2018 Poverty and Hope Appeal

The 2018 Diocese of Rochester Poverty and Hope Appeal was launched on May 11th. Bishop James said that ‘at the heart of the gospel is Jesus’ call to love one another, and to look after those

who are most vulnerable. One way that our diocese responds to this call is through our annual Poverty and Hope Appeal. We know that as Christians we cannot ignore poverty, injustice and exploitation, and we therefore seek to be instruments of change’.  

The Poverty and Hope Appeal raises funds to support projects overseas and in Kent that aim to tackle issues that lie at the heart of poverty – agriculture, education, empowerment of disadvantaged people and communities, and healthcare. Projects are usually supported for three years, to provide stability and to help them grow and become self-sustaining. This year the Appeal focuses on

  • Sri Lanka - advocacy, intervention and rehabilitation for children who have been traumatised through experiences of exploitation and abuse. Newly supported this year as the diocese starts a three year programme to help the Church of England work to support victims of modern slavery and exploitation.
  • Zimbabwe - tackling HIV/ Aids stigma across four dioceses in Zimbabwe, including our companion diocese of Harare. Newly supported this year.
  • Burkina Faso - improving food security and alleviating hardship in the face of an increasingly unpredictable climate by helping communities develop their agriculture.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo - helping members of marginalised communities understand their rights and work with local authorities to secure resources and assistance.
  • Kent – helping young people of all ages and abilities explore global issues of injustice, poverty, sustainability and peace-building through Commonwork Trust at Bore Place, Chiddingstone.

Last year, the Poverty and Hope Appeal was supported by over 75 churches across the Diocese of Rochester though collections, Harvest suppers, a range of other events, and PCC giving. We are very grateful for your support. We hope that you will also be moved to join in the Appeal this year.

Visit the Poverty and Hope web pages http://rochester.anglican.org/diocese/poverty-amp-hope/ for more information about the Poverty and Hope Appeal and how you can support it. You can also contact the Appeal Coordinator, Debbie Cooper povertyandhope@gmail.com, from whom you can get copies of the Appeal brochure, posters, and gift aid envelopes, or arrange a speaker.

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has sent me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.’ – Isaiah 61:1.

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