African Village Support (AVS)

Holy Trinity has been a champion of African Village Support since 2017, when the charity was chosen for our annual Lent Appeal.

AVS Pic1AVS has been working in Muyembe, Eastern Uganda since 2003. It operates out of a purpose built community centre and provides education, training and recreation for women’s groups; literacy development; and study opportunities in music, dance and drama. Support includes building pit latrines, water tanks, a bore hole for its hostel for girls, mosquito nets, support for HIV/Aids victims, partnership with the Red Cross, and provision of ‘mama bags’ for pregnant mothers. It seeks ‘livelihood’ projects so individuals and villages can be self supporting and grow their local economy.

Since 2017 Holy Trinity members have raised over £21,000 (including Gift Aid). One of the most exciting projects supported was the installation of water pumps which provided vital irrigation for the area’s dependence on subsistence farming.

AVS Pic2In addition to financial donations from church members, we have provided Mama Bag materials. Working with midwives and doctors from the local Health Centre, AVS distributes more than 60 bags to pregnant mothers every month. Mama Bags provide basic items to help with hygiene during the birth and after care for newborns and their mothers. The contents of the bags are selected to encourage women to visit antenatal classes at the clinic where they receive family planning advice, information about HIV and childbirth as well as learning the importance of immunisation. Many members of our church family have skillfully knitted and made clothing for babies, as can be seen in this photo.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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