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Norwich project aims to fight global poverty

WordBikeWebWidows, widowers and orphans across Africa are benefiting from a self-help development charity run by Norwich Christian Everjoice Makuve.

Everjoice Makuve (pictured right in Khakata City, Liberia) came to England in 2002 to work as a social worker. While attending training in Christian leadership by John and Doreen Betts (of New Hope Christian Centre) in 2003, she was inspired to set up WORD Trust International which aims to provide care and support to widows, widowers, single parents and orphans worldwide.

Everjoice's hard work and determination, has seen WORD now represented in 14 countries in Africa as well as in the UK and it has worked with a team of 47 Diaspora, 27 local and five international volunteers to reach out to over 8000 people in these different countries.

"Partnership working is the best in achieving great results in international development,” said Everjoice. “For example, YMCA Norfolk partnered with WORD and a 120-orphan feeding programme was established in Liberia."

WORD also partnered with Norwich City Council - Norwich Dedza Partnership in Malawi to provide clothing, school uniforms, toys and office equipment. These resources were distributed to 100 children who were barely clothed and are now happily going to school in uniforms, thanks to children and their families in Norwich.

WORDDiasporaWORD is currently implementing a Zimbabwe Diaspora Volunteering Programme (pictured right in Norwich) which is funded by DFID through VSO. The programme is about capacity building for WORD partners in Zimbabwe who work with widows, widowers, single parents and orphans living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

This work has been driven by the recognition that Zimbabwe's economic decline saw a phenomenal number of professionals leaving the country, which reduced the service delivery system to almost zero. In response, Everjoice has been able to effectively promote the programme to the Zimbabwe Diaspora and currently has over 500 professionals who have signed up for volunteering.

To date, WORD has successfully trained and sent 34 volunteers to deliver the programme to WORD partners in Zimbabwe. Volunteers trained over 100 professionals and widows as trainers and 120 orphans affected by HIV now receive hot meals with great changes in their nutrition levels.

In England, the volunteers are involved in Development Awareness and over 2000 UK communities have had an opportunity to promote the programme through the volunteer stories using several media such as workshops and cultural events.

Volunteer, Scholastica Mokake, a widow and mother of two, pioneered WORD's Norfolk branch and has received funding from Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth PCT to do work in HIV, Counselling, Refugee Orientation and Life Skills development with local refugees and asylum seekers. This has helped the refugees, especially the Gateway refugees, to integrate into the community more easily.

Global citizenship, the desire to fight poverty, and the urge to share skills and changing lives is the motivation for Everjoice.

"All of WORD's work is centred on the good will of volunteers," said Everjoice, "and we appeal to everyone out there to join us in our effort to make a difference to those we can reach out.

Click here to read more about WORD on this website

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