Young people from GB delivered Cards of Hope, made to raise awareness of the kidnapped Chibok girls in Nigeria, to the UK Foreign Office and to the door of Number 10 Downing Street yesterday.
Around 2,500 Cards of Hope have been made and sent in by GB groups as part of a campaign to turn up the volume of hope for the 219 kidnapped Chibok girls in Nigeria – six of whom are members of GB Nigeria.
And yesterday an 18-strong delegation of hope, made up of GB members, leaders and supporters, went to London to present some of GB's Cards of Hope - 219 were given to Baroness Joyce Anelay at the UK Foreign Office, and 219 were delivered to the door of Number 10 Downing Street, where the group were delighted to meet Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
Baroness Anelay said 'For me the important thing is to say that people care and haven't forgotten about the Chibok girls, and girls getting education, and the evidence of this is the visit I had from the Girls' Brigade.'
The delegation of hope consisted of leaders, young women and supporters from 39th Birmingham, 5th Reading, 3rd Halesowen, and Croydon Tabernacle – a few of around 100 groups who have been campaigning for the missing girls, as well as GB’s National President Rachel Gardner.
Lily, aged 10, from 5th Reading, read a poem she had written to Baroness Anelay. She says ‘I think the most important thing Baroness Anelay said was never give up because we need to continue to show how much we care for the missing girls.’
Busola, aged 11, from Croydon Tabernacle, says ‘My highlight of the day was going to Number 10 Downing Street because I hadn’t been there before and we got to deliver the cards.’
Sue Gaughan, Team Leader from 39th Birmingham, says ‘Baroness Anelay listened to our young people today – their voices matter.’
GB's Participation & Advocacy Co-ordinator Dr Claire Rush adds ‘One of the messages the girls showed Baroness Anelay said the Chibok girls are special and she said our girls are too. We agree – not because they went to Downing Street or to Westminster but because God made them. GB cares for girls because God cares for girls and it was a wonderful opportunity yesterday for us to demonstrate the love and care of the GB family for the missing girls.’
Want to get involved?
* If you didn’t get an opportunity to make a Card of Hope, GB is planning to continue the initiative so you can still send them in.
* GB International will be launching a resource called Hope for Girls on 14 April 2015 - the one year anniversary of the Chibok abductions - for you to use in your GB groups.
* The GB Prayer Wave is now available - featuring prayer requests, stories of transformation and facts about the realities that girls face across the world. Let’s join together and pray God’s hope and light into girls’ lives and celebrate the mission and ministry of GB.
* Girls’ Brigade England & Wales has collaborated with Rhythms to create a special Girl Champion Rhythm. Being part of the Girl Champion Rhythm is about celebrating the value and potential of girls at home and across the world. You can join the online Rhythms community and/or you could use the suggested actions with your n:spire/13+ group as programme ideas.
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