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FREE The twice-yearly magazine of SURVIVE-MIVA (Missionary Vehicle Association Reg. Charity No. 268745)
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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.’


…to see how your support is providing practical, everyday mobility to our
partners overseas, and how your contributions bring hope to so many…

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
                                                   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
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      All images in this edition provided
       by those you have made mobile.

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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

                                                                      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:

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
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
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.’
Catholic Action Committee on HIV/AIDS, Diocese of Ikot
Ekpene                                                                St John the Baptist Parish, Diocese of Miracema, Tocantins
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:-
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   Make a donation – and don’t forget to ‘Gift Aid’ it!                                     Aintree
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   Leave a legacy to the Association in your will.                                          Tel:        0151 523 3878

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   Pray for the work of the Association and our beneficiaries.                              E-mail:
   Rest assured that they pray for you!                                                     Visit us at:

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