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.

Thank you!

…from Little Flower School, Andra Pradesh, India

...we are able to provide water throughout the day to the children

…we are able to provide water throughout the day to the children

We have recently received a report from Sr Mary Stella FSAG in Andra Pradesh, India. With the help of your donations we were able to fund the drilling of two bore wells and the installation of pumps and water tanks to enable the school to have enough water to meet the needs of their school and boarding home. Sr Mary writes:

“Little Flower School was started in the year 2002 to provide quality education to the poor children in Mylavaram and its surrounding villages by Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Since the standard of education was outstanding in the school, the strength of the school increased to 780. Little Flower Boarding Home was started in the year 2003 for poor, orphan and semi-orphan children from the remote villages to have access to their education. There are about 148 children staying in the boarding home. Since the number of children studying in the school and the boarding home increased, there was severe water scarcity occurred in the school and the boarding home. Sisters had to purchase water from outside which was very expensive. In these circumstances, Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga of Michal Ansaldo Andhra Province approached SPICMA to extend its financial assistance to install two new bore wells in Little Flower School and Boarding Home in Mylavaram. It was kind enough and approved our project request and granted £8,000 for this purpose. We identified two good water resources with the help of the geologist. We contacted the bore well company to sink two bore wells. We are happy to inform you that we got good water in the newly erected two bore wells. Quality pipes and plumbing items were procured. Pipe lines were fixed. We also bought and installed two motor pumps to pump the water from the bore wells to the water tanks. Sufficient amount of water is drawn from the new bore wells so each child in the school and in the boarding home gets optimum level of water every day for drinking and other domestic purposes. We are able to store the water in the tank and provide water throughout the day to the children even if there is no electricity.
We along with the children studying in Little Flower School and Boarding home thank SPICMA and all its benefactors for the timely assistance it extended to solve the drinking water problem. Children in the school and boarding home now have access to safe drinking water throughout the day. We sincerely and wholeheartedly thank SPICMA for its compassion.”

Thank you to St Joseph’s Parish, Leicester…

September 2019

…for raising approximately £1,200 in aid of SPICMA by holding this amazing tea and cake afternoon see video (opens in a new window)

Water for Tumaini Health Centre in Arusha, Tanzania

September 18th, 2019

Tumaini Health Centre and Sr Flora at work

Tumaini Health Centre and Sr Flora at work

Sr Flora Mushi of the Congregation of Our Lady of Usambara Mountains is the Director of Tumaini Health Centre. The centre is an important source of medical treatment for the surrounding area and has a good record of meeting the needs of the poor local community. It is a busy place, especially the maternity and baby section.There has been a growing problem with water and sanitation and Sr Flora has asked for our help. She would like to install a rain water harvesting system, incorporating a new metal tower and plastic tank, and to replace the pipes to the existing sanitation block. This is a very basic request and one which would make a real difference to patients and workers. We are grateful for whatever you can give to help us support this project. Thank you!

If you are able to help please donate online or send a donation.

Housing for the Poor, Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

July 20th, 2019

Picture of 2 storey house.

The houses will be simple to maintain and will have minimal environmental impact.

In Papua New Guinea there is a major need for adequate housing for the poor. Social change has encouraged many people to move to urban areas to find work, but pay is low and accommodation limited. Many workers live in squatter settlements where standards of health and hygiene are very poor. There is also a problem when workers retire – they have lost their ties with home so can’t return to the countryside, but they cannot afford to buy a decent home in the town. They have been good workers and good citizens and deserve better.

To address this need, the Archdiocese of Rabaul has devised a scheme to build 240 houses near Kokopo, the provincial capital. Sixty hectares of land belonging to the Archdiocese have been allocated for the project, which is detailed and well thought out. It involves co-operation between the Archdiocese, The Caritas Commission, Provincial and Local Governments and the beneficiaries themselves who will trade labour on the building work for a stake in their new home – so-called ‘sweat equity’.

The houses will be simple to maintain and will have minimal environmental impact. They will use solar panels for electricity, compost toilets to conserve precious water and the plots will be carefully cleared to minimise erosion. Each house will have space for a vegetable garden. Residents will need to comply with basic rules and quick re-sale of the properties will be prohibited.

SPICMA has been asked to help fund this important project. Please contribute, if you can.

You can donate online or send a donation.

Sanitation Block and Water Tank at Sagaya Matha School, Chennai

June 8, 2019

Sagaya-Matha-School-ChennaiThis school has nearly 1,000 students, including a large number of Burmese refugees and economically-deprived children of the fishing community. It is very near to the Bay of Bengal which has led to an unusual problem. Frequent sea surges push effluent back up the existing toilet block, regularly flooding the school. When this happens, the school is forced to close for at least two days so the classrooms can be thoroughly cleaned.

Fr Ignatius, the parish priest and school principal, would like to build a new sanitation block on the first floor to solve this recurring problem. In addition, a new and larger water tank can be installed to ensure that growing student numbers can be hygienically accommodated. We are grateful for any help you can give towards this project.

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

Thank you!

…from St Joseph’s RCM School, Mallaypalem, India

We have recently received a report from Fr Reddy in Mallaypalem, India. Last year, with the help of your donations, we were able to finance their project to build a 20 unit sanitation block for the school. Fr Reddy says that this “…has totally changed the environment of our school”.

You can read Fr. Reddy’s report here. The original project appeal can be found on our Recent Appeals page.

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

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 a new window).