2014 saw the launch of an ambitious project in the Harrogate area – which may serve as a model for other parts of the UK.
The HG1000 campaign aims to draw the support of businesses, community groups, local politicians, media, churches and schools in reaching a target of giving 1,000 children hope for the future and a lifetime of safe water to 1,000 families in the developing world.
The aim is to see a thousand children lifted out of poverty through child sponsorship. This involves people committing to a child’s education and welfare, both with a monthly donation and through writing letters.
“A recent report revealed how child sponsorship is the most effective way of helping people out of poverty*,” says Michelle Hayes, from the HG1000 team. “On the BBC it was recently revealed how this kind of aid can impact whole communities. It’s amazing for a child to know that on the other side of the world there is someone who loves and cares for them.”
1,000 ingenious water filters will also be purchased, guaranteeing clean water to families – and saving countless lives. The filters cost £50 and last a lifetime. “We are hoping the whole HG postcode area can take this on as a community project. It has never been done before in the UK and would be an amazing achievement,” says Rev Guy Donegan-Cross.
People from St Mark’s Church have sponsored around 80 children from projects near Accra in Ghana. In April 2015, a group of people went to meet the children sponsored by St Mark’s and to see the life-changing work of the Compassion projects. To hear more about it please watch this video.
The campaign has produced a short film, outlining the vision which can be viewed here.
There is also a webpage, giving details of how to participate, which will give regular target updates: https://my.compassionuk.org/app/Harrogate
View a demonstration of the amazing water filter system with Mark Charnock, aka Marlon Dingle from Emmerdale, on this short video:
* See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22472455