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News Briefing


1st May 2001

At its April meeting the Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal made six grants:

HIV/AIDS continues to spread, casting a shadow over millions of lives.  The Christian charity ACET (Aids Care Education and Training) International received IR£24,000 through Christian Aid to fund the first year of a three year education and awareness programme to be run in Uganda. While Tearfund received a grant of £6,000 Stg. for an Evangelical Aids Programme in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 45 students from 12 different denominations took part in the programme last year; an expansion of the programme would mean more being enrolled.

Rural development has always been one of Bishops' Appeal's main concerns. The Uluguru Mountain Agricultural Development programme in Tanzania was granted IR£37,300 through Christian Aid to fund the third and final year of an agriculture and savings and credit programme. Christian Aid also received IR£36,500 to assist South Sudan Operation Mercy and Sudan Production Aid (an agricultural training organisation) to provide humanitarian assistance in the Western Upper Nile, including 6,500 fishing kits, 3 tons of salt, 3,000 blankets, 1,000 mosquito nets, clothing and basic medical kits.

The Habitat for Humanity at Tagbilaran in the Philippines received IR£1,000 for building materials for a project to build 25 houses being undertaken this summer by an inter-denominational team of students led by Gail Crawford the Methodist chaplain to students in Dublin.

Tearfund were granted £6,000 Stg. for a care programme for abused children in Lima, Peru through a residential home and through a parish health centre.

Further details from Bishops' Appeal

The Revd Ian Poulton

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