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New Chrysalis Centre Opens for Business
some time now our Chrysalis programme of holidays for the learning
disabled has been increasingly popular. Holidays have been based
mainly at Bryn Arfor, our house on Angelsey, although we have
been able to offer visits to other destinations, including some
in Europe. We are delighted to have many repeat bookings, but
this has highlighted the need for a second centre within the
UK in order to offer guests a different environment.
possibilities were explored, the main requirements being a property
in a suitable holiday location within a reasonable distance
from the North West, from which most guests come.
Finally, our search led us to Cayton Bay Lodge, outside Scarborough,
a former convent which we now rent from the Roman Catholic church,
also undertaking responsibility for its renovation and maintenance.
holidays took possession of the Lodge in January, 2010, and
immediately set about the task of refurbishing it and adapting
it for the needs of guests with learning, and sometimes also
physical, disabilities. Volunteers, including Epiphany Trust
supporters and members of churches local to our Newton-le-Willows
office, gave of their time, labour and skills, and Stephen Collins,
of Lazarus Solutions, gave advice on adaptation of the premises
for the disabled.
Bay Lodge welcomed its first guests in late March 2010, ready
on schedule although some redecoration and upgrading is ongoing.
A range of holidays will operate throughout 2010, including
“Glitz and Glamour”, “Adventure Week”
and “Expression through Dance”, as well as Special
Care Breaks which offer 1-to-1 staffing for those guests with
more complex needs.
Epiphany's half-way house opens in Sinaia
Arc", designed to provide a 'half-way' step for orphans
leaving institutionalised care and entering the wider world.
Construction is complete and the first residents have arrived.
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MTCE & Child Action join forces
In order to maximize the effectiveness of both our Burma projects
and the work of Metta Trust for Children's Education in
the refugee camp schools on the Thai/Burma border, MTCE's projects
have come under the umbrella of Child Action International.
For more information see our Burma
Due to the continued expansion of Epiphany
projects, our charity has outgrown it's home at the Winwick
Lane office. New premises had been sought for a number of months
and a wonderful new location has been found in the shape of
a former presbytery in Newton-Le-Willows.
Over the past year the number of employees
and volunteers working for the Trust has nearly doubled, a testimony
to our increasing effectiveness and scope. The growth of projects
in Sri Lanka, Burma and the ever-expanding Chrysalis programme
here in the UK made the move essential.
Just 3 miles away from the old office, the
new premises provide plenty of space in an easily accessible
location. The capacity for further expansion and the fact that
it comes at a very reasonable rent are a couple of reasons why
this move is so encouraging for the future.
Many thanks to all who have backed our work.
This progressive step has only been possible through your unwavering
The Tsunami Appeal
After the disaster in South-East Asia on Boxing Day, the Epiphany
Trust launched an immediate appeal to help the people of Sri
Lanka. A letter went out in the publication of the latest newsletter
"Epiphany News". We have had an overwhelming response
and would like to thank all of our supporters for their generosity.
Epiphany director Bill and administrator Micah Hampson travelled
to Sri Lanka to assess how the influx of donations can most
wisely be spent to ease suffering and set up long term support.
Numerous projects have resulted from the visit and are detailed
within the Child Action International section.
here to read more.
Freed from Exploitation
first major victory has been won in Epiphany’s quest to free
children from the bonded slave labour of the Pakistan brickyards.
In June 2005, the Lahore law firm - CLAAS, aided by funds from
the Trust, succeeding in releasing hundreds of youngsters from
11 of these exploitative businesses.
Thousands of children in Pakistan are forced to work in bonded
labour brickyards in order to pay for ancient family debts that
have been passed down through the generations. Many youngsters
are forced to sacrifice their education, social life and paid
employment to work in horrific and un-legislated conditions.
In the early hours of Monday 13th June, a group
of lawyers, assisted by local police, raided a large number
of brick kilns around Lahore. Legal notices were issued to owners
and managers at the site and the children were transported back
to the CLAAS city office. The huge crowd made it’s way to Lahore
High Court the following morning and were witness to swift justice.
Within a week from the case being opened, CLAAS had won the
liberty and independence of 316 young labourers and 14 injunctions
were brought and upheld against employers. Laws have also been
pushed through in an attempt to raise the pitiful wages earned
by those still trapped inside the trade.
Hopefully recent events will act as a catalyst to bringing
down this barbaric business, and there are signs that this is
the case. Since this landmark hearing, the CLAAS office has
been inundated with dozens of cases of brick kiln exploitation
around the area. The new strain that this has brought on time
and resources can only be seen as a positive sign of success.
People have been given a new hope that their freedom is imminent.
Real Just Juice
Epiphany Trust has traditionally focused on giving grants to
those in extreme need. While this is still essential, increasingly
we are seeking ways to help poorer people to help themselves.
For this reason we have tied up with JP Fairtrade Juices who
have recently launched a new pure orange drink which gives third
world producers in Brazil and Cuba fair wages and ourselves
a charitable donation for each bottle sold.
J.P. Fairtrade recently visited Cuba to verify employment practices
in the chosen co-operative farms, and were delighted with what
they found. With the extra funds generated from paying a decent
wage, new houses, canteens, workshops and other facilities are
being built to make life easier in a country where the typical
agricultural wage is $15 per month.
In a country like Cuba fair trade also empowers local Christian
communities which have for years been persecuted by the Communist
regime. While worship is now freely tolerated, religious education,
charitable projects and other expressions of faith are treated
by the state with immense suspicion.
Due to the sunshine, the good soil and the quality of the cultivation,
JP orange juice is of very good quality with a distinctive 'Florida-style'
taste. What's more is that it will not leave a nasty ethical
taste in the back of your mouth like some exploitatively produced
juices. This is the real just juice!
JP Juice is selling well in a variety of outlets in a 500ml
bottle and 200 ml Carton.
Small deliveries can be made through distributors in the North
West, West Yorkshire and London at present.
You can now join the campaign! Your school, workplace, parish
fairtrade stall, catering outlet or Deanery could make a real
difference by buying juice that you needed to buy anyway. In
the above areas it is possible to organize a delivery of a minimum
of 5 cases. (500 ML =12 bottles per case, 200ml =27 cartons
per case). Contact us at the Epiphany office to find out how
to order juice which helps workers in the third world and children
all over the world.
In the autumn of 1967, the British Parliament decided to enact
legislation permitting legal abortion. LIFE after Death,
written by David Alton, examines the true cost of laws which
are heralded as ushering in the liberation of women and which
promised progress and social justice.
Details of how to purchase it can be found by contacting
the Epiphany Trust.
One of the Trusts patrons has sponsored a copy of Life
After Death to 200 libraries in north-west schools. New
Malden SPUC have placed 20 copies in the school libraries in
Life After Death- towards a New Pro-life Culture
by David Alton is a tremendous resource for schools, especially
now that, as part of the national curriculum, both pro-life
and pro-choice arguments to the abortion issue must be made.
For around £5 per copy the Trust feels it is money well
spent and we are hoping more sponsors will come forward to help
us get into as many libraries as possible. If you havent
yet got your own copy of this excellent book you can by writing
to the Trust office. The cost is £6.95 including postage
Epiphany Trust now offers opportunities for people who want
to combine travel with worthwhile voluntary work. We seek in
particular to serve the needs of disabled or disadvantaged children
and adults. Some of the places you can travel to, visit and
work include Romania, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and of course
If you want to give orphaned children from Romania a holiday,
pack a container of charity goods in Hong Kong or visit the
top long haul holiday destination of Sri Lanka and its nearby
neighbours the Maldives, whilst giving a helping hand to worthwhile
causes then Epiphanys Gap Year could be the thing for
you. Trips can be anything from two weeks to a year.
For more information please contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The proclaimed “King of Gospel”, and Child
Action International patron, Jessy Dixon completed his most
comprehensive European tour in support of our organisation.
Through June and the first half of July, the Reverend from Chicago
completed a 20-date schedule around the UK, Ireland, Norway,
Romania and the Faroe Islands.
For the past decade, Jessy has impressed
packed churches and concert halls with his unique blend of Contemporary,
Southern, and Traditional Gospel. And this summer’s tour proved
no different. Highlights included joining a 140-strong choir
in the Faroes in front of 2% of the entire Island population,
and performing for 3000 people through two concerts in Cluj
and Timisoara, Romania. The atmosphere in these places was incredible,
Jessy was overwhelmed by the response. Speaking to the packed
Timisoara church (and hundreds gathered outside) he said “even
after performing thousands of concerts around the world, I have
never seen so many young people so happy to be praising the
Lord.” Jessy also took the opportunity to sing an open-air set
within the Caminula Felix orphanage in Oradea. Seeing the excitement
and gratitude on the faces of these children was maybe the most
satisfying product of the tour.