The Parish Third World Group was established in 1989. For over 30 years we have been fundraising and have donated one and a half million pounds to help people living in extreme poverty in developing countries. All money raised has gone directly for the relief of poverty – we do not spend any of it on administration. We are registered with the Charity Commission for NI (Number 102818) and recognised by HMRC for gift aid purposes.
The facts about poverty are stark. Millions of people do not have enough food or access to clean water or basic healthcare because of poverty. Twenty two thousand children die every day as a result of severe malnourishment or disease due to poverty – that’s the equivalent of around 25 primary schools the size of St Bride’s being wiped out on a daily basis. Millions of people mainly women and children, are victims of human trafficking and suffer degrading and cruel treatment because of poverty. All those people suffer and die far removed from the scrutiny of the world. They are invisible.
Our Group supports 17 projects in developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America. (https://stbrigids3wg.com/people-we-help/). We also respond to some one-off requests for funding.
Last year we were able to send out £127,000 to help people get the basic necessities of life that we all take completely for granted such as simple food to live on, clean water, basic healthcare, education and training for work to support families and provide them a better future.
Our beneficiaries are very grateful for the generosity of St Brigid’s parishioners and friends. All the reports we get from them are heart rending, inspirational and challenging. They tell us they couldn’t continue their good work without this help. For further information on such support click on the link here below.
Normally we would hold our Annual Collection in September, bread and soup lunches in Lent and Advent and table quizzes in January and October. We also organise practise interviews each November for students applying for medical school and around 90 doctors and other professionals give their services on a voluntary basis – parents/students are invited to make a donation to the group. We would meet at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall on the first Monday of each month from September to April.
Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, all our normal meetings and fundraising events have been put on hold for now. So we are now trying to continue to fundraise as best we can.
On the People We Help page you can find a full list of the projects giving more details of each one.
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