Why The Raven Trust?
There’s a story in the Old Testament where ‘The ravens brought (Elijah) bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook’ (1 Kings 17:6). The ravens (- intelligent scavengers!) supplied all that Elijah needed at that time. This is a story about God’s loving provision in creation, pointing forward ultimately to his coming to Earth as Jesus to set things to rights. Following the example of these feathery creatures, The Raven Trust aims to do a similar job for needy communities in Malawi, focusing on developing eye care.
A changing focus
Many people will associate The Raven Trust with sending containers of equipment to Malawi, and the wide range of projects that John Challis directed. But following his retirement, and of fellow trustees Iain MacPhillimy and Cathie Montgomery, The Raven Trust will be concentrating entirely on its support of eye care work in Malawi. The eye care work was started in 2005 as just one activity of the Trust, initiated and lead by Sue Kevan.
The aims and objectives of the Trust however – the prevention or relief of poverty, the advancement of education, the advancement of health and the advancement of the Gospel – remain unchanged. The trustee board now consists of Sue Challis, Sue Kevan and John Kevan.
Our eye care work
The objective of our eye care work is to share God’s love by supporting the mission of CCAP Livingstonia hospitals in the development of appropriate and sustainable eye care. We do this in consultation with, and as required by, the local hospital managers. The clinics are operated by staff trained in Malawi.
We do this by
- the provision of advice, facilities and equipment
- organising regular clinical visits
- supplying glasses for dispensing in clinics
- providing clinical training sponsorship
- mentoring of local staff (there are growing opportunities for regular contact with better internet connections)
- identifying, with CCAP hospital management, future needs and helping them to plan new clinical services for hospitals (eg proposed cataract surgery at Livingstonia), outlying clinics and special schools.
- encouraging supporters, volunteers and donors from churches in Scotland and England, while inspiring wider circles of colleagues, friends and others to to get involved this Jesus-inspired mission (an outreach in itself!).
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The work is funded by donations and gifts from individuals, church congregations etc. The work is not underwritten by any organisation; it is faith at work. The Raven Trust undertakes to provide the legal framework to enable us to receive grants and process tax relief on funds.