2017/8 beneficiaries of Agapanthus funds will be Cricket sin Fronteras – bringing hope and sport to less-privileged children in Buenos Aires, and Syrian refugees via the Singing for Syria initiative, Hands Up Foundation. Agapanthus aims to give funds where the financial administrator is personally known and will precisely account for the use of all donations. Sales will also benefit CLIC Sargent (Cancer and Leukemia in Children), and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Charitable Trust (ACT).
Charity Work Since 2010, Agapanthus has been able to fill various charitable needs. 2014-5’s principal beneficiary was the village of Cagnocot in the Philippines, devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Emergency food aid, seedlings for replanting and 27 water buffalo to clear debris, plough and plant have already been provided for the 555 families who live there. Now the push is for rice planting and a water supply (www.rebuildavillage.com) Other recipients include individuals with medical, housing or employment crises. Arts scholarships and performance opportunities for less privileged children and highly talented individuals have also been a destination for funds in 2009 and 2011. In 2015, since the earthquake disaster in Nepal, Agapanthus has donated to www.Mountain-People.org to help with the relief effort and to prepare survivors for the winter.
HELP FOR REFUGEES IN SWEDEN BY ING-GUN KORNEVALL
I live in the very southeast part of Skåne, Sweden called Österlen. This is an old farming area but also a very popular tourist area during our short summer season. It consists of three small towns and a lot of even smaller villages. My two neighbouring villages have around 1000 inhabitants each and because they have a number of empty facilities like hotels and old schools available, the migration office of Sweden has placed many asylum seekers in this housing. Each refugee is provided with a bed, three meals per day and minimum pocket money, not even enough for a bus ticket to the nearest town. Each adult gets around 2 UK pounds (1KD) per day; less for children. This money is to cover diapers, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Most refugees come with nothing; all their belongings had to be thrown overboard when they crossed the Mediterranean. The man pictured had only women’s shoes to walk across Europe. During the last two years we have had about 500-600 asylum seekers coming to my area and I have spent all my free time trying to help them by providing clothes and shoes. All my friends and colleagues have emptied their storage and wardrobes and now, when even more refugees are coming, it is almost impossible to find warm clothes and shoes especially for the men. About 70 % are men! The camps are very crowded. If the refugees do not have the proper outdoor clothing for the oncoming cold, they cannot go out which is not good for their physical and mental health. They probably will have to wait at least 8-12 months to get permission to stay. Yesterday I went to one camp and handed out sets consisting of a pair of socks and a pair of boxer shorts each to about hundred men, and the men were so happy just to receive these simple things! My dream would be if I could manage to give these men a kit which would include a warm jacket, shoes/boots, jeans, sweater, underwear, hat and gloves for the winter. I have talked to a local department store and retailer, selling big quantities, and, depending on quality, these “kits” could be bought for between 500-900kr. (KD30 or £68). I, or we, can’t help everybody but we can help a few. There are many volunteers who work very hard trying to help, but it’s not enough; the situation is very critical now because during the last months the amount of refugees has increased enormously. If you have any questions regarding this particular refugee situation, I will be happy to answer them. ING-GUN KORNEVALL, BLASTORP 5:7, BORRBY 276 53, SWEDEN. firstname.lastname@example.org
Amounts donated since 2010:
- In 2010/11 KD 2190 £4705 $7,257
- In 2011/12 KD 2700.15 £5807 $8,957
- In 2012/13 KD 1,430 £3070 $4,735
- In 2013/14 KD 4,717 £10,096 $24,034
- In 2014/15 KD 7,250 £15,582 $38,369
- In 2015/16 KD 2,119 £4,535 $7,000
- In 2016/17 KD 1,707 £4,200 $5,658