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Stamp Appeal Reaches Half Century

Monday March 11 2019

 

The Church of Scotland World Mission Stamp Appeal celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is supporting a Malawian organisation reaching the same milestone.

The 2019 appeal is in aid of the Chigodi Women Training Centre in Blantyre. Run by the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, this is the only residential training centre for women and girls in southern Malawi.

The centre works with disadvantaged and unemployed girls and women, and has previously run programmes in knitting and embroidery, fashion design and tailoring, leadership, gender advocacy and healthcare. Established 50 years ago, it was registered as a women’s rights organisation in 1997.

The project being supported by the stamp appeal will identify 40 vulnerable girls and women and deliver 12 months of hands-on training in tailoring and fashion design. The clothes made will be sold to help generate income for the project and make it sustainable. They will also be taught poultry farming.

The Stamp Appeal was first run in 1969. Since 2003, it has supported a separate project each year, starting with the then-new HIV/AIDS Project. Last year's appeal, for a day care centre for disabled children in the Ukraine, raised nearly £2500.

To mark the 50th anniversary, this year, participants are being challenged to collect 50 stamps in a post van-shaped collection box.

For more information and to download posters and resources, visit www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world_mission/get_involved/campaigns/stamp_appeal

 


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