LUCIA is a registered charity, based in the West Midlands, supporting women, children and communities in Ethiopia. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, but is full of hard-working and resourceful people. We give community groups a helping hand to make the most of local resources and abilities, in order to generate income, and in turn to feed, clothe and educate their families. We believe that the key to positive change is to enable communities, particularly women, to help themselves with long-term sustainable development and to reduce reliance on international aid.
That was the challenge set to the 122nd Birmingham Guides back in February! This year marks the 100th Birthday of the Brownies in the UK, and to celebrate the 122nd Birmingham Guides are taking part in the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge, with clauses inspired by events from the last 100 years of … [Read More...]
Birmingham's premier ukulele band, Carlo Mahalo and the G-Strings recently played a cracking gig for us at the Kitchen Garden Cafe. Playing old and new classics and original material, the band soon got the audience singing along and dancing in their chairs. You can see some of the photos of the … [Read More...]
LUCIA is happy to announce the completion of this project which, it has to be said, has been plagued with problems and delays, from quarterly reports to delivery of materials.
Sixty poor female with many dependants, who have no support from any male in the family, were selected by the local … [Read More...]
While visiting the café at Solihull Hospital, one of the LUCIA officers struck up a conversation with a lovely looking lady next to her, who told her she would be soon be eighty. The conversation eventually got round to LUCIA. The lady, who by this time had said her name was Violet, took great … [Read More...]
Our celebration of Robert Burns was marked with a traditional haggis dinner and laughs a-plenty, and raised nearly £700. Many thanks to Peter and the staff of the Kings Heath Sports and Cricket Club for excellent food and service, and to Martin Hewins who did the honours on bagpipes. Mad Jocks … [Read More...]
LUCIA has been in partnership with the Kidane Meheret Children’s Home in Addis Ababa since February 2009. Following discussions with the Sister in charge, we helped to make arrangements for our supporter Gemma Haines to work with them as a volunteer teacher. Gemma travelled, unaccompanied, to … [Read More...]
LUCIA is run entirely by volunteers, so it goes without saying how much we rely upon the support of those that donate their time and skills to the charity. Sarah Whitely has recently joined the LUCIA team and has already got properly stuck in! Here she explains her motivation for helping:
"As a new … [Read More...]