Concerns of Swansea Meeting
Swansea Meeting Friends continue to be active in local, national and international projects concerned with peace and social justice. Some examples are given below.
Friends were instrumental in setting up the charity Money for Madagascar, which funds projects aimed at tackling many of the key issues facing Madagascar today. These include extreme poverty, loss of bio-diversity, poor health, lack of food security and limited access to education. The charity also responds to emergencies in Madagascar, from cyclone relief to feeding programmes for street kids and their families.
Swansea Meeting has a longstanding concern with asylum-seekers, and Swansea is now a City of Sanctuary. Swansea Asylum Justice brings together people who volunteer their experience and expertise in order to provide free legal services, to asylum seekers who are unable to access Legal Aid. It does this in order that they gain basic food and shelter; safety and security; their human rights and justice.
Friends have participated in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This is a World Council of Churches (WCC) initiative which was established ten years ago in 2002 in response to a call made by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, and Palestinian and Israeli NGOs. The mission of the EAPPI is to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their nonviolent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation.
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