The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal is the Church’s World Aid and Development Programme. It acts as a fund for essential health, education, rural development and disaster relief responses around the world and partners with key agencies to see sustainable community development to combat issues such as poverty and food security. It also provides an educational role by raising awareness about important justice issues.
Examples of Projects Funded
Health: After the Emergency Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in 2017, Bishops’ Appeal followed up with funding for treating contagious skin diseases amongst Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (via Mission to End Leprosy).
Following on from the Women’s Health Project in Nepal, Bishops’ Appeal funded a second phase of the project where women in other villages could receive medical support and treatment for prolapsed uterus. This is a common occurrence for women, particularly those who have had children, and is exacerbated by mountainous living, carrying heavy loads with unsupportive footwear or barefoot. For many women in Nepal access to treatment is not a possibility so they live with the extreme discomfort. This programme is offering huge support for an otherwise untreated condition (via CMS Ireland).
Rural Development: In addition to a successful project supporting landless farmers in Southern Uganda through the provision of seeds and training, Bishops’ Appeal also provided funding for a similar food security programme in Malawi (via Self Help Africa).
A Garden Project, which trains families and supports the growing of nutritious food for indigenous communities who have lost their land to large corporations or mass deforestation and whose most affordable options have become fast food, has been repeat-funded in Argentina (via SAMS).
Education: Bishops’ Appeal funded a Children’s Rights awareness raising campaign to reduce the amount of violence against children in schools and homes. The purpose was to increase school attendance and improve adult/child relationships in Uganda (Fields of Life). Training, which included education, vocational training, life skills and leadership training, was funded for refugees who have sought refuge in Egypt (via CMS Ireland).
Disaster Relief: Funding was released to help provide emergency food baskets for vulnerable families in Yemen. The food provided enough basic provisions for 100 families for a month. Following on from this, Bishops’ Appeal also funded a longer term food security programme in Yemen that provided the resources for communities to begin planting again, using drought resistant methods and a diversity of crops to improve health and nutrition (via Tearfund Ireland).
Lenten Initiative: #Pennies4Plastics 2019
Bishops’ Appeal has joined with Eco-Congregation and the RCB once again to provide a new Lenten resource - #Pennies4Plastics. The focus is on reducing personal plastic waste, calling for a reduction of single-use plastics being used by companies and raising vital funds for plastic waste management and plastic recycling in the Gambia. The resource includes an Information Section, an Action Section, a Giving Section and an Assemblies and All Age Section, and explores Ireland’s relationship with plastic, the impact of plastic on God’s Creation and the inspirational response to plastic waste in the Gambia, a country without a waste management system. See the ‘Get Involved’ section of the Bishops’ Appeal website for more information.
TEFL Grants 2019 – Teaching English to Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Other Migrants:
After the success of the 2018 funding round for TEFL grants, the 2019 round has begun to receive applications. People can apply for a grant to obtain a TEFL qualification so that they can volunteer to teach English to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. Application forms can be downloaded from the Bishops’ Appeal website.
Our thanks to our key partner agencies who work to the highest development practises and who place relationships at the heart of their mission and work. Our thanks to you, the individuals, parishes and dioceses who give generously and consistently in support of others who live with far less. Our thanks to God, who sides with the poor, and who compels us to do the same.
What you can do to help: Bishops’ Appeal is calling on our supporters to pray for those affected by the crisis, and to give what you can to help these men, women and children in their time of need. Parish and individual donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated and proceeds can be sent to: Taney Parish Office or placed on the Offering plates in the Churches on Sundays by the end of April. More information on Bishops’ Appeal and the projects we support can be found at www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.