Vulnerable communities in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the ACF supported vulnerable coastal communities affected by climate change.
Households received training in basic financial management and the implications of climate change. They were taught skills such as chicken and cow rearing, tailoring and other small trades, as well as being shown how to make improvements to their homes, including better sanitation.
For the first time in this area, cooperatives have been formed by Christian women. The use of microfinance is helping make the future more secure. The have kept careful records of the project and they plan to share the idea so it can be replicated. The whole community has become vibrant and more hopeful.
Using sports ministry for reconciliation
The Diocese of Mbeere, Kenya applied for funding in 2016 for its Church Centred Sports Ministry (CCSM) project. Their work is aimed at children, youth and sporting groups in Mbeere and Kenya using sport as an aid to reconciliation. The Diocese faces high levels of intolerance and conflicts due to negative ethnicity, leading to many social problems such as drugs, poverty, secularism and radicalisation.
The CCSM has already establish different sports teams, hosts regular matches and organised sports camps in holidays but this grant will allow for the appointment of Sports Chaplains, increased sporting activity and more reconciliation meetings.
Their interim report shows that to date the grant has allowed for the training of clergy in using sports ministry for reconciliation, training sports coaches and captains, the formation of nearly 50 different teams, referee training, three sports youth camps, equipment purchases and a variety of advocacy forums.
Youth discipleship in the West Indies
The Church in the Province of the West Indies applied for funding from the ACF for their Provincial Youth Gathering. Bursaries were awarded to enable young people to attend the week of prayer, study and reflection on the theme of “Anglican Youth – Co-workers with Christ: Living the Faith”.
In total 160 young people attended. They were able to make connections, hear personally from the Bishops of the Province and go back home better equipped to implement the ideas they developed over the week.
Although wide-spread geographically, many are using social media to stay in touch and the Provincial Youth Council is developing a youth strategy to support them.