CRESS UK was formed in 2011 and was founded by Caroline Lamb, following her visit to Kajo Keji in 2009 with Flame International. This visit left Caroline very moved by the plight of the people, lack of education and health provision and poor infrastructure.
During this first visit she was privileged to meet some influential people in South Sudan, and was inspired by Bishop Anthony Poggo, the charismatic and energetic Bishop of Kajo Keji, who now works in London for the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Upon returning home Caroline shared her vision with the local community of the Chalke Valley, Wiltshire where she lives and started fundraising in earnest to help the people she had met. This community continues to support CRESS UK and the people of South Sudan. Today the charity has much to feel proud of.
We sponsor over 80 children in all stages of education. All of our Sponsors have a named child, and the children know who their sponsor is and write to them once a year. Sponsors are given a progress report annually and encouraged to create a gift box which is delivered to their child during the annual September trip to the region.
In September 2015 the Liwolo Clinic was opened, providing health care in the area. The clinic employs a nurse, midwife, lab assistant and dispensing assistant. Power to the clinic means medicines can be kept cool and investigative testing carried out on site.
Annually the charity delivers a clergy conference, which in 2015 was attended by pastors from several dioceses and was held at the Kajo Keji Cathedral.
Helping small businesses is a vital element of the Cress UK charity work and we are particularly interested in working with the women of the community. Florence sent up her knitting business a year ago with one contract and has since secured two further contracts and opened a tea room!
We fund local people to attend the Kasenge Riverford Organic Farm School in Uganda. They return with much hope and knowledge, putting what they have learnt into practice and share with others. We also supply tools and seeds to help them get their own gardens started.
Bishop Anthony became an influential and committed supporter in the region and was key to the success of CRESS UK today.
A significant partnership in 2014 agreed between CRESS UK and St James’ Church in Devizes, Wiltshire further strengthens the Anglican links between the Dioceses of Kajo Keji and those in South Wiltshire.