Look Out For Our New Name.

Some confusIMG_7826ion had been reported when searching for our site on the Web, which has produced results including sundry radio stations and church groups in other African countries.  For this reason you might like to look out for our new working name ‘GLOBAL FAMILY ACTION’. We were already using this name for some of our practical projects, but don’t worry, we are one and the same in aims and personnel.

We are a Zambian-registered charity because we believe in support at the local level and not a reliance on aid donations.  Those still leave the same needs in the following year.

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The new babies have arrived!

We believed from the beginning that supporting a charity from contributions alone would not work, so we made a decision to invest in a project that would become self-sufficient and raise its own funds.

Having been given land (Edenside) by the local chief we planted several acres of maize and other crops with which to feed livestock in the future. We bought goats and chickens and then brought in three thoroughbred sows from Lusaka, which had been serviced by a quality boar. Two of these have now given birth to 20 piglets.  Sadly, our ability to move the offspring in the locality has been hit by repeated outbreaks of swine flu.  Whilst our own stock has been spared, we have had to recognise that the breed does not thrive well in the hot climate.

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In consequence we are shifting our livestock breeding to goats and chickens, and retain only a small herd of breeding pigs.

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This initial seeding of the project will enable us to move nearer towards our final goal of seeing the local Zambian people generating their own funds to help the needy, not being reliant on Western aid.

You can help right now by sponsoring a pig, goat, chicken or fruit tree to grow the future harvest. Please visit our site at https://my.give.net/gfnuk.

Christmas Gifts

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Do you get embarrassed by the ‘stuff’ that you are given by well-meaning friends and family at Christmas?  Just a few pounds would buy a flock of breeding chickens.  £25 would buy a goat to add to a small herd that would be created for breeding,

The rural harvest is a long way away. Recent inflation in the cost of the basic packs of the staple food, mealie meal is hitting the already-impoverished elderly hard.  We are trying to meet this need among our local villages by preparing food packs to help them over this period.

We reckon that sending a single Christmas card costs in the region of 80 pence.  For the same cost as sending 10 cards, or a modest bottle of wine at Christmas we can provide a food parcel which will feed them for almost a month.

Please see our page at my.give.net/gfnuk to contribute.  If you are a UK taxpayer then your gift multiplies by over 20% thanks to Gift Aid.  You can specify the purpose of your gift and we will honour your wishes.

Home-building

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A while ago, JeanAnn came across an old lady – c80 years old who was busily washing her little orphaned grand-daughter in a tin tub outsider her hut.

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Inside was the young grandson who had undergone the daily scrub. The hut was immaculately tidy, as was the surrounding yard, cooking area and even the rubbish tip.  What touched us deeply was the way in which she cared so well for what little she had.  However, the state of the hut was beyond her ability to maintain.

We realised that we could walk away shaking our heads and saying ‘What a shame, but not our responsibility’, or make a difference.  We did the sums, counted our resources and started to assemble the materials.

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The next day we arrived with a truck loaded with the necessary materials, and watched the old lady collapse into the arms of Felix, our CEO when he told her why we were there.  Within hours we had set out the base and began to build the walls.

We were delighted that a couple of neighbors joined in to help and worked alongside our builders without any request for payment.  By the end  of the week the house was completed, all but the cement rendeDSC_1313ring to protect the bricks from the heavy rains that were due in a couple of weeks.

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A picture of the donor now hangs in her home, within a week of starting.

  “Why me”, she asked “You are not my brother nor my family or village.  What did I do to deserve this?”.  Well, all we could answer was “God loves you”.  In the end there is no other answer; but we had the privilege to be his hands, feet and decision makers in bringing joy both to the lady and to the one who first showed love to us.

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 We visited the old lady a year later and found her very sick.  A short time after our return to UK she died, leaving the two grandchildren without support.  We searched for help and have engaged a young woman to visit daily and care for the children who we now feed and sponsor through school.  

Stories like this one never really end.  They turn the pages and new chapters begin.  We believe that our intervention helps to ensure that the story continues with hope for these children and many like them.  We know that the problem is large, but that is no excuse to walk away without doing something for those who touch us.

It’s great to see you

Welcome to our Global Family.  If this is your first visit to our home, then please use the ‘About‘ button to learn more.

Local volunteers in Solwezi meet to share ideas.

We assist disadvantaged elderly and children to rediscover their family roles. All our projects are designed to be self-sustaining.  Beneficiaries are responsible for passing on benefit to others in the community.

Wherever possible we seek to network with existing organisations worldwide. If you believe that we can help you, then please get in touch.