Former Overseas Flagship Project - Build It International - Training of construction skills and construction of a new school in a location in South Zambia (2015 - 2018)

We were impressed by the synergies of this project.  Build It trains men and women in construction techniques leading to a state-recognised building qualification.  These people build a community school which is of a standard to get a full time teacher paid for by the Zambian Ministry of Education (the present school is little more than a shack, has no facilities and has no government support).  With solar lighting the building will be used for adult education in the evenings.  The project thus supports employment, primary education and adult education.

Former Overseas Flagship Project - Y-Care - Enterprise and Employment for young women in Palestine in association with Palestine YWCA (2015 - 2018)

This will be our third Overseas Flagship Project with Y-Care International (see Former Flagship Projects section for our joint work in India and Sri Lanka).  We have gained a high respect for the quality of Y-Care's project management that utilises the network of YMCAs and YWCAs in each country they operate in. 
The project will target 450 socially excluded women in Ramallah and Jericho in Palestine where over 50% of women are unemployed.  The aim is to give life-skills vocational training to candidates who have had secondary education and business skills training, mainly in the agricultural sector, for women without secondary education so they can start their own small businesses.

Former Overseas Flagship Project - Send a Cow - To overcome food insecurity through training in agricultural and small business techniques in the Oromia district of Ethiopia (2015 - 2018)

The project is to bring four community groups (100 families, 600 people) out of food insecurity through agricultural training, improving attitudes to women, increased community cooperation and small business education.  This will remove the families from a subsistence existence to one utilising the cash economy allowing them to invest in their children's' education and employment.
An aspect of Send a Cow's work we have always admired is the 'Pass it On' approach where each beneficiary is asked to train five other in the techniques they have learned.

Former Overseas Flagship Project - Y-Care Sri Lanka - Work for conflict-affected young people (2009 - 2014)

In September 2009, following on from the very successful HIV/AIDS project in India the Foundation adopted a new Overseas Flagship project to help conflict-affected young people in Northern Sri Lanka.

This again is in cooperation with Y-Care International.  We have committed to a total of £40,333 between late 2010 and 2013.

Sri Lanka has been ravaged by civil war for over 25 years.  The war was particularly bitter in the Northern Tamil part of the country that was trying to secede.  Many young people there have never known peace and are left with severe psychological and physical from the war.

Many aid organisations and NGOs are have difficulty in gaining access and operating in the area.  The YMCA organisation however has six active YMCAs in the region and is an organisation well respected by national and local government.  This gives us, through Y-Care International, a unique opportunity to help at the earliest stage.

The project's work is in three main areas;-

- To improve the livelihood prospects of 250 conflict-affected young people through vocational and business development training.
- To improve psychological health of 500 conflict-affected young people.
- To promote social integration.

Former Overseas Flagship Project - Y-Care India - HIV/AIDS education (2002 - 2009)

During a visit to the Indian port cities of Marthandam a Ghandinam in 2002 the Chairman gained first hand knowledge and experience of the work undertaken by the local YMCA centres to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The dedication and enthusiasm of the YMCA staff involved in the programme particularly impressed him.  Following his report to the trustees, it was agreed that the Foundation would support the project with an annual gift of £6,000 over three years.


At a conference held in June 2003, the decision was taken to extend the programme to four new sites including Mangalore and Nagpur which had been identified as having an emerging AIDS problem.


Before providing assistance beyond the initial three year period, the trustees needed to be satisfied that the project was proceeding satisfactory and that the Foundation’s  donation was indeed making a difference.  To this end, the Chairman visited both these new sites in October 2005 to review at first hand the Y-Care work being undertaken.  The quality of the work surpassed his expectations.


Due to the sensitive nature of the work, dealing as it does with sex education and prostitution, Y-Care had difficulty in funding the project and out of a budget of £50,000 per annum the Foundation was the largest donor.


The Foundation increased its support from £6,000 to £10,000 per annum.  


The Foundation's funding of the project continued till mid 2010 by which time it was judged that the local YMCA's were in a stronger position to raise funds locally. In addition, the Aids problem in India has mercifully not developed into the epidemic proportions evident in much of Africa.  Over the last eight years, the Foundation gave total of £53,331 to this cause.

The trustees are currently evaluating a new Overseas Flagship Project along with Y-Care International. A final decision on support is expected to be made late 2010.

Former Local Charity Flagship project - The Family Centre, Bonymaen, Swansea

The Foundation had over the years provided regular assistance to The Family Centre, Bonymaen.  The trustees considered that this was the ideal opportunity to place this assistance on a more formal footing and to make the Family Centre the Foundation’s local charity Flagship Project.  Before finalising the decision the trustees visited the Centre to experience at first hand the work undertaken and to speak with the centre manager. 


The trustees were impressed with the dedication of the staff employed at the Centre and with the initiatives taken to help both children and adults within the local community.  At the December 2007 meeting, The Family Centre, Bonymaen was formally adopted as the local charity Flagship Project.


This support has continued and up to May 2011 grants totaling £22,500 have been provided to meet the costs associated with their holiday play schemes and after school club.  The trustees receive regular reports to determine the progress being made and to identify other activities where the Foundation can be of assistance.

Former Local Church Flagship project - St. Teilo's Caereithen Parent and Toddler Community Project

2012 has proven to be a very busy year for the Parent & Toddler Community Project at St Teilo’s.  Throughout the course of the year there have been 35 Family Lunches with 1186 two course meals served.  Our weekly Family Lunch sessions, in school term time, is becoming increasingly busy due to the rise in the cost of living and the present economic situation.  Already, looking forward in 2013-14, we are expecting a large increase in the volume of people through the door. 

During Family Lunch sessions, families are not only given a warm healthy two course meal, planned following Welsh Government guidelines for healthy living, but all meals are served on ‘eat well’ portion plates along with detailed recipe cards and price breakdowns.
Staff are on hand to support the families in any way they need, and professionals are invited to drop into the sessions to deliver any new or updated information to the families.

As well as Family Lunch sessions, there have been 45 Parent & Toddler sessions with 214 adults and 267 children attending throughout the year.  A decision was made early in 2012 to run the sessions during the school holidays as well; this has proven to be the right decision as many of the families attending term time have continued throughout the holidays and have commented that they have benefited from the extra sessions.

This partnership between St Teilo’s and the Penplas Family centre is proving to be very successful and has enabled much good work to be carried out in our community with young families.  Most importantly, it is building up a trusting relationship which ensures that individual families know that they there is help at hand and that they do not have to face difficult situations on their own.

Families in the church at the Community Christmas Lantern Parade 2012