As we look to this Christmas here's a radical thought, what if we calculated what we would normally spend on Christmas – presents, cards, food, clothes, parties – and decided to spend just half of that leaving the other half to give away?
October 2010 - February 2011
Morningside Baptist Church
The Dalit community in India has limited access to education, which affects their future opportunities in life. The Dalits make up 250 million of India’s 1.2 billion people. They are the “untouchables” in the caste system and most are denied access to education, many forms of employment, health care and legal justice. Of the 28 million people in modern-day slavery or human trafficking, 14 million of those are Indian, mostly Dalits.
Just Christmas aims to support RED International, who, by request of the Dalit leaders, work with the Dalits for their emancipation and empowerment. This includes establishing education centres, providing health care services, enabling self-sustaining business and employment opportunities, political advocacy and anti-trafficking awareness. Just Christmas will provide funding to promote education programmes for Dalit children.
help advance education programmes in Dalit communities in India through the Just Christmas campaign
Activities» - Provide financial tracking sheets to support the congregation in committing to give through the Big Give
» - Inform potential donors about the Dalit Education Centres through leaflets and reports from RED International
» - Have a speaker provide information about the Dalit Education Centres during church services on one Sunday in December
» - Host one fundraising event during December which encourages people to commit to donating directly online through the Big Give
Success will be the advancement of education in the Dalit communities in India. Biannual reports from RED International will help monitor and measure this progress.
Providing education opportunities for the Dalits will greatly increase their quality of life and standard of living. In Dalit Education Centres, children are taught English, which gives them a head-start and greater opportunities in the work force. Over 18,000 pupils attend these education centres currently, and there are many more who could benefit.
Working with bureaucracy within the construction companies and obtaining planning permission for building has been an issue on some sites in the past. However, RED International has learned from these experiences and has increased their sensitivity and awareness of potentially difficult areas and now takes this into consideration when deciding where to establish school buildings.
Updates on the church website will keep donors informed of progress of the Dalit Education Centres. Leaflets from the centres will be available in the church foyer. Oral presentations will be given during church services to update the congregation.
Budget - Project Cost: £60,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £60,000 education programming Providing new education facilities and opportunities for Dalit children
Maharashtra, India – the state of India which is home to 96.7 million inhabitants (2001 Census) which includes Mumbai, the largest city and capital of India. It is one of the areas of focus for RED International’s work with the Dalits.
local Dalit people, particularly women and children
Morningside Baptist Church is the home of the Just Christmas project. In the last three years, the church has raised over ₤100,000 for Just Christmas. RED International has worked with the Dalit community since 2001 and has successfully helped establish over 90 schools, serving 18,000 children. MBC has formed a strong working relationship with RED International and several members have visited the project sites.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Hannah is co-ordinating all the aspects of our partnership this year, having visited India and previous projects MBC has funded.
Kenny is Executive Pastor at MBC and helps coordinate the Just Christmas project.
Eddie is the Project Manager and visionary of Just Christmas.
Karl is the Senior Pastor of MBC and helps provide leadership and encouragement for the congregation and Just Christmas.