Archive for February, 2009

Ojola Group Report for 2008

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The Ojola Group met three times in 2008 (in June, August and December). On March 30, the congregation viewed a slide show presentation after church to learn more about OCP. In June, the Service and Missions Committee contributed $300 for food, which Cindy, the group leader, hand-delivered when she traveled to Kenya in July. During her stay, Cindy visited with many Ojola children, who were thrilled with the outfits and art supplies sent by their Sojourners friends. The Ojola Group also collected headscarves which were presented to five very appreciative widows. In August, Gloria created a large poster that included drawings, thank-you notes and photos of the Ojola children; the poster has been on display in the church foyer.

The Ojola community presented Cindy with several proposals for modest income-generating projects, such as tailoring or raising chickens, which the group discussed at their August meeting. The group decided that its first priority was to maintain its current level of educational support, but would consider the additional proposals as funds become available. In December, Kate sold Christmas ornaments made by her husband and donated the proceeds to OCP.

In 2008, money was wired to Ojola in three major installments which coincided with the start of each new school term. The payments included school fees for six secondary school children and one primary school child, tuition for two older students doing diploma courses, money for uniforms, medicine, books, and assistance for widows. A substantial portion of the money was spent on food, as the cost of basic staples skyrocketed in the second half of the year.

Prison Ministry advocacy at the VA General Assembly

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

If you are interested in following current legislation go to www.vacure.org , then to the links on the left side – 2009 Legislative Agenda and position papers.  Virginia C.U.R.E. is a non-profit corporation whose focus is on the Virginia criminal justice and prison system and the inmates, families, and friends whose lives are impacted by these systems.