MISSION STATEMENT

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.
 

URGENT FAMINE APPEAL FROM MILL HILL MISSIONARIES IN KOTIDO, UGANDA

May 23, 2018

Many people are requesting food aid.

Many people are requesting food aid.

St Joseph’s Catholic Parish covers two government sub-counties of Panyangara and Nakapelimoru with a total population of 67,392 people. These people live mainly in the villages and can barely afford a meal a day.

Late in April and early May, we were blessed with some rains and we were happy that people could get some wild vegetables to eat as hunger was becoming a big issue. Unfortunately the rains were brief and the vegetables failed. This increased the hunger situation and now there is lot of hunger. Many people on a daily basis are requesting food aid. These are few compared to those who are really badly off in the surrounding villages.

We really need a lot of assistance urgently. We therefore ask you please for urgent funds.

Thanks and God’s blessings.

Fr Tatah Johnson MHM

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Solar Power at St Mary Goretti Boarding Primary School, Tanzania

April, 25, 2018

Solar Power would allow the children to read and work after 6pm

Solar Power would allow the children to read and work after 6pm

The school is located in Njiro, a very poor part of Arusha District. It was established just over 20 years ago by the Passionist Sisters to help educate the poorest children of the area and has a current enrolment of 383.

Sr. Annarose has asked if we would fund the installation of solar power for the school dormitories. This would allow the children to read and work after 6pm. Also, it is hoped that with adequate light, snakes and lizards hiding in the dormitories to escape the sun can be more easily found and removed.

We would very much like to help this school if we can.

Thank you!

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St Joseph’s School, Mallayapalem, India – clean water and sanitation facilities

April, 25, 2018

...living on wages of £3 a day they cannot possibly afford such a project.

…living on wages of £3 a day they cannot possibly afford such a project.


This school needs help in accessing clean water and sanitation facilities. Like many schools in India, St Joseph’s RC Mission School has no toilet block or access to clean water. The children have no choice but to use the open ground around the school. As they get older, many choose not even to do this, but wait until they are back home. Girls often stop coming to school altogether.

Fr Yeruva, a recently appointed local parish priest, has sought our help. He would like to construct a 20 unit sanitation block which will be connected to a water storage plant, fed by a new borehole. The local people are primarily agricultural labourers and are living on wages of £3 a day. They cannot possibly afford such a project. With your help, we can give them this, improving the health, dignity and comfort of school children in this deprived part of the Andhra Pradesh.

“As I was searching who could help me, I was so fortunate to come across SPICMA. It gave me hope.” Fr Yeruva

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Water Harvesting / Sanitation – The Holy Rosary, Juba, S. Sudan

January 28, 2018

In 2013 the civil war in South Sudan forced 1.5 million people, including Mill Hill Missionaries, to flee to neighbouring countries. But in 2017, following the signing of a very shaky peace agreement, Fr Emmanuel Omollo and Fr Michael Ochwo bravely volunteered to go to South Sudan to help establish the parish of The Holy Rosary in Buluk, Juba. Although not yet a full parish, its roots go back 28 years to its first catechism class and it is now quite a thriving community. A church has been constructed, youth groups have been organized, Sunday school takes place weekly and the chapel choir is one of the best in the diocese!

Frontage of Holy Rosary Church. Square building with pointed roof. Narrow front door with small arched windows either side and a smaller arched window a little above the door.

Holy Rosary Church

Juba is a relatively secure town, but there has been great upheaval and there is little infrastructure in place. Among the challenges facing everyone is the total lack of electricity, unreliable water supply (river water delivered by tankers, when there is enough fuel for deli ery) and the absence of any sewerage system. The missionaries have managed to adapt an existing clinic for their living accommodation but have asked us for help to build a water harvesting and toilet facility. There is plenty of rain between April and November, so the priests are confident that this most urgent need can be addressed with such a project. Your donation will help us to help them continue to fulfil their motto: amare et servire (to love and serve). Thank you.

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