if you wish to donate electronically. You may increase the value of your giving by gift-aiding your donation. This allows us to reclaim the tax relating to your gift.

Sunday School Pack

Take a look at our Sunday School resource pack that explores issues around poverty and justice, and looks at ways as Christians we can support those less fortunate than ourselves. Click here to order Sunday School Resourse Pack

News & Updates

We have updates on various project that have been supported by the Poverty and Hope Appeal. Follow the links to the 2017 updates, 2016 updates, 2015 updates and 2014 updates. There is a short video about the India project here.

A report outlining the Poverty and Hope Appeal’s financial position and a breakdown of its distributions to projects can be found following this link.

Contact Us

Debbie Cooper,
Appeal Coordinator, Poverty and Hope
6 Calverley Park,
Tunbridge Wells,
Kent  TN1 2SH
Tel:      01892-527611
Email: povertyandhope@gmail.com

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