2019 USFWI PROJECTS BUDGET
FOUR FUNDS: US $16,000
Love Fund: Belize-Oscar Siema Mmbali US$4,000
The Love Fund, begun in 1914, raised needed funds for Esther Baird to return to missionary work in India. Through the Love Fund offerings she was able to continue for 24 more years, serving a total of 46 years. For just the second year, the Love Fund recipient is Oscar Siema Mmbali, Pastoral Minister for Belize. Oscar’s support funds reached a total that allowed him to begin working in Belize in August 2017.
Faith Fund: Kenya- Robert Wafula US$4,000
The Faith Fund, set up in 1925, made it possible for Alice I. Kennedy to return to the Jamaica work. Since her retirement the recipient of this fund has been chosen from the workers in Africa. This year’s recipient is Robert Wafula, Principal at Friends Theological College. After three year’s of service, Robert is renewing his support funds in order to continue serving at FTC.
Hope Fund: Ramallah: Adrian Moody US$4,000
The Hope Fund was created in 1928 when another worker was needed in the home mission field in Monroe County, Tennessee. More recently, the Jamaica or Belize mission workers and pastors at the Samburu and Turkana Missions in Kenya have benefitted from this fund. But the recipients now is Adrian Moody, the director of the Ramallah Friends School. He is in his second school year at Ramallah, but is still working to raise support funds for his first three years of service.
NEW…Joy Fund: Kenya, Katrina and Shawn McConaughey US$4,000
The Joy Fund commemorates Eliza Armstrong Cox’s joyous service to the Women’s Missionary Union (now USFWI) and was established in 1935. The recepiants of this year’s Joy Fund are Shawn and Katrina McConaughey, the African Ministries Office Program Officers. The went to Kenya in April 2018.
CHILDREN & YOUTH: US$7,000
#1 Ramallah: Amari Play Center US$1,500
With an average monthly salary of $400 to support a family of 10, often children go without the basic necessities. The Amari Play Center insures that the preschool students who attend receive one good meal a day as well as loving attention and the start to a good education. NOTE: Unfortunately, in the present political climate, FUM is unable to give funds directly to Amari. They are presently investigating other avenues of sending support funds.
#2 Kenya: Turkana/Samburu Girls’ Secondary Education US$1,500
Many of the young girls in these places do not get to attend secondary school or even finish primary school. They are needed at home to help carry water and attend to other chores. This project is to help encourage as many girls as possible to stay in school by offering them scholarships for secondary education. It has been stated that if a girl gets an education, the village gets educated. Girls and young women share what they learn with their families and friends.
#3 Belize: School Feeding Program US$1,500
These funds provide a morning snack for the students at Belize Friends Boys School. Often these students come without having had breakfast at home.
#4 Ramallah: Eli and Sybil Jones Scholarships (K-12) US$2,500
The Ramallah Friends Schools have served the youth of Palestine and witnessed to Quaker values in the midst of conflict and adversity for more than a century. Today, more than 950 students from kindergarten through grade twelve receive and education in Arabic and English, preparing them for caring, creative lives and further study at leading colleges and universities around the world. Many of these Friends students will become constructive leaders of their community, both in Palestine and in diaspora, whose life-long work and witness will reflect their Quaker education in love, honest endeavor, and service. USFWI annually supports scholarships for students at Ramallah.
UNITED THANK OFFERING: US$7,700
#1 Jamaica: Pastoral Care US$1,500
Our monies will help support pastors in the Jamaican Friends churches. For many years, pastors there received no salary at all for their pastoral work. Some of the funds are used to support income-producing projects and grants.
#2 Kenya: Kenya-Turkana/Samburu Missions US$2,000
Often there is lack of funding for these mission budgets. USFWI monies will help support the very important work being done in these two mission areas.
#3 Kenya: Turkana/Samburu Pastors (32 Pastors) US$3,200
Many times these mission budgets are not met and the pastors are not paid, due to the lack of funding. USFWI monies will help support the pastors and the work being done in the mission areas.
#4 Kenya: Friends Theological College-Extension Program. US$1,000
Friends Theological College has expanded their programs beyond the Kaimosi campus to satellite campuses in Nairobi, Samburu, Turkana, etc. This fund will help finance these outreach programs so students won’t have to travel so far for educational opportunities as pastors.
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: US$5,500
#1 Belize: BFS Student Services US$1,500
This budget line for Belize Friends School will be used to help pay for extra services needed for the students, such as dentist visits, eye checks, field trips, etc
#2 Triennial Overseas Travel Assistance/YM USFW Presiding Clerks US$2,000
This is an on-going fund to assist USFW Yearly Meeting Presidents/Presiding Clerks with the cost of overseas travel expenses for the triennial conferences. The next triennial will be in Kenya, so the fund will help representatives from the USA and Caribbean Yearly Meetings.
#3 The Advocate Subsidy US$1,000
This is an essential tool for the subscription manager. These funds are used to offset the cost of overseas mailing, as well as to support the cost of ensuring that each of the USFW YM Presidents/Presiding Clerks receives an up-to-date copy of each issue.
#4 Belize: Adult Education US$1,000
Belize Friends School now has two kinds of adult education. One is Primary School for Adults to help adults pass the primary school exam so they can go on to high school. The newer effort is focused on helping adults learn to read so they can function better in society and possibly attend the Primary School for Adults and pass the PSE.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE: US$11,000
NEW—#1 USA: Mesquakie Friends Center Workers and Youth US$3,000
The oversight of this Native American center was transferred from ACFIA to Iowa Yearly Meeting several years ago. But it still needs our joint support for the important work that is impacting the lives of many children and youth. These funds will help support the directors, Mac and Berny McDonald, and the children and youth programming activities at the center.
NEW—#2 USA: MOWA Choctaw Friends Center Workers and Youth Programs US$3,000
The oversight of this Native American center was transferred from ACFIA to North Carolina Friends several years ago. But it still needs our joint support for the important work that is impacting the lives of many children and youth. These funds will help support the workers and the children and youth programming activities at the center
NEW—-#3 USA: Kickapoo Friends Center Workers and Youth US$3,000
The oversight of this Native American center was transferred from ACFIA to Mid-America Yearly Meeting several years ago. But it still needs our joint support for the important work that is impacting the lives of many children and youth. These funds will help support the directors, Brad and Christine Wood, and the children and youth programming activities at the center.
#4 Kenya: Lugulu Hospital Adopt-a-Bed US$2,000.
The motto at Lugulu Hospital is, “We Treat, but Jesus Heals and Saves.” The Adopt-a-Bed program was begun when Dr. Bob and Hope Carter were serving there. Patients were not released from the hospital until their bill was paid. Although this is no longer the practice, this fund continues to help support the hospital and patients who cannot pay their fees.
PEACE & CHRISTIAN SOCIAL CONCERNS: US$8,500
#1 Cuba: Quaker Institute of Peace US$2,000
FUM and Earlham School of Religion are partnering with Cuban Friends to provide practical training in peace building and conflict resolution from a Quaker perspective to equip Latin American Quakers & other with tools they need to reduce violence in their communities. This fund helps with the travel expenses of the ESR professors who go and teach classes at the institute.
#2 RSWR: Samson Ababu Support US$2,000
Right Sharing of World Resources established the position of an in-country staff person in East Africa in 2009 to provide consultative services of micro-enterprise among the Quaker women (primarily USFW groups). Samson Ababu was appointed to this position to offer support in training, capacity building, and coordination of travel in East Africa by RSWR staff and volunteers. USFWI is partnering with RSWR to support Samson Ababu's work.
#3 East Africa: Friends Church Peace Team- Getry _ Agizah Support US$3,000
The peace witness of Friends in Kenya is having an impact on Kenyans. There are numerous requests for the Friends Church Peace Team to present trainings and workshops, trauma healing and reconciliation for local communities, religious and political leaders. The Team has only two paid staff and this support will provide some of the salary and travel funds for the coordinator.
NEW—#4 Belize Nikki Holland, Director of Belize Friends Center Ministries US$1,000
FUM has named Nikki Holland as the new director to re-place Dale Graves, who served as interim director. She will be raising support funds and hopes to be in Belize by July 1.