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2019 Projects

The money raised by Radio Cracker Ballymena in 2019 will go to the following causes

  • Second Sight: for around 500 eye operations in Bihar State, India
  • Kids4school: supply 125 filter buckets in Tanzania
  • E3 Initiative: build children's healing, support and recreation centre in South Africa
  • EMMS Intl: build borehole, pump and speedboat ambulance slipway in Malawi
  • Bread for Kenya: 30 rainwater collecting tanks for the Tharaka Kenya
  • Care for Cambodia: start a recycling centre in Cambodia
  • Lifeline Ministries: build a new classroom in Kenya
  • Fields of Life: build a borehold in Uganda
  • Mulyata: build a hygiene station in Zambia

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Laos is the most bombed country in the world. Most of the munitions dropped were cluster bombs, which splinter before impact, spreading hundreds of smaller bomblets: many of which are still lying unexploded throughout the countryside. More than 20,000 people have been killed or maimed by these bomblets and many people are still being maimed and killed every year. Sadly many of the casualties are children as the bombs are often mistaken for toys. With your help Spud Bears hope to send Solar- powered talking bears, programmed in the Lao language, to teach young children in the remote rural locations about the dangers of playing with strange looking objects.

The state of Bihar in India is the very worst area in the entire world for cataract blindness. Second Sight is a charity operating here to restore sight to these poor people and indeed eradicate cataract blindness in this area by 2020. Over 380,000 people of all ages have already had their sight restored! We hope, with your support, to fund over 500 of these operations this year.

Samaritan Community School in Kitwe, Zambia, teaches 920 pupils in makeshift wooden huts, which are dilapidated and desperately need replacing. The children come from various slum communities affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy, crime and drug abuse. They cannot go to government or private schools because their families cannot afford the fees, school uniforms and books. There is an average of 102 children per class from Grade 1 to 9. E3 Initiative have asked us to fund the building of a new brick classroom to replace one of the current huts which could literally fall apart at any minute.

In Tanzania there is little opportunity for children in rural areas to attend school because of the large distance they would have to walk. With your help Kids4School hope to build dormitories for these children at their Academy so that distance is not a barrier for any child wanting to receive a good quality education. The children will be safe, protected and looked after during the week while not in the care of their parents. A matron will be resident at the Academy at all times who will oversee every aspect of the children's welfare. The children will board during the week and return home every weekend to their family.

Life-line Ministries have been working in Kenya for over 15 years. With your help they would like to replace a temporary corrugated tin and wood classroom with a brick-built one for 35 children. A brick classroom will be much more durable and comfortable for the children as it will not be influenced by the weather to the same degree as the tin.

The Tharaka women in Kenya walk many miles to the river to get water. They fill 20 litre plastic containers with river water and carry them home by placing them on their back with a rope around the container and their forehead. With your help BREAD hope to provide the Tharaka people with 30 more PVC rain water tanks. These tanks are especially useful in the rainy season because at this time the rivers turn brown in colour with contamination from the ground around them and make the people sick.

50,000 people living in remote villages dotted along the lake shore across Nkhata Bay, Rumphi and Karonga districts in Malawi have little or no healthcare. There are health centres but they are in an awful state, and it is not fair to ask healthcare professionals to live and work in near-squalor. Emms International are committed to renovating 5 facilities and have asked for your help to provide liveable health centres for skilled and qualified healthcare professionals to serve in.

Every day over 3,000 children attend Care for Cambodia projects for free supplementary education in subjects such as Khymer, English, Maths, Health & Hygiene and Drama. They have recently opened a chicken farm to help fund this vital work and are asking for your help to expand this farm with another chicken shed. The income from this extra shed will equate to around 20% of CFC's normal monthly expenditure which will pay the salaries of 20 part-time teachers each month, allow 3 youths to attend university that they couldn't normally afford, provide 6 training per annum and pay living wages to those overseeing the project.

In Kenya, many old folks have no family to look after them and no hope of government assistance. They are often abandoned by the side of the road and even left to die.

With your help Mission Africa can give these senior citizens safety and peace, dignity and security in a loving Christian environment by building a new dormitory to house around 20 – 30 men.

The state of Bihar in India is the very worst area in the entire world for cataract blindness. Second Sight is a charity operating here to restore sight to these poor people and indeed eradicate cataract blindness in this area by 2020. Over ¼ million people of all ages have already had their sight restored! We hope, with your support, to fund over 800 of these operations this year.

In TA Malili in rural Malawi over 50% of the population are under 18. Many children have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related illnesses and are in the care of older siblings or elderly grandmothers. It's a daily struggle to survive.

E3 Initiative are helping to build a Health Clinic for under-fives to give medical care to the children and educate their mothers to improve the health and well-being of families. Children attending the clinic will need treatment for malnutrition, HIV, Malaria, TB and common tropical diseases. With the right health care and support, these children can recover and live stronger and healthier lives.

In Tanzania there is little opportunity for children to progress beyond primary school at age 13. In the rural areas the pass rate for the National Exam can be as low as 1 in 9. Those who do not pass are deemed failures, forced to marry and start a family, work in the fields for a small wage and follow in their parents’ footsteps living in poverty.

With your help Kids4School hope to extend their Vocational Training Unit to offer courses to these children such as sewing, welding, computer studies, woodwork and agriculture to better equip them for employment and offer an alternative route out of poverty.

Bushfire village in Zambia is currently home to 90 orphans: the majority of whom have been orphaned due to the HIV crisis in Africa. They seek to provide a safe & secure home for the orphans, as well as an on-site primary school.

With your help Bushfire hope to purchase 2 solar water pumps to provide water to the farmland from the river in order to grow tomatoes, etc. to sell and eventually help to make the Bushfire Children's village more self-sufficient.

The Tharaka women in Kenya walk many miles to the river to get water. They fill 20 litre plastic containers with river water and carry them home by placing them on their back with a rope around the container and their forehead.

With your help BREAD hope to provide the Tharaka people with forty more PVC rain water tanks. These tanks are especially useful in the rainy season because at this time the rivers turn brown in colour with contamination from the ground around them and make the people sick.

180,000 people in Malawi require compassionate, end-of-life care but only a fraction of them receive it. Malawians are suffering from devastating diseases, such as cancer, and need our help. No one should suffer from terminal illness and disease alone.

You can help to bring relief and comfort to 60,000 people, who are some of the poorest people in the world, by helping fund an ambulance for Emms International’s partner, David Gordon Memorial Hospital, and helping them to be by the side of people who desperately need palliative care.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is the second poorest country in the world. Women in CAR are severely disadvantaged: many suffer from violence, stigmatisation and discrimination and are rarely educated, meaning they are frequently cheated by men giving or demanding incorrect change or overcharging in the market.

Tearfund’s project will enable women to increase their income and improve their livelihood security through literacy and numeracy training, vocational training and help to set up small businesses. It will also tackle the harmful social and cultural attitudes which have allowed so many women to suffer sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

Bread for Kenya. Supply of rainwater tanks for the Tharaka people in Kenya. There are a pproximately 120.000 Tharaka people who are extremely poor, with many of them suffering from malnutrition and amoebic dysentery, the latter caused by drinking dirty water.

E3 Initiative. Start a chicken-rearing farm. The work will be part of the local mission of Truevine Community Church in St Pietermaritzburg and Harding in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, S. Africa. They hope to rear 1,500 chickens every 7 weeks and these will be sold at affordable prices. Presently, the locals have to travel 30 km to buy chicken meat. The farm will create 16 jobs for women as well as one for a night watchman. It is suggested that 9,000 locals will benefit from this proposal in terms of less travel and cheaper chickens. Also, the profits will be used to increase the number of orphans currently being supported in that area by E3 from 50 to 250! The chicken dung will be used as garden manure.

EMMS Intl. In Chhatarpur, in Madhya Pradesh, one of India’s poorest States, there are approximately 94 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births! The figure for England and Wales is 2.8! The mortality rate for mothers, some as young as twelve, is 386 for every 100,000 births. In the UK, it is 8! One of the problems is that the local hospital, Christian Hospital Chhatarpur, does not have enough equipment. Last year we helped to fund the purchase of cradles, breathing machines and labour tables and beds. This year they EMMS Intl. want us to help fully meet the cost of all the equipment needed for the same department/hospital. This includes part of the cost of an ultrasound scanner and a solar water heater for the laundry room.

Kids4school are planning to build a Christian Academy in Tanzania, comprising a Primary, Secondary and Vocational Schools and a Church. Our previous grant in 2014 was for a borehole for the site. They are up to sub-floor level on the Primary School (Their first build) and have asked us for a grant to continue with this project. The Primary School will house approximately 175 pupils. There will be Standard 1 to Standard 7 with around 25 pupils in each class.

Life-line Ministries have been working in Kenya for 15 years. They have applied for funding to replace a temporary corrugated tin classroom with a proper one for 35 children.

Second Sight is working in the worst area in the world for cataract blindness; Bihar State in India. So far, over one quarter of a million people there have had their sight restored through cataract surgery. Because 100% of all donations is spent on surgical procedures, sight can be restored for approximately £15.00. Second Sight aims to eradicate cataract blindness in Bihar State by the end of the year 2020.

Tearfund is asking for help to renovate, furbish and supply teaching materials for a school in Beirut. The school will be for 60 Syrian and Iraqi refugee children who don’t go to school as the Lebanese schools are full. Many of these children have been traumatised by what they have seen, and been forced to see. The children will be taught basic numeracy and literacy skills. Also, given the prevalence of child abuse and exploitation, the protective aspect of this project will provide training for children in how to identify and report instances of abuse and maltreatment, in addition to offering essential psychosocial support.

Second Sight is working in the worst area in the world for cataract blindness; Bihar State in India. So far, over one quarter of a million people there have had their sight restored through cataract surgery. Because 100% of all donations is spent on surgical procedures, sight can be restored for approximately £15.00 (About the cost of six coffees!). Second Sight aims to eradicate cataract blindness in Bihar State by the end of the year 2020. Radio Cracker Ballymena hopes to be able to give £8,000.00 to Second Sight so that more than 500 blind people will be able to see again. Please help us to do that.

Asha In New Delhi, the capital city of India, living on a river bed, under a Metro bridge, there is a slum community of approximately 5,500 men, women and children. Most of the men are unemployed. The average dwelling is built from whatever material is available – plastic sheets, dry reeds, straw and mud, cardboard etc. It measures about 6 by 8 feet and is ‘home’ to five to eight people. Basic amenities, which we take for granted, such as adequate healthcare, clean drinking water, electricity, toilets etc. just don’t exist. Diseases such as diarrhoea, TB, malaria, pneumonia, hepatitis etc. abound, leading to high infant and maternal mortality rates. Asha has a proud record in helping other slum dwellers help themselves to improve the health and quality of their lives. Community Health Volunteers will be trained to provide primary healthcare; the Asha team and a doctor will provide secondary healthcare, and the well-equipped Asha Polyclinic will provide tertiary healthcare. Radio Cracker Ballymena plans to give £9,600.00 for this work. But we need your help. Please give generously.

Bread for Kenya is a small, local Charity working to help the poor in Kenya. There are approximately 120.000 Tharaka people who are extremely poor, with many of them suffering from malnutrition and amoebic dysentery, the latter caused by drinking dirty water. Bread for Kenya has already installed 190 PVC water storage tanks to collect clean rain water and there has been a vast improvement in health as a result. However, 8,000 more tanks are needed so that everyone may benefit. Each tank costs £150 and Radio Cracker Ballymena wants to give £6,000.00 for the supply of 40 more tanks. When you next go to the tap for a drink of water, please think of this project and then give, as you can, to help us meet this great need.

EMMS International In Chhatarpur, in Madhya Pradesh, one of India’s poorest States, there are approximately 94 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births! The figure for England and Wales is 2.8! The mortality rate for mothers, some as young as twelve, is 386 for every 100,000 births. In the UK, it is 8! One of the problems is that the local hospital, Christian Hospital Chhatarpur, does not have enough equipment. And so, EMMS Intl. has asked Radio Cracker Ballymena to help fund the purchase of cradles, breathing machines and labour tables and beds. We have said that we will donate the required £11,980.00 but we can only do it with your financial help. Please help us save the lives of many of these young babies and mothers. If you don’t, who will?

Tearfund Mozambique is a highly indebted, poverty-stricken country. Despite frequent floods and droughts, its diverse soils and climatic conditions offer a wide range of produce opportunities. However, it is the rural areas where poverty is more acute, mainly because of limited levels of productivity and marketing. Tearfund has asked Radio Cracker Ballymena to help fund a project which will, with the help of community leaders and the local churches, train 400 families to build ecological latrines to improve sanitation and reduce the risk of disease; build firewood (solar) saving stoves to better preserve the forests; better manage the storage of the increased produce; and farm in a more responsible way to protect their own environment. This project will benefit many people and be an example to the rest of Mozambique. Tearfund is a much respected Charity and Radio Cracker Ballymena is pleased to offer a donation of £9,819.00 for this project. Please join with us in helping these poor people to make better lives for themselves and their children.

Francina Foundation This is a new, local Charity which has been established, among other things, to relieve poverty in India. It has been particularly moved by the plight of the ‘devadasi’ population. These women are Hindu temple prostitutes who are misguidedly ‘dedicated’ to the worship of the Hindu deity by their parents – for life. As these women get older, they find themselves ‘beyond use’ and are rejected by the temple and their own community. The Francina Foundation plans to build a safe house for these women and has asked Radio Cracker Ballymena to help. We have agreed to give £8,000.00 – provided we receive sufficient funding from our listeners, supporters and local businesses. We were greatly moved to hear of the plight of these poor misguided women, and we hope that you will be too – to the point where you give as generously as you can to show that someone, albeit thousands of miles away, still loves them!

Mission Africa This is a much-loved and well-respected local Charity. This year, Radio Cracker Ballymena has agreed to donate £6,000.00 for three different areas of great need. First, we will give £2,000.00 for the purchase of more than 200 mosquito nets. The incidence of malaria is falling, mainly through the increased supply of mosquito nets, but it is still a major cause of mortality in Africa, particularly among young children. Second, to help the large number of people, particularly in Nigeria, with polio, we are going to give £2,000.00 for the purchase of hand-propelled wheelchairs. These are made locally and provide much needed employment but are also literally a ‘Godsend’ to many sufferers who without a wheelchair, spend their days literally crawling along on the ground. Lastly, Radio Cracker Ballymena has promised to give £2,000.00 to help establish a rehabilitation centre for prostitutes who are currently marginalised and at risk of violence and HIV. Many are now eager to change their lives and this centre will help them to do that, in God’s name. Only three different areas of need, but so many people in need. Will you help for the love of God? Please do. Thank you!

Kids4school is a small Christian Missionary Charity founded in Larne in 2009. Increasingly, such missionary and aid agencies are realising that proper education is the key in the Third World if the inter-generational poverty cycle is ever to be broken. Here, in Northern Ireland, we are inclined to take good education opportunities for our children as their right…and so they are! Kids4school wants to give that right to hundreds of poor children in Tanzania by building a Christian Academy, comprising a Primary School, a Secondary School, a Vocational School and a Church; all on a 16 acre site given to them by the local community. Radio Cracker wants to help them with the cost of a borehole for this project…..and we can, if you help us. Remember the chorus “Red and yellow, black and white; all are precious in his sight”? Are they precious in your sight? Please give as generously as you can. Thank you!

Approximately, 40% of the world’s blind population live in India. About 75% of these blind people suffer from cataract blindness, which can be cured by a relatively simple surgical procedure. With Second Sight, it costs just over £15.00 to give sight to a blind person. Second Sight works in Bihar State in India and hopes to eradicate reversible blindness there by 2020. All their Professionals are volunteers and nothing is spent on administration, salaries or publicity. Please close your eyes for a second or two and imagine what it would be like to be permanently blind…….and then, please open them, and your heart, and your purse or your wallet, and help support Radio Cracker to help Second Sight to help hundreds of blind people to see again in 2015. Thank you!

In the mid-1990s, in Bassa, a remote part of Nigeria, a Mission Station comprising a Health Centre and Vetinary Clinic, which had been started by the Qua Iboe Missionary Society in the 1930s, was destroyed during a period of inter-tribal warfare. The area is now peaceful but well over 12,000 residents have no ready access to health care, and the nomadic people have no help for their sick animals. Mission Africa wants to rebuild the Mission Station and have asked for help from Radio Cracker. We sometimes complain about our Health Service, but at least we have one! How would you cope if (say) there were no doctors and nurses in the greater Ballymena area? Not a very nice thought, is it? Imagine an emergency in the middle of the night and no 999 Ambulance Service or Dalriada Doctor! Radio Cracker wants to help Mission Africa, but we need your help if we are to do anything. Please give as your conscience dictates. Thank you!

Nepal is a beautiful country, but it is also one of the poorest. The root of child-trafficking is often extreme poverty! Tearfund’s National Campaign this year is ‘No Child Taken’. In Nepal, they are trying to help up to 9,000 people to help themselves by developing at least 20 Self Help Groups. These Groups empower people socially and economically, by giving them new skills, capacity, and knowledge around such issues as health, hygiene, farming and food security. Already , great progress has been made but with your help, Radio Cracker can enable Tearfund to make an even greater difference. Together, we can help these wretchedly poor people so that never again, will a parent even think of raising money by selling their child for slave labour or prostitution. Keep the children safe! Please help. Thank you!

Near a place called Tinka in Romania, there is a small Gypsy community of about fifty people. They live in rat infested crumbling mud brick units ( to call them ’houses’ would be a mis-use of the English language). There is no water or sanitation in any of these units. The Smiles Foundation is planning to build ten new two-roomed houses for these families, as well as a Hygiene Block with toilets, showers and wash-basins. They have asked Radio Cracker to help, and we have said “Yes” to helping with the Hygiene Block. But whether we can or not; and if so, to what extent, depends totally on your support and generosity. If you don’t help these people, who will? “There but for the grace of God” Go on, please? Make a difference! Thank you!

In a village called Mokhotlong in South Africa, live many children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. They are currently being cared for by their grandparents or by their oldest brother or sister. If they go to school, they have a long walk to Lesotho and when the return, they have household chores to do and they receive no encouragement or help with their homework. E3 Initiative wants to build a Boarding Home in Lesotho for 40 such orphaned and vulnerable children. They will board from Monday to Friday, attend school, receive three nutritious meals per day, live in a Christian environment etc. This will be a real blessing to the children now and a benefit to their community in the future. Can you imagine what a change this will bring to these poor children …and what an example to them of the love of God being worked out in their lives. Please give what you can. Thank you!

In Cambodia, education is officially ‘free’. However, because teachers will often insist on payment, many children do not go to school. Care for Cambodia, a small Christian relief and development organisation, is trying to do something about this. It is currently arranging classes in Maths, English, Kymer, Hygiene, Christian Education and Social Skills for over 3,500 children aged 5 to 16 in 80 different villages. Most of the classes are held out in the open and Care for Cambodia desperately needs money to build and furnish simple classrooms. They can do one such classroom for about £2,500 and with your help, Radio Cracker hopes to give them two new classrooms. Will you help to educate a child and also let him or her know that someone cares…..Please! Thank you.

40% of the world’s blind population lives in India. About 75% of these blind people can be cured by a simple cataract operation costing just over £15.00. Second Sight works in Bihar State in India and hopes to eradicate reversible blindness there by 2020. This year they hope to give sight to 1,000 people (men, women and children). All their professionals are volunteers and nothing is spent on administration, salaries or publicity. Please close your eyes for a second or two and imagine what it would be like if you were permanently blind…..and then please think again about helping Radio Cracker to give Second Sight £5,000.00 so that over 320 blind people can see again. Thank you.

Imagine you are one of 150,000 refugees mainly from the Great Lakes area of central Africa (Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda) and now living thousands of miles away in South Africa. You have had to leave your own country because of murder, rape and other atrocities. Things are tough. How do you live? How do you get food for your family? E3 Initiative (whose running costs are all paid by their Trustees)has been working for years with the local churches to help these poor people. They asked Radio Cracker to help them ..and we said “Yes”. With your help, we will give E3 Initiative £10,000.00 to establish a cassava farm and to buy a small van to take the produce to market. Cassava is a traditional food in most African countries. Its tubers and leaves are edible; it is drought-resistant and needs no fertiliser. Many refugees will benefit from this project which will utilise a Micro-saving and Finance Programme, which in time will allow this grant-aid to be re-cycled. What are you having for your Tea tonight? Do you know where you will lay your head tonight? We have all so much….really! Please give generously. Thank you.

Malawi has, at 10%, one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. There are over 1.4 million Malawians living with the disease! EMMS International plans to recruit, train and equip HIV+ ‘mother buddies’ to support HIV+ pregnant women….but this costs money….and that’s where you and Radio Cracker come in. We have agreed to give EMMS International £11,731.00 to get this project off the ground. When the project is over, approximately 1,000 women and their partners will have been tested for HIV and given advice, support and information on how to prevent HIV transmission. Also, 600 HIV+ mothers will have nutritional support, access to reliable treatment and social support, and medication to prevent ‘mother to child’ HIV transmission. No child deserves to be born with HIV! Does it? Please give as your conscience dictates! Thank you.

You would think that a part of Honduras which contains the largest intact rainforest north of the Amazon would have no water problems. But Tearfund knows such an area. It’s on the Eastern coast of Honduras, which is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and with the highest murder rate. In this area, the land is so flat that hand-dug wells get contaminated and the lagoons get polluted with detergents used to wash clothes. The children bathe in the lagoon and the women stand waist deep in the water, as they do their washing. The result is sickness and skin diseases. With your help, and only with your help, will Tearfund be able to install rain-collecting tanks and ecological laundries. Radio Cracker hopes to give £10,253.00 for this project, but we can only do it if you support us financially. Will you help to give clean water ……and love, to over 700 Hondurans. If you don’t, who will? Thank you.

Raise the Roof(NI) is a recently established local youth choir. It is coached by Alyson Reid and its primary purpose is to raise enough funds to build, in partnership with the Fields of Life organisation, a seven to ten classroom school for vulnerable children in Uganda. Increasingly, relief and aid agencies are realising that proper education is the key in the Third World if the inter-generational poverty cycle is ever to be broken. Here, we are inclined to take good education opportunities for our children as their right ….and so they are. Raise the Roof (NI) wants to give that right to poor children in Africa….and Radio Cracker wants to help them by giving them £10,000.00. But we can only do that if you give us the money in the first place. Remember that chorus “Red and yellow, black and white; all are precious in His sight”? Are they precious in your sight? Please give as generously as you can! Thank you

  1. Chinchpada Christian Hospital is a community hospital in a remote rural area in northern India, serving some of the poorest people, living in 938 different villages. 75% of the village families live on less than $1.25 per day. Over 50% of the girls are married before they are 18 years old and infant mortality is about sixteen times that in the UK. Despite having to close part of the hospital due to general decay leading to unsanitary and unfit conditions, the hospital still managed, last year, to care for 1,600 inpatients, 6,000 outpatients and to deliver 200 babies and to carry out 400 surgical procedures. If you support Radio Cracker this year, then we will give EMMS International £9,500.00 to rebuild the Medical Surgical Wards and to harvest and store rainwater for the hospital’s use.
  2. 40% of the world’s blind population live in India. About 75% of these blind people can be cured by a simple cataract operation costing around £18.00. Second Sight works in Bihar State in India and hopes to cure up to 60,000 blind people this year. All their professionals are volunteers and nothing is spent on administration, salaries or publicity. Close your eyes for a second or two and imagine what it would be like if you were permanently blind…..and then please think seriously about helping Radio Cracker to give Second Sight £4,500.00 so that 250 blind people can see again.
  3. There is a village in Tanzania, called Samaria. About 331 people live there, and of those, 83 are lepers. Samaria is a leper colony. There is no electricity, no easily accessible clean water, poor sanitation and everyone sleeps on the ground. The people are largely shunned by the surrounding villagers. Come to the Radio Cracker Christmas Shop. Look at the photograph on the wall of John the Leper and try not to feel sorry for him. But sometimes, and this is one of them, when ‘sorry’ doesn’t help. The Leprosy Mission is desperately trying to improve the lives of these poor people and Radio Cracker, with your support, will give them this year £12,500.00 to sink a borehole in the village so that there may be safe drinking water for everyone. And perhaps even more importantly, everyone in Samaria will know that they are not forgotten and that someone cares for them!
  4. In Guatemala, five of the ten leading causes of death are water related diseases. 43% of infant deaths are caused by diarrhoea. In a country with the fourth highest malnutrition rate in the world, parasites transferred by waterborne contamination are consuming the nutrition children need! Do you think about any of this as you drink water from your tap or bottle? Probably not, but it is good that someone is thinking about it. Compassion International is hoping to give, and train 200 families in the use of, water filter units. These remove 99.9 % of bacterial contaminants in water and literally will last a lifetime. Please help Radio Cracker to meet the £10,000.00 cost of these units and save the lives of hundreds of children!
  5. In a remote part of the jungle in Ecuador, there is a small native community in a place called Kiim. About four years ago, HCJB (which stands for ‘Heralding Jesus Christ’s Blessings’) cleaned up the village well and installed a manual pump. This worked well for a couple of years until it over-corroded in the acidic jungle water. Since then, the villagers have had to resort to collecting water from the nearest stream with all the associated hardship and health problems. HCJB, like all the relief organisations, are now realising that clean drinking water is the key to good health for such communities, as well as a practical demonstration of God’s love for them. And so, with your help, Radio Cracker hopes to give HJCB £6,550.00 to install a solar-powered pump, a water tower and storage tank.
  6. Tulca is a small village in a poor, rural area of Romania. There are lots of gypsy children in the village and unfortunately, the educational system is failing many of them. Forty such children, at the village school cannot read and write and some of these are as old as fourteen. Asociatia Tulca was founded in 2002 by a Christian Couple, John and Sylvia Marcus. John is originally from Harryville. They have founded an After-school Club to provide extra tuition to the gypsy children and have had wonderful success to date. However, the demand is so great, they need to expand. These children deserve a chance to make something of their lives, don’t they? Will you help Radio Cracker to give Asociatia Tulca £12,000.00 to build and furbish another classroom so that more children can fulfil their potential and break out of the intergenerational poverty cycle.
  7. Imagine you are a bright child but that your ‘home’ is in the slums of Delhi. How do you make something of your life? How do you satisfy your thirst for knowledge? Who will help you? Well, an organisation called Asha has been trying to do just that since it was founded in 1988. It works with over 400,000 people in 50 slum colonies. Many of us have seen these slums on TV and they are truly horrendous. But from these terrible conditions, do emerge bright and gifted young people. This year, Asha wants to support 18 such young people through second and third level education, and it has asked Radio Cracker for £8,100.00 to help them. As clean water is the key to good health; so a good education is the key to escaping grinding poverty. As good parents, we do everything to help our children get a good education. Please give us a pound or two to help some other children also!
  8. Vision of Good Hope, Moldova is a well known and much-respected relief organisation in the Ballymena area. For over ten years they have been looking after children in an orphanage in Moldova, called The House of Hope. Many of those children have now reached the age where they are ready to move into employment (if they can find any in this very poor country) or into third-level education. However, they are still legally in the care of VGHM. And so, a house adjacent to the orphanage has been bought and with your help, Radio Cracker hopes to give VGHM £10,000.00 to fit out and furnish this half-way house for their older orphans. Without this facility, much of the preceding ten years’ good work could be wasted. Will you please help us to bring God’s love to these young people who have no family and who need someone to help them. If you don’t help them, who will?
  1. EMMS International – Malawi. Access to clean water is the key to reducing the mortality rate and improving the health of those living in rural and isolated areas. In certain areas, a shallow well can be dug at the cost of £300.00, including pump, labour and other related materials. We hope to be able to pay for many such wells.
  2. Mission Africa – Nigeria. In Ogugu village, a training centre will be built for widows, abused and vulnerable women. This centre will train women to make clothing and then will provide loans to enable the women to buy their own sewing machines. In due course, the women will become self-supporting and will be able to repay the loans, which will then be available for other such women. Radio Cracker intends to pay for the building and refurbishing of the training centre.
  3. Mission Africa – Nigeria. While polio is virtually non-existent in the United Kingdom, it is still widespread in certain parts of Nigeria. Healthy children go to sleep at night and awaken the next morning with a slight fever and paralysed limbs. There is no cure and the children are left to get around as best they can, often walking on their hands. Radio Cracker has provided for new wheel chairs for several years now and will do the same again this year.
  4. Second Sight – India. There are approximately 37 million blind people in the world and 15 million of them live in India. Many are blind due to cataracts and an operation to remove them and give the sufferer back their sight costs only £20.00. By paying for such operations, we hope to restore sight to at least 100 blind people.
  5. Coaching For Christ – Kenya. Without a proper education, many of Africa’s children are locked into a generational cycle of poverty and deprivation. Last year Radio Cracker helped with the purchase of land and the building of a new and much needed school. The building of the school is nearing an end and we intend providing funds for its completion.
  6. Kids4School Ministries – Tanzania. Many village children in central Tanzania have only water from puddles and infected lakes to drink. As a result, many die from diarrhoea related diseases from drinking the polluted water, before they reach their fifth birthday. The rains, when they come, can provide clean water for all the school children if properly ‘harvested’ and stored. Radio Cracker would like to provide sufficient funds to build two school water storage tanks.
  7. Friends of Rif – Morocco. In 2004, an earthquake devastated many villages in the Rif Mountains in north-west Morocco. Seven years later, many villagers are still living in ‘temporary’ mud and straw huts. During the winters, when the rains come and the temperature drops to freezing, hundreds of families are unable to stay dry and warm. Many children struggle and die with related illnesses such as pneumonia. We hope to be in a position to build new earthquake-proof homes for at least three families next year.

Thanks for all your donations, sponsorship, and advertising towards our 2010-11 projects. We were able to donate a fantastic £70,000 to the following charities:

  • Mission Africa - £16,000
  • £7,500 to the wheelchair project.
  • £1,500 towards toilets at Gyero farm and school.
  • £7,000 for accommodation & water pipes at Ogugu.
  • Second Sight - £13,500 (which equates to around 900 operations at Gems Hospital).
  • Coaching 4 Christ - £8,750 to start the new school building.
  • Emmanuel Hospitals - £15,000 for a new 20 bed maternity ward.
  • McCord Hospital, Durban - £8,000 to upgrade the 21 bed maternity ward.
  • Zoe Life, Durban - £8,750 for school classroom unit.