(Scroll down this page to see ‘How to give’ to Light Up Tanzania – the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal 2019′)
Imagine if, when you flicked on a light switch, nothing happened.
For many people in Tanzania, where access to electricity is scarce, households cannot function easily after dark; families struggle with everyday chores, their children suffer with poor performance in school, and, without electricity, all basic services – water, health, education – are hindered.
‘Light Up Tanzania’ seeks to bring electricity – in the form of solar panels – to around 350 households in the rural area of Singida, Tanzania. These will make a huge difference! Presently, people rely on paraffin-style (kerosene) lamps in the evenings – which have caused many serious burn injuries – and their cooking is done on firewood or charcoal, creating high levels of smoke indoors too.
One family, who have already installed a solar panel at their home and are experiencing the benefits, explain what life-changing differences are coming about for them – here’s Peter & Rachel’s story:
Harvest Appeal 2019 Launch Event – 24 June 2019
Welcomed by Headteacher, Mrs Wendy-May Foster, the Launch Event, in the style of collective worship, was held at Park Street Primary School, Frogmore, with guests invited from across the diocese.
The Launch included presentations from The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, David Bloomfield from Tearfund and the Revd Nick Weir, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Frogmore, and the enthusiastic participation of pupils of Park Street Primary – the choir performed, a poem and prayers were read by pupils and lively singing concluded this beautiful occasion.
How to give to ‘Light Up Tanzania’
Participating churches and schools should send their donations (including any reclaimed Gift Aid**) either by cheque or BACS transfer.
- Cheques: made payable to St Albans DBF and sent in with the Harvest Appeal 2019 Donation & Feedback form, to: The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2019, c/o the Mission Dept, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE
- BACS: please email Mission Dept for the account details for your payment
** Guidance note to churches re Gift Aid: The Bishop’s Harvest Appeal 2019 is raising money for the Light Up Tanzania Appeal (appeal developed in partnership with Tearfund). By announcing this as our Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, each church is adopting the Appeal and setting up a fund that is collected by us at Holywell Lodge, then the total sent on to Tearfund. HMRC rules allow each church to claim Gift Aid on money raised as part of this fund and so we can pass on the money raised and the related Gift Aid as our total donation.