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Awareness FREE The twice-yearly magazine of SURVIVE-MIVA (Missionary Vehicle Association Reg. Charity No. 268745) December 2 Getting others back on the road to self-help ly - 0 Is s u e Ju 06 Vehicle special edition 40 A helping hand St Joseph’s Rural Health to provide direct assistance in the form and children living in child-headed of clothing and nutritious food, as well households - those where the elder Centre, Kalulushi, Diocese of as to sensitise the local communities sibling, who is often still a young child, Ngong, Copperbelt Province, about the issues surrounding HIV. Sr is responsible for the younger brothers Kenya Martha Banda, writing in January of and sisters.’ The Sisters’ work builds on this year, says ‘The people not only have the experience of other home-based Run by the Sisters of St John the to be made aware of the situation, care outreach programmes, which Baptist, this Health Centre is located but they also have to be educated have been successful in other parts of in a rural area with a population of to become responsible by lending a the country, and also recognises the nearly 13 thousand people, many helping hand.’ Because of the effects importance of voluntary testing and former copper mine workers who lost of AIDS/HIV, poverty is increasing: ‘The counselling as a means to educate and their employment when the industry healthy are overburdened by caring gain a true picture of the extent of the was privatised. The Sisters have set up a for sick family members, land remains problem. ‘It is the responsibility of each home-based care programme, and use under-utilised, and the fall in exports community to address the problem a vehicle obtained by a SURVIVE-MIVA means we do not have the means to and take the initiative to bring about grant to cater for the needs of those pay for urgently needed imports and change.’ says Sr Martha, ‘the problem is most affected by the AIDS pandemic, retrovirals. There are many orphans not going away by itself.’ READ ON…… …to see how your support is providing practical, everyday mobility to our partners overseas, and how your contributions bring hope to so many… Editorial Patron: Most Rev. Patrick Kelly, A landmark in Archbishop of Liverpool Chairman of Trustees: Paul Robbins our history Welcome, readers, to the latest update on our activities. Since the last Hon. Finance Officer: Patrick McDonnell issue of this magazine was produced, we are proud to inform you that we have funded our 3000th mode of transport since the early pioneers Appeals Coordinator: began the Association in 1974 - read all about it in the centre pages! Alma Wainwright When preparing each issue we try our best to incorporate the Appeals Administration Officer: suggestions we receive from you our supporters - though there isn’t Lynn Blackmore always room. Here, perhaps it is appropriate, as some readers have Assistant Director (Development): suggested, to have an overall look at 2005, as we now have all the Theresa Codd relevant information to hand, and audited. In all, a total of one hundred and seventeen different modes of Director: transport were provided thanks to donations received in the course of Simon Foran the year. This total was comprised of the following mix : 23 Ambulance Clerical/Finance Officer: or community health outreach vehicles, 42 motorbikes, 50 bicycles, Eve Suffield and 2 boats with outboard motors - not a bad mix, I hope you agree. A total of 67 grants were made to Diocesan accounts overseas, for in- SURVIVE-MIVA (Missionary Vehicle Association) country purchase of the above vehicles in the following nine countries: is a Catholic Lay Association (reg. Charity No. India, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Peru, Argentina, Republic of 268745) founded in 1974. We exist to provide South Africa, and Indonesia. Total funds transferred amounted to some funding for essential transport for missionaries £449,990. This amount, however, does not allow for exchange rate and others working in the developing world. fluctuations which occurred during the year, nor bank charges levied We have 115 lay Speakers based all over for making the transfers. Audited figures are, of course, published in our Trustees’ Annual Report, available on request. Not a single transfer, England, Wales and Scotland who represent the however, would have been possible without your support - in these few Association via lectern appeals. We are grateful pages we can only show part of what you make happen! to all the Bishops of England, Wales and Road Running raises hundreds for SURVIVE-MIVA Scotland for their support in our endeavours. For more information on our work and a Supporters Andrew King and Gianni Fanton, parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul, Combe Down, Bath recently took part in the 2006 Bath Half booklet with details of all grants made in 2005, Marathon. It was their first and, at twenty-one consecutive kilometres, contact us at : a distance way beyond anything either of them had ever run. SURVIVE-MIVA Both Andrew and Gianni chose SURVIVE-MIVA as the charity to benefit 5 Park Vale Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 2DG. from any sponsorship they could raise, and hoped for the best. Marathon Tel: 0151 523 3878 beginners’ nerves must have been quickly dispensed with, however, as Fax: 0151 523 3841 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org visit us at: www.survive-miva.org All images in this edition provided by those you have made mobile. Getting others back on the road to self-help it proved to be a day to remember for them both - they not The Diocese of Abancay is one of the poorest in the land, only completed the run in under 2 hours (a personal target), and established readers may remember that for years its but in their loneliness of the long-distance runner, raised the inhabitants suffered from the effects of the terrorism of fantastic total of £900 for SURVIVE-MIVA’s work. Shining Path’s brainwashed, murderous thugs. Many were After the race, Andrew panted:- forced to leave the area for their own safety, though not all could. ‘Illiteracy abounds here,’ says Fr Francisco, ‘and the “I can thoroughly recommend doing majority of my people are (minority) Quechua as opposed to a half marathon to anyone even Spanish speakers.’ slightly tempted to give it a try. The combination of the sense of personal There are an estimated 54 languages spoken in Peru, though achievement, that special bond precise classification is something of a linguist’s nightmare arising from combined effort with and hot potato, as many indigenous languages have never training companions, the satisfaction been written down, and it is unclear to what extent some of of raising money for such a very them are variations of a single language or form a separate good cause, and the excitement of race day itself would be hard to beat. Will I do it again? ……… ask me in a few weeks when my legs have stopped aching and I can walk downstairs without having to rely heavily on the banister rail!” Maybe you too would like to follow in the footsteps of Andrew and Gianni? Ironically, perhaps, many of the greatest middle and long distance runners in history have come from Africa, and began their careers running miles to and from school each morning, precisely due to lack of available transport - any takers? We hope you enjoy this special edition; if you have any comments or suggestions, do please contact us. Many thanks, and God Bless. Simon Patrick Foran, Director language in themselves. For a long time, Fr Francisco walked between the communities he could reach, but his work has become much more effective thanks to a motorcycle grant of £2,000, made in August last year. ‘Our objectives are to reach all the people, and spread the News from Good News, and my duties also include baptisms, celebrating the Eucharist, marriages, deaths and confirmations. I work with 30 catechists who have been trained, but the longer term aim is to have a catechist or lay minister in each of the forty communities that make up the parish- all Quechua Overseas speakers.’ Fr adds that in Tintay parish, ‘acá no llega ni el gobierno ni la ayuda social.’ (neither the government nor any social help ever reaches us here). Each issue we do our best to keep you up-to-date with the progress being made by those you have supported. There are no easy or quick solutions to the problems our beneficiaries face each day, but we know that being mobile does enable them to tackle jobs they would otherwise have great difficulties doing. Here is an update of just some of the work being done: PERU Our Lord of Tintay Parish, Diocese of Abancay, Peru There are days when Parish Priest Fr Francisco Merino has his ups and downs – up to 4000 metres above sea level, then back down to ‘just’ 2000 metres – his parish is located high in the Andes. Even at his lowest point, he is still much higher than the peaks of Ben Nevis (1344m), Snowdon (1085m), and Scafell Pike (977m). Ve hicle spec ial edition INDIA - Queen of Peace Mission (Shanti Rani Bhavan), Diocese of Berhampur, Orissa It is with quiet pride that we present this report on the work of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who contacted us from Orissa late last year, and were the beneficiaries of a £6,700 vehicle grant, thus meaning that our Association had reached a numerical landmark - the provision of our 3000th mode of transport. Gopalpur is a small village in Orissa State, on the east coast of India. The locals are mainly fisher folk, considered ‘low’ caste, and literacy rates are lower than 10% for men, and less than 5% for women. Sr Regina Chinnappa FMM, informs us: ‘Until a few years ago, none of the girl children went to school; their parents, illiterate themselves, did not give this high priority. Also, living from hand to mouth, they engaged the children in collecting firewood, cooking, and babysitting, and local contractors had them labouring in cashew nut harvests. Child marriages from an early age prevented them from going to school, as did early motherhood.’ record keeping so that each mandal becomes self-sufficient In economic terms, the local Dalit people live on a meagre and self-regulating. With mobility of their own, Sr Chinnappa income, and daily wages are paid at a low rate. ‘80% of the enthuses, ‘we are able to plan ahead. We have successfully wealth here is in the hands of rich middlemen who exploit intervened in some villages which were within reach, and the fishing people,’ Sr Regina adds, ‘and as the poor are seeing the benefits, 12 new villages from the interior we unorganised, they are exploited and have no real buying could not reach - representing 2,500 women - have also capacity.’ Since 1998, the Sisters have been living and now approached us. We plan to implement new outreach working alongside the inhabitants of 23 coastal villages, work with them too, in a time frame of 4-5 years, while many affected by the Tsunami, if not directly, then indirectly continuing the programme in the existing villages.’ with the effect on the fishing industry. Their apostolate prioritises much work on literacy, savings schemes, and Over a five-year workplan, the Sisters’ aim is to overcome the children’s rights groups, ‘panchayats’, or self-governing immediate issues of malnutrition, sickness, child labour and youth groups. Their intervention has led to the setting up the repugnant crime of female infanticide: ‘Our programme of fifty-five women’s self-help groups, or ‘Mahila Mandals’ is realistic and specific, as we know from our experience with some 950 members across the 23 and involvement as an Order in other parts of the country. villages. The work done so far has a She adds: ‘We are confident that the people will attain wide range, and includes health camps measurable and tangible results over this period. In five and hygiene awareness and training in years, we will hand over to the self-help groups, safe in Getting others back on the road to self-help the knowledge that they will be able to manage their own programmes. This is something we always knew, but could not put into practice because we had no regular access to the villages or the elders, with whom we coordinate our work.’ Sister Regina’s words reflect everything we as an Association believe we should be supporting in our own ‘niche market’ area of international charitable relations. We plough a lonely furrow; we know we are not among the ‘big players’ like Oxfam or Save the Children, but their developmental work is different to ours. We limit ourselves to funding a piece of kit, something highly practical which is in use everyday; we don’t pretend to have the answers, we do not get involved in the internal running of others’ work, we have no staff overseas, nor do we engage in project monitoring and evaluation exercises like other highly specialised agencies. What we do know is that we have the infrastructure of the Universal Church to guide us. We know our beneficiaries, once our part is played, will get on with their own work themselves. In so many cases, it is only with the provision Above all, it tackles deep- of such a fundamental element of successful outreach work – some form of transport – that the good work done by such rooted inequalities, and is resilient people can actually be carried out. The FMM’s work contains distinct elements of sustainability, Faith-inspired. it is planned in collaboration and consultation with local For these very reasons, it is right and fitting that we should communities in response to their needs and priorities, not give thanks and praise for this, the funding of our 3000th what outsiders may perceive them to be; it can (and has form of transport. Without you, we could never have reached been) replicated elsewhere; it wants to expand and reach this landmark. We hope you consider us worthy of your others, and can now do so thanks in part to our contribution. continued support. “Lord God, our hearts are full of thanksgiving for the blessings you bestow upon us. May your Holy Spirit continue to guide us on our way.” OCEANIA INDIA Fakaofo Atoll, Tokelau - some facts and figures. St Ignatius Parish, Darsi, Diocese of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh The three Tokelau coral atolls, Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu We return now to India, moving due South from Orissa to lie 500 km north of Samoa in the central South Pacific Andhra Pradesh. Darsi is a small rural town 270 kilometres north Ocean. The atolls are only a metre or so above sea level and and inland from the Diocesan headquarters in Nellore itself, each encloses a large lagoon. with no ‘proper’ roads, although PP Fr Arul Elango has seventy villages in his pastoral care. ‘This area was so abandoned that The total population of Tokelau is approximately 1,500, the Church, not the government, began a Rural Dispensary here with roughly 500 people living on each atoll. The people are in 1991. Since then, cases of HIV have spread rapidly - some Polynesian with their own language and culture, and as a result figures indicate that there are up to 4 million people living with the Church regards Tokelau as a separate entity equivalent to AIDS/HIV in India as a whole - second only to South Africa. a diocese. Tokelau’s small size, isolation, and lack of resources People here have little if any understanding of the disease and greatly restrain economic development and confine agriculture to a subsistence level. The principal sources of revenue come from sales of coconut kernel, postage stamps, souvenir coins, and handicrafts. The people rely heavily on aid from New Zealand. There are no cars on Tokelau, nor communication by air, so the usual mode of transport is an aluminium dinghy with outboard motor. Dinghies cannot be used between the atolls because they are separated by too great a distance (about 60 miles) – dinghy use is confined to lagoons and the ocean are not aware of the pandemic. We care for 343 patients each surrounding the respective atoll. day, and the number is growing.’ Thanks to a £6,700 grant, the Monsignor Patrick O’Connor is the Ecclesiastical Superior parish team are now mobile. Health education awareness in the of Tokelau and he is based on Nukunonu where there is villages is a priority, and the team of lay doctors, counsellors and also a married Deacon and a Catechist who consolidate care workers have initiated a training programme for field workers his pastoral work. Monsignor O’Connor wrote to SURVIVE- in each village. ‘We have 32 AIDS orphans, 12 of whom are HIV+ MIVA explaining that there was an urgent need for a dinghy themselves, but have no-one left to look after them. For poor and outboard motor for the Catechist based on Fakaofo so Dalit women, often infected by their husbands who return having that he could carry out his pastoral duties more effectively. migrated to find work, healthcare in general is an area which they Fortunately, the Association was able to assist with this miss out on, as access is confined to men and advantaged women. request, and, in time, the dinghy and motor arrived safely to Low dietary intake, combined with excessive physical labour in Fakaofo. Monsignor O’Connor later wrote with an update: the fields, frequent births, constant breast feeding, anaemia and ‘Now the boat and outboard motor are in use in Fakaofo malnutrition have all drained the women of basic health status.’ and I have made several short journeys on the boat from the cemetery islet, where I usually sleep, to the village for Masses and visitation and on occasion in the opposite direction across the lagoon to the hospital clinic and the school. Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all involved’. Marching to raise awareness on World Aids Day Though the challenges are great, the team can begin to make inroads with their vehicle, and where illiteracy is so high, short sketches or mini-plays, often on central Gospel themes, are used to get the message across, and to encourage villagers to be tested for HIV. ‘The children are actively involved in the programmes to promote awareness. Kindly pray for us,’ asks Fr Elango, ‘ and do visit us if you can.’ Getting others back on the road to self-help A few from the queue We receive on average some 460 requests for some form of mobility every year. We do not have the funds to meet the needs of all those who match our basic criteria of urgency, impact and sustainability. This means there is always a queue of applicants hoping and praying we can increase our funds. Our aim is to provide suitable means for them to carry out their important work, and what follows is a ‘cross-section’ of different projects urgently in need of a vehicle. Please note that all donations are paid into a central fund, to be distributed by the Allocations Committee, who between them have nearly fifty years of service on overseas mission. The administrative costs involved in having a separate audit trail for each and every donation made would make our work impossible; this means that we cannot say in advance where your particular donation will be distributed – but what we can say is that together we are much, much greater than the sum of our parts! Tanzania Papua New Guinea Mkumbi Parish, Diocese of Mbinga St Martin de Porres Parish, Diocese of Wabag Fr Manfred Mahundi’ s Parish is one of the 26 that make up the Fr John McCarthy, a Divine Word Missionary originally from Diocesze, and he has 12 outstations to cover, with approximately Co. Cork, has contacted us, also requesting a four-wheel 20,000 parishioners to care for. He has requested the most drive. Based in the Highlands, ‘It is frustrating not to be able suitable vehicle for his terrain and responsibilities, a Honda XL to care for them properly,’ he says of his Parishioners, ‘SURVIVE- 185 dirt bike. A grant of just £3,800 would be sufficient for him MIVA is my only chance of getting the funding I need to to give his people regular access to the Sacraments. serve these people, largely forgotten by the world. Please help me to help them.’ Nigeria Catholic Action Committee on HIV/AIDS, Diocese of Ikot Brazil Ekpene St John the Baptist Parish, Diocese of Miracema, Tocantins State Located in Akwa Ibom State, Ikot Ekpene Diocese has 41 parishes, and the Diocesan team require a £19,000 grant to equip them Brazil’s newest State, created 39 years ago, and located in the with a Hilux 4wd in order to be able to visit all six Deaneries, in lower Amazon, at the heart of Brazil. The Sisters of St Louis order to make home-based care visits, carry our VCCT (Voluntary are based in a shanty town/settlement, where they are in need Confidential Counselling and Testing), and reduce infection rates of a jeep to visit the sprawling barrios. They are engaged in through educational awareness campaigns. evangelisation among the youth, surrounded by violence and drug-related crime, are training community health workers, and have a mother-and-child nutrition programme based around locally available medicinal plants. End of the Road? We hope you found this issue of ‘Awareness’ informative, and have enjoyed reading about those your donations help. We also hope that we have managed to illustrate just how important mobility is for those who share their lives with the poor. We are the only UK-based Catholic charity which funds exclusively for all different modes of transport. Making a donation will help ensure this is not the end of the road for the aspirations of so many people. CAN YOU HELP? SURVIVE-MIVA There are various ways in which you can support us:- 5 Park Vale Road Make a donation – and don’t forget to ‘Gift Aid’ it! Aintree Organise a fundraising event in aid of SURVIVE-MIVA. Liverpool L9 2DG Leave a legacy to the Association in your will. Tel: 0151 523 3878 Represent us as a SURVIVE-MIVA Speaker making lectern appeals on our behalf. Fax: 0151 523 3841 Pray for the work of the Association and our beneficiaries. E-mail: email@example.com Rest assured that they pray for you! Visit us at: www.survive-miva.org I wish to donate the sum of £ to SURVIVE-MIVA (Reg. Charity No. 268745.) By cheque postal order CAF voucher made payable to ‘SURVIVE-MIVA’ (please tick appropriate box) Or, please debit my: Mastercard Visa Maestro Delta Charity Card Card no: Expiry date: / Valid from: / or Issue No: I am a taxpayer I do not pay tax PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITALS Name: Title (Mr/Mrs/Miss etc.) Address: Postcode: Please treat all donations to SURVIVE-MIVA made after 6/4/2000 as Gift Aid*. If I cease to pay tax I will notify you. Signature: Date: Tick for receipt Please send me a Banker’s Order *If you sign the Gift Aid declaration, SURVIVE-MIVA can reclaim a tax refund on your donation from the Inland Revenue - if you pay tax. The donor must pay an amount of Income Tax at any rate or Capital Gains Tax equal to the amount of tax we reclaim (28p for every £1.00 you give). You need sign a Gift Aid declaration only once, this will then count for all/any future donations where we can clearly identify that you are the donor. Issue 40 Designed and printed by County commercial www.ccstat.co.uk This newsletter uses paper from managed, sustainable forests, where planting of new trees exceeds the trees harvested. A large print version of this magazine is available on request.
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