MAV Extending Support with Open Arms

MAV Eritrean Community Support  

MAV are continuing to develop links supporting the Eritrean Community in our local area. Sincee October 2012 the Educational Leaning Zone which had once operating from our Birley Street office was out of action. This was due to a serious accident when a stolen car was driven through MAV office wall. There was no serious injury to anyone however our main office was out of action. This impacted on the Educational Learning Zone which provided support for the additional leaning needs of Eritrean children. The additional support is provided by Eritrean support staff and consists of homework and educational support and IT skills.  The support was all given at MAV office space. The Computer Learning Zone had 4 computers available for students to use. After the accident the area was no longer considered an appropriate learning area and there were a number of safety issues. This was very disappointing for the staff and children.  Sadly no other venue was found for the group to continue having the Saturday School so it was closed.

Since January 2013 we have been working towards relocating the Saturday School to our new office space in the Claremont Resource Centre. We are pleased that on 2nd March 2013 the Saturday school re-opened. The Saturday School will now run from our new office space.  The aim is continue helping Eritrean children with school homework and improve outcomes for their long-term educational achievement. MAV are also keen to develop how we do this over the next year. We hope to take the learning outside the Learning Zone. This will allow the young people to have educational trips learning about the local heritage of Manchester.  MAV are extremely proud of the Education Learning Zone and we hope to see it move from strength to strength in the future.  All children have to be registered for the sessions. Should you want more information please contact the MAV Office.

Support for Compassion UK    

Mothers Against Violence spent the last year sponsoring a child with the Charity Compassion UK.  Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. Partnering with local churches, they are committed to the spiritual, economic, social andphysical development of children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled adults.

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled adults. Compassion is a faith-centred organisation. As such, they value: Integrity, Excellence, Stewardship and Dignity. Changing lives goes beyond changing external circumstances. Compassion’s ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, they present every child with an opportunity to become fulfilled adults.

What happens in the life of a child ripples throughout their environment now and in the future. Compassion like MAV believe that changed environments may assist children, but transformed children will inevitably change their environments. MAV were encouraged by the work and passion of Compassion UK and we felt it was important for us to be an example to our young people and our local community by investing a small part of the money we raised throughout 2011 – 2012.  MAV primary concern is our local community. However MAV also want our community to share in our vision to heal our world from poverty wherever it is found.  Over a one year period MAV gave £252.00 to a young boy called Avjit.  Avjit is now six years old. Our support for Avjit has now come to an end. However one of our volunteers has made a commitment to continue to support Avjit from their own personal finances. This is good news for MAV we were only able to commit to this support for a limited time due to us being a charity that supports our local community. We are encouraged that we have awakened an understanding in our volunteers that when we extended what resources we have to the larger community, which is our world, we empower ourselves even more.  We wish Avjit and his family continued success. We also acknowledge the magnificent work Compassion UK and other charities like Compassion, from faith and non-faith programmes are doing throughout our world. If you would like more information on Sponsoring a child with Compassion UK please click on the sponsor a child link above.

MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons, substance misuse services and providing counselling and mentoring. Please kindly make a donation. Just click on the Donate Now link. This will take you to our donation page. Thank You for all your support.

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