INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT
Despite the restrictions of our activities over the past 2 years, we have been able to continue with our international Humanitarian Support in recent months. At the forefront of our minds at the moment is aid for the Ukrainian people but we have not ignored the needs of others.
Ukrainian Appeal: At the outset of the ongoing war, we sent a donation of £500 to the Red Cross Appeal for the Ukraine. We are looking into what additional help the club could offer and have been in contact with Aberdeenshire Council to express our willingness to assist Ukrainian refugees who may be relocated to this area.
Shelter Box: Following a donation of £500 to the club, we provided funds for another Shelter Box.
Mulajje, Uganda: We responded to two appeals. The first was to provide some financial assistance to a disabled group in Monde to enable the members to develop opportunities for self-support as no financial benefits are provided by the Government. A sum of £300 was donated. The second was for the purchase of desks for Monde school as the school roll had risen post Covid. This increase is due to pupils returning to school post Covid to finish their education as well as the enrolment of new children. Five desks, at a cost of £300 were purchased. These desks are suitable for 4 per desk.
Toilet Twinning: It is estimated 2 billion people worldwide do not have a safe hygienic toilet. A donation of £500 was sent to the charity Toilet Twinning. This has provided toilets for 4 individual families and a toilet block at a school in Jaravikuba in Mzimba District of Malawi.
Tools for Self Reliance: During the year an opportunity arose to collect tools which could usefully be refurbished and sent to Camphill Trust. Once refurbished these tools are currently being sent to Tools and Training for Education and Livelihood in Malawi. A club member has sharpened a number of saws on behalf of Camphill and we have cooperated with the Inverurie Men's Shed in procuring tools.
We have been supporting international activities since 1953 and our programme continued despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our long-term support of humanitarian aid includes:
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