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Just Manna Incorporated Annual Report
Just Manna Inc is a charitable organisation associated with St Paul’s Anglican Church, Beaconsfield. The Committee which is made up of representatives from the St Paul’s Church, meets monthly.
To provide direct relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, disability or helplessness including financial & non-financial assistance to people in Australia. A particular focus is on assisting former refugees in the Australian community & others seeking residence in Australia.
Highlights of 2012/2013:
Over the past year Just Manna Committee has continued to develop relationships and support with various community groups. These include:
Just Manna & associates have worked for some years to achieve justice for an Afghani family in their quest to come to Australia from Pakistan to escape persecution & hardship.
The family were granted a Special Humanitarian Visa & with the financial support provided via Just Manna, arrived in Western Australia in June 2011. Since their arrival, members of Just Manna have continued to provide financial, emotional & practical support to the family as they adjusted to their new country.
In 2012 Just Manna was informed the family’s 16 year old daughter had remained behind in Pakistan. They had been under the false impression their visa may have been rejected had it included the additional family member. With the promise of financial support to pay for the airfare for the daughter to come to Australia, an application for a visa has been successful.
The support Just Manna has provided to members of the Sudanese community in Western Australia has continued & expanded. This support has included:
providing both financial advice & support
support with housing & household expenses
provision of house hold goods, clothes, and computers
Just Manna became aware of 10 families associated with the Beaconsfield Primary School in financial need at Christmas 2012 & provided food hampers and gift vouchers to all these families.
Just Manna has provided swimming costumes for students with limited finances from the North Lake Senior Campus to participate in a swimming programme. These students are new Australian residents and have come from backgrounds where swimming was not part of their life. Being able to swim assists these students to assimilate into the Australian culture & increases their water safety survival skills.
Through the generosity of a catering company, Just Manna receives freshly cooked frozen meals which are surplus to their requirements. These meals are stored in the freezer in the St Paul’s kitchen and are available for distribution as required. The meals are distributed weekly to families experiencing financial difficulty as well as individuals in our community who are unable to prepare meals for themselves.
Requests for meals can be made to any Committee member.
Just Manna has established a strong connection with the Beaconsfield Primary School, Intensive English Centre and has been delighted to respond to requests for assistance to cover school camp fees for 3 children from families experiencing financial difficulties. Additional funding provided by Just Manna made it possible to significantly reduce the cost of the camp and enabled all students to attend. Most of the children attending the camp have been in Australia for less than a year. The school group represented 17 nationalities, some of whom had come to Australia as refugees. The camp experience formed an important part of the process of adjusting to their new life in Australia.
Just Manna was pleased to provide funding for two girls from the Beaconsfield Primary School, Intensive English Centre to join their local Girl Guide unit. This support assisted the girls in developing self-confidence and independence as well as to further develop their English language skills.
Just Manna has provided 6 refurbished computers to enable students to participate in on-line studies.
In addition Just Manna has provided financial support in paying utility bills for one student in need.
Just Manna has provided financial assistance to two Sudanese students participating in the Anglican Church Ordination programme.
Just Manna receives regular referrals for those in need via the “Street Doctor”. In visiting these clients, it was discovered that many are living without basic household goods, such as refrigerators, microwaves & washing machines. Just Manna has been delighted to provide these items as required.
Just Manna has been very fortunate to have Claire Barendrecht, St Paul’s Coordinator of Pastoral Care, join the Just Manna team. This has added an important additional service to those in need.
The work of Just Manna is expanding & the achievements of this year & the on going work is only possible through the generosity of the members of Just Manna & the St Paul’s community.
Thank you to those who have generously donated items of furniture,
household goods & computers.
Thank you to Chris Williams for making his vehicle available for transporting
Thank you to Michael Jessup & Don Barendrecht for their time & effort in being the “removalists”.
Thank you to David Gibson for his assistance in refurbishing the computers..
Thank you to Amy Jessup for the provision of meals.
“Top Girls”: Half of the funds raised for the “Top Girls” play reading & dinner were donated to Just Manna- Thank you to all those involved.
Line Dancing: Thank you to Gillian Loffell & her “Line Dancers” for their on going financial support.
Neways: Just Manna was the recipients of a generous donation from the sale of household & personal hygiene products.
Thank you to all those who are the “eyes & the ears” of our community & for informing us of those in need.
Thank you to all the Committee members & especially to our office bearers, Laurel Ellis, Treasurer & Di Robinson & Feonagh Cooke for secretarial support.
On behalf of the Just Manna Committee, I wishes to thank all who have given their support both financially & in other ways to assist those in our community that are in need.
Joan Jessup Chairperson 2013
Just Manna Inc
Lyn Sherwood, Di Robinson, Feonagh Cooke, Laurel Ellis, Angela Wilson,
Kim Kemp,Gillian Clark,Chris Williams, Claire Barendrecht, Michael Jessup.