Future Pillars Zambia (FPZ) supports over 1,000 vulnerable children in Kabwe central Zambia.
The Drive Church has adopted FPZ as one of its main supported charities.
LATEST NEWSLETTER – April 2020 – SEE BELOW
Future Pillars Zambia is a small personal charity which runs an empowerment programme of feeding, education and life skills training. The Drive Church has a direct link with this charity through church member Kathryn Barron who is a trustee, and has contributed this report. Early in 2018 The Drive undertook to sponsor 10 students to complete their secondary education. We raised enough money to secure all three years’ fees for the 10 students. £4500 would have been enough, but we raised nearly £5730, so the Drive has been able to fund another 5 students from January 2019. Some of the secondary students are shown above.
However it’s not just been about money. Our congregation has kept the students in our thoughts and prayers. In May 2019 we sent a book of handwritten messages to the students along with a photo taken on Easter Sunday, of the whole Drive Church congregation. Justina, Bertha, Frisha, Grace, Gilbert, Chinyama, Frederick, Eunice, Gwen and Gift sent letters and photographs back, which were displayed at the back of the church. A set of prayer cards was also produced, one for each student, and we have been encouraged to keep these young people in our prayers.
In Advent 2019 we found another way to support FPZ. Barry Gransden, a fellow trustee (and member of Blandford Methodist Church in Dorset) was filling a container with donations for shipping to Future Pillars. Having received a number of filing cabinets, he issued an Advent appeal to fill the cabinet drawers with supplies for students or teachers. The response from The Drive was once again overwhelming, and the back seats had to be removed from our car to enable transport of donations of stationery, bed linen, towels and toiletries to Barry.
On 1 June 2019 Kathryn Barron and husband Rod joined the second FPZ sponsored walk, a 29 mile route starting and finishing at Swanage Methodist Church. While daunted by the challenge we were looking forward to meeting other supporters of FPZ, many of them from Methodist churches and, of course, to raising money for the young people of Kabwe. 100% of all donations will go directly to the projects, as the trustees will cover the expenses of the walk.
If you would like to know more about FPZ please visit https://futurepillarszambia.org.uk
LATEST FPZ NEWSLETTER April 2020
Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak
We hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well.
We wrote to you recently with an update on the impact of the Coronavirus on our work in Kabwe, and we want to thank you for your support at this difficult time. In the two weeks since we last wrote, the situation in both Kabwe and the UK has developed further.
Where can you find an update on the Kabwe situation?
For those who want regular updates from Kabwe, we will be using the blog on our website to post the latest news as we hear it – and have done so today . Click here to read the blog We will also continue to use posts on Facebook and Instagram to keep people updated.
What is happening in the UK?
We want to share an exciting development here in the UK. We are just one of many UK charities whose fundraising events have had to be cancelled. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign, the 2.6 Challenge, to raise funds to help save the UK’s charities.
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April, which should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon. But this is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that suits your skills and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. The only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
Future Pillars are one of the charities you can support in this fun, national event, and the trustees are already working on their ideas to have a bit of fun in a good cause. Suggestions so far have included baking 26 cakes, having a video call with 26 friends, walking / running 2.6 miles / km…the possibilities are endless. Brighten up your weekend and see if you can get some friends to support Future Pillars in the process.
Find out more at https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk and think about what you could do! For regular challenge updates, pictures and videos follow our Facebook page or visit our official 2.6 challenge fundraising page where you can set up your own challenge for Future Pillars – or support someone else’s.