Andrew Greenhalgh and his wife, primary school teacher Julie, will live in the African republic and will work in a primary school, two orphanages and a street-feeding programme for 300 children
Merseyside business owner Andrew Greenhalgh and his wife, primary school teacher Julie, are planning to relocate to Zambia to work as missionaries – taking their four children with them.
And Andrew, a former Liverpool Echo journalist who runs copywriting and web design company Bees Words and Websites, is looking assistance to help fund their work in a primary school, two orphanages and a street-feeding programme in the African republic.
Julie will teach and train in Dayspring Academy, while Andrew will work on communications, bringing in investment and sharing the project’s story with the wider world.
In Zambia, free state primary education is not on a par with Britain’s, with literacy levels standing at around 55% and Andrew and Julie will be working with around 300 local children.
He said: “Supporting us financially means helping children in ramshackle houses, who have very little food to eat and clothes to wear, to get an education. It’s not about giving to us or our church. In Zambia, all secondary schools are fee-paying, which means that many children drop out of education entirely at 13.
“And the quality of free state primary education is way below what we take for granted in the UK. The best primary schools are fee-paying too. With Dayspring, we aim to provide a top class education for orphans and all children, regardless of their family’s income or circumstances.
“We’re so desperate to get out there and try to make a difference, we would appreciate any help anybody feels they could give. One-off donations would be incredible, but we also really need regular monthly payments of any amount.
“We’d be happy to list any businesses sponsoring us on our website at missionzambia.co.uk as partners or talk about any other sponsorship options.”
Although Andrew and Julie are not a registered charity, they are working with organisations which are, so all financial donations can be gift-aided.
All monthly donations can be made through Avail, a charity which has been supporting missionaries all over the world for more than 30 years, while one-off gifts can be made through the couple’s church, Jubilee Church Wirral.
A Go Fund Me page has also been set up for those who feel more comfortable giving that way. Neither Avail nor Jubilee will take any cut of anything given and will also forward anything gift-aided to the couple. To find out about giving, visit www.missionzambia.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org