Embrace the Middle East is a Christian relief and development charity focused on one of the world’s most troubled and sensitive areas. Our vision is to transform the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged people in the Middle East by supporting the mission and ministry of local churches and Christian organisations bringing healing and hope through education, healthcare and community development. Known previously as Biblelands, and established in 1854, Embrace draws on many years of experience to guide and support a strong local Christian response to the unique challenges presented by this region. We are truly inter-denominational, working with partners from over a dozen different traditions. Our projects help people regardless of faith or nationality.
Learning dress-making skills Embrace partners with Tahaddi, a Lebanese charity that works to provide quality health and education services to economically and socially marginalised families in Beirut.
Olive picking in Palestine Embrace works with a range of partners to improve lives across Israel-Palestine.
Embrace projects pictured left to right above
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Thames Valley Air Ambulance is a charity at the frontline of saving lives. We provide emergency medical care by air and land to patients in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Our critical care paramedics and doctors are highly trained and ready for any eventuality. We bring the hospital to the patient, giving you the best chance when the worst happens. Every day, somebody in our community could be in urgent need of our service. We rely solely on the generous support of the public. Your support allows us to deliver care to the most critically ill and injured people night and day, 365 days a year.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance is known for being at the frontline of saving lives, but the aftercare we offer is another vital service to help people come to terms with what was probably the most traumatic experience of their life. We were one of the first air ambulances in the country to introduce a Patient Liaison Manager to support patients and their loved ones on their recovery journey. Read more on our Spotlight page
For further information please contact tvairambulance.org.uk/
This Mission hospital, north of Kampala, is run by local nuns. Doctors from the UK and Sweden travel to work there, for weeks at a time, in a voluntary capacity and stay in newly built, dedicated accommodation for their sole use, as shown below during construction, but close to completion.
The words below are from Eleanor, Ali and May’s daughter, who volunteered to work at the hospital. Above is a picture of her with some children from the local village, who found seeing themselves in a photo on her phone absolutely hilarious!!
'In November 2015 I was very fortunate to travel approximately 4,000 miles across the world to the small village of Kamuli which is about 4 hours outside of Entebbe, the capital of Uganda.
I will be honest and say that I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was nervous of being out of my comfort zone, witnessing death and disease, being away from my family and also not being a help to anyone as I am not a qualified nurse.
The accommodation for visitors was fantastic, which was sponsored by our Foundation. It has made a huge difference to the hospital and their staff as they can accommodate the doctors and volunteers now, which almost halves their work and honestly saves more lives.
The conditions in the hospital are better than they were, but still not great. Cleanliness is a problem as well as a lack of electricity. Apart from the mosquitos which spread Malaria, there are also dozens of bats which frequent the wards and they carry Ebola and HIV.
In 2 weeks I witnessed 4 still born births, which as you can imagine, is utterly heart breaking. It can be for many reasons and when I asked they said this is totally normal. That means that around a hundred new born babies die every year because of the poor quality of life and care that they receive. Money goes a long way in Africa but especially in Kamuli. The average person earns roughly £50 a year. From our perspective, that is very low and there is so much we can do to help them that could literally change their lives.'
In August 2017, due to the success of the Kamuli Friends Charity’s fundraising efforts a new surgical ward was commissioned, which incorporated a paediatric unit and these building works were completed in 2018 and now enable both staff and patients to enjoy the benefits of a modern and purpose-built hospital wing.
For further information or to support the hospital either financially or by offering your time and talents please contact www.friendsofkamulimissionhospital.org