Breadline was founded in 1995 by two former members of Christ Church. Today its focus is on helping to relieve poverty in Molodva, Europe's poorest country, where the average income is about £70 a month. It gives empowering support to local churches and charities serving the poor and disadvantaged in their communities.
Breadline's ongoing mission is to help its partners in Moldova to develop projects which have a lasting impact on their communities and which show Christians really care. It is encouraging 10 churches and local charities to network together for the common good and helping 33 churches in remote areas to develop a joint leadership and training programme that will specifically meet their needs in the context of their rural culture.
Projects supported include: church leadership training, evangelistic outreach, advocacy and support for disabled people, start-up help and support for poor farmers, family welfare, work skills training, and prevention and protection of children at risk from people trafficking.
Out of a population of 4.2 million, at least 1.2 million people have left Moldova to seek work. As a result, family life is disintegrating and thousands of children are cared for by frail elderly relatives. Each year hundreds of these abandoned children are committed to State orphanages. It is estimated that 70 per cent of the girls who leave the orphanages at the age of 16 fall prey to people traffickers.
To reduce this risk, Breadline’s partners are providing a range of projects in their communities - including a home for teenage girls to make the transition from institution to society by learning a profession or practical skills or going on to university. One project finds foster homes for orphan children, and others offer day care centres, summer camps and weekly life skills training in a safe, loving environment.
BREADLINE, 84 Liverpool Road, Walmer, Kent CT14 7PS
Tel: 01304 380597
Christ Church Rep: Steve Hunt