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Bishops’ Appeal: Project Funding 2012

Having reached the mid–way mark in 2012 it is a good time to stop, take stock, and evaluate the worldwide work that has been made possible through the generous giving of the Church of Ireland.

Since the beginning of 2012 a substantial sum of money has been allocated by Bishops’ Appeal to projects in 17 countries in the Majority World. The three main ‘Educate for Life’ projects 2012 have already received €33,000 each: Mother’s Union for their literacy programmes in Burundi, Tearfund for their community development programmes in Myanmar and SAMS for their higher education and youth leadership training in Peru. Further money has been released to a food security project in Uganda (€21,650), HIV/AIDS programme in India (£19,434), two separate school building projects in Rwanda (16,672), a skills training programme in Palestine (€19,710), a community project in Ethiopia (€16,633) and a disaster preparation and prevention project in El Salvador (€22,705).

At the most recent Bishops’ Appeal committee meeting, £30,000 strl and €15,000 was released for poverty alleviating projects around the globe:

£10,000 strl was assigned to USPG Ireland for two community run HIV/AIDS education programmes in Swaziland. One of the programmes will focus on training grandmothers as educators who can then teach their grand daughters about healthy living using traditional customs and family roles to break the cycle of HIV/AIDS in the little Southern African kingdom. Currently, approximately 43% of the population is HIV positive. In order to break the poverty cycle for the upcoming generation, education on how to prevent contracting the virus is crucial.

Christian Aid received €15,000 for a project in Cambodia seeking to conserve and manage natural resources, improve food security and to enable rural communities to become more resilient to natural disasters. The money will be spent on community pump wells, ponds, fish, pigs, cows and biogas tanks.

£20,000 strl was allocated to Dr. Graham’s Homes in India for a restoration project after a girls’ boarding house was severely damaged in an earthquake. The homes have provided education and care to mainly impoverished and deprived Anglo–Indian children since 1900.

The total amount of money allocated in the first half of 2012 is therefore €223,830 and £49,434 strl respectively. This does not include the ongoing fundraising throughout many dioceses, not least the four dioceses with specific ‘Educate for Life’ link projects supporting initiatives that lift people out of poverty in Haiti, Rwanda, Swaziland, Kenya and Nigeria.

May we never forget the poor among us. But may we also never forget the substantial and life changing impact our participation in the work of Bishops’ Appeal is achieving on behalf of the world’s poor. Thank you for making these funding allocations possible through your generous giving. What an extensive number of projects enabled in a mere 6 months. Here’s to the next 6 months and all that can be achieved globally; may it extend far beyond what we could ever imagine.



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