FOUR FUNDS:               US    $18,000

 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. This year’s Love Fund recipient is Oscar Siema Mmbali, newly appointed Pastoral Minister for Belize. Read more about him in the article from FUM in this issue.


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. As noted in the Nov-Dec 2016 issue, his wife Nancy has been able to join him in Kaimosi after a two year separation while she completed studies in the USA.


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 missions have benefitted from this fund. But the recipients now are the pastors at the Samburu and Turkana Missions in Kenya.


Joy Fund: USA– 3 Native American Centers Workers            US$6,000

The Joy Fund commemorates Eliza Armstrong Cox’s joyous service to the Women’s Missionary Union (now USFWI) and was established in 1935. Honoring Eliza’s special interest in Native Americans, the recipients of this year’s Joy Fund are workers with the three Friends Native American centers: MOWA Choctaw (Alabama); Mesquakie (Iowa); and Kickapoo (Oklahoma).


CHILDREN & YOUTH:                          US$7,500

#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. These funds will help keep this Play Center in business, caring for the refugee children in Palestine.


#2 USA: Native American Children and Youth Programs at 3 Centers    US$3,000

The oversight of the three centers (MOWA Choctaw, Mesquakie and Kickapoo) has been transferred to individual yearly meetings, but all of the centers still need our joint support for their important work that is impacting the lives of many children and youth.  These funds will help support the children and youth programming activities at the three centers.


#3 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.


#4 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.


UNITED THANK OFFERING:                     US$6,700


#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.


#2 Belize: Director of Friends Center                                      US$1,000

This fund provides a scholarship to attend high school and is given to a top student each year who has completed the Belize Friends School program and passed the entrance exams for high school.


#3 Kenya: Turkana/Samburu Pastors (32 Pastors)                US$2,000

Many times these mission budgets are not met due to lack of funding, as it is often easier to raise money for a specific item rather than ongoing expenses. USFWI monies will help support the very important work being done in these two mission areas.


KEYS TO THE KINGDOM:                   US$5,000


#1 Kenya: FTC-Teachers Salaries/Satellite Programs                       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.


#2 Triennial International Travel Assistance/USFW YM 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.


#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.


#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. This school had a graduate last spring. The newest effort will start this January. It 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. You may have read Dale Graves’ article in the November-December issue of The Advocate about how the idea for this project came about.


CHRISTIAN SERVICE:                     US$8,500

 #1 Belize: BFS Student Services                        US$2,000

This is a fairly new budget line for Belize Friends School.  The funds will be used to help pay for extra services needed for the students, such as dentist visits, eye checks, field trips, etc.


#2 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 an 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 the 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.


#3 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.  

#4 Kenya: Turkana/Samburu Missions                US$2,000.



 #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.


#4 Ramallah: Quaker Life Coordinator                    US$1,000

FUM is adding a new Field Staff position in Ramallah. The responsibilities are outlined in an article in this issue.


TOTAL:                           US$53,700




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