Happy New year to you all! We have much to be thankful for, and to look forward to, as we head into 2019.
Our Maldon flea market stall in December went well, in spite of the day being cold and not so many people being out and about. Altogether we made nearly £400. Thanks to all who contributed to this in so many ways.
Thanks also to friends who continue to support the development of eye care through sorting and measuring glasses.
At the same time we are so grateful for the monetary donations from individuals, families and churches — the one-offs and the regular giving.
Altogether this support is enabling significant change amongst communities in northern Malawi, where improving sight helps with learning, work and quality of life.
To help effect this, we continue to sponsor the training of medical students from partner hospitals, we provide clinical equipment and we make clinical visits to monitor progress and to maintain our mentoring relationship with staff.
Thanks everyone! If you have any questions, ideas or comments, we’d love to hear from you. Also, if you’d like us to speak to your group or organisation or church just let us know. God bless you!
We are so grateful for the many secondhand glasses and sunglasses given to the trust. Amongst the donations, we often find some amazing vintage and designer creations, and we’re making the best available for sale, to provide a useful contribution in our support of clinical training in Malawi.
Our friends at Chocodolly, Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester, are selling a selection (do pop in and take a look at their fab gear!), and on Saturday 1 December, at The Flea Market, Maldon Town Hall, we’ll have our very own stall, with a wide selection from the 1940s onwards. See you at the Flea Market, which is at the top of Market Hill, open from 08:30 – 15:00
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 19 October 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.
The Raven Trust supports the development of eye care amongst rural people in Northern Malawi. A vital element in helping many people to see better is to prescribe glasses, but the normal price of a pair is way beyond the means of most people. So we send donated glasses to our partners (hospitals) in Malawi. But before they go, they need sorting and measuring.
This is where Goggle Works parties come in. Why not give us a hand and join us for our next one on 14 September starting 19:30. No technical knowledge or experience required — and there’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going. Call 01206 612722 for more info and venue details.
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