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Come on 2018! It’s a big year for Global Care – we’re celebrating our 35th anniversary.

Yes, it’s 35 years since Global Care began, on the end of founder Ron Newby’s kitchen table in Coventry, with letters asking family and friends to sponsor the needy children he had recently met in Uganda.

We’re still in Coventry but we outgrew that kitchen table years ago. What a journey it has been!

Thousands of miles, touching thousands of lives. Over 35 countries in 35 years. In times of disaster – earthquake, flood and famine – we were there. In times of crisis – sickness, family catastrophe, abuse and abandonment – we were there. And over the long haul – through years of education and struggle for the poorest, fighting for the rights of the most marginalised and disenfranchised – Global Care has stood alongside vulnerable children until they learned to stand alone.

Working with grassroots Christian partners determined to make a difference in their own communities, we have enabled local Christians all over the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing good news to the lives of the ‘least of these’. What a privilege!

We want to mark our 35th year by telling some of these stories. 35 stories of individuals whose lives changed forever thanks to Global Care, of communities at crisis point where our efforts wrought positive change. Stories of families in despair, where our partners brought hope. Please read our blog and follow our social media channels to enjoy our stories. As they are published throughout the year, share them and help us celebrate 35 years of adventure, struggle and global care for vulnerable children.

We want to celebrate, but we don’t want to rest on our laurels: We want to use this milestone year to raise a minimum of £35,000 to launch a new initiative in Uganda, the country where it all began.

In recent years we have developed a very successful work with children with disabilities in Soroti, in northern Uganda. To mark our 35th year, we want to turn our focus to the west of the country, to Rukungiri, and to the needs of children with disabilities here.

You can read more about this new project here. We’re very excited. We believe this new initiative says so much about our ethos, our passion, and what our mission looks like today.

We so much want 2018 to be a year which equips us to do MORE to help MORE children who are MORE vulnerable. That’s our mantra for our 35th year – more, more, more!

Of course, to do this, we not only need new funds, we need new UK partners and partner churches too. Over the year ahead we hope to get out on the road to thank so many of you who have stood with us over the years. It’s easy to book a speaker from Global Care to visit your church or organisation and introduce you to our work, or update you on how your support has helped us help vulnerable children around the world.

We hope our travels and events will bring us into contact with partners old and new, to celebrate and share 35 years of change for vulnerable children. Thank you so much for your support!

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