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12 Days in October - Richard Woodall (18th October 2013)Stories are the building blocs of society in Africa. A story can bring both encouragement and despair. It can change the mood of an audience and has the capacity to provoke a response. Even children are able to learn morals from characters described in stories. Out in the African bush, people will sit around fires and pass down age-old narratives. And of course many of these stories will evolve around Biblical characters including Daniel, Jonah and of course, the man Jesus.The importance of stories has struck me over the past fortnight as I have visited (for the third time) the country of Zambia as part of my involvement with the charity three:eighteen. Encompassing a range of different projects, its tagline is one of bringing empowerment and lasting hope to the vulnerable. During my time there, I saw both stories being played out as well as dreaming about new ways of changing the narrative of people’s lives for the better. The pastor who is desperate for a loan from three:eighteen to help purchase a vehicle and get his chicks to market. Without a 4 x 4 vehicle of sorts, he would struggle on a bike – yes with the chicks in tow on the back – over 5km of sand and forest path. Another story in a nearby village though warns us of a similar initiative where a vehicle was provided for a pastor for similar reasons. Paying back his loan and ensuring members of his community knew the money was being used well proved more of a problem though and present a warning sign.At three:eighteen we want to be more than handing out cash. The charity’s aim of empowerment is realised through providing opportunities through microfinance. Behind every project in three:eighteen is a thousand stories. A British couple based outside Zambia’s second city of Ndola are making real God’s aspirations for a better education in their local area of Kaniki. The existing village school sees talent hampered by teachers lacking any sort of motivation. Hundreds of children receive a poorer education as a result. Sponsorship and loans to projects like these can kick-start the engine of progression. It redeems another story.And there are more. A chance meeting between the pioneer of three:eighteen and a pastor of a church opened the way for one of the main strands of three:eighteen’s ministry out in Chinsali in Northern Zambia. An orphan sponsorship programme runs in the town and surrounding area while a number of microloans groups are starting up and paying back the loan. With such loans, collaborations of up to 15 people are able to get past the age-old conundrum of living in a country – in fact a continent – where vast sways of the population are excluded from ever obtaining any credit. But with a microloan, a business plan can be formed and implemented, a loan agreement signed and an investment started. Be that in chickens, cows or even wood. Profits are shared and the money repaid to three:eighteen to be loaned elsewhere. As a result of such entrepreneurial venture, parents can pay children’s school fees and give them food to eat. And so micro-finance begins to change things step by step.The beauty of it is pulling away from the mass media generalisation about Africa being unable to help itself while three:eighteen’s work is not to be confused with aid agency relief where vast amounts of money are poured into areas but the long term mentality and situation of many people remains unchanged. People CAN help themselves.As the banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammed Yunus said, poor people are like Bonsai trees. “When you plant the best seed of the tallest tree in a six-inch deep flower pot, you get a perfect replica of the tallest tree, but it is only inches tall. There is nothing wrong with the seed you planted; only the soil-base you provided was inadequate.”And this essentially is what three:eighteen is about. Changing lives through enabling.One example saw more than a dozen young Zambians graduate from the Kolelawaka Foundation Trust (KFT) this week. They were all receiving qualifications in tailoring. Even Zambian television turned up along with the district commissioner for the area. Myself and two other charity trustees were fortunate to be present. Another story came to fruition as the narratives of young people were turned upside down from relentless stories of hopelessness to tales of direction and endeavour.Changing lives has surely got to be inspiring to be involved with on any level hasn’t it? Whether that be giving, praying or telling. We believe so.How did the Church Respond to the Vulnerable in the New Testament? - Alex Mateer (14th April 2012)At three:eighteen we love the Church and know what a powerful force for good she can be for the vulnerable! When the Church follows Jesus, amazing things happen... - The poor Macedonians love Jesus and can't wait to give!"For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us." 2nd Corinthians 8 v 3-5 (ESV) - Caring for those in the greatest need."Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God." 1 Timothy 5 v 3-4 (ESV) - One Church, together!"And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." Acts 2 v 44-45 (ESV) - Eternity starts now!"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." 1 Timothy 6 v18-19 (ESV)In the early Church, we have an awesome example of joyful sacrifice driven by a pure love!
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Mark Rogers My name is Mark Rogers, I live outside Banbridge in Northern Ireland and I work as a trainee chartered accountant in the personal tax department of FPM Accountants. I am thankful that God has saved me and am committed to use all that I am and have to serve him in my church at Newry Gospel Hall, at work and also in three:eighteen. My role in three:eighteen involves managing the finances, liaising with our bank and tax authorities and preparing any financial information that is required.Richard Woodall Hi my name is Richard. When growing up, I was always interested to hear people's stories about Africa. My first trip to the continent was to Kenya in 2001. Two years later I travelled to an Indian suburb of South Africa - very very different! It wasn't until I spent my gap year based in Zambia that I began to feel like I was starting to understand the culture more. I guess in some ways my time in Zambia allowed me to see the best and worst of what the country had to offer - the enormous gratitude and generosity of people versus the evident corruption as well as poverty which many experienced.I am genuinely excited by the work of three:eighteen and want to offer time to help the organisation achieve its vision. Having met Humphrey (out had the vision to start the KFT) out in Zambia, it is a privilege to help build on the ideas he formulated. What I find amazing too is how something so little - a prayer or small gift - can have such an effect.Over the past five years I have worked in newspaper journalism, but am taking a little break from that as I evaluate what I want to do. Currently, I am working for a private pensions company in my home town of Ipswich. Despite this I still hope to continue my writing in some form or another - and of course through the work of three:eighteeen!Other interests include running and drawing.
Statement of FaithWe believe in...1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth
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“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but deed and in truth.” 1st John 3:18Memory is 26 and lives with her 2 year old daughter and mother in simple thatched house in Zambia. Her husband left her and no longer provides any support to the family. Other than farming and occasional piece work Memory had no source of income. Sadly many young adults in Zambia are trapped in this poverty cycle with no hope of escape.With the help of three:eighteen supporters, Memory was offered a one year scholarship in tailoring and design through the KFT, our partner organisation. Memory learnt how to make dresses, shirts and trousers which she now sells in the local market. This gives an essential source of income allowing her to provide nutritious meals, medical care and pay school fees for her children and escape the poverty cycle she has fallen into. While at the KFT Memory was also been able to attend devotions, lead by the KFT staff, which aimed to share the Good News and encourage her and her classmates in their faith.Three:eighteen is a UK based Christian charity that seeks to bridge the gap between those like Memory in Zambia and individuals & churches in the UK. We firmly believe that the only way to offer long term hope and change is by introducing those we support to the Good News of Jesus Christ. We aim to help them meet Jesus and be transformed in such a way that it impacts every aspect of their lives as well as the lives of their families and communities.Lastly, we also believe that as we in the western world do our part to love not just in word and talk but in practical ways, we too will find our lives transformed, as we recognise our privileged position as a means to bless others.To read about the projects we're doing and partner organisations we're working with click on the projects drop down list at the top of the pageThree:eighteen is registered as an organisation for charitable purposes. HMRC registration number XT23374
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ZambiaZambia, in south-central Africa, is the continent's biggest copper producer and home to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It also boasts many nature reserves including the world class South Luangwa.In contrast to many of its neighbours, Zambia enjoys peace and stability, and has had a relatively trouble-free time since it’s independence in 1964. Kenneth Kaunda, the first president, nationalised many key industries, a policy which is blamed for the economic downturn of the period. In 1991 power switched to Frederick Chiluba who led change in liberalising the economy and attracting extensive foreign direct investment. Zambia has enjoyed consistent economic growth of around 6% in recent years.In spite of the growth, Zambia still suffers from one of the lowest life expectancies and highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world.Christianity is the largest religion in Zambia, many considering it an inseparable part of their culture. StatisticsPopulation: 13.2 million (UN, 2010)Capital: LusakaArea: 752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles)Major language: English (official), Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, TongaMajor religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, IslamLife expectancy: 49 years (men), 50 years (women) (UN)Monetary unit: 1 Kwacha = 100 ngweeMain exports: Copper, minerals, tobaccoGNI per capita: US $970 (World Bank, 2009)(BBC, 2011)
The three:eighteen TeamAlex Mateer Hi my name is Alex, I live in London and work for Mondelez International in the Coffee and Hot Chocolate Finance Team. Before doing my degree I spent a year in Zambia and it was there that God challenged me in my attitude and response to those who don’t share our material blessings. I'm passionate about sharing the Good News about Jesus and empowering the vulnerable to provide for themselves. I’m an active member of Ruislip Baptist Church and enjoy attending Tullylish Presbyterian when home in Northern Ireland. My role in three:eighteen is focused on managing the relationship between our partner organisations as we strive together to empower the vulnerable: helping them to develop to make a greater impact; plan for the future; and become more sustainable.Timothy GrahamHi my name is Tim. Currently I work in medical imaging research at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. I'm passionate about the relevance of Jesus Christ, and the Bible, in our contemporary world. Furthermore, we want the timely word of ancient scripture to form us as well as inform us, and having received such Good News, three:eighteen is part of our response to it.Having had the privilege of traveling through East Africa and Asia I'm unable to ignore the opportunity that we have in our globalised society to share with, and empower those that are most vulnerable. Within three:eighteen I have a particular responsibility to utilise technological tools as we connect people and shares resources across different parts of the world.Rev Bernard Mwanza, I was born in Mufulira, Zambia and am a minister in the United Church of Zambia, Chinsali Main Congregation in the rural North-Eastern Presbytery. I am married to Veronica Chibwe Mwanza, a grade 8 and 9 science teacher in the ministry of education at Mwaba Basic School. We have two children, one boy (Jacob) and one girl (Evelyn). I have been working with the KFT since 2008 when I was in Isoka. From 2010 to date I am now in Chinsali and serving my Lord at Chinsali Main Congregation and Lubwa Consistory as chairperson. We have worked with KFT/three:eighteen in supporting vulnerable individuals in schools and a vocational training centre in both Chinsali and Isoka. We are also now working with a women’s group at Chinsali Main Congregation to raise the living standards of people there. Outside my work as a minister my role at three:eighteen is to help our partner organisations, look after the accounts and as a counsellor to the members of staff and children. My exposure with KFT/three:eighteen has helped me have a wider perspective on human socialisation and development. Thank you to our partners in UK. God bless.
Core ValuesThe 5 core values that guide us in our work are:Empowerment not handouts- We believe that God gave us the ability to ‘work with our hands’ (1st Thes 4:11, 2nd Thes 3:12). Although we recognise a place for short term aid we as an organisation focus on bringing long term sustainable change by empowering the vulnerableDiscipleship- We desire that all the people we work with will come to know Jesus and grow in faith & love for Him (Matt 28:19-20)The Church- All our work is done through partnerships with local churches and Christian organisations in Zambia who share our values and passion for the vulnerable- Our funds come from the cheerful and generous giving of the global church who delight to partner in the workClosely Connected- We believe that the different parts of global church should come together and share their lives through working together, fervent prayer, and mutual respect and edification (Romans 12:4-8)- We believe it is vital to dialogue with the needy and answer the needs they have and not the ones we think they haveCheerful Giving- We believe that the ‘Lord loves a cheerful giver’ (2nd Cor 9:7). We aim to keep our supporters informed so that when giving financially and serving in other ways they will delight in what they are doing
The Taxi Loan ProjectHow can you help empower the vulnerable again and again with a single gift?1. Through the generosity of three:eighteen’s supporters we have been able to give a loan to the KFT that has been used to buy a vehicle.2. The car will be rented out and used as a taxi in exchange for a weekly fee. 3. The KFT will use part of the income generated to pay back the loan and the other part to maintain the KFT Training Centre that empowers the vulnerable through a yearlong tailoring and design course.4. When it is paid back we can use the money again to offer a similar loan to the KFT or another partner organisation, making it go further to empower more people.Empowering the KFT to empower the vulnerable.
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Orphans ProgrammeSadly, losing one or both of your parents is all too common for the children of sub-Saharan Africa. This leaves children in a very vulnerable situation with little chance of affording secondary education, paying for medical fees or even having money for a balanced diet.The Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme seeks to assist these families in paying for their schools fees and providing school supplies. This provides much needed assistance to families who would otherwise struggle and at the same time is much more sustainable than taking them into care.We work with three partners in the OCV program: Chinsali UCZ (a local church), the KFT in Isoka and the Arise in Ndola.Arise, NdolaArise's aim is to empower orphans and vulnerable children. The support Arise gives is mainly focused on education and providing opportunities for guardians to work themselves out of poverty.Orphans and vulnerable children are helped practically in providing them with a good education and spiritually / emotionally through discipleship classes and counselling. The youngest children in Arise are sponsored to attend Kapumpe Christian Primary School while sponsorship is also sort for older children who for the time being are education in local community and government schools. Sponsorship provides the most needy children with school fees, uniform, books and stationery.Arise seeks to build strong and meaningful relationships with the people in the project by meeting with them on a regualar basis. Arise both visits the homes of guardians and organises gathering for the children each week. Arise is also able to meet specific individual needs as they occur.
Kapumpe Christian Primary SchoolKapumpe is a Bemba word which means 'Eagles' and we want all Arise (formerly Kaniki Orphans Project) children to rise up from the poverty that entangles their lives and gain a fresh new perspective on life, we really believe they can soar!We three:eighteen are partnering with KCPS to fund the fees of the first intake of pupils."Kapumpe Christian Primary School opened in January 2014 and uses a UK based curriculum incorporating Zambian culture, history, art, and geography as appropriate. A strong emphasis in the early years will be placed on work through play and developing independent thinking. We will apply a theme-based cross-curricular approach to learning which will ensure learning is purposeful and meaningful. Subjects will all be linked into a relevant context. English will be the language of instruction from the beginning. The children will be encouraged to express themselves freely and enjoy being who God made them to be. By providing a well-rounded and stimulating education, the school will broaden the horizons of our children, giving them hope for the future and a solid Christian foundation.We want to help release children from the poverty and disadvantage that tethers so many families and enable them to rise up to new heights and gain a new perspective on life. Kapumpe Christian Primary School will provide an environment where these children can meet Jesus Christ and develop a personal relationship with Him."
KFT Pre-SchoolIn Zambia
primary school education is free for all. Unfortunately there are no government provisions for pre-school children, so in 2009 the KFT Pre-School opened its doors to the children of the neighbouring villages.The pre-school is open from 8am to 12noon each day and split into a junior and senior class. Our teachers Sarah and Mabel lead lessons in English, Art, Science, Maths, Games and Bible stories. In early August the teachers and children at the KFT pre-school prepared to put on an end of term display for their parents. The tailoring students were brought on board and made an incredible 32outfits for the boys and girls. During the morning the children recited poems, gave a lively display of traditional dances and led a colourful fashion show to exhibit the students’ work. The staff and parents (and indeed the children themselves) were greatly entertained by a spectacular performance and all agreed it was a great way to finish the term.It’s been fantastic to see the Seekers children’s group in Tullylish Presbyterian Church raise money for supplies for the pre-school, including recently buying desks and chairs for the classrooms.
MicroloansMany in Zambia struggle to get access to loans to start even small businesses and as a result cannot escape dependency on subsistence farming. This is a precarious situation to be in and when unexpected medical bills arise it can be a choice of paying them or paying children’s school fees.In response three:eighteen have partnered with Chinsali UCZ, a local church, to start a microloans scheme. Small loans and business training are given, designed to unlock a vulernable person's God given potential. Watch the video: Chinsali Microloans Project
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As of Nov 2014 we have ten microloans groups that have taken out fourteen loans. With our two trainers in place, we have seen eight new groups come together over the last year. One group that paid back their loan in October was a group of men from Chinsali who bought and sold roofing materials. It was heartening to hear their report; not only of the business’ success but also how they had really taken ownership of itand their obvious pride with the end results. It’s also been really encouraging to track the progress of the first microloan group. A group of ladies from Chinsali borrowed 1,000 to kick-start a poultry business. Their endeavours not only saw them pay back two loans but generate enough profits to be able to invest back into the business without the need for a further loan! This is exactly the kind of story we believe can be created through a loan and a lot of hard work. Praise God!
KFT Training CentreStudents come to the training centre for one year to gain a Certificate in Tailoring. Each week they have practical, theory, mathematics and entrepreneurship lessons with the aim of being equipped with skills and knowledge to start their own business. In Zambia
over 70% of employment1 is within the informal sector, so training people with the ability to work as entrepreneurs is essential.An integral part of the weekly lessons are devotions where the students are presented with the Gospel and Bible teaching by our lecturers and a local pastor. In addition students attend one-off lessons in healthcare, life skills and a weekly sports lesson. In 2010 the KFT Training Centre was awarded accreditation by TEVETA (the vocational training authority in Zambia). Please pray for our students as they complete their studies and seek to start their own businesses.1 Grierson, J., 2002. Practices and Trends in Formal Sector Enterprise-Based Training in Africa. Occasional Paper, International Training Centre of ILO, Turin.
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