Third World Group Projects 2009

The Bexley Deanery Third World Group co-ordinates donations from all the parishes in the deanery towards agreed projects during the year. Each project is sponsored by one of the parishes and the monies raised are channeled towards each project in turn. Here is a list of the agreed projects for 2009:

1: St Stephen’s, Welling

Two requests from the Spiritans in Ghana were received. Both Fr. Julius and Fr. Ernest asked for help. One to build a bungalow for students and one to build an underground reservoir to store water for use in the dry season. As these were both for the same community it was decided to send £1,000 to be divided out there.

2: St. Thomas More, Bostall Park

To help Fr.Mathew, a Salesian priest working in India. He is building a shelter for homeless children close to the railway. He has already acquired the land and made a start on the building but has run out of money. Due to the economic climate costs have soared. £1,000 has been agreed.

3: St. Lukes 6th Form College, Sidcup

The Union of Catholic women in Tanzania is a micro credit union. They borrow money @2.5% interest for small local business ventures. The interest is ploughed back into a local school allowing for necessary renovations, in this way the whole community benefits. £1,000 has been agreed.

4: Our Lady of The Angels, Erith

To address some of the hardships suffered by people as a consequence of an earthquake in Peru. Hundreds are dead and many injured and survivors suffering from a lack of basic needs. Specific objectives: a) to build 100 houses with sturdier fabric; b) to train people in skills enabling them to contribute effectively in dealing with natural disasters; and c) to train people in building techniques. £1,000 has been agreed.

5: St.Mary of the Crays, Crayford

Fr.Stan Lubungo, Dean of Studies, White Friars Seminary, Ivory Coast has asked for help. He has a project to support children to receive an education which would otherwise not be available to them e.g. 9 in North East Congo and 13 in Zambia. Most of these children have had parents die with Aids. £1,000 agreed.

6: Our Lady of the Rosary,Blackfen

A request from Sister Euphrasia Mukagatare in Butare , Republic of Rawanda. The Congregation of Benebikira Sisters need our help to provide a means of transport so as to enable the Congregation to carry out its missionary work in a difficult terrain.

This year it has been decided by the group that any money left in the bank at the A.G.M in October will be divided equally between all projects.

Thank you for your continued support during these challenging economic times.