Our annual PW Service and Gift Day will be held at 11am in church and online. The guest speaker is Karen Craig, a past PW President. Gift Day envelopes will be in the pews to help support the work of our two special projects:
CARE NI, ministering to those who have experienced unintended pregnancy or miscarriage
CARE seeks to uphold human dignity and to support the most vulnerable people in society, engaging with politicians in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies and the EU institutions in its advocacy work. CARE encourages Christians to be informed and to engage positively in public life. It aims to equip individual Christians and the churches to act as effective ‘light and salt’ in the local community and nationally.
Our Special Home Project for 2020/21 will specifically support projects called ‘Loved’ and ‘Open’ which provide miscarriage support for both women and men. This project will meet a very significant need in the lives of many.
the Okhaldhunga Community Hospital’s work in Nepal.
In November 2019, the PW President, Karen Craig, visited Nepal where she met staff in Okhaldhunga Community Hospital. Established as a small clinic in 1962, the hospital now provides affordable, quality health care to people from surrounding villages who come seeking assistance. It is now a 50 bed facility, with a Mothers’ Waiting Home (for women who travel from distant areas to be near the hospital before their delivery), operating facilities and a busy Outpatients’ Department.
Presbyterian Women’s Special Overseas Project for 2020/22 will support the work of this home. The ethos behind this project is that when a woman in rural areas goes into labour it is generally too late to get to hospital. This facility allows pregnant women to come 2-4 weeks before the expected delivery date and stay in this building on the hospital grounds in a secure area, close to the medical facility. Perinatal classes on a wide range of issues, including baby care and nutrition, will be provided for the mothers.