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  • United Action

    Be a blessing and raise funds that help address the needs of those who are UEM.

Our fundraising in Africa and Asia

"United Action" - under this name fundraising campaigns with a thematic focus in Africa and Asia is launched every 2 years. The donations are used to support projects and programmes in the member churches of the UEM. In 2021, the theme of the campaign was "Children in Need".

United Action is more than just a fundraising campaign. United Action symbolizes the common aspiration of all UEM members churches in all three regions, Africa, Asia and Germany, to work together to improve people’s living conditions. In South Africa the term Ubuntu is commonly used while in Indonesia they use the term Gotong Royong. These expressions perfectly embody the spirit of United Action. A togetherness regardless of the little or much that one has. The great willingness to donate and the solidarity of the African and Asian members after the flood disaster in the Ahr valley has attracted lasting attention, both within and outside the UEM community. With "United Action", every member of the UEM stands by the side of the people who need support.

United Action Coordinators

An important contribution to the implementation of United Action is made by local volunteer representatives. These are committed people who are able to contribute their own resources and to motivate others in their personal and professional networks to do so. Supported by their church, they initiate, plan and execute fundraising and awareness raising activities such as fun runs or community festivals that translate into monetary donations toward United Action. The UEM staff in the regional offices in Dar es Salaam and Pematangsiantar accompany the United Action Coordinators in the planning and implementation of their United Action activities as well as support them through capacity building workshops to ensure that they are well equipped to execute their tasks.

We have the responsibility

We are all UEM. UEM is me and UEM is you. We are UEM. Therefore we have the joint responsibility and accountability to raise funds that help address the needs of those who are UEM.

Every member church in Asia has a financial target to reach. That means, if your church is part of the UEM family, you can help your church reach its target. Every little bit counts. Your donation will be help your church and in doing so you may be helping a child in need from another member church and you may even helping a project from your church.

Every church has an assigned United Action Coordinator which drives the UEM awareness and United Action related Activities. United Action Coordinators are also supported by UEM.

As the UEM family we now have a chance to change the narrative: we can give as much as we receive. And we can absolutely be a blessing to others by donating to United Action.

Your Donation Helps!

Please transfer your donation to:

UEM Asia: Bank BNI - account# 0128002447 - Swift code: BNINIDJAMDN

UEM Africa: CRDB BANK PLC - branch: 3319 - account# 1950299692300 - Swift code: CORUTZTZ

Stories from United Action:

  • Pig Feed: Women in Nias Creating A Strong Business Opportunity

    Terri-Lynn Smith, our programme officer for United Action in Asia, visited Nias Island and was overwhelmed by their action:

    Last week I visited Nias Island, where amongst other responsibilities I met a group of women from a village in North Nias who produce pig feed. Why was this interesting to me? Or why did it inspire me so much? Honestly, it is because these woman saw a problem in their village and set out to solve it with the support of UEM and in small ways they have affected the economy of their village. When I spoke to them, one of the woman said ‘’instead of going around from house to house gossiping because the pandemic had limited us so much in terms of work, we decided to help our community’’.

    What one needs to understand is that the population of Nias are mostly farmers and fishermen. This is how they support themselves. With the pandemic they had no place to sell their produce or purchase feed for their animals. At the same time, a big part of Nias culture is raising pigs. With any Nias cultural activity the presence of pork is expected. Sadly, the island of Nias was affected by African Swine Flu which meant that most pigs of their pigs had died which further meant a loss of income and in many ways affected them culturally, too.  Anyone would agree that the circumstances were dire for the people of Nias as well as these woman who also raise pigs themselves.

    UEM had supported a small group of woman with training to produce high quality pig feed as well as the purchasing of a very basic manual machine to produce it. I asked them about the ingredients to produce their stock. They explained to me that their husbands and men in their village are the suppliers of the fish which is the main ingredient in their production.

    Later, I spoke to one of the customers of their feed. The customer who is also a woman said to me that their pig feed is more affordable and the quality is better but that it is cheaper than what is on offer at the traditional market. She went on to tell me and show me that her pig is healthier and fatter. Following the meeting with this customer I met another farmer whose pig had just given birth to 6 healthy piglets. He said that he also used the pig feed and when the piglets are of age, they would also consume the locally produced pig feed.

    These 5 woman created an informal job opportunity for their husbands, and they supply their entire village with the feed which produces healthy pigs. This goes on to sustain their villages livelihood while at the same time bringing back dignity to their cultural meetings. I celebrate this women because they saw a problem and solved by applying themselves, while still having to be mothers and wives which we know has not been the easiest during the pandemic.

    They explained to me that it is their desire to supply their surrounding villages, but until now they are not able to meet the demand due to the limitations of the machine they use for production. They are currently looking for possibilities to purchase a more efficient machine.

    This same project has been duplicated on Tello Island, a regency of Nias Island.

Contact

Photo: J. Schermuly/VEM
Terri-Lynn Smith
Project Officer und Fundraising Officer
Jl. Pdt. J. Wismar Saragih, Bane, Kec. Siantar Utara, Kota Pematangsiantar, 21142 North Sumatra, Indonesia
smith-t@vemission.org

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