W Norfolk Christian to represent World Vision
Peter Coates, the Secretary of Kings Lynn Churches Together and a member of St Henry Walpole’s Catholic Church in Burnham Market, has been asked by international aid and development charity World Vision to become a local ambassador.
10 years ago Dr Peter Coates and his wife Jane started to sponsor a little girl called Giang through the international aid and development charity, World Vision.
Now the charity has asked Dr Coates, a part-time Consultant Haematologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn and Secretary of Kings Lynn Churches Together, to take on the role of World Vision ambassador for his local area, a position he is pleased to fulfil.
Peter and Jane Coates began sponsoring Giang, when she was four years old. Giang’s parents were too poor to send her to kindergarten with other children of her own age. Now, according to recent update reports from the charity, Giang is in grade 8 and has done well at school, enjoying a particular interest in broadcasting on a student-run local radio station.
Giang said: “The broadcasting club helps us share opinions or have a voice in matters that concern us, such as life skills, human trafficking, sanitation and the protection of the environment”.
Sponsoring a child through World Vision involves the money going to the whole community in a 15 year Area Development Project (ADP). The project will be planned and run by local people and the work targets local people’s needs, whether that be clean water, flood prevention, small business development and training, education, healthcare or farming. At the end of the project the charity leave local people to continue the work.
Peter said: “Jane and I are impressed with World Vision. As a child sponsor I receive updates about the progress of the ADP and World Vision send me cards to return to them for Giang’s birthday and Christmas. World Vision workers are disciplined and I do not receive any unsolicited mail.
“Our own three children are all now earning money and supporting themselves. Giang’s ADP has finished and so we have replaced her sponsorship with three other children in India, Armenia and Honduras. Although I have never met these children, I believe in a shared awareness, God, and I know that there is peace and joy between us.
“One of the greatest pleasures in life is to feel that we have played a part in the development of a child’s life.”