As part of our parish ‘Covenant with the poor’ two charitable projects have been chosen for 2018.
At an open parish meeting held on the First Sunday of Advent, after hearing many suggestions, it was agreed that as a parish we should support one project at home and one overseas.
The projects are “Emmaus” and “Living Water Myanmar”. It was agreed that as a parish we would aim to raise £5,000 over the year to be split between these two projects.
“Emmaus” is a charity to support the homeless. Emmaus is constantly working to open new communities across the UK, providing a home and meaningful work for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. The first Emmaus community was founded in Paris, in 1949, by Father Henri-Antoine Grouès, better known as Abbé Pierre. He was an MP, Catholic priest and former member of the French Resistance who fought to provide homes for those who lived on the streets of Paris. Full details about this charity can be found here.
“Living Water Myanmar” is a charity which is a community development project that focuses on Water Security in one of the most impoverished regions of the country. This project is motivated by the severe lack of drinking water for villagers and school communities in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. The charity runs a water collection tank project which was started in 2011 in Nyaung Oo township to help schools and communities in the Dry Zone have access to clean water. Further details about this charity can be found here.
To date £1,600 has been raised and donated to the charity “Living Water Myanmar”, and £1,277 has been raised for the charity “Emmaus”.
In 2017 the parish supported the charity ‘Embrace the Middle East’ and £ 2,000 was raised and sent to this charity.
Further details of the charity ‘Embrace the Middle East’ can be found here. This link will open in a new tab.