“Farmers are an important part of our society,” says Adisa of Guildance Community Development Foundation, Nigeria. That’s a serious understatement. In rural Nigeria, farming is the backbone of the community and, if farmers can’t work, families don’t eat. Guildance supports grassroots agricultural communities and Crossroads was able to come alongside them to help Nigerian farmers with a UK donation of safe footwear made through Global Hand.

“Many farmers have lost legs or suffered serious foot diseases from hazards on farms. These would have been easily avoided if they’d had farm boots on,” says Adisa. Working with herbicides and other chemicals adds an additional hazard, he explains.

When a UK donor organisation offered 200 pairs of industrial-quality boots (pictured right) on the Global Hand website, Guildance was quick to accept. The boots are not only waterproof and resistant to chemicals and animal products, they have steel toe-caps, making them extremely hardy and safe for agricultural work. The boots were shipped from the UK and distributed to farmers in south-western Nigeria, where they’re now in use. “The farmers were full of praise,” said Guildance. “They now use the safety boots on their farms and, from their feedback, incidents of hazards have reduced drastically.”

The boots are a wonderful example of how Crossroads can help give a second and even third life to un-needed goods. They were offered as second-hand goods, having been formerly used in the food industry, but the quality was fine. We are excited to see them find a new life on Nigerian farms, contributing not only to safety but, in the larger picture, to food security and, ultimately, poverty alleviation.

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Helping Prisoners and their Families

 

Life in a Zambian prison can be a dismal experience.

S3767 Zambia project profile-4When prisoners are released in Zambia, all too often they enter a new state of imprisonment, locked into poverty, as they find nobody will employ them, and they can be shunned by family and community. This leaves thousands of former prisoners without any way to rebuild their lives, even when they are ready to work hard and make a fresh start. “Most of them are destitute,” write our partners.

The NGO we are shipping to has worked closely with more than 20,000 prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families in Zambia since they were founded in the 1980’s. To prisoners, they give counsel and support, as well as meeting material needs of those who have nobody to bring clothing, blankets or medicines not provided by the institution. For those who are released, they help with advice, counsel and small business loans to help people start afresh. Children and families of prisoners are often left deeply impoverished, and sometimes shunned themselves. Our partners care for their needs with clothes, blankets and other necessities, as well as financial help for schooling. Crossroads’ shipment will help boost their supplies of goods for distribution, and will support the administration of their programmes.

Shipment includes:

  • Clothing, shoes and blankets for former prisoners and their families
  • Computers for administration and training

 

S3767 Zambia project profile-11Life in a Zambian prison can be a dismal experience. Our partners offer counselling, advice, medical care and support to the prisoners themselves and to prisoners’ families. “They are discriminated against because of their association with prisoners,” write our partners. Often families lose their primary breadwinner when a father and husband is imprisoned.

 

 

This shipment will include goods to aid many more former prisoners and their families, like the children below.

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Zambia Snapshot

Population: 14.83 million
Capital: Lusaka
Zambia is a beautiful, landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate.

74.5% of people in Zambia live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.
40% of children are involved in some kind of child labour
1.1 million people are living with HIV.

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Development in War-torn Communities

S3993 DR Congo project profile-4War has left communities in DR Congo in tatters. Sexual violence has traumatised women and children, and created children of rape who are rejected by their families, children witness parents and friends slaughtered, and have no therapy to help them process their experiences. Child soldiers who return home often find themselves hated and rejected.

Child soldiers are often despised by their home community when they return, even though many were forced into combat against their will. It can be hard to find friends and employment. These young men, all returned soldiers, are learning to use digital cameras and other technology. One of the young trainees, Christophe (right), is now the area’s only professional photographer and his work benefits both himself, through income generated, and the community, through his services.

This shipment will help our partners in the war zone of Eastern DR Congo work in many different ways to restore and heal their people.

Shipment includes:

  • Clothing and shoes, for impoverished women and children, returned child soldiers and ostracised children of rape
  • Household goods and furniture for administration, counselling and reconciliation programmes
  • Computers to open a cyber café, and for training returned child soldiers in employable skills
  • Toys and recreational equipment for programmes reintegrating children and young people affected by war

“She is no longer overwhelmed or fearful,” say our partners.

S3993 DR Congo project profile-2Pendeze is a young woman of 23, and a former child soldier.
When Pendeze was a teenager, she witnessed her mother and father brutally killed during local conflict when they were hiding in the forest. In hurt and anger, Pendeze signed up to join the rebels. She finally left combat and tried to reintegrate into her home community, but found brokenness, fear and poverty waiting for her. Unable to support herself and her siblings, she turned to our partners for help. They encouraged Pendeze to learn tailoring in their programmes and today, she owns two sewing machines and can earn an income. “She is no longer overwhelmed or fearful,” say our partners.

 

This shipment contains goods to help more than 100 former soldiers like Pendeze learn new, life-giving skills.

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D.R. Congo Snapshot

Population: 77.43 million

Capital: Kinshasa

DR Congo is located in central sub-Saharan Africa, straddling the equator. It is one of the most resource-rich nations in the world and a place of great natural beauty.

Civil war The most recent war in DR Congo officially ended in 2003, but violence continues in certain regions, including in the East, where this shipment will be helping. At least 5.4 million people have died as a result of war between 1998-2008.

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Vocational training and community development

UN statistics indicate that up to 78% of Zambians in rural areas are living in poverty, as our consignee for this shipment can attest. Simply finding enough to eat each day is a daily struggle for many. In the region to which Crossroads is shipping, education is another big challenge, where many parents cannot afford for their children to go to school. Widows in poverty face particular hardship, when relatives claim everything they have, including their home. This leaves the women with nothing, which forces them to live on the streets.  The vision of our consignee is to bring hope, love and compassion into this region. The way they try to do this is with a mixture of providing vocational training, community development and supporting victims of HIV/Aids.

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Potential impact:

  • Clothing for hundreds of people
  • Teaching new vocational skills to vulnerable people in the area
  • Improve the efficiency of the organisation

Shipment includes:

  • Computer equipment
  • Shoes
  • Household goods and appliances

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Matilda Zulu not only lost her husband, she also found she had HIV/Aids.  She was helped through various HIV/Aids interventions carried out by our consignee organisation. Because of this she learned to face her life with hope. Matilda now advocates for women with HIV/Aids, encouraging them to be open and come forward to help and care.

 

 


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When Helen’s husband died, she was left with four children, the youngest only eight years old. Left with no income, she and her children had to live in a one-roomed house, and she became hopeless and couldn’t see a way to survive. Thankfully, she came in touch with our partner NGO, who helped her learn sewing skills.

Now, she has extended her house with two new rooms and is making a living as a designer and tailor, and she also sells peanut butter from her home. One of her boys is working, two other are in college and one is finishing high school.


This shipment will provide more computers, books, furniture and basic essentials like shoes and clothing to improve the lives of people like Helen and her children.

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Zambia Snapshot

Population: 14.83 million
Capital: Lusaka
Zambia is a beautiful, landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate.

74.5% of people in Zambia live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.
40% of children are involved in some kind of child labour
1.1 million people are living with HIV.

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Health care and community building

Kenya_4While the Kenyan economy is improving, 44% of the population still live below the poverty line.  Nearly 2 million are living with HIV/Aids, and  1 million children are living as orphans because of the disease. Crossroads is shipping to a partner NGO who is bringing hope into this darkness and has already helped thousands of HIV/Aids patients in Kenya.

 

They have asked us to send medical goods and relief supplies to help them care for communities that can’t cope with the burden of so many who are sick and poor.

Potential impact:

  • One hospital, three health clinics and nine pharmacies will be provided with the necessary equipment they need to help people in need.
  • Hundreds of vulnerable people will be provided with clothing and other essentials

Shipment includes:

  • Wheelchairs, hospital beds, medical supplies and more
  • 80 boxes of clothing and 10 boxes of shoes

A85Jane lives in a very dry area where people need to walk 5 kilometres in search of water. Quite often Jane could spend most of her days looking just for water and had less time to look after her children. With the help of Crossroads’ partner NGO, a borehole has been drilled in Jane’s village, which provides her and the whole community with clean water.

Because she has more time now, Jane is able to get milk and vegetables for her family, who are now healthier and happier.

Our shipment will help families like Jane’s access resources they need to be productive and self-sufficient.


A26When Doris became pregnant she felt very weak, and knew something wasn’t right. She decided to go to the health clinic of our partner NGO, who tested her for HIV. Doris discovered she was HIV-positive, and being pregnant, it meant her child was now at risk too. Under the care of the clinic, Doris was put on ARV treatment and given food supplements and medicines. Because of this basic care her health condition improved and soon she gave birth to her first child. She then had an agonising wait. Was her baby infected or not? At 18 months, the baby was tested and Doris was relieved to discover that he was fine!

Today, she has  had a second child and, with some help, Doris has started her own small scale business and is living happy with her family.

The shipment will improve the quality of the health facilities where Doris received care, helping many more like Doris.

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Kenya Snapshot

Capital: Nairobi
Population: 45.55 million. About half of the population is under 18.

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 44%

There are 1.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS ,  1 million children orphaned because of AIDS, and 2.6 million orphans in total.
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Mubalama, a small boy living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suffered tragedy before he had even reached school age.

His father was a soldier in the Congo’s brutal civil war, which still affects parts of the nation today, and he was killed when Mubalama was still only around 5 years old.

His father’s death meant the death of the family’s income, and their stability. Mubalama faced a bleak and uncertain future.

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A school run by a local NGO discovered Mubalama and accepted him into their program for underprivileged children. “He was very little when we found him,” they told us, “and he had no shoes.”

After just three years at the school, Mubalama is a changed child. Healthy, and well-fed, under their feeding program, he is filled with hope and enthusiasm for learning. “His dream is to become the next president of DR Congo!” the agency told us.

It was children like Mubalama that we had in mind when we saw the joyful feedback photos from one partner in DR Congo who received a shipment from Crossroads, filled with goods like clothing, shoes, furniture and equipment to help them serve impoverished communities.

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Much more than simply goods, the items were an injection of hope to this region where people have struggled so much.

“Your help was very great to us and helped us so much in all ways,” wrote a local Congolese staff member. “This has brought unity and peace in our community.”

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DR Congo Snapshot

Population: 77.43 million
Capital: Kinshasa

DR Congo is located in central sub-Saharan Africa, straddling the equator. It experiences the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world with a tropical climate.

Although, one of the most resource rich nations in the world,  74% of people in DR Congo live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day, one of the highest rates in the world.

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