Since the beginning of 2012 Bishops’ Appeal has supported projects in 17 countries around the world.
A total of €223,830 and £49,434 has been allocated during the first half of the year, and this does not include ongoing fundraising throughout many dioceses, nor the four dioceses with specific ‘Educate for Life’ link projects supporting initiatives in Haiti, Rwanda, Swaziland, Kenya and Nigeria.
Bishops’ Appeal has already allocated €33,000 to each of the three main ‘Educate for Life’ projects 2012: Mother’s Union for its literacy programmes in Burundi, Tearfund for its community development programmes in Myanmar and SAMS (South American Mission Society) for its 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 and €15,000 was released for poverty alleviating projects around the globe: £10,000 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 was allocated to Dr Graham’s Homes in India for a restoration project after a girls’ boarding house was severely damaged in an earthquake.