The Plymouth Church & Pommern
Upcoming Fundraising House Concert
On Saturday,April 18, 2015 we are planning a fun and exciting fundraising event: A House Concert featuring The Rafters. The Rafters are Dave Fitzgibbons and Miki Bryan a husband and wife acoustic-pop-folk duo. Their music focuses on melody and lyrics evoking feelings of hope and a sense of nostalgia of simpler times. The songs are snap shots into their lives, their loves, and those things which make us all human.
The concert will take place in Ashland, MA located in MetroWest approximately 25 miles west of Boston. Tickets are $25/person and available online from the link below.Tickets are available by reservation only. Upon receipt of your reservation, directions to the venue and additional information will be sent to you. Check out our event flyer here.
Africa Exchange Project Success Story
The Plymouth Church in Framingham, United Church of Christ, has engaged in international outreach for decades. The Africa Exchange Project, our most recent and largest scale effort, has provided a deep and dynamic relationship with the community of Pommern, a rural village in Tanzania, East Africa. Several members of our congregation traveled there in 2007, where they discovered that the only source of water for the community was a contaminated river three miles away. Since 2007, the Africa Exchange Project has been committed to bringing fresh water to Pommern and the surrounding areas by installing simple mechanical wells near the homes and schools in the community.
In 2008, we brought a choir from this village to Massachusetts, to perform in dozens of concerts, raising money to support the drilling of these wells. To date, we have drilled 32 wells in the Pommern vicinity, which provide fresh, clean water to thousands of people. In addition, our efforts have expanded to include providing funding for building schools, and helping to train and pay teachers.
We are happy to announce that in July 2015, a group of 14 adults and young people will be traveling to Africa, to continue to build and deepen our relationship with the people of Pommern. We will be able to check in first hand with on-going projects and the people we support, to listen to the village leaders about ways in which we can continue to help their community thrive, and to take part in projects including installing a new well, teaching, and building maintenance. As we prepare for this trip, we are ramping up our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to offer our assistance with well drilling and education funding.