How We Got Started
Established in 1976 in the UK, Meal-a-Day has supported hundreds of sustainable projects around the world, run by members of the local community and their supporters – each helping to overcome the effects of hunger, disease, disability and homelessness and vitally, bringing new hope.
For over 30 years, the Fund was centrally managed from the UK.
In 2007, recognising the increasingly international reach of the Fund, the UK Chairman initiated a new structure to provide more targeted support across the world so Meal-a-Day now has 3 regions:
Our Asia-Pacific Board and Management Team are based in Australia with members across multiple states. We thank you for your interest, and welcome your ideas and support in gathering funds and making a difference together.
Please take a look around our website and by all means get in touch if you’d like to find out more – we look forward to speaking with you.
Meal-a-Day is an Australian Charity (ABN 72167603232), registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and all state and territory authorities where registration is required.
Together with the other Meal-a-Day regional teams and local communities, we seek to:
Facilitate self-sufficiency through sustainable ‘down-to-earth’ projects
Help to overcome the effects of hunger, disease, disability, destitution and homelessness
Promote agriculture, clean water, basic health-care and education
Encourage sharing, learning and service to others.
Our Australian management team is made up of business professionals who are well qualified to guide the many volunteers who keep this charity moving.
Everyone including the board donate their time and expertise.
This means our administrative costs are very low, so we are able to deliver around 92% of income directly to fund these community projects.
Chairman of the Board
Kirsten Sayers Twine
Chief Executive Officer
Why we give
The Christadelphian Meal-a-Day Asia-Pacific aims to reflect some of God’s character, as His Son Jesus Christ did perfectly:
“The Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the blind, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour…” Jesus Christ – fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah (61v1-3) 700 years earlier
Thankfully the world will not need to continue this way. There is a profound message of hope in God’s word, centred on His Son: Jesus of Nazareth, a man who changed the world like no-one before. We keenly await his return when the process of perfect change will be completed.
In Asia-Pacific, we have so far reached communities in Afghanistan, Bougainville, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. We have also recently established partnerships with local community organisations in Vanuatu and are exploring options in other Asia-Pacific countries such as Bangladesh.
Our portfolio is currently made up of 7 practical projects across 6 countries in Asia-Pacific, working in partnership with local community organisations on the ground in India, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.
Providing Safe, sustainable drinking water for people and livestock in the Dalit region. Educating villagers in improved water management, sanitation and hygiene practices.
Home of Peace
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Local resident, Justine, established the Home of Peace in 1992 to provide shelter and education for girls from squatter families in and around Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
Karen Hill Tribes Trust
North West Thailand
Working in partnership with The Karen Hill-tribes Trust (KHT), we support the provision of school bus transport, improved dormitory facilities and food for children of families who cannot otherwise afford it.
About the Christadelphians
The Christadelphians were established over 160 years ago as a group of people united by a common belief in the Bible. The name comes from the Greek, meaning ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’. Now in the 21st Century, we continue to gather together from all walks of life and seek to reflect the faith and character of Jesus Christ and the principles he and his companions exemplified in the first century. Based in over 120 countries around the world in thousands of local ecclesias (aka churches), we regularly meet for worship, Bible-based studies and enjoy a busy calendar of social, youth and community activities (both local, regional and international) that are open to all.
You may find an apparent characteristic of our community is that we operate without the typical clergy-laity distinction: Based on centuries of study of the holy scriptures we are convinced everyone has opportunity to be involved – in learning and sharing our learning, in developing personal relationships with God and building healthy communities together. For an outline of our faith and beliefs, you may wish to visit www.one-gospel.org.