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Story of Hope: Jessica’s story

Jessica and her two grandsons.

Jessica lives in Buikwe Uganda and looks after her two grandchildren after their parents sadly died from HIV/Aids. Her grandsons rely on her to provide for all their basic needs such as food, school, water and healthcare, but Jessica has parkinsons disease so this can be very difficult.

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Keswick in Devon

Greetings from Keswick in Devon!

For over 5 years now I have been Sponsorship Co-ordinator for International Needs. 18 months ago I moved to Sidmouth in Devon and was delighted to bring my job with me and work from home. It has been a real privilege to be able to represent International Needs in the South West.

On the 5th – 9th March this year All Saint’s Church, Sidmouth, hosted Keswick in Devon, a 5 day event of bible teaching and ministry.  I was thrilled to be asked if IN would set up a mission stand for the week. What an amazing time we had!! Danny was interviewed during one of the morning sessions and gave an engaging presentation one afternoon. The highlight for me was being able to chat with numerous people from all over the country about the work we do with wonderful families across the world.

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Classrooms urgently needed at La Bonne Nouvelle School, Burkina Faso.

Danny Morris- National Director

International Needs UK’s National Director Danny Morris with two students from La Bonne Nouvelle School


A trip to Burkina always brings surprises, learning new aspects of Burkina life, the good the bad and the ugly. On the “bad” we happened to notice more and more young boys, carrying tins looped with string around their necks, roaming the streets. We learned through discussions with Esaie our guide, that these teenagers are kicked out from their family homes and told to live on the streets. With their tins, they roam and beg until they are 18, after which, they are accepted back to the family. Our guide commented that these lads came from large, poor Muslim families and it is seen as a rite of passage for them to undertake street life.

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Interview with Catherine from Kenya

Last month, Catherine came with us to visit our Street Boys work in Kenya. Read more

Job Opportunities for Passionate People

New Year and New Opportunity?  Would you come and join our team?

We are worldwide Christian development agency working to help families suffering through poverty and crises to create a sustainable future. Through all that we do, we seek to serve God and bring people the good news of Jesus.

We have 3 job opportunities in our UK office, one is full time and two are part-time. We are looking for passionate individuals called to service and looking for a new opportunity. Read more

How was our Christmas Concert?

We wrapped up 2017 with our annual International Needs Christmas Concert. We are so thankful to South Norwood Baptist Church who hosted the event for us and provided an amazing catering service on the evening to make sure that everyone was full of festive treats!

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A Big Month for a Little Duck

This last month you may have noticed that we had a new member join the International Needs UK team. His name is Walter – he is bright yellow and has a great personality. He is also really passionate about helping us raise money for our Water Projects (and he’s very good at it!).

If you’re on our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, you might already know the twist to this story… that Walter is a rubber duck. But that’s not to say he isn’t a talented fundraiser; with your support, Walter has raised an incredible £4,100 in the last three weeks alone!

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Job Opportunity – Programme Officer

We are currently searching to hire a Programme Officer to work with our team in our office here in Caterham, in support of our projects around the world within the IN Network.

Photo taken March 2017 in Limuru, Kenya, at the Congress of partners within the International Needs Network.

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Story of Transformation – Rachel

Rachel attends Doblogonno Community School, which is in a peri-urban community in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. She belongs to a large family of seven children. Unfortunately, Rachel’s father passed away some years ago and the burden of taking care of her and her other siblings now depends solely on her mother who is a petty trader.

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What are you doing on 24th November?!

Knowle Parish Church, near Birmingham, are hosting a Concert in aid of our work on 24th November. Matt Baggott is one of our trustees and will be compering the event. He will share his first hand experience about the work we do with Street Youths in Kenya. Details below…

The Burden of Thirst

In 2016, International Needs met ten year old Eric (waving in the photo) and his family. He lives in Buikwe District in Uganda. Every day before school he had to walk for two hours to collect water for his family.

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Mainstreaming Diversity

What a wonderful week we have had!!

Since the beginning of this year, we have been working in partnership with BFSS and UNESCO Chair to develop and run an inclusive sports training programme in Uganda.

Why have we been doing this? (I hear you ask)

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Esther Thapa from IN Nepal here in the UK

On September 9th to the 18th, we are hosting Esther Thapa. Esther is the executive director of IN Nepal. She and her team work to support families through community workers across the districts of Nepal and empower women by offering vocational training at the Lydia centre Kathmandu. The Lydia centre is an amazing place that offers women already so disadvantaged from their gender and their caste, an opportunity for life. By learning specific tailoring skills and gaining vital life skills, Lydia women can face the future with confidence. Please do take a look at this video we posted to demonstrate the incredible outcomes of the work of Esther and her team. If you would like to come and hear Esther speak or would like to invite her to an event in your community or church, please call the IN office on 01883 331332.

Lydia Ladies take part in the Kathmandu 5km fun run

Sponsored by Ogilvy, the Lydia ladies were able to have a great time taking part in the Kathmandu fun run celebrating International Women’s Day last month. This women’s empowerment project undertaken by IN Nepal supports women from very poor and disadvantaged backgrounds. The project gives them new skills that will earn them a living and help grow their self confidence for when they return to their villages and families. to learn more, please go to

Event Review – Hever Castle Jazz Concert 2016

International Needs have been blessed by the opportunity to use the beautiful grounds of Hever Castle and their wonderful festival theatre for many years. Through hosting events there, we have been able to raise a lot of money for our projects helping families in need around the world. And we’ve had a great time with our supporters enjoying great music!

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YOU DID IT – a new maternity unit in Bobo!

Thank you to everyone who has been partnering with us on this project, we are finally finished and the maternity unit is open for use. Young families, mothers and babies will experience a health centre that offers all the support required for antenatal and postnatal care as well as a safe place for delivery. With over £100,000 raised, we finally Read more

Golf Day 2017 – May 17th

Did you take part with us last year? How did your team do?

We are really looking forward to this year’s Golf Day back at Singing Hills Golf Course in West Sussex. Teams are booking in quickly so make sure to get your team booked as soon as possible. Maybe you have never been before and are interested in joining the competition – call us on 01883 331332 to find out more.

It is a full day of golf followed by a delicious two course dinner and auction.

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A New Year and A New Us

This year we are launching The International Needs Family.

This is a membership body of supporters who have committed to give to our work on a monthly basis. Regular giving is a valuable platform of funding allowing us to commit to our project partners for the long-term, as they combat poverty in their communities. This group of supporters stands with us in believing that we can bring real change for families suffering in poverty. Read more

Nepal Earthquake

Since the April 25th earthquake last year, IN supporters demonstrated such generosity and care for the people of Nepal by raising over £44,000. This enabled us to mobilise quickly and distribute relief in the form of food and rigid shelter materials to hundreds of families and households in the remote and mountainous areas.

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A Small Moment – The impact of assisting a child’s education

Each big change starts with a small moment…and you have given a child or student that small moment that changed everything for them.

You did something amazing when you decided to sponsor a child’s education.

Madhu’s father walked out on his family shortly after she was born, leaving 5 children for her mother to care for. He provided no support as he re-married and left the country. Madhu’s mother, working as a domestic help, struggled to provide for her girls on a day to day basis.

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London Marathon 2016

IN Marathon runners

On Sunday April 24th we cheered on our Virgin London Marathon runners: Clare, Nana, Penn, Barry, Matt, Paul and Mandy. All running for International Needs!

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Go-Global in Burkina Faso

In January INUK sent a team of 12 people to visit our work in Burkina Faso. The group was a good mix of people, including two of our trustees Tony Tyrell and Philip Wolstenholme. The whole team brought a great set of skills.

The trip was a chance to see the work of the medical centre including the new maternity unit that is currently being built. It was an exciting opportunity to see the new medical facility being erected that will serve many families and provide mothers a safe place to give birth.

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Helping Families Create a Sustainable Future

We see families as the beneficiaries at the heart of what we do. Strong families build strong communities and in turn produce stable societies. Together, we can empower and give hope to families as they struggle to combat the daily and relentless challenges they face.

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