The Global Concerns Trust (SC025640)
Newsletter, Issue 1, May 2013
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 Welcome to the first newsletter
 of The Global Concerns Trust

Global Gathering Event: 25 May
GCT wins grant for Malawi project
Jo Hobbett in Malawi
Update from Global Concerns India
Over £2k raised at Alastair Christie's funeral
Join us for the ‘Global Gathering' 

on 25 May 2013 in Edinburgh
Date: 25 May 2013Image of Brinda Adige
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Old St Paul’s Church Hall, 39 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1D(Just behind Waverley Station, click here for maplink)
Price: £10, includes a delicious Asian dinner & glass of wine
We are hosting an event in Edinburgh to celebrate the visit of Brinda Adige, Director of Global Concerns India. As many of you know, Brinda is an inspirational force, with a distinctive approach to grassroots development and the empowerment of women.
Image of Mara Menzies
There will be African storytelling and music from Mara Menzies, Andy Cooke and Rise Kagona. We will be launching our Malawi project, with great raffle prizes on offer. Come along for an entertaining evening, and to find out more about getting involved in GCT!

To book your ticket email

Global Concerns Trust wins grants for Malawi ‘Tools for Training and Livelihood’ project

We are delighted to have been awarded a three year grant by the Scottish Government, a long-standing supporter of our work, to continue and strengthen our Malawian project.
Along with our partners MACOHA and KODO, we provide vocational training to men and women with physical disabilities in carpentry, tailoring, knitting, basket-weaving, cane chair-making and curio-making, as well as business skills and financial management. Upon graduation, each trainee is equipped with a toolkit, refurbished by Tools for Self Reliance workshops in Scotland, enabling them to start up their own business using their acquired skills.
Malawi project sowers

A lifeline for disabled women

In April 2013, Jo Hobbett visited the Kuthandiza Osayenda Disability Outreach project (KODO) in Malawi, ahead of the launch of our new three year project funded by the Scottish Government.

Jo was privileged to meet George Chimpiko of KODO. George explained how important the recently secured funding will be in providing a lifeline for disabled people in the Salima area.

George said that the project is particularly valuable for women. Women are vulnerable to all the issues that affect people living in poverty, such as food insecurity, low standard of housing, poor health and HIV infection.  When a significant disability is also faced, the choices for women and their children are severely limited.

A firm believer in developing livelihood skills, George learnt for himself how to make and maintain mobility scooters and wheelchairs.  His skills will be crucial to maintain the fifty units that are earmarked for the KODO trainees.

The drive and enthusiasm of George, with the support of international partners, means that KODO trainees can continue their path to independence.

KODO signWheelchairswheelchairs at KODOJo's daughter, Eilidh, with George

Read Jo Hobbett’s impressions of her trip to KODO.

Learn more about the Malawi project.


Children's Creativity Centre 

Image of children dancing

We are developing the Children’s Creativity Centre to create an enriching learning environment for our children, who face many life challenges.

The Centre will bring people together to provide transformative learning experiences for children.  It will encourage creativity through complimenting children’s formal learning, promoting youth empowerment and active participation in civil society as well as providing a space to develop youth policies and youth work.

Women’s Transformative LeadershipImage of women leaders

One of our most successful projects, which GCI works closely with ASTRA on, is the ANANYA Mahila Okkutta: a women’s collective that addresses cases of domestic violence and issues that concern the whole community. The collective utilises the Right to Information Act to access information on the developments of various government initiatives. Women are showing the way forward in bringing about transparency and accountability across Bangalore.

Read more about our member Susan Kendall’s visit to Karnataka.

Movement against Trafficking

Celebrating rights
In partnership with Prajwala-Hyderabad, GCI has created a campaign on the plight of women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. This project rescues trafficked women and children, and challenges the myths and practices which force them into being sold as commodities. The movement involves college students, community groups, police, NGO’s and Rotary Clubs.

Read more about the work of Global Concerns India.
Image of Alastair Christie
Dancing at the Children's Creativity Centre

Thank you

Thank you all who made a donation at the funeral of Alastair Christie, founder of The Global Concerns Trust, in June last year. We raised £2,108, which has been put towards building the Children's Creativity Centre in Bangalore, a project close to Alastair's heart.

We raised £150 at a coffee morning in Milltown last December, and a further £150 from Gifford Film Club's screening of 'Benda Bilili' in January. Thanks to all who donated. The money has been sent to KODO in Malawi to assist with the vocational training project.

If you would like to support the work of The Global Concerns Trust, please find out how to make a donation on our website.

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