About us

How the Quaker Congo Partnership works


In 2008, Quakers from Area Meetings in Cambridgesh
ire and Manchester launched a partnership with Quakers from the Community of Evangelical Friends' Churches in Congo (CEEACO). Budgets and aims were agreed. In 2015, the Quaker Congo Partnership UK became an independent charity.

UK Quakers provide money and mentoring for trauma counselling - including support for orphans, for a community hospital, and for loans for women to set up small businesses. Congo Quakers provide regular reports coupled with suggestions for new ways forward.

All the projects, based in and around Abeka in South Kivu province, are open equally to those of  any faith (or none) and from any tribal background.

UK Quakers visited in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 - most recently taking medical equipment including a fetal heart monitor, otoscopes (to look into ears) and blood pressure monitors.



Quakers of Cambridgeshire Area Meeting have been supporting the work of our partners in Congo since 2006. 

Quakers of Manchester & Warrington Area Meeting

became involved through a visit to Congo in early
2008.
 

 

Hazel Shellens of Cambridgeshire Area Meeting, with our partner's Women's Forum in a field cultivated by widows to generate income.  

Martin Gilbraith of Manchester & Warrington Area Meeting, planting a new tree seedling with our partner's community reforestation team.


 

Trustees and Associates

The partnership is managed in the UK by trustees of the Quaker Congo Partnership UK.  They are supported by associates, who provide specialist skills on specific aspects of the work, such as assessment, research and translation. 
Between them, the trustees and associates have an appropriate mix of skills and expertise.


Six - fourteen Trustees are appointed to make decisions/discernments on behalf of the organisation.

Trustees

Name  Location/Quaker
Area Meeting (AM)
Role  End of term of office – renewable every three years to a maximum of nine years
Tim Brown Cambridgeshire AM
Asst. Clerk and Translator  31.12.19
Amy Ellis
Cambridgeshire AM
Publicity/Grants
 31.12.17
Andrew Gregory Manchester and Warrington AM
Treasurer 
 31.12.17
Margaret Gregory Manchester and Warrington AM
Co-clerk
and Water link
 31.12.18
Hannah Morrow
Cambridgeshire AM
Micro credit link  31.12.18
Lynn Norbury Manchester and Warrington AM
CHA link

 31.12.19
Catherine Putz Brighouse
West Yorkshire AM
Co-clerk
and TCPG link 

 31.12.18
Nick Tischler Cambridgeshire AM
Translator,
web site and designer 
 31.12.19
Nigel Watt South East London AM
Consultant
and Translator 
 31.12.17


Associates make a valuable contribution to the organisation, but are not responsible for it: 


Associates 

Name  Location/Quaker
Area Meeting (AM) 
Role  End of term of office – renewable every three years to a maximum of nine years
Elizabeth Coleman Manchester and
Warrington AM
Finance
assistant
31.12.17

Jean Currie Cambridgeshire AM
Consultant on fundraising

31.12.17

Joy Olaya N/A Medical 
consultant
31.12.18
Mark Perry Manchester and
Warrington AM
Medical consultant 31.12.19
Alan Pinch
Manchester and
Warrington AM
Translator
31.12.17

Hazel Shellens 
Cambridgeshire AM
Consultant on governance

31.12.17

Delia Suffling Cambridgeshire AM
Consultant treasurer

31.12.17

Ian Tod Cambridgeshire AM

Water consultant 31.12.17
Alan Vernon Wirral and Chester AM
Fund raising consultant

31.12.17

The only family relationship is Andrew and Margaret Gregory.


Revised April 2017


Our Mission

In September 2009 we articulated our mission, by answering the question "What valuable roles would we like to see Quaker Congo Partnership playing in 5 years from now (2014)?".  Our answer was:

  • to support local development projects of our Quaker partners in eastern Congo
  • to support & develop the trauma work of CEEACO
  • to support & develop the work of the Abeka hospital
  • to support British & Congolese Friends to deepen our spiritual lives together
  • to help to build local capacity & develop skills in Eastern Congo
  • to strengthen friendship links between Britain Yearly Meeting & Eastern Congo Friends
  • to raise understanding of, and promote action to address, the underlying causes of poverty and violence in Eastern Congo
  • to help Congolese Friends to become a power for good within & beyond their locality
Download the documentation of our mission workshop, including the original ideas of individual members that led to this group consensus.


Address

Quaker Congo Partnership UK is Registered Charity Number: 1159781

Registered address: 

Quaker Congo Partnership UK
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
Manchester, M2 5NS
UK

Contact: Margaret Gregory, Treasurer.


We welcome your support - please donate, or get involved!









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