International

Christ Church's international outreach efforts support the global community through educational and spiritual programming, financial support to mission partners, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, and through the organization of pilgrimages to visit mission partners on their native soil. Parishioners are encouraged to bring worthy international projects to the attention of the Mission Committee. Current partners are listed below in alphabetical order.

 

Africa Education Learning Initiative
Gift Amount: $5,625
Contact: Kitty Hempstone 

The Africa Education Learning Initiative develops and expands secondary education opportunities in South Sudan, with particular focus on education for girls. Funding this year provides academic scholarships for five students.

 

Eluvukweni Anglican Parochial District
Gift: $2,500
Contact: Mary McCarthy and Tooey Cameron

Eluvukweni Anglican Parochial  District is located in the Crossroads suburb of Capetown, South Africa. The parish serves an impoverished congregation that has longed for its own church building. In 2016, permission was finally obtained to permit the building of a church on land previously owned by the City of Cape Town. Christ Church's gift will help fund the new building, as well as help with providing health and educational services.

 

Friends of Honduras USA
Gift amount: $4,300
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.friendsofhondurasusa.org

Friends of Honduras USA (FoH) is committed to securing the resources necessary to provide clean water, educational opportunities, and improved living standards for residents of remote villages in Honduras. Our gift this year will help with purchase of the building materials for the construction of a senior health care facility to house 40 elderly residents. 

 

Holy Cross Monastery and School, Grahamstown, South Africa
Gift amount: $6,000
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.umaria.co.za

The Holy Cross  School in Grahamstown is a mission partner of the International and Contemplative Life Mission groups. The school serves children from pre-school through third grade from nearby farms. Health care and meals are provided to students and their families in an area ill-served by the government. Gifts from Christ Church have funded extensions to the school, playground equipment, health tests, a bus, and scholarships for graduates to attend middle and high school.

 

Mpambara-Cox Foundation
Gift amount: $8,000
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.mcoxfoundation.org

Established by parishioner Anita Mpambara Cox, the Foundation is run by volunteers in the U.S. and at an office in Kabale, Uganda, Ms. Cox's hometown. The Kabale program aims to strengthen government-aided schools. Peace Corps volunteers assist with reading and sports, and help government teachers with internet literacy and the nutrition-focused garden. The program includes a women's micro-finance project, a computer training school, provision of clean water, a feeding program, and an internet cafe for income generation. Since 2014, Christ Church has taken a leadership role in filling many of the Foundation’s needs. In 2016, Peace Corps volunteers will be placed in each of the three schools, with the room and board for two being funded by Christ Church’s gift of $5,000. Volunteer opportunities include being pen pals and working on fundraising activities. Ms. Cox is looking into the possibility of parishioners visiting the schools. This year's gift will support the work of Piece Core volunteer by providing educational materials and by covering other in country cost. 

 

Saint Mary Foundation for Foreign and Domestic Mission
Gift amount: $5,375
Contact: Cynthia Efird 
Website: www.stmaryseast.org

Based in Northern Malawi, the Malawian Sisters of Saint Mary provide food, education, and hope for children left parentless due to HIV/AIDS, and to the families who care for these children. With support from St. Mary's Convent, Greenwich, New York, Christ Church, and other Episcopal parishes, scholarships are available for students at the primary, secondary, and university levels. Volunteers can offer support through prayer, help with local presentations, contributions to scholarships, and assistance with fundraising efforts through the Saint Mary's Foundation for Foreign & Domestic Mission. Volunteers can also provide hospitality to the sisters when they visit. This year's gift will help provide clean water to the Convent compound and neighboring community.