Church Projects 2023

In 2023 City of Edinburgh Methodist Church decided to support 3 different projects each sponsored by a church member. The projects are

Supporting the children of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe sponsored by Clara Stewart

Methodist Medical Centre, Bebu, Ghana – sponsored by Emmanual Owusu-Ansah

World Bicycle Relief – sponsored by Rosemary Gold


Supporting the children of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

For many years Clara Stewart has helped keep the children off the streets of Bulawayo by supporting an orphanage there.

Clara sends several consignments a year, containing items needed:

Baby and children’s clothes (including knitting several of the congregation are helping with)

Children’s books and toys

Baby formula and baby food

Rice, pasta etc.

It costs £7 per kilo for each consignment to be sent.

Your donations will help feed and clothe the children and so help them look to a brighter future.

Thank you

Methodist Medical Centre, Bebu, Ghana

Maternity block

The maternity wing of the project will have 10 beds, two of which will be used for 1st and 2nd stages while the rest will be used for lying in wards which replaces the current 2 bed maternity ward.

The completion will pave way for more spacious areas for clinical work which is likely to culminate into better patient outcome.


The Hospital has a staff population of 174 which includes 24 Midwives. The facility will be in a better position to manage both normal and complicated maternal cases leaving little chances for referrals and maternal mortality should the facility receives the badly needed infrastructure and equipment.

Administrative structure

The facility is owned by the Methodist Church Ghana and all properties of the Church including the health facilities are held in trust by the Board of Trustee.

The Church has a Directorate responsible overall management of the Health and Sanitation in the connection. He reports issues on all our health facilities to the General Directorate of Social Services for Conference attention.

The Medical Centre is located in Kumasi Dioceses. The Bishop of Kumasi Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kwaku Owusu takes responsibility of the effective and efficient running of the facility.

The bishop is assisted by the Health Coordinator who happens to be a Reverend Minister in the person of Rev. Ebenezer Kusi-Appiah who is responsible for monitoring of the facilities and ensuring accurate reportage of the business of all the health facilities within the Kumasi Diocese for the attention of the Bishop and Synod.

The health coordinator is assisted by a technical person who act as the General Manager of all the health facilities within the Diocese. He is in the person of Mr. Joseph Atta Amankwah, a Chief Health Service Administrator who currently manages a 140-bed capacity hospital of the Church at Ankaase. He ensures that all the facilities operate within laws, ensure compliance, gives technical support and in some situations manage external relations.

The Medical Centre is managed by an internal management committee of 5 persons made up of Administrative Manager responsible for general administration of the facility, a Senior Nurse (Nurse Manager) responsible for all nursing activities, a Physician Assistance who leads all clinical activities, Finance Officer responsible for financial reporting and a Pharmacy Technician responsible for pharmaceutical issues.

Project management commitee

The projects are managed by the following people

  • The bishop or his representative
  • The Health Coordinator
  • The General Manager
  • The management team of the facility represented by the administrative manager
  • The Finance Officer of the facility

The Need

Nearly one billion people in rural regions of the world live in communities far from the nearest paved road, walking for miles each day just to survive. On foot, individuals race against the sun to complete everyday tasks. Distance is a barrier to attending school, receiving healthcare, delivering goods to market and other critical services needed to thrive.

Our Response

World Bicycle Relief partners with communities to deliver specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need. We’ve developed an efficient, innovative, and scalable model to empower communities of students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in rural regions with life-changing mobility.

The bicycles

‘Designed by World Bicycle Relief, the Buffalo Bicycle isn’t your typical bike. While most of the world’s bicycles are lightweight, complex and made for recreation, we designed the Buffalo to serve the needs of people who travel long distances over rugged terrain with heavy cargo. Our collaboration with industry leaders reflects a commitment to creating a stronger, simpler, and sustainable bicycle that can withstand harsh rural conditions. Coupled with the rider, the Buffalo Bicycle is a fierce force for change.’

Find out more on their website here