Global Gathering

The Global Concerns Trust held its annual Global Gathering event in Edinburgh in November 2015. Our supporters turned out in full force, some travelling substantial distances to be there. Despite the cold outside, it was a warm and lively evening, with delicious African food, mbira music, story-telling and belly dancing! We also screened our latest film about our projects in Malawi. As is becoming traditional, we finished the evening with one of our amazing raffles - the quality and quantity of the prizes donated was as impressive as ever, with some lucky guests winning holidays in Devon and Spain! We would like to say a huge thank you to all who were able to support this event. Not only were we able to share news of our work, and meet old friends, but we were able to raise enough money to buy our partner KODO a new and much needed vehicle. This will allow them to continue to deliver tools, training and disability aids to physically disabled men and women in Salima, Malawi.   

Rotary Donation from North Wales

News of our projects in Malawi spread to Asaph, in North Wales, where rotary member Tom Yuille put an appeal in his local paper, asking people to donate their singer sewing machines. He was overwhelmed by the response, and had quickly collected over 70. He then hired a van, filled it, and drove with his wife Janet to Scotland to deliver the machines to the workshop at Garvald, Edinburgh. They will be restored by volunteers there before being shipped to Malawi in August. This donation fulfils our quota of sewing machines needed for the projects in Malawi for the next year and a half, and will transform so many lives. Well done Tom and Janet, and thank you.

AGM  2016

The Annual General Meeting of The Global Concerns Trust will be held on Saturday 25th June at 11am in the Library of Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
All Members and Friends are invited to attend and to join us for refreshments from 10.45am. Please let us know in advance if you would also like to join us for lunch in the afternoon.

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Friends of GCT visit GCI

At the end of a fabulous tour of Karnataka, Friends of GCT, Peter and Cathy Aitken, visited Brinda Adige, Partner of GCT and Director of 'Global Concerns India' in the GCI office in Bangalore. They met Brinda's dedicated team of women (and Sean the GCI computer whizz) and heard first-hand of their amazing work on human rights, with their emphasis on the rights and empowerment of women and girls. Brinda took them to visit one of the schools where children from the slums study and for whom GCI operates the 'Assisted Learning Program' (ALP) that assists vulnerable children from the underprivileged strata of society. This programme is aimed at imparting knowledge to students beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Through post-school remedial sessions and extracurricular activities, ALP is helping these children realise the importance of education and team work. The school visit was particularly interesting for Cathy (a retired art teacher) to see how the children sit at long benches, with 50 to 60 in a class, all facing the front - so different from our schools at home! All the children were so enthusiastic and well behaved and all had lots of questions. It was a wonderful end to an amazing trip!


Scottish Screening of 'Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls'

'Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls'  is a 2015 documentary raising awareness of the serious gender issues that GCI and other NGOs are constantly challenging and slowly improving through education and other strategies. We hope to screen the movie in Scotland later in 2016. Please watch the trailer at (click the screenshot below) and let us know if you would like to attend our special screening.

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