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 was 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. 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. £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 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 thefour dioceses with specific ‘Educate for Life’ link projects supporting initiatives that lift people out of poverty in Haiti, Rwanda, Swaziland, Kenya and Nigeria.
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