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Church CAN initiative

Isidonie Ntakarutimana picking beans in Burundi. © All We Can/ Purple Flame Media

Isidonie Ntakarutimana picking beans in Burundi. © All We Can/ Purple Flame Media

In 2014, we launched a new initiative to support churches to meet the needs of their local communities.

Community development through churches

Religion is central to many societies and communities. Faith groups are often highly trusted, active in even the most remote communities, and the first group to which the poor turn in times of need and crisis.

Church CAN

Our Church CAN (Church Community Action for Neighbours) initiative builds on our existing strengths in partnering with small local organisations, by working in collaboration with churches and offering training and support so that they can effectively respond to the needs of their local communities.

We are focusing on Methodist church partners in developing countries which are well placed to know, understand and help their local communities, but often lack the training, support and finances they need to do so effectively. We are working closely with the Methodist Church in Britain and churches overseas to develop and implement the project.

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