Thursday, 5 July 2018
We are now back in the UK following a successful three month visit to the Holy Land. All the young people who are part of ACIC were seen in their homes and in some fantastic schools and hospitals. All are receiving the support that is so desperately needed. We are delighted to see much progress - recovery in hospital following such a brave battle with cancer, a new business following hard work and determination, success at final secondary school exams following a great deal of study and great results from those at university. We are so proud of all the young people who, with support, are climbing out of critical situations.
Now that we are back in the UK it is time to try and raise an awareness of the plight of children in crisis in the Holy Land. We were so happy last evening to talk with a lovely group from Norfolk about the situation of the children. In the next few weeks we will also be visiting Darlington and Manchester to talk with other groups to share something of our work and give an update about the children.
At the end of next month, we have fundraising events including an evening with Gervase Phinn, our patron, who will be giving a talk at the castle in Newcastle. We will be publishing details of this shortly.
An enormous thank you to all who support the children - you are making such a great and positive difference to some young lives.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
We are delighted to have been invited to give talks about the situation of children in crisis in the Holy Land.
11th March St. Mary’s Handsworth, Sheffield
18th March St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Missenden
23rd – 25th March St. Mary at Latton, Harlow
It will be good to see old friends and to meet new folk and to be able to talk and discuss the enormous problems faced by youngsters in an area of conflict.
On 15th February I heard the incredibly sad news that my dear friend Boutros Kalanzi had died having fought a long battle with cancer. This man, who I have known for the past ten years, was a man of complete selflessness, kindness, humour and compassion. It was in his house in Beit Jala that the idea of ACIC was conceived and it was his dedication to the welfare of others, particularly children in need, that helped me and ACIC so very much over the years. I cannot overstate how much this great man freely gave to others during his life. Over the past week I have been with his family in Beit Jala where we have been able to ensure that his fourteen year old son can continue with his education. Just a few weeks ago I was with Boutros at the hospital where he was being treated and he took the time to come with me to the children’s cancer ward where he talked with one of the children ACIC is supporting. Boutros spoke to him with such kindness and positivity and really ‘lifted’ this youngster who had been feeling so low. It is also the mark of this man that hundreds from his local community came to see his family to pay their respects. He was a man who was so greatly loved by so many and he will be sorely missed.
Monday, 15 January 2018
2018 has started with us being able to support two young people – one at university and one with medical fees.
We have just completed a two month visit to the Holy Land to ensure the safety, education, medical support and welfare of the children in our care. All the children have been visited in their schools or homes and continue to be supported as the result of the kindness of wonderful donors, sponsors and volunteers both in the UK and the Holy Land.
This support makes such an enormous and fantastic difference to children in crisis in a region where not only violence but endemic poverty and a lack of hope blights so many young lives. I have the enormous privilege of working with the children, teachers, doctors, parents and others. I can see first-hand what a difference we all are making together for those in the greatest need. On behalf of the children, an enormous thank you to all who offer such freely given generous support. Lives would be so much poorer were it not for your care. Monitoring each child’s educational, welfare and medical needs is ongoing and so important.
Talks are being planned around the UK over the next few months to raise awareness of the plight of children in crisis. We will keep you updated when dates and venues are confirmed.