SPICMA reaches out to the poorest and most marginalized in the developing world; it is open to the needs of small communities and individuals who neither fulfill the criteria nor have any way of approaching the larger agencies. We support both appropriate relief aid and developmental projects. We support and work through the various Missionary Congregations and Diocesan Clergy as we can then be certain that the relief gets to the people it is intended for.
SPICMA is open to assisting in projects which build up the capacity of the Local Church as it realises the importance of having an effective partner on the ground.
SPICMA requests the minimum of application details from those seeking to enter into partnership with it. It also only requires a feedback which is deemed to be appropriate to the partners on the ground.
We keep our own administration costs to the minimum, and SPICMA is run by volunteers.
SPICMA funds its projects through donations and legacies made by individuals and groups.
SPICMA provides its help to people regardless of their religious beliefs or ethnicity.

FAMINE REPORT – Loyoro and Panyangara parishes, Karamoja, Uganda

November 28, 2018

We have received a report from the priests of the above parishes who are trying to help the people through the famine in Kotido. It is bad news. The full report can be read here (opens in a new window). Below are some extracts from it.

Poor families can’t afford enough food to keep their children healthy

Poor families can’t afford enough food to keep their children healthy

“In our two parishes, deficiency and poverty come every year in different degrees. This year has been seeing a more serious challenge. Without the help and support of SPICMA, life would be unbearable, given the needs of our old people, of the vulnerable, and of the abandoned. Long rains, then long droughts. From February to May of 2018, the long rains brought relief to dry pastures for the few who had livestock. On the other hand, those who depended on cultivation were overwhelmed by the heavy growth of grass in the fields, forcing them to wait for a pause in the rain in order to begin sowing. However, it didn’t pause, but stopped for good, so giving no chance for seed to germinate and, thereby, increasing the famine that had begun with the poor harvests of 2016 and 2017.

In such conditions, poor families can’t afford enough food to keep their children healthy and, eventually, they need emergency aid and become totally dependent on providential or external help. Moreover, the longer these factors persist, the harder it is for families to stave off the effects of lost livelihoods, even of homes.

The effects include fathers abandoning their homes because of hunger, thus exposing their families even more. Every day, we experience big numbers of people coming to the parish compounds seeking for food. Sundays have become a blessing and a curse. Large numbers of people are attending. They hope their attendance will receive in return. As it stands now, it is only the church that cares for the vulnerable in terms of food, hygiene, medicine, housing, and shelter for those whose homes have dilapidated completely.

The two parishes each received £5,000 from SPICMA for food aid towards the old and most vulnerable. We have been able to rescue the most vulnerable or abandoned, especially those in poor health. We have been giving out mostly sorghum and beans, but in some cases a little cooking oil, posho, and salt as well. We have a balance remaining of just £33; both areas remain ever grateful and continue to count on you in reaching out with hope to the people.”

If you can help you can either donate online or send a donation.

Structural work at St Kizito Primary School in Buwoola, Uganda

November 12, 2018

Buwoola School Block

The school has no windows or shutters in the classrooms

St Kizito Primary School is in Buwoola Village, Uganda, 5 km down a rough track from the Kampala-Jinja Highway. The school has 9 teachers and 178 children. They are trying to make the best of a difficult situation, with no windows or shutters in the classrooms to keep out the dust, and the floors are simply dirt which is quickly stirred up to swirl around the room. The lack of proper flooring also exposes the children to jiggers, a parasitic flea which enters the body though the feet, causing infection, irritation and potential loss of limbs or even life.
Buwoola School Classroom

The floors are dirt which is quickly stirred up to swirl around

The children have improvised a solution by spreading cow dung on the floor to keep the dust down and the jiggers out. They do this every Friday before they leave school – using dung they have carried to school with them! The parish priest, Fr Joe King Afumaboh MHM, has asked SPICMA to help provide funds for shutters for the windows, plaster for the walls and to lay proper floors. Can you help us to help them?

How to donate

Drilling 30 new boreholes in rural Kotido, Uganda

October 1, 2018

Children pumping water at a safe water hole.

We must raise £50,000 to give these rural communities access to a safe and stable water supply.

The northeast of Uganda periodically suffers from drought and all that results from that. We have raised money for food programmes for several years as famine gripped the region. In order to help lessen the severity of dry periods, SPICMA has teamed up with the Swiss government and a Swiss charity called Act-U. Together, we intend to fund the drilling of 30 new boreholes where rural communities can access them.

This will be the third time we’ve worked together in the past five years. Act-U is experienced in commissioning surveys and organising the drilling, as well as training the local people how to look after the pumps. For our part, we must raise £50,000 to give these rural communities access to a safe and stable water supply. It is a big commitment for a small charity, but the benefits are beyond measure. Thank you for any help you can give.

How to donate

A Roof for St Matia Mulumba School, Uganda

October 1, 2018

At the moment, there is a single classroom which is used by 256 children.

At the moment, there is a single classroom which is used by 256 children.

St Matia Mulumba School is located in rural Nebbi Diocese. At the moment, there is a single classroom which is used by 256 children. Thus, there is a need and strong desire for a new school amongst the local people, who have managed to dig the foundations, make the bricks and build the walls already. However, they lack the skills, materials and money to roof the school building and to equip it with water and electricity.

Fr John Hercules Odokodit, the local parish priest, asked SPICMA for help…“We therefore request your organization to help complete the classroom block by supplying us with the following construction materials: iron sheets, nails, timber, payment of skilled labour, cement, doors and windows, ceiling board, electrical installation and water tanks.”

Nebbi Diocese is making a small contribution, so this would be a collaborative effort which we would very much like to support.

How to donate

Xavier Project Update, August 23, 2018

We’ve received a very uplifting video about a project SPICMA funded in 2017. Xavier Project requested our help for a new learning hub to be built in a Ugandan refugee camp called Rwamwanja. It’s home to around 70,000 people, mainly Congolese (video opens in new window).