Baphumelele Children’s Home, South Africa
Eynsham Baptist Church has supported the Baphumelele Children’s Home and Zoar Community Initatives, South Africa since 2003 when one of our former junior church members, Matt, lived and worked for a year in Zoar, a rural impoverished village in Karoolande.
Matt worked for the SCORE organisation (Sports Coaches Outreach) which has bases in Europe and South Africa, running training courses and sending graduate volunteers to disadvantaged areas in South Africa to work with schools and in the community to develop facilities and the accessibility of sport. SCORE also runs Aids Awareness programmes which the volunteers introduce to the communities.
On a visit to Cape Town for a feedback session on his work in Zoar, Matt visited Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town where poverty was rife. Baphumelele was set up by Rosalina (Rosie) Mashale, a trained primary school teacher, who had been disturbed to see young children going through rubbish looking for food. In 2001 Baphumelele was registered as a care centre for abandoned, orphaned and abused children, many of whom were HIV positive. Rosalina and the Board of Baphumelele have been raising funds for better facilities since then.
Here at EBC, we decided to make Zoar Initatives and the Children’s Home one of our overseas projects and we have been fundraising since 2003. A close eye is kept on how the money is used and we are sent letters, cards and photographs showing how the money has been spent. We hold Christmas bazaars that raise money for the Children’s Home.
EBC would like to thank everyone who has supported our fundraising over the past ten years.
Beech Court Nursing Home, Eynsham
Beech Court is a nursing/residential home located on Newland Street, only a short walk from the Baptist Church. We share communion monthly but hold a service every week.
The Gatehouse, Oxford
The Gatehouse is a charity based in Oxford that provides food, shelter and company to the homeless and poorly housed in and around Oxford. For more information on The Gatehouse, please use the following link: