14/06/2015

June charity

This month the charity we are supporting is The Dorothy Peace Centre named after Dorothy Crowther, a retired British GP. A member of Keswick Quaker Meeting, Dorothy’s voluntary work has included Quaker Social Action and the Retreat Psychiatric Hospital in York. Since meeting the African members of QPNWA, Dorothy has been impressed by their dedication and hard work. She feels that a solution to African problems must start with African people, and has given a lot of support and encouragement to us, from the beginning.
The Dorothy Peace Centre aims to relieve poverty and prevent violence in communities across West Africa. To achieve our aims, we will look at whole communities, work with local people to raise their living standards, and give hope by involving them in decision making.
Our first area of work is strategically located around Rokel, east of Freetown in Sierra Leone, an area chosen because it was notorious during the civil war. Our centre in Rokel will provide support for both monitoring and resolving emerging conflicts, and for providing psychological support to victims and vulnerable people. Last, but not least, it will provide adequate training to help unemployed people develop productive and fulfilling lives.
There are also people in Ghana and Liberia who are interested and asking us to work with them, but lack of funding has so far prevented this.

More information on The Dorothy Peace centre and the Ebola orphanage can be found VIA THIS LINK and there will be a collection box at Cardigan Meeting


The other charity we heard about [if you are interesting in also supporting them personally] is the Judy Trust LINK

The project was started following a request from the community around Rokel [the same region as the orphanage set up by The Dorothy Peace Centre] who, having no clinic in the area, had to take patients long distances to other areas for treatment – often by wheelbarrow! The building and equipping of the clinic was completed in 2013 with the help of Quaker meetings and Quaker Peace and Social Witness, who helped us with £6000.

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