A group of churchgoers from Abbots Langley are currently in one of the world’s poorest countries where they will be helping refurbish a hospital and educating locals on subjects such as the nutrition and health of young children.
In 2010, St Lawrence Church made a decision to support one particular charity project after consulting with the charity United Society Partners in the Gospel. They chose to support St Luke’s Hospital in Malosa.
Since that time, churchgoers have been busily raising funds to help the community in the sixth poorest country in the world. They have raised £32,000 to build an antenatal clinic and four years ago, the group visited to see the facility being built.
Four years later, they are returning to help refurbish the hospital’s outpatient department, help get more community based projects off the ground including a scheme to encourage volunteers from villages to grow and maintain their own vegetable plots.
Wendy Meldrum is one of the team who will be making the trip.
She said: “Malawi is the sixth poorest country in the world. It’s devastatingly poor and it’s difficult to imagine for someone to live in a country without secure electricity, water and medical facilities. If you don’t have money and can’t get to a hospital, you die. That makes people very vulnerable.”
Over the last year, St Lawrence’s fundraising has continued and before the team left, over £21,000 had been raised, more than double the target of £10,000.
Wendy said she was delighted.
She commented: “People really feel engaged with what we’re doing because we’re ordinary members of the congregation who want to go and help.”
The Reverend Dr Peter Waddell, the vicar for Abbots Langley and Bedmond, said he was really pleased.
He commented: “It’s a relationship that’s very important and we’ve done a heck of a lot of fundraising. It’s fantastic we’re helping out in a school and a hospital in one of the poorest countries on earth.”
Picture courtesy of Hoss Photography