B1: 2010 Advance Projects
The projects highlighted on this page represent some of the organizations and communities empowering our poor sisters and brothers that youth can support through B1, a 24-hour fasting event:
United Methodists have had a long-standing relationship with Haiti through the Methodist Church of Haiti. The strong ties between the Methodist Church of Haiti and The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) helped in facilitating the opening of the UMCOR Haiti field office in 2005. 100 percent of Advance gifts made will go to support relief and development efforts due to emergencies in Haiti.
Mozart Adevu serves in Accra, Ghana as the Africa regional coordinator for UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program. Mozart works with farmer trainings and the planting and cultivation of moringa trees. Mozart says, “Through God’s divine grace, the program has already improved the lives of over 3,000 destitute families in Africa over the last four years of service.”
Animal Livestock and Training provides specialized focus and training on animal breeding and fish farming. Microloans support animal distribution, during which each farmer receives livestock and then passes off one offspring to the project and one to another farmer. In this way Animal Livestock and Training both sustains and develops livelihood, nutrition, and community.
The Davao region is known for its banana industry; less known are the unjust working conditions where plantation workers are only hired for three months and required to waive their rights to join a union or participate in strikes. Through skills, advocacy, paralegal training, education, and organizing with workers this project is working to overturn the tables of unjust systems sustaining poverty in our world.
In Kiev programs providing services beyond food are limited for the ever-growing number of children living on the streets. Since 2001, The United Methodist Church has operated a halfway house six days a week providing children with access to two meals per day, medical care, life-skills training, Bible study, and schoolwork assistance
Changing Ways for the Future seeks to provide youth with educational and income-generating opportunities at the Ana Gonzaga Methodist Institute, while teaching them about human rights issues. Over a two-to-six-month period, youth learn to bake bread and banana sweets professionally, and sell the goods they produce at the institute’s home.
Upper Sand Mountain Parish is a cooperative ministry of 10 small, rural United Methodist churches. The Family Care Services program offers assistance with food, utilities, medical supplies, and school supplies each week to approximately 100 families living in Southern Appalachian Alabama. Serving a community with few social services, Upper Sand Mountain Parish works to meet each family’s needs
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