One of the objectives of the Unitarian Christian Association is to financially assist individuals or bodies engaged in charitable activities. In recent years the UCA has supported various charities. In 2009, the officers recommended to the membership that we support a charity called ‘Embrace the Middle East’ (formerly known as ‘BibleLands’). We undertook to help sponsor the education of a 14 year old boy called George. He came from a poor Christian family and lived in a small village near Bethlehem. We sent £200 to help with George’s education until he left school in July 2011. In Autumn 2011, the UCA started working with Christian Aid in a partnership scheme and pledged to raise £5,000 for a maternal health unit in Sierra Leone. This project was match-funded by the UK government and we raised £ 20,000 for this very worthwhile project. In the following years we have continued to support Embrace and Christian Aid whilst also supporting other charities closer to home. For example, A Rocha, a Christian environmental charity, the refugees and asylum Conversation Club at Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds and Ullet Road Rebels, a football team for asylum seekers in Liverpool.
This year, 2020, the UCA has returned to supporting a charity involved in education. MaaChild is a British based charity, founded in 2010 that works in the southern part of Kenya, home of the Massai people. The charity aims to provide sustainable secondary education for Massai students. It is run entirely by volunteers and supports education, health and community projects that benefit Massai children. The UCA has agreed to support the education of a student through the four years of secondary education at a cost of £1500. Normally, UCA members would hold fund- raising events to raise this money. However, in the light of present circumstances, this has been impossible. The officers have decided to send all donations received this year to the charity and to extend our support to the end of 2021. Already, a cheque for £860 has been sent. In order to help in fundraising for MaaChild the UCA has joined AmazonSmile. This scheme enables a registered charity to receive 0.5% of an eligible purchase in donations from Amazon at no extra cost to the supporters. Supporters simply shop through www.smile.amazon.co.uk, which will link to their existing Amazon account. Perhaps you would consider signing up to this scheme to support the UCA if you shop on Amazon. All funds raised in 2020 and 2021 will go to our designated charity, MaaChild.
Another way of supporting charities is to buy gifts from their Christmas catalogues. This is a link to the catalogues of a charity we have supported:https://shop.embraceme.org/
Update (Nov 2021)
We continue to support MaaChild until the AGM in March 2022. In October a donation of £300 was sent to MaaChild. This was possible because of the generosity of our members who continue to send donations to the UCA which we pass on to MaaChild. Below you will find the latest newsletter from MaaChild which makes very interesting reading. It is worth noting that even during these difficult times , MaaChild has been able to take on 6 more students committing to supporting their secondary education for 4 years.
Update (Feb 2021)
We are very grateful for the generosity of our members, which has enabled us to reach our target of £1500, for our designated charity MaaChild.
This amount covers the cost of educating a Maasi child for four years of secondary education. The balance of £640 was sent to the charity in January (£860 was sent in November 2020). The officer group are delighted that we have been able to raise this amount from donations alone and thanks all members for their contributions.
The officers hope that you will be able to join us at the AGM (see Events page for details) to hear about the work of MaaChild from their founder, Therese Green.
For more information about any of the charities mentioned above please visit their websites, see links below :-