The Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal approved six grants at its
January meeting including a £15,000 emergency grant for earthquake relief
in El Salvador.
Christian Aid have a number of long term partner agencies in El
Salvador, providing the long standing expertise and capacity that is so
necessary if relief is to be used to the best effect. Partners expected
the casualty statistics to rise, as the full scale of the devastation in
the rural areas became apparent. Bishops' Appeal will add to the £15,000
any contributions received from parishes or individuals for the relief
Christian Aid also received a grant of £15,000 towards the provision
of prefabricated accommodation for homeless families in Bosnia.
The death of President Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo adds
a further element of instability to an already deeply troubled country.
Tracts of the country are occupied by foreign armies, whilst rebel forces
are also active. The Anglican Diocese of North Kivu has a programme for
the reintegration of 13,000 displaced people which includes the
establishing sources of drinking water and latrines and providing health
kits, farming tools and seeds. A grant of £15,700 was made through
CMSIreland. The Diocese of Bukavu in the DR Congo has established a
programme with the Pygmy community who are a marginalised group in a
country beset by problems. A project to provide agricultural tools, seeds,
livestock, fishing equipment, kitchen utensils and clothing through
CMSIreland was granted £11,840.
In Kenya a Maasai Rural Training Centre has been established in Kajiado
Diocese in the southwest of the country. CMSIreland have had an ongoing
involvement with the work of the diocese and a grant of £2,925 was
approved to finance the holding of workshops at the Centre.
Crosslinks support the work of the Emmanuel Health Association in
India. The Association is seeking to provide an ultrasound scanner that
will greatly enhance antenatal care at Jiwan Jyoti Christian Hospital in
Robertsganj. A grant of £13,750 was made, covering the cost of the
scanner, it installation and one month of intensive training for a medical
member of staff.
Further details from Bishops' Appeal
The Revd Ian Poulton