A reception was held at Edinburgh City Chambers on Thursday 21st April as part of EMMS International’s 175th Anniversary celebrations. Bailie Elaine Aitken, who gave a short address in recognition of “an Edinburgh charity with global impact”, represented the Lord Provost.
The event featured a photographic exhibition of EMMS International’s current work in Malawi, India and Nepal. It included images by Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds and photographers Sanjit Das and Sarika Gupta.
The images are part of the Health&Hope exhibition which will be hosted by Edinburgh Central Library throughout August.
James Wells, EMMS International’s Chief Executive, gave a short presentation reviewing the charity’s historic impact, current work and vision for the future:
“It’s right that we give thanks to God for the many women and men who He used over the past 175 years to bring us to where we are today. We want to give thanks for their faith, their passion and compassion, their service, and their vision. The founding vision is still as relevant today as it was 175 years ago, and the exhibition images give us a brief insight of what has been, and is being, achieved through them.”
EMMS International plans a series of events this to mark this landmark year including the TriMalawi challenge and a service of Vision & Thanksgiving.
During the event the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, presented EMMS International with a replica of a painting of Dr Peter David Handyside. Handyside was a director of EMMS from 1841 and was instrumental in developing EMMS work in training students for overseas work. The portrait was acquired by the college last year.