Other Groups and Information
Brazil Coins and Clothes - Update August 2017
Please take a jar from the back of the church to collect spare coins for Brazil. This money helps small projects that get very little and often no other support. We also send 2 cases of clothes to Brazil in September and December.
We are looking for clothes for boys/girls from 2 years of age to early teens.People have been very good in the past, instead of throwing out children’s clothes they handed them in to send to Brazil.
During Lent we promote the SCIAF WEE BOX APPEAL.
For lots of information on the work SCIAF carry out on our behalf please click on the link below
Advent Project 2016
|St. Mungo’s, Alloa &
St. Serf’s, Highvalleyfield
|St. John Vianney’s, Alva||£1.186.02|
|St. James’ Kinross &
St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty
|(£5,900 target) Actual total||£7,446.64|
Summary of the borehole project (Summer 2017)
The project was to provide for the drilling of 30 deepwater wells for as many rural communities of the Ugandan district of Kotido located in the territory of the parish of Panyangara. The primary project objective was to bring the water coverage from 24% to 60% to reduce the time dedicated to the supply of water.
At the end of the project we reached the following results:
- 33 new deep wells were drilled, of which 24 are installed and operational, 1 is installed but with seasonal operation, 5 are dry and 3 are not very productive and therefore closed and not installed;
- The access to water ratio for the sub-county of Panyangara reached 71%. The project also improved the access to water of the 4 other Subcounties of the District of Kotido
- The communities that received a new deep well say that the time dedicated to the supply of water is actually decreased, leaving more time for productive activities and educational opportunities;
- the same communities say that the hygiene and health have both
- increased after the installation of the new borehole.
- All of the 30 beneficiary communities were sensitized in order to form a management committee of the new water point (Water Users Committee), that includes at least one woman;
- The 25 (24+1) communities who have received an operational well, were instructed to the proper use of water; the regular and extraordinary maintenance of the mechanical equipment of the well; to the management of the community’s financial contributions concerning the operation of the well; and to the community hygiene.
We are very satisfied with the way the project was carried out.
The deepwater wells will remain for a long time the only alternative for the supply of safe water for the more remote rural communities of the District of Kotido.
There is a real impact on the betterment of the communities’ health and hygiene is tangible and we hope that the boreholes will become the vehicle for a quicker social and economic development of the rural villages.(Entire report at the back of the church and also on the parish website. Other Groups Page)
Society of Saint Vincent DePaul (SVDP) Knights of Saint Columba & THE GATE
Our SVDP, in practice, is the parishes’ working charity.
People in need will always be visited, normally within 24 hours. Where there is a real need our SVDP acts very rapidly providing emergency food. We do not have enough volunteers to do this in a more organised and systematic way. For this reason, the Parish Council decided to take a step further what the Knights of St. Columba had been doing as a project in the parish supporting The Gate.
Our parish has joined with other churches and charities to support THE GATE. One of their coordinators has already spoken at the end of mass recently explaining not only how they function but how the demand is constantly increasing. The Gate is organized and support people who have been referred to them from other charities and agencies so you are nearly completely certain they are attending people in need.
DURING FEBRUARY 2017 35.1kg OF GOODS WERE DONATED TO "THE GATE" BY THE PARISH
Our Lourdes Youth Group
help finance our youth going to Lourdes as helpers for less able pilgrims.They also assist other youth on other projects.
One of our youths, Angelika Gerzok went to Tanzania on a Lasallian Developing World Project. Below is her article about her experience in Tanzania (article is also in the November issue of Dunkeld News see link in Current Notices section)
Africa-Tanzania 2016 Lasallian Developing World Project - Angelika Gerzok.
During the month of July, I spent an amazing five weeks in an East African Country, Tanzania in a town called Hagafilio near Njombe.
With the eleven amazing individuals from all around the UK, we quickly became a family and together, a part of the Lasallian Developing World Project.LDWP is a charity which sends groups of young people to more deprived areas of the world in order to help with erecting an educational building, which then could be served by the local community. For five weeks, six days a week I had the pleasure of working and getting to know a few of the locals who were helping at the building site. Those people were incredible. They were extremely strong and worked all day long without stopping, no matter what age they were. Getting to know them was a wonderful part of the experience. Even though we were faced with a language barrier, and I didn't know a lot of Swahili (the local language) that did not stop us from becoming good friends. I realised after a while that we understood each other, without actually having to verbally communicate with one another.
We spent a lot of our time at the building site, from 8am to 1pm and then from 2pm to 5pm. At times, the building site was tough physically but also emotionally. At those moments you look around, and quickly realise that you're in Africa and that you're doing something that matters and then you just forget about being tired or homesick and get back to work. Our work consisted of getting 50kg cement bags, sand and sometimes stones, adding water and mixing it to make concrete which we then passed to the builders for them to use. There were days where we had to pass bricks or stones up the ladder or clean up the area where we would be starting work next. Whatever the builders needed us to do, we did it.
We also had the opportunity to visit some amazing places that will stick out in my mind forever. One of those places was Lake Malawi. It is the 3rd largest lake in the African Continent where the water is amazingly blue and the sand is so warm that it's difficult to walk on. When we were there, we took a two-hour trip through a jungle up a mountain. We followed a river and after a long walk through this magical place, we finally got to a lagoon with a mesmerising waterfall. When I first saw it I found it hard to believe that places this beautiful actually exist in our world.
Many times we also visited our village and the local "pub". The people were always very smiley, full of happiness and always glad to see us there. They would recognise and welcome us with open arms. At those times, we had the chance to get to know them more and have a small taste of their beautiful culture. We danced, we laughed and enjoyed ourselves. Even though they were strangers to us, we felt like we had known them all along. As a group, we also had the pleasure of visiting a deaf school in Njombe and were warmly welcomed by the teachers and students of the school. We had the chance to see how the children were learning English through sign language and individually, we were giving a name in sign language by which they would remember us. We also had the opportunity to play with the children and teach them some of our favorite Scottish dances and in return, they taught us some of their dances. Despite the fact that they cannot hear the music, the music and the rhythm is deep inside their souls. What I thought was incredible was how simple things like bubbles or even a balloon made them so happy. The way they look at life is much different than the way we do and I feel like they appreciate little things much more.
During one of the weekends, we also visited a very small village, Mhaji, where another Lasallian group was doing a teaching project. We had the chance to visit the local school and see some of the work which the children were doing. The classrooms were very simple and small for the number of pupils that had to fit in them. It was an experience which made me appreciate our education so much more. To think that an unfortunate number of children in today's world still have such a difficult time trying to gain a substantial level of education breaks my heart. Outside the school, we met a few of the local children, and I gave them little bracelets which my family and I made. To see big smiles on their faces from such a simple thing was truly unforgettable.
As a group, we also sponsored seven local students which were the best students in the school, but their parents or guardians could not afford school equipment or clothing. Every member of the group has given something which they brought with them as a gift for the children. Football strips, pencils, music instruments, toys... The other things like new school shoes, new jumpers... we went to buy in the market as a donation from us.
This whole opportunity has been truly one of the best and most life-changing things I have ever had the chance to do. I can honestly say this experience has helped me to look at life from a different perspective but it also strengthens my faith in some way. There is so many things I realized about myself and the world I live in while being away, which will stay with me forever. I truly realized what's really important for me.
Without the help I received from numerous people and organizations, I would not have been able to be a part of this unforgettable adventure. You helped me to do something which I've always dreamed of doing!
So, from the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU!!!