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Launch of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2021

11th Feb 2021

The Diocese of Chelmsford has launched the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal with a special webinar hosted on Zoom.

This year’s appeal will once again be partnering with the Anglican Communion's microfinance charity Five Talents to raise funds for their work in the Diocese of Chelmsford’s link diocese of Marsabit in Kenya - building on the work that began last year but was stalled because of the pandemic.

Over the next year, the appeal will be empowering women in Marsabit as they continue to challenge the prevailing gender norms by training and equipping local people in savings schemes, literacy, numeracy and business skills to enable them to live more abundant lives.

The Rt Revd Daniel Qampicha, Bishop of Marsabit, joined the webinar to speak about the ministry in Marasabit diocese which covers an area in northern Kenya the size of England, with a population half the size of Essex. There were interviews with Rachel Lindley, CEO of Five Talents UK and Revd Elema and Joseph Gubo who run the project in Marsabit. Elema explained what life was like for women in Marsabit and shared testimony from those who had been supported through the training schemes offered by Five Talents. Participants also had the opportunity to put questions the panel which also included Revd Polly Kersys-Hull and Revd Lee Batson who are coordinating the appeal in the diocese.

Bishop Qampicha said:

“On behalf of Marsabit Diocese we are forever grateful for all those who over the last forty years and beyond have journeyed with us in this journey of faith. We are grateful that th Diocese of Chelmsford through Five Talents UK have graciously come on board and enabled us to launch the Five Talents programme in Marsabit. We can begin the journey of transformation, transforming the lives of women who are the margins of society, who are disadvantaged through lack of education, cultural barriers and geographical location.

We are delighted to have each and every one of you on this webinar and are grateful to those in the Diocese of Chelmsford who are graciously considering joining us to hear our story and journey with us in this venture of faith that seeks to transform the society with God’s word.”

Funds raised will enable Five Talents to set train twelve groups across Marsabit in literacy, numeracy and basic business skills. This will enable groups, predominantly of women, to create savings and loans cooperatives, which will help them to become more financially independent, develop businesses and ensure that their children can access education for themselves.

Watch the webinar 

More information

Find out more about the 2021 appeal and donate at www.chelmsford.anglican.org/bishops-appeal.

Find out more about Five Talents UK at www.fivetalents.org.uk