Friday, 11 July 2008

Fudraiser exceeds expectations!

Excitement as event is well supported:

A group of 'Ambassadors for the Poor' were thrilled recently as their fund raising event exceeded their expectations. The Group from Port Seton in East Lothian, Scotland really enjoyed their day as they served coffee and sold craft items to the public, who came in considerable numbers to support the event.

Busy Community Centre:
The group hired a large room in the local community centre and set up their stalls and laid out tables there. Some sold crafts they had made themselves and others catered for the visiting shoppers with tea, coffee and an array of delicious cakes and biscuits. "Everyone had a lovely time and went home feeling like their hard work would make a difference to someone". A Mission International display was set up to help answer questions and give more information to interested visitors.

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Thursday, 10 July 2008

School kids get involved!

East Lothian school children work hard to make a difference:

This newspaper clipping describes the hard work and commitment of a class of kids in East Lothian who raised support for the work of Mission International.

Click on image to enlarge it.
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List of Mission International project brochures:

Brochure list:
Below is a list of Brochures giving more details about some of the projects Mission International supports, feel free to print these off and use them in your fundraising activities.

seeds and tools project brochure 1
global citizen support fund brochure - mable nakazibwe
global citizen support fund brochure - francois nitunga
teacher project brochure 1
leprosy child sponsorship brochure 1
fishing project brochure 1
cow project brochure 1
bike project brochure 1
child sponsorship brochure ver 2 .1page
bible-a-month club leaflet
child sponsorship info leaflet
church building fellowship leaflet
mighty meals leaflet
scholastic materials brochure
teams brochure

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Monday, 7 July 2008

Making a difference for someone:

"Doing it is doing it"!

It seems like a very obvious statement 'Doing it is doing it', but very often we find ourselves thinking about it, discussing it, dreaming about it and so on but never actually getting round to doing it. That's why it is so refreshing to find folks who are willing just to get on a 'Do it'. A 'Go And Do It' couple from Port Seton in East Lothian, Jim and Beatrice McMurray, are continually serving the poor by making crafts for sale to raise funds for Mission International, as well as making clothes and blankets to be distributed to the poor in Africa (see photo above). Their efforts have encouraged all of us in Mission International as well as made a difference to those who have nothing in Africa. Keep on 'Doing it' Jim & Beatrice!

What about you?

If you would like to be an Ambassador for the poor, or would like to start a support group in your area, please get in touch with us and we will support and resource you as much as we can. Email us at

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Friday, 30 May 2008

A list of fund raising ideas:

What can I do to help the poor?

There are many things that can be done to raise financial support to break the poor out of their personal 'poverty trap'. Even small amounts of funding can begin a worthwhile project or add to other small amounts to make sure a family is given the chance of a brighter future.

Mission International has a wide range of projects already underway and here are a few examples:
  • Mighty Meals - £25 can feed a child in Africa for a whole academic year.

  • Cow project - From £300 we can provide a milk cow for a family giving a quality product to sell as well as provide a protein addition to their family diet.

  • Seeds & Tools project - £50 can provide basic tools and seeds for a family to begin rebuilding after national or local crisis.

  • Scholastic Materials - Some kids arrive at school with no resources, £5.00 can make sure they have a supply of pencils and paper, etc in order that they can gain the maximum from their lessons.

  • Sponsor a School Desk - Many schools have few resources and when children arrive for lessons they have to sit many to a desk or sit on the floor. A well made desk and seat combo can be purchased locally for £25 which can seat two children.

  • Sponsor a dormitory bed - Many children are forced to sleep in cramped and overcrowded conditions if they are somehow to gain an education. Many sleep two to a bed or more, this unsatisfactory sleeping arrangement makes their learning less effective, providing a bed and mattress will allow them a good uninterrupted night's sleep, this can be achieved for £50.

  • Fund a house for a family - Due to civil unrest, natural disaster and tragedy many families are left homeless, a small home can be constructed for around £1500, giving a place of refuge to a vulnerable family.
These are only some examples of what can be achieved to help poor an vulnerable people in some of the world's poorest communities.

These two girls worked hard at a coffee morning to make sure everyone was well supplied with drinks and food, the funds they raised went to purchase windows and doors for a school in Rwanda.

Fundraising ideas:

  • Coffee morning/sale of work.

  • Christmas/Easter craft sale.

  • Sponsored cycle/walk/run/three peaks event etc.

  • Dress down day/non-uniform day.

  • Ladies pamper event.

  • Boys toys event.

  • Dads 'n lads day out.

  • Clay pigeon shoot.

  • Ceilidh/barn dance.

  • Sports competition.

  • Car boot sale/garage sale/loft clear-out sale.

  • Ebay sale.

  • Bar-B-Q

Of course the list is endless and you may have other and better ideas that will raise some support, please register with us to become an 'Ambassador for the Poor' via the work of Mission International and we will help you in whatever way we can.

This sale of work was able to attract lots of local people, they were able to raise £800 clear at the end of the event.

Please note:

Mission International - managers of 'Ambassadors for the Poor', does not take any administration costs out of what you raise so you can be sure every penny of what you send to us will be used to support your preferred option.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Become Part of the 'Big Picture' in a small way.

How can we help?
Someone once said "We can't help everyone everywhere, but we can help somebody somewhere". How true, but so many of us don't know where to begin to start helping 'someone'. Mission International's 'Ambassadors for the Poor' initiative links those who have the desire to help with those in great need around the world.

What can I do?
Ambassadors for the Poor groups around the UK are designed to raise funds in simple and creative ways. A coffee morning, a sponsored event like a sponsored walk, a car boot sale can all provide funds to begin a small project in the developing world that will change the lives of individuals, families and communities. Visit and look for the fundraising page to get some ideas for fundraising, if you have a tried and tested idea that has worked in your area, let us know and we will include it for others to use. Email us on to register your 'Ambassadors for the poor'