Irish Quaker Faith in Action (IQFA) has funded the following projects between June 2010 and June 2011:
Masizame Children’s Shelter, Prettenberg Bay, Republic of South Africa. Since 1992 this early childhood development centre has been caring for deprived children from the streets and from dysfunctional families. Masizame aims to get these disadvantaged children back into main stream education and society. IQFA provided €2,000 in June 2010 to extend the shelter to accommodate the increased number of children (120 in June 2010).
Cork Penny Dinners: 4 Little Hanover Street, Cork, has been providing a nourishing mid-day meal to hungry diners in return for a small coin for many many years. In June 2010 IQFA gladly supported this entirely voluntary charity by providing funds to upgrade a bain marie. Take a look at Cork Penny Dinners excellent website for pictures and news.www.corkpennydinners.ie
Afri: 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7. In June 2010 Joe Murray, Afri Coordinator applied for funding from IQFA for the cost of the production of an information booklet on depleted uranium and towards the cost of holding two public meetings. IQFA gave €2,300 towards the cost of producing the booklet. The booklet, with a foreword by Denis Halliday, has been published and politicians, including every TD has received a copy.
Relebohile: Day Care Centre, Tumahole, Parys, 9585 Free State, South Africa. Relebohile means “we are grateful”. It was established in July 2007 by a German organisation and run by Murray and Margaret McMillan since 2009. The centre received €2000 for Christmas food hampers, school uniforms and other school needs, books, emergency food aid, blankets and medicines. The centre cares for 220 orphans (June 2010) on a daily basis providing food twice a day and other supports.
Let Agogo: (meaning ‘Flowing Milk’) Dairy Project, Haiti, a Christian Aid project in association with local partner Veterimed, received €4,500 in 2010. Also in 2009, thirty women were provided with loans to purchase a cow. A small dairy supplies locally produced pasteurised milk to schools; training is offered to breeders; herds are vaccinated; technician training in agroforestry and other agricultural techniques is also provided; Although damaged by the earthquake the work continues and IQFA will again support the project in 2011.
Mutoto Friends Church, PO Box 365, Mbale, Uganda received £stg.500 in June 2010 in respect of an appeal following a landslide which happened on 1st. March 2010. More than 340 residents of hamlets on the slope of Mount Elgon were swept away. Many people lost everything and the funds were to provide essentials.
La Source Centre, Madagascar was founded in 1990 and registered since 1996; La Source is a specialised school and training centre for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. The centre is non-residential and families are consulted and helped so that there is an integrated approach to the child’s training and support Activities include communication and general life skills, basic numeracy and literacy, adapted sport, vocational training in vegetable growing, poultry rearing, crafts. A bakery funded by IQFA in the past is currently inoperative because of high cost of ingredients. IQFA sponsored twelve children’s fees in 2010 which amounted to €2634.12
Maitiú Ó Murchú
Clerk – July 2011