This Christmas we are supporting the Bristol North West Foodbank based in Avonmouth and Tearfund projects working in 30 rural communities across Northern Uganda. Thank you so much for your support.
The Bristol North West Foodbank opened in March 2011 and has helped over 26,800 people in crisis during that time with the provision of emergency food parcels. A crisis may come in many forms, such as benefit changes, debt, redundancy, ill-health, family break up or just unexpected large bills.
All their clients are referred to them by local care agencies who identify individuals and families in crisis. Anyone in crisis from North West Bristol stretching from Avonmouth to Henbury, Hotwells to Lawrence Weston and areas in between can have access to the Foodbank.
The Foodbank not only gives out food, it also provides signposting help to other services as well as offering access to the Fuel Bank, Advice Services and their Cookery and Budgeting Course, “Eat Well, Spend Less”. They now also have an in-house Advice Worker who is able to give generalist support and advice.
Tearfund has worked in Uganda since the late 1970s. The goal for their work is the healing and transformation of every area of people’s lives – physical, personal, social and spiritual. Tearfund’s WASH programme provides access to clean water, and proper sanitation and hygiene training for communities. It is recognised as a crucial foundation for positive development across many areas, including health, income, agriculture and education. Since July 2016, more than a million people have crossed the border into northern Uganda from South Sudan, as a result of the conflict and war. Tearfund’s partners are present in the refugee camps, training church leaders in peace and reconciliation work, and providing sanitary kits for girls and young women.