• Diocesan Link Projects

Meath and Kildare

The Diocese has a long history of partnering in Diocesan Link Projects, a recent one being a dairy cooperative for rural farmers in Haiti.  With the cooperatives going from strength to strength and becoming more self-sustainable as the months go by, the Diocese chose to focus on a new project that provided fitted sandals for people living with leprosy in India.  This is run in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal and the Leprosy Mission.

Going barefoot leaves leprosy sufferers more open to infection.  The sandals offer sturdy support and stability.  Instead of shipping ready-made footwear, the sandals are locally sourced and made with materials that have proven scientifically and medically to protect the feet.  But as the materials are local, the sandals can easily be fixed or replaced.  The programme employs people with leprosy or who have been cured of leprosy in making the shoes, creating employment and breaking down social stigma.  People are being trained in early detection and in self-care of the de-sensitized areas of the foot to prevent further infection or deformity.  The sandals enable people to continue to walk and to work and to provide for their families or attend school.

Having reached and exceeded the target of €25,000, the diocese has now entered the second phase of this project, focusing on corrective surgery for feet of Leprosy sufferers. Each surgery costs €50 and the results are transformative for the person and for their family.

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Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

Cashel 1 literacyStrong supporters of global partnership for education, the diocese has raised substantial funds for education projects in Swaziland and Rwanda in the past. Now they have launched their diocesan focus for 2016 and 2017 which focuses on women’s literacy in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal, Mothers’ Union and Feed the Minds. For more information, read the brochure here.

Derry & Raphoe

Following a hugely successful diocesan fundraiser (over £116,000 raised) in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal and Christian Aid to provide mosquito nets to vulnerable communities in Nigeria, the diocese focused on sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change for communities in Colombia. It allowed families to become food secure through learning new practices, gaining new tools and seeds and increasing nutrition.

Now, the Diocese is partnering with the rural diocese of Butere in Kenya to provide 50 cows for clergy who currently don’t receive any financial support for their pastoral work and need to work in other jobs to provide for their families. The project will be run in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal and Send a Cow.

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Cork, Cloyne and Ross

In 2015, the Houses for Haiti Diocesan Project gave five families the security of a decent home.

Now the diocese are focusing on ‘Making the most of Maize’, a project that will enable farmers in Burundi to produce more food and have more security.

To read the information brochure, click here

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Tuam, Killala and Achonry

The diocese has completed a three years project supporting a girls’ Masai secondary school in Southern Kenya.  The Diocese raised over €20,000 that provided a proper septic tank and now a new classroom for the students.

Now, the diocese are funding a Water Project entitled ‘Magi’ in Oltiasika in Kajiado Diocese in Kenya which will enable the storing of water and community ownership of a protected water source.  They have set a target of £37K with €20K to be raised by the end of 2016.

This project is being done in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal and CMS Ireland.

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Dublin & Glendalough

The Prepare a Place Advent Appeal for Gaza was a diocese to diocese appeal. The diocese of Dublin & Glendalough was reaching out to the Diocese of Jerusalem and in particular to the Al Ahli hospital the diocese runs in Gaza, in doing so, was learning what it really means to be a follower of Christ in the bleakest of situations. It was a reminder that we are connected in so many ways to people in other parts of the world and that losing sight of them causes us to lose sight of ourselves.

Diocese of Jerusalem:

  • 1.8 million people affected in the Gaza Strip – that is the entire population.
  • In the last conflict – 50 days of fighting over the summer – 2,131 fatalities, of which 1,473 are civilians
  • Over half a million people have been displaced and housed in UN/government schools or with host families. Members of the Council for Mission who visited Gaza before the Appeal said overcrowding was rife and many people had built temporary shelters wherever they could – in many cases this was in cemeteries.
  • 1.5 million people with no or extremely restricted access to water – 95% of Gaza’s drinking water – provided through 117 municipal wells – (pollutants, agricultural run offs, sea water and sewerage contamination.)
  • 141 schools damaged
  • 5 hospitals shut down and 24 (at least) health facilities damaged
  • 2-12 hours of electricity per day on average

In this context the Al Ahli hospital cares for its patients.

  • As you can imagine, patients with burns, amputations or other injuries from shrapnel are many. If you are seeking treatment due to the conflict, but cannot afford to pay, your treatment is provided free of charge.   but there are other issues to contend with as well.
  • Poverty and hopelessness – need for mobile clinics to go to the people who need medical attention the most, but who are so traumatised or who have lost faith in life, or who are afraid and who then don’t go to the hospital for help.
  • Trauma – 400,000 children in need of trauma counselling and psycho-social support.
  • Gaza has a high rate of breast cancer, and when 50% population are living on less than $2 a day, less chance of detection, less going to get checked (can’t afford it) and ultimately the survival rate is 40% as opposed to 70-80% in other parts of the world.
  • Malnutrition is a big issue – parents presenting with underweight babies can be told their child needs more nutrition, but when access is limited to tea and bread, how can this be resolved.
  • 26% of all diseases in gaza are water related. Fuel & electricity shortages prevents sewerage treatment and maintainence. The hospital doesn’t have direct influence over the water supply but it works alongside countless grassroots initiatives and aid agencies to ensure safe water for its patients.

Our support provided solar panels for the roof and renovated quarters for medical staff.

  1. Solar panels instead of unstable electricity supply leading to dependence on generators which are costly, bad for the environment and access to the fossil fuel can be hit and miss.
  2. When there is unrest, staff live at the hospital in order to give round the clock care and their quarters are dilapidated so some funds went towards this.

But the support was for an overall institution that provides care based on need, not on ability to pay, that provides trauma counselling, early breast cancer detection, food packages and mobile clinics. It is the heart of a very downtrodden community and your support allows it and those it reaches out to, to flourish.

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