Week 14 – Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami appeal

The Big Give Indonesia Appeal started yesterday, Friday 6th October and the Rotary Water Survival Box team are asking for our support.  WATER SURVIVAL BOX INDONESIA APPEAL

Give Now:  They are asking us to  donate so that they can replace boxes being sent.   The Big Give can double your money by using this link  https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/indonesia#/ scroll down the page to find the Water Survival Box section.   They are sending all their current stock of 300 Water-Survival Boxes to help protect survivors from water-borne diseases following the disaster. Their new appeal is to raise £60,000 to cover the cost of a further 400 boxes.

How the Big Give works.  Thanks to contributions from several philanthropists and companies, your donations to charities which are responding will be doubled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Donations will be matched up to a limit of £1,000 per donor per charity.

Water Survival Box is based locally in Midsomer Norton and is run entirely by Rotary volunteers so you can be confident that the money you give will be spent on obtaining and shipping these life saving containers, working with local Rotarians in Indonesia to distribute them to those who have lost everything.

When they have purchased more boxes and contents, i am sure they will need more volunteers to help pack them.  Is anyone from our club interested in packing boxes at Midsomer Norton?

Archive  photos:  was this the last time we packed waterboxes?

Sherborne Area Refugee Support 

Syrian refugee families have been welcomed to Sherborne as part of the government scheme to re-home refugees in the UK, and SHARES was set up in 2017 to help them settle in.   SHARES is run by volunteer trustees and working with Cheap Street Church and local volunteers, they have befriended these new residents to Sherborne, helping them to understand the world they have moved in to.

Our members were given overview of the work done by SHARES on Monday, and more specifically an understanding of what it is like for families who have lived in a war zone for many years, and suddenly find themselves in our world and the freedoms which we take for granted.    SHARES is helping them to understand the day to day demands of living in Dorset, a task which is made more difficult when dealing with people who speak little English.  So language teaching is also part of what SHARES is doing for these families.

You can find out more about the work of SHARES in Sherborne on their web site. 





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