Do you want to make a difference? Have you a few hours a week to spare?
International Aid Trust is a Christian Charity, based at Longton, near Preston. The charity’s objects are twofold:-
- The relief of persons who are in conditions of real need, hardship or distress and those who are disabled through age or sickness and in particular by the supply of financial, material and medical aid and by provision of personnel to provide hands on practical and pastoral assistance.
- The advancement of the Christian faith.
Our Motto, “Christian Compassion for a Hurting World”, covers every aspect of IAT ministry.
From small beginnings IAT has developed its sphere of influence to include not only the UK but in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.
We are currently looking for a volunteer to coordinate and to develop our team of over 300 volunteers. A committed team player is sought, able to offer strategic skills, computer competence, relish a challenge and control their own schedule. You will have experience in supervision and of working in a team while possessing the character and integrity to assist the charity to develop its full potential.
We anticipate that your commitment will be in the region of 4-6 hours per week.
If you would like further information, please contact
Alison Hammerton our Office Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
International Aid Trust
Volunteers provide a unique and diverse range of personal and professional experience and skills that enriches our service which remain vital to the continued ministry in both the United Kingdom and those countries abroad where we operate. Their contribution to the success and culture of International Aid Trust is vital. Over 300 individuals have been trained and inducted as Volunteers and are active in a variety of roles.
Want to find out more?
Give us a call on 01772 611000 or contact us at:
That’s right, International Aid Trust now has updated it’s official page on the world’s biggest social networking website, in an effort to spread awareness of the hard-work being done we’re reaching out to spread the word, please take a moment to visit our page and help us to spread the word.
Here is the latest from Pastor Colin Paterson who is in Sierra Leone
To support Colin financially please follow this link bit.ly/1Le0pEo which will take you directly to the BT Donate giving page or this link bit.ly/1Le1fRr which will take you to the “donate” page on our website.
Rev Colin visiting local villages. A new midwife sponsored from a Lancashire church is now helping to to educate and help young mothers.
Rev Colin distributing gift boxes sent with love from the UK
This young man was in bed paralysed for nine months, after some prayer and Bowen Therapy, three weeks later arrived at church, having walked over half mile with the tripod walker we gave him. His entire family came with him and accepted Jesus Healed him.
click this link to see the short video This young man was in bed paralysed for nine months
The pictures below show some of the staff and children
1st September 2015
Well first day back at school and we handed out the International Aid Trust gift boxes, the children were ecstatic. One young 14 year old who recently had to leave school because she was about to have her baby, ‘pictured with baby’ we gave her a box, she was so sad she was no longer at school. Unfortunately it is common that children are taken advantage of.
It was heart rendering to see them enjoy such simple gifts.
Well I thought it would be great to download some more pics of the shoe box blessing.
Again thank you for your kind donations and to ‘International Aid Trust’ for the great support and containers, remember we have 564 children many lost parents to Ebola, we have malaria, typhoid and yellow fever to contend with as well, however we are grateful for your contributions and love.
22nd August 2015
Mobendu village children from one of International Aid Trust village schools outreach, dinner is a very exciting time for them, they all eat together when all have their plate. Their eyes firmly fixed on the food pots, I made the error of putting my plate down to help a colleague, a little three year old was licking my very empty plate on my return, a practical lesson had!
A wonderful privilege to serve them,
http://bit.ly/1ghZ0U2 a short video of the children
13th August 2015
The children are very eager to say hello, the ladies carry astonishing loads around on their heads, even little children fetch two gallons of water from the well daily, it is seen as normal?
6th August 2015
“Well we were blessed today to the delight of the children, Pastor Michael and myself saw a man on a motorbike with this lovely fish across his seat. We managed to buy it through negotiation, this fish will feed a multitude as a stew, Pastor Michaels wife Alice is a wee bit of an expert in the culinary arts. I am looking forward to it myself! The Lord has blessed us mightily. Keep us in your prayers.”
We will be posting updates periodically. To support Colin financially follow this link http://bit.ly/1Le0pEo
Well done to all who “jumped for joy” yesterday (20/09/15) photos and report to follow!
A big thank you to everyone who took part!
Typhoon Haiyan hit the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar in the Philippines on Friday. It was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land and according to the UN it has left more than 11 million people in need of vital goods and services.
There is of course an urgent need to get aid out now, to help with the immediate aftermath of the storm and we are working hard with other organisations to coordinate our efforts. But the need doesn’t stop there, the devastation is such that support will be needed for a long time ahead and our commitment is ongoing, both for the Philippines and other places in the world where disaster strikes, or there is desperate need.
So, what do we need?
- Clothing in good condition (if you wouldn’t give it to your children please don’t send it). As the need will be long term this can be summer or winter clothing
- Dried food, such as rice, pasta, flour or vegetable oil
- Donations to cover transport costs
Can you spare some time to help sort and pack the aid at our Longton warehouse?
A day, a half day or even a couple of hours would be a great help
please contact the office or ring 01772 611 000 for further information
Cash donations can be made at our head office or any of our shops, but please make sure they are marked as being for the Philippines relief programme. Cheques can be sent to our head office at Longton Business Park payable to “International Aid Trust”, or you can make a direct payment into our bank:
Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort code: 16-28-16
Account No.: 10075885
Account name: International Aid Trust
If you are a UK taxpayer please consider completing a gift aid form (available from our shops or office) as this enables us to reclaim 25p in the pound from the government at no cost to you.
100% of all monetary donations received will go those in need, not one penny will be used for administration costs!
Donations of goods can be taken to:
The main International Aid Trust warehouse at
Longton Business Park, Station Road, Much Hoole PR4 5LE it is open
Monday – Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
That’s right, International Aid Trust now has an official page on the world’s biggest social networking website, in an effort to spread awareness of the hard-work being done we’re reaching out to spread the word, please take a moment to visit our page and help us to spread the word.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Just a few words to thank you for the kind and generous response to our appeal for the Sierra Leone disaster. We received enough high quality aid to easily fill two forty foot shipping containers, pay for the first one, that was loaded and sent yesterday, and we are now on the way towards funding the second load.
The first load included enough water treatment equipment for many people, six tons of rice, cooking oil, flour, pain killers, first aid kits, tones of vitamins, medical supplies, clothing plus many other much needed aid.
Pastor Michael sends his blessings, appreciation and heartfelt love on behalf of all those that he and his team will be able to help with your gifts. This aid will be distributed to so many hurt and – desperate for help people regardless of creed or political persuasion.
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
We will be providing photos, video and feedback.
Every best wish and blessing
Rev Bernard Cocker
CEO and Founder
Message from our CEO
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Once again poor Sierra Leone has been hit with a major disaster. Hundreds of people have died in the floods and hundreds more are still missing in this already extremely poor poverty stricken nation. Some family members of our New Hope Mission and School are amongst them and Pastor Michael and Alice are coping with a very difficult situation. This poor nation was just beginning to recover from the civil war, then the Ebola crisis struck and now this. The morgues are overflowing with bodies stacked outside in the streets.
Why Sierra Leone again? Why us? Haven’t we suffered enough? are some of the questions being asked.
At times like this I remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us”.
But it is natural to mourn. Families have been ripped apart, food chains disrupted, fear and uncertainty. Before this they didn’t even have the simple everyday things that you and I take for granted, but now it’s complete devastation, despair and confusion and the little that they did have has now been taken away.
Thank you for your prayers, but we also need your help in shipping the aid. We have enough food, clothing and medical supplies to fill two forty foot containers which will cost us £5,000 per container to ship.
Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Blessings and peace
Rev Bernard Cocker
CEO and Founder
Some words from Pastor Michael our Director in Sierra Leone
Greetings and Love from sad and mourning Sierra Leone!!
We are very thankful and full of gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ for the wonderful love and prayers we are receiving from our IAT Family.
Sierra Leone has been going through very very difficult periods in her short history, the 11 years brutal war, the just ended Ebola epidemic, the natural disasters and couple with immune poverty and poor governance. The pictures on the TV and media may speak of the situation, but when you at scene and see the the magnitude of the devastation with your naked eyes, you will not believe your eyes!!!
Thousands of people are now homeless and having lost everything. No food, no clean water, no clothes………. The suffering is endless!!
When you visit the central morgue in Freetown and see how bodies are piled, heaped on top of each other. The sight and smell of decaying bodies have over stretched morgue is indescribable. The communities around the central morgue can no longer bear the unhygienic situation and are moving to other locations
Yesterday August 16th, because of health reasons, the Government of Sierra Leone, has given orders for mass burials to start so they can make room for more bodies.
IAT Sierra Leone express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your unfailing love to the Lord. The Lord Himself said in;
Matthew 25: 34-39
Once more for all your prayers and support we say thank you!!! Our hope in our Lord Jesus will never waver as Hebrew 13:5 assures us of His blessings “…… I will never leave you nor forsake you….”
Yours in His Joyful Service
Pastor Michael Fofanah
IAT – Sierra Leone
The office will close early today as a mark of respect. If you are able, please join us this evening at the vigil in Leyland. If you can’t attend we ask for you to join us in praying for everyone affected, for those who have lost someone, those injured and the amazing people who have and are continuing to help, that all will find peace, solace and healing amidst these tragic events.
This is the youth group from our New Jerusalem Church in Odessa. They are taking humanitarian aid and Rotary shoe boxes to Chornie Orphanage about 90 miles from Odessa.
We have ministered here for many years.
God is so good!
Here are a few pictures sent by Pastor Michael showing some of the Easter celebrations in Sierra Leone