The Bridge Trust Ltd works with two denominational groups, the Christian Community Churches (CCC) in the North West province and the Fire Baptised Churches (FBC) based in the Copperbelt region of Zambia.
• provide financial support to a health clinic covering a wide rural area.
• are starting to tackle poverty in Sachibondu by resourcing a new bakery business.
• have enabled 30 women in Solwezi, who formerly sold sex for financial survival, to start a non-abusive business co-operative.
• advise and train CCC leaders and some FBC leaders.
• provide some financial support for church workers.
A rural health centre based in Sachibondu and started by a missionary from Bristol, Ruth Wallis, does incredible work with minimal resources. In Zambia, 1 in 13 women die in childbirth and 8.3% of children die before their 5th birthday, often due to a lack of access to healthcare. But the centre here provides midwifery, general medicine and AIDS-related work and counseling in a bush area that lacks other medical facilities. Many patients walk for countless kilometres to receive treatment.
Zambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and many local churches are unable to financially support their pastors. The Bridge Trust Ltd provides financial support for some pastors, and provides leadership training and some church development consultancy. The support for FBC is done in partnership with Linden Church Swansea and The Riverside Church Taunton.
A huge open cast copper mine is being developed at Solwezi. The Christian Community Church there was concerned about women who were driven by poverty to sell sex to the men coming to work there. We are supporting an initiative to offer these women an alternative way of providing for themselves and their children by running a business co-operative.