A huge thank you to our friends at The Church of Scotland Guild

Jun 7, 2018

The end of May saw our partnership with the Church of Scotland Guild draw to an official end, as we celebrated the past year, and past three years of project partnership together at the Big Sing at the General Assembly in Edinburgh.

Gillespie Church Guild, Scotland, 10 October 2017

Blog written by Helen Russell, Regional Development Co-ordinator for Feed the Minds in Scotland. 

I was honoured to speak in front of this assembly to update them on our project in Kuria, Kenya, working to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to thank the Guild for their phenomenal response by raising an impressive sum of £145,142.16 to date, over the past three years.

I also enjoyed hearing about the other projects that the Guild has supported over the past three years and it is such a credit to The Church of Scotland Guild that they choose such worthwhile projects to support, both at home and overseas.

The Big Sing itself was a wonderful event, as voices were raised in worship to songs which were chosen by the six project partners and some of the Guild staff members. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces from the Guild groups that I visited, who were very moved by the stories we shared with them from Kuria.

The amazing response we had from the Guild would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer speakers, who travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to raise the profile of FGM in Kenya and also Feed the Minds in Scotland.

We enjoyed a delicious cream tea together at Eteaket in Edinburgh, and I was so pleased that some of our Perth Coffee Morning Committee were able to join us too. I was blown away to discover that some of our volunteer speakers and coffee morning organisers have been supporting Feed the Minds for over 35 years and are still going strong!

Stonehaven Dunnottar Church Guild, Scotland, 10 October 2017

We at Feed the Minds are so blessed to have such dedicated supporters who are willing to give up their time and use their gifts to spread the work of Feed the Minds, raising money to support our vital projects. All of your hard work is so appreciated by all of the team – thank you so much!

But, as I said at the Big Sing, just because our partnership with the Guild has come to an end, it does not mean that our work in Kenya is finished. Whilst great progress has been made in ensuring that communities speak more openly and honestly about FGM, there are still many barriers that girls and women face in Kuria to be able to make their own decisions about FGM.

At Feed the Minds, we continue to be devoted to ensuring that marginalised communities are equipped, enabled and empowered through education so that they have more agency in their own lives, resulting in the lives of their families and communities improving.

As we look forward to new partnership opportunities to further the work of Feed the Minds and our project partners, we ask you all to pray for our work and our partners, so that we can continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in the world to thrive and reach their full potential.

Some of the girls supported by our Girls Empowerment Programme in Kuria, Kenya.

To read more about this project, or our partnership with The Church of Scotland Guild, please see our recent Connect Magazine featuring this work, here.