Many complex factors contribute to poverty, but one simple contribution to fighting it is to help people to see better, so they can study and work. In fact, worldwide, half of all sight problems can be solved by using glasses to aid reading and close work. So join us on Friday 12 January in Colchester to help prepare another batch of secondhand glasses to send to our mission partners in Malawi. Starts 19:30 and there’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going. For more details, phone 01206 622712.
On Wednesday 6 December at 19:30, Dr Lyn Dowds, chief medical officer at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, will be visiting Colchester. She’ll be meeting the Goggle Works crowd to give an update on progress at the hospital and let us know what the needs are likely to be in the future. If you’re in or around Colchester, do join us for this Goggle Works Party (without the work). Contact Sue Kevan for more details and venue info.
The latest eye clinic is now open, and it’s at Embangweni. In June, a room was made available, as well as trainee staff. Following redecoration of the room, the setting up of equipment and supplies of glasses, some training of the staff, they were ready to start testing patients for dispensing reading glasses.
Here’s a short video telling the story of the preparations:
Since then we’ve made another training visit and we’re also sponsoring clinical training for 2018 and onwards.
Over 80 people joined us from Scotland and England for our Thanksgiving and Celebration event on Saturday 21 October at Strachur. It was a very special time of remembering and praising God for all that he has called us to do in Malawi “with love”. It was also a time to celebrate the many friends and partners who have been inspired to contribute skills, ideas, equipment and advice over the years, and it was great that so many of them could be there on Saturday. David Randall’s book To Malawi With Love, telling the story of the Trust’s work so far, sold like hot cakes.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed, from providing refreshments to organising the audio visual equipment, to those who recounted some of their memories to the gathering. But it was not all about the past: The Raven Trust has sown many acorns and their work continues. And while our container service has now ended, The Raven Trust continues — to focus on the eye-care work started in 2005. Three eye clinics, at Ekwendeni, Livingstonia and Embangweni, are in operation, but there’s much yet to do to establish optical and medical services fully at these places.
John Challis OBE has retired form the trustee board, as have Iain MacPhillimy and Cathie Montgomery. Sue Challis remains on the board, now joined by Sue and John Kevan. Sue K heads up the “Focus on Malawi” work.
On Saturday 21 October 2017, there will be a celebration and thanksgiving service for the past 20 years of The Raven Trust. It will be at Strachur New Hall, PA27 8DG, doors open 14:00, service at 15:00. At the event, we’ll be launching To Malawi with Love, a book telling the story of The Raven Trust, and how it developed in the context of the amazing work of the early missionaries. We’ll also be looking to the future, as the Trust changes to focus on supporting eye care at the hospitals of Livingstonia Synod in northern Malawi. There will be news, updates, speakers and plenty of opportunity to chat and share, and you can meet the new trustees. Looking forward to seeing you!