We are delighted to report that all the children have been visited in their schools, hospitals and homes and are really benefitting from the support being offered. Fees have now been paid until the end of the academic year 2020 which will ensure a secure continuity of education in both schools and universities. An enormous thank you to all who so generously give both of their time and financially. It is continuing to make such a positive difference to these young lives.
Friday, 1 February 2019
We are really delighted to have been invited to give talks over the next few months to help raise an awareness of the educational, medical and welfare needs of children in crisis in the Holy Land. Alongside these talks we are also in the process of arranging social and musical events to help us raise funds to support the children.
We feel it so important that we continue in our support and care for children in crisis so that there may be hope in areas where hope is so elusive.
We will be travelling to the north of Scotland, Norfolk, Greater Manchester, Durham and Great Missenden to see old friends and to hopefully make new friends. We will keep you updated about dates and locations.
Friday, 21 September 2018
Fund raising for the children's education and medical care is going apace. Coffee mornings, visits to give talks around the UK, our Patron, Gervase Phinn, giving a wonderful talk in Newcastle, people regularly giving and a BT My Donate fundraiser have all meant that the children's needs can be met. On behalf of those young people whose lives are being positively transformed, an enormous thank you to all who have taken the time to so generously support them.
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.