Pre-2018 Projects and Appeals


St Marys Matriculation School, Arabakkam, India

December 28, 2017 – New sanitation facilities needed


St Mary's students sitting outside in class groups

Established 25 years ago, St Mary’s now has 1,300 students

St Mary’s was established 25 years ago to educate the children of the local Dalit and fishing communities. By offering a good quality education and charging minimal fees, it has attracted many and there are now 1,300 students in its pre-primary, primary and secondary divisions. The Archbishop of Madras—Mylapore, George Antonysamy wrote, “The existing sanitation facilities are very old and not in a usable condition. Children studying in the school face a lot of difficulties without proper sanitation facilities.” SPICMA would like to fund the construction of a new 8-cubicle block with septic tank and overhead water tank. Improved sanitation leads to better health, more consistent attendance and higher rates of student retention. We hope it will help the girls, in particular, to complete their schooling.

Support for Refugees, Kampala, Uganda

December 28, 2017


Jesuit Refugee Services

The Basic Needs Programme “…provides food, clothing, shelter and medical care for the world’s neediest people…”

Uganda has seen an extraordinary influx of refugees from nearby countries experiencing conflict, hunger and lawlessness. Many end up in Kampala, the capital, in the hope of finding help and work. If they are fortunate, they will have a relative who offers a place to stay and some support. Very often, however, they know no one and instead face terrible exploitation and abuse. Fr Endashaw Debrework, SJ is the Regional Director of The Jesuit Refugee Services. He has asked SPICMA for support of its Basic Needs Programme in Kampala “to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care for the world’s neediest people – recently arrived asylum seekers and refugees who have little other support”.

Given the overwhelming need and scant resources, such assistance is restricted to the first three months of arrival. It gives a bit of hope and help to people who have often experienced severe trauma and have nowhere else to turn.
We are grateful for whatever you can give.

Agricultural Project, St Gonzaga’s Secondary, Uganda

October 30, 2017 – Thank you, SPICMA. All this achieved with a grant of £3,500

SPICMA’s grant for £3,500 allowed St Gonzaga’s Secondary School to start their project in May this year. They purchased two heifers (both have since calved) and 50 chickens, together with materials necessary for their care. The school has recently sent us a report of their purchases and achievements.

SPICMA continues to reach those small communities who neither fulfil the criteria nor have any way of approaching the larger agencies. Thank you to all our donors.

Famine Update from Loyoro Parish

October 12, 2017 – much improved situation

Receive greetings from Loyoro, Kotido Uganda. God is with his people, all the time. Karamoja has really changed. We received some constant rains that really changed crops in the gardens. Some food stuffs are now ready, as the early farmers have started harvesting them. Life is coming back to the society. In some couple of weeks, most of the food in the gardens shall be harvested.

We received some constant rains

We received some constant rains

As I had indicated before, some challenges remain unavoidable. This year, despite the measures and vigil the community took, the elephants were unstoppable. We count the loss of some food from their attacks. Recently also, some of our neighbours from Kenya have been a threat to us. They have persistently been attacking us raiding the little animal stock that the community owns. Despite some of these challenges, SPICMA you have been truly a blessing. This year, amidst the intensity of the hunger crisis, we didn’t encounter a lot of deaths. We really give glory to God. Thanks SPICMA.
SPICMA has just sent £20,000 to Frs Sylvester and Mitema to help feed those who either could not plant crops or who lost their harvests. A large portion of the funds will also be used on medicines for the vulnerable. We hope that the coming months will see a steady improvement in the availability of food and a decline in prices. Thank you to all our donors who have helped feed the people of this region.

SPICMA Jubilee Project

Divine Mercy School, Anumarlapudi, India

Update November 10, 2017 – Thank you for all donations, project fully funded!

In Anumarlapudi and nearby villages, there is a large population of Dalit agricultural workers, also called “Untouchables”, who cannot afford to pay for education. Many children are taken into the fields to work from a young age. Fr Kumar, a parish priest, has an ambitious plan to build a 10-classroom school from scratch for 300 Dalit children. A generous landowner has donated the land and the local government has agreed to provide £20 per child per year plus lunch and books to help with running costs.

Divine Mercy School Project

Many children are taken into the fields to work from a young age

SPICMA has adopted the construction of Divine Mercy School and a nearby water plant as The SPICMA Jubilee Project. The total cost is £31,000—a lot of money, but clean water and an education will improve the health, lives and opportunities for the poorest children of this area for many years to come. As Fr Kumar said, “If such a school can be constructed and the children educated freely, they would be the happiest people in the world.”

St Faustina’s Orphanage, Andhra Pradesh, India

August 25, 2017

St Faustina’s Orphanage was established in 2008 to cater for 100 children aged 6 to 16. Destitute children from all castes and creeds live there, children who have lost one or both parents or who have been turned away from their homes because of family circumstances. The home keeps the children safe from life on the streets which is a constant threat. Currently there are only 60 residents – not because there is no need for more, but because the home doesn’t have the facilities to look after them.

They urgently need cots for the children to sleep on as at the moment moment they are sleeping on the floor. They also need desks for the children where they can sit to study and do their homework. The lack of beds and desks makes it difficult for them to concentrate and benefit from their education. In addition, travelling to school is a problem for the older children. The younger ones can walk to the elementary school nearby but the senior school is several kilometres away. There is one auto-rickshaw which is used to transport those who can’t cycle, but if they could buy a second one it would make the journey easier.

Father Showraiah has asked SPICMA for help in providing the cots, desks and auto-rickshaw. Your donation would really make a difference to the children’s lives.

Classrooms for St John Mary School, Buloba, Uganda

August 25, 2017

For many years, this primary school has used the local Catholic church as a class-room. With attendance numbers growing rapidly, the need for proper classrooms is now urgent. Local groups managed to raise enough to start building two rooms . In or-der to finish this work and add a further two classrooms, Fr Joseph came to us for help. He’d heard of SPICMA from other priests in the Mbikko Diocese and sent us the following:
“Education is part of our mission as Mill Hill Missionaries. We have been facing many challenges with our school and we kindly request, if it will please you, to partner with us in order to provide a more conducive place for learning. Best wishes and God’s blessing,” Fr Joseph Afumaboh

Famine Updates from Loyoro Parish

July 21, 2017 – violence and hunger

We have received some disturbing news from Fr. Sylvester describing the violence that has erupted amidst an already bleak situation for those suffering from hunger. He has also sent some distressing photos of some of the many people affected.

There is some positive news in his report and we can report that SPICMA are now in a position to send a further £20,000 for famine relief aid. Thank you to all who have donated.

Worshipping in Safety in Southern Punjab, Pakistan

July 7, 2017

We have received an appeal from a parish in the southern Punjab, Pakistan. That’s all we can say about the church, as sadly it isn’t safe to draw attention to any Christian community in this troubled area. That’s why their parish priest has appealed to us for help. He’s been told by security services to build a high security wall around the church and grounds. When the church was built 18 years ago this wasn’t necessary, but the situation is very different now and minority religions are under constant threat. If the priest doesn’t comply with the order there is a good chance the parish will be sealed and he may be arrested. This has happened to other churches and priests in the area.

Please, can you help this community worship in safety?

Famine Updates from Loyoro Parish

June 27, 2017 – rains have stopped

We have received an update from Fr. Sylvester – the welcome rains that came in May have not continued and the food situation is deteriorating again.

People coming to seek food relief at the mission.

People coming to seek food relief at the mission.

Thank you to all who have donated to this cause over the last year or more.

June 9, 2017

Here is a report we received from Fr Mitema on 9th June.
SPICMA has just sent another £18,000 to help feed the hungry in Karamoja, Uganda.

“Greetings and peace of the Lord be with you.

We continue to register our deep gratitude for the food relief to the people of Loyoro. The heavens have opened and the rains are with us. It has been a long dry-spell but life has come back. As the common folk here say: “Green is godly’: it is very beautiful once more to appreciate the liveliness of nature brought about with the coming of the rains.

Until the foods can be harvested from the gardens, the hunger problem continues to bite sporadically, but rain has come with a sign of hope, blessing, and relief. In Loyoro here, rain is a multi-blessing. After a long dry-spell and hot temperatures, people are delighted as the temperatures have come low. The joy extends to nature and its surroundings too. The rains have rejuvenated life, to the people and plants alike. In this case, the wild green leaves, which are a local delicacy, have thrived. The wild fruits have started producing too and, besides which, the termites used locally as food have come relatively in plenty. The combination of the three delicacies has relieved the people with gladness. There is a sense of delight as many homes can manage a proper meal. It is really worth acknowledging that, in addition to the food relief aid, nature has offered its nourishment too.

It was nobly wise that the second instalment that we received – total of Ushs. 43,906,313 – enabled us to stock maize cereals and medical care in large quantity. As indicated to you early on, another charity also contributed in a small way towards food relief. This contribution was less than expected because that charity split their relief assistance between the four parishes here that border South Sudan and Kenya, whose refugees these parishes are hosting. Nonetheless, through this aid, we were able to buy cooking oil, salt, and beans.

Overall, medical spending has reduced since most people were sick due to hunger. Food aid has really boosted people with food and energy to be able to cultivate their gardens. It remains our sincere hope that the rains will continue to bless the little produce in our gardens. The reality in our markets still scares. The cost of food is sky-rocketing, as with other commodities too. In general, life is tough and expensive. Kindly, we still seek your assistance as we continue to count on your love, generosity, and support. Thanks SPICMA, a million times. May every work of yours receive sevenfold blessing.

Many returns and thankfulness.
Yours in the friendship of Christ,

Mitema Andrew MHM, Sacred Heart Loyoro Parish”

Helping to Feed the Hungry

June 1, 2017

East Africa hit the headlines this year due to the unfolding humanitarian disaster in the face of conflict and drought. So far, SPICMA has sent £58,000 for the purchase of food and medicine. Our first grant was to Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan, where Fr Beatus Mauki SJ was desperate to provide lunch for his 400 students – the only meal most of them would have each day. Many people had been driven from the town during violent clashes and were living in camps which meant the children had to walk great distances on an empty stomach to attend school. Therefore, it was critical that some nutrition was provided for them. As the cost of basic food items had skyrocketed, Fr Beatus asked for our help. We were able to send him £12,000 which was enough to purchase a year’s supply of rice and oil for all his students.

All other grants were directed to feeding the hungry in Uganda where we have been supporting three separate parishes (Panyangara, Loyoro and Usuk). We have received updates from these areas which you may read below. We have also just approved a small grant to a technical school struggling to cope with surging food prices.

Thank you for supporting this urgent work.

St Cyprian Appeal, Uganda

School Latrines and Bathrooms needed. March 2017

The parish of St Cyprian in Ngoma, Uganda is the most remote in its diocese. Most of the local people are involved in small-scale farming and cattle raising. Like many schools, St Cyprian’s started as a nursery school meeting in the parish church. The small number of students and teachers would use the church’s pit latrine. Over the years, the school expanded and a new school building was constructed nearby. There are now 378 students (day and boarding) and 15 teachers but they are still using the one church pit toilet. They have asked if we would fund the construction of two latrines and two bathrooms at the school. It would greatly improve hygiene, disease prevention and privacy for children and adults alike.

Beehives for Kapedo Parish, Uganda

March 2017

Father John Bosco Lowany of Kapedo Parish, Uganda has asked SPICMA for help. His parish is very rural and poor, with Sunday collections amounting to less than £150 over the course of a year. To help keep the many pastoral activities going, Father John Bosco has come up with an interesting idea. Keeping bees and selling their honey would provide a much needed boost to funds. The parish is in North East Uganda, close to the Kidepo Valley National Park – a large game reserve – and the South Sudan border. It’s a savannah area with a wide variety of plants and is one of the top honey producing areas in the country – or, as Father John Bosco modestly puts it: “Honey from this area is the second best in Uganda. It’s very marketable, both locally and nationally.”

Putting a smile on the face of Children and Orphans at Christmas

Soup Kitchens for the Destitute, Diocese of Kroonstad, South Africa

Youth distributing food to children

Youth distributing food to children

In September 2016, SPICMA was able to donate R37,329.00 to Soup Kitchens for the Destitute in Zamdela, Amelia and Iraq Townships, Diocese of Kroonstad, South Africa; meant to serve the poor and the destitute of the black townships. The proposed project had its vision and mission to the service and caring of the poor, the marginalised and downtrodden. The overall effect was to bring vision and hope to the poor, abandoned and orphaned children of the poor townships of South Africa. Here you can read a first report of the project, the provision of food packages to the orphans and abandoned children in Zamdela.

Completing St Andrews Church, Kayoro, Uganda

January 13, 2017

St Andrews Church, Kayoro, Uganda

Our need now is to put down a flooring in the inside the church, and on the sanctuary and altar

We first started helping this Parish of St Andrews in Kayoro Uganda some 4 or so years ago. The people who are poor have struggled on but still have a lot of work left to do. We recently receive the following appeal:
“Please can you to help us. Our need now is to put down a flooring in the inside the church, and on the sanctuary and altar etc., plus window sills and bricks below each of the 24 windows and on all the pillars, skirting around the windows and doors and finally painting. We shall also need PVC down pipes at appropriate positions for roof water discharge and storage. For our people the cost in beyond them.”
Thank you for all you have done for the Glory of God.
Yours in Sts Francis and Clare, Fr. Joseph Waswa

Water for Zororai Old People’s Home, Zimbabwe

December 9, 2016

I would be very grateful if you could assist Sister Louise Malone (Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa) with this request to provide water for Zororai Old People’s Home in Sakubva Township, Zimbabwe. This home is in dire need of help and a bore hole would enable them to have a functioning garden. Not only would this provide fresh vegetables and maize for the residents, but any surplus could be sold and the revenue used to help assist in the maintenance of the home and care of the residents.

A borehole would enable them to have a functioning garden and help with washing and cooking.

A borehole would enable them to have a functioning garden and help with washing and cooking.

Zororai Old People’s Home was set up for the really desperate old people who had no one to care for them. We are trying to give them a residence that will enable them to live and die with dignity knowing that someone does care. Both Srs Blandina and Louise are doing their best and, with the volunteers who help them, they have raised the standard of the home and have improved the quality of care given to the residents. Having their own borehole at Zororai would enhance the place, not just for the garden but also for washing and cooking, especially when there are water shortages. I would really appreciate if you could support this project.
Yours sincerely, +Patrick M Mutume Aux. Bishop of Mutare

Update Jan 15, 2017 – The project cost has been met and the funds sent. Thank you to all who contributed and to SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) who raised 50% of the total.

Shiny Village 9 project – Boreholes in Karamoja

Progress Report from ACT-U, October 19, 2016

Water strike at Kaeker Village

Success at Kaeker village!


Dear Paddy, Since my last mail (15/09/2016) the team in Karamoja…… surveyed 14 new possible sites for the remaining boreholes;
… drilled 4 more boreholes (all of them productive!!)

The picture was take in Kaekar village, in Rengen sub county. The borehole depth is 54 meters.
Thank you, Kind Regards,

…background and earlier progress reports of the Shiny Village 9 Project.

Youth Training Project, Teso, Eastern Uganda

Update, October 10, 2016

Pigs in pigsty with farmer

Five youth groups have been formed for the piggery project. They have all been trained in piggery farming by a local pig farmer.

We launched this appeal in February this year and in the last few days we have received an encouraging report detailing progress to date.

Project background and launch.

Security Wall Appeal, NW Frontier, Pakistan

September 2016

We received an urgent request from a Mill Hill Missionary priest in Pakistan. He was notified by the local security police that a security wall must be constructed around the Church’s residential Retreat House. The Retreat House is in a difficult area and is partially surrounded by people who may have arms. There is a risk that visitors can be observed from above and may be put in harm’s way. This aside, along one stretch there is nothing more than orange trees to stop someone entering. One family has already been threatened.

The estimate is £7,500.

Batwa House Project – Completed!

Update, August 30, 2016

Dear Patrick, I hope that you are fine and well. I am fine too. I am happy to send you this final report for our house project of 2016. The 28 houses for 28 Batwa families are done. Attached to this mail is the narrative report and the financial report as well. I am also attaching to this mail the final photos of the houses built.

Thanks again for all the support. God bless, Yours fraternally, Elias
MWEBEMBEZI Elias . Missionnaires d’Afrique . Avenue Muyinga 25 . Bujumbura . BURUNDI

Original appeal, Batwa House Project – Burundi, June 2015

Water Tanks , Kibera Slum, Nairobi

St Charles Lwanga Rehabilitation and Education Centre, August, 2016

Kibera Slum Nairobi

Children in Kibera Slum, Nairobi

The centre focuses on the rehabilitation and education of street children in Kibera Slum, Nairobi. Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa, currently home to an estimated million people living in an area of about one square mile. The slum is made up of nine villages. Currently some have water but with very poor sanitation and a lack of sewerage and draining systems.

We need please to build three more large water tanks at the centre. These will be in addition to those financed by SPICMA some years ago and will be able to improve the living conditions of more of the vulnerable children and youth aged between 1-19 years.
Bro. Hillary

St Mark’s Catholic Church, Forte, Island of Mailata

Appeal to complete church building, August, 2016

Peace and sincere greetings from the South Pacific Solomon Islands Catholic Diocese of AUKI. I am enclosing this request from Fr. Kalu who needs your support please to complete St Marks Catholic Church at Forte on the Island of Malaita – Bishop Chris Cardone, OP


St. Marks new church – skeleton

From Fr. Kalu…
We started work in 2010 and so far have achieved the halfway stage (picture is of the outline skeleton of the new Church dwarfing the existing church which is falling apart). The work progress of the Project has come to a standstill due to families having too many other financial commitments . They are very willing but have in most cases a very low income. We ask you please to assist us and somehow hasten the progress and completion of our Church. Without help this will take many many years so please help us if you can.

Yours sincerely in the Risen Christ
Fr. Albert Kalu Forte Catholic Community. SI

SPICMA was able to donate £8,250 to the project – thank you to all donors.

Famine Appeal – Karamoja, Uganda

Update June 25, 2016 – some better news from Fr. Sylvester

Since my last report things have improved a bit. The rains started last weekend and it has been raining daily since then. So once again for now things look hopeful. However, the destruction that was already done by the long dry spell remains. If the rains continue then some crops will recover and there will be some harvest. Meanwhile people are once again busy cultivating and planting short time crops like beans.

Many regards.

Update June 15, 2016

Thank you to all who have donated. With your help SPICMA has been able to send another grant to Fr Sylvester to feed the hungry, bringing our total to £142,000 since August last year. Fr Sylvester has sent a report to us and it contains some worrying news – the rains that arrived in April have not lasted as long as everyone had hoped they would.

Background and more information here.

Youth Training Project, Teso, Eastern Uganda

February 2016

St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Madera, is a huge Catholic parish in Eastern Uganda. It was established by Fr. John Dunne of the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1915. The parish incorporates 66 outpost chapels over a large geographical area and is run by just two priests. One area, Teso, is amongst the poorest regions of Uganda. Half of the population is under 24 and has no hope of work due to a lack of skills. This project will train unemployed youth (both male and female) in sustainable occupations which benefit them and the wider community.

The first stage of the project is to train two groups of youth – one to breed fish in large tanks and the other in breeding pigs. Both types of farming are needed, sustainable and not available in the area. The initial funding will go towards the construction and stocking of three fish tanks and three pig sties with fish fingerlings and expecting sows. The participating youth will be instructed and helped to set up local feed processing units and will sell the mature fish and meat. A key provision is that each group is expected to support the start of a new fish and pig farming centre of another group.

Uganda Boreholes Project Report

January 12, 2016 – Latest report has arrived

See the difference that boreholes make to people’s lives.

Repairing Chapels at Turda, Coron, Philippines

From Charles Okata, MHM. September 9th, 2015

Greetings from Turda, Coron, Palawan – Philippines. Thanks a lot for your recent e-mail to us. I could have replied straight away but at a moment we have network problems. The internet is very slow and sometimes blacks out. In Turda Parish we are still in the process of re-building our Chapels which were hit by the typhoon. At a moment with a lot of financial difficulty we have nearly done half way to the finish of the Chapel of Bayang. My appeal now is that you can help us rebuild another Chapel in the financially badly off village of Malawig. Malawig is one of the villages in our Parish that was 99% hit by the typhoon and the inhabitants are the indigenous people called the Tagbanua.

We hope to put up a Chapel for them in the place of the dilapidated one which we tried to repair after the Typhoon. The Chapel is multi-purpose and helpful as a community meeting place, evacuation centre at times of adverse weather and a place of worship.

I have attached the pictures on this e-mail. I hope you get them.

I have maintained the estimates like those in the last request although prices of materials have gone up a bit, we shall manage with the local contributions of manual labour and some materials like sand and stones. Paddy as you mentioned in your e-mail, pictures of the whole building process will be e-mailed to you and also the actual accountability of the costs of a completed Chapel.

That is all for now. Thanks a lot and May the Good Lord keep aiding you Paddy and your organisation SPICMA as you aid us missionaries and other Humanitarian Organisations to help the needy and to alleviate their suffering.

May God bless you.
Fr. Charles Okata, MHM. …more


New church – Oblanga, Uganda

New church - Oblanga, Eastern Uganda

Floor, proper doors, windows etc. needed…..please help us if you can

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Obalanga is situated in Eastern Uganda. The Parish was created on the 16th August, 2014 and is very large, covering an wide area. The history of Obalanga has been beset with tragedy. It suffered greatly in 2003 from the Lord’s Resistance Army (Joseph Kony). Many people were killed and a memorial was erected 200 metres from the new Parish on the location of a mass grave for 365 people.
To Quote the Parish Priest: “The people of St. Andrew’s Catholic Parish are good people and supportive They have very done well with limited resources and much sacrifice, but now they have run out of funds and the work on the new church has stalled. If you can help it would be really appreciated.”
Fr. John Paul
Update August 4, 2015: We have raised the £8,000 estimated requirement to complete the church project. Thank you all for your generosity.


water_is_lifeClean Water – Busitema, Uganda

Water is Life!

I am doing pastoral work together with the people of the newly established Parish of Busitema which was inaugurated last year, 6th September 2014. Currently we don’t have a proper source of water. In this Parish most of my people here live a very humble life below the poverty line with no proper source of income. They rely on subsistence farming which is limited by low market prices and are often affected by adverse weather changes. And so amidst other life challenges the most pressing and urgent problem we are all facing is lack of a proper source of water ie a borehole. Moreover, apart from spiritual development we wish in the future to offer our people the added benefits of a health unit nursery school which will require sufficient clean water supply.
Fr. Richard Wandera
Update August 4, 2015: We have raised the £4,500 estimated requirement to complete the church project. Thank you all for your generosity.


Kateta People Living with HIV/AIDS – Uganda

Agricultural Support to vulnerable families of women and children living with HIV/AIDS

Our project is to enable Kateta to give Agricultural Support to vulnerable families of women and children living with HIV/AIDS by setting up 20 farming groups per parish consisting of five farmers. Each group will be formed from some of the people with HIV/AIDS and will take part in a food production trial that will, apart from producing food, hopefully provide extra seeds which can then benefit others in the wider group in the next season.

“We desperately need funds to buy oxen and ploughs which will be used on a rotation basis by the households to clear the ground. We also need funds please to purchase tools and seed.” Helen.

I strongly recommended this group of families for funding and will assist and monitor the project.

Fr. Patrick Parish Priest



Earlier Projects and Appeals

Flash Floods in Peshawar, Pakistan – July 2015