The group Friends of Monze was officially constituted at Bridgend Quaker Meeting
House on 27 Jan 2013.
Deana Owen volunteered with the charity Hands Around the World in Monze, Zambia,
for 3 months in 2012. On returning to Bridgend Deana was concerned by the lack of
equality between our world and theirs, and felt called to continue helping. Friends
of Monze has now been formally adopted as a Concern of Bridgend Quaker Meeting.
Several Bridgend Friends are active in projects to help the homeless - mostly locally
but also in London.
Some are involved in a project to set up an Emmaus community in Bridgend, the first
in Wales. Click here to read more about the project.
Others work with the Welsh homeless charity The Wallich (www.thewallich.com), delivering
breakfast to homeless people in Bridgend and Porthcawl.
Deana Owen writes here about the work she and her daughter Ceri have been doing,
for several years, at a Quaker Homeless Action Christmas shelter in Islington.
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
EAPPI is a programme or the World Council of Churches which enables Ecumenical Accompaniers
(EAs) from churches across the world to work in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian
Territories for 3 months at a time, providing protective presence for those who suffer
human rights abuses.
Jane Harries and Maryse Newnham of Bridgend Quaker Meeting, both former EAs, returned
to the region in December 2013. During their 3-week visit they spent a week in the
tiny village of Yanoun, 15 kilometres South East of Nablus, providing protective
presence for the village whilst the current EAPPI team was doing their mid-term training.
They also visited Christian Aid projects working in Israel and the Occupied Territories,
and reconnected with groups working for a sustainable peace for all based on justice
and respect for human rights.
The surprise bit of the visit was being snowed in in Yanoun for 4 days in the worst
storm the region has experienced in living memory. Read more about some of our experiences
Jane and Maryse’s latest visit was in February 2015. Read their report here.
If you would like a talk by Jane and Maryse on their experiences contact 077200 87132.
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international network of trained volunteer
facilitators and a UK registered charity. AVP runs low-cost workshops in the community
and in prisons to support people who want to handle conflict better without resorting
to or becoming the victim of violence. Originally started by a group of Quakers
in New York who developed a workshop in a local prison where the inmates were experiencing
an increase of violence, AVP has now spread to over 50 countries across the globe.
It was recently adopted by South Wales Quakers as a concern.
These are some of the projects that Quakers from Bridgend are currently engaged with