St. Anthony’s Parish Clontarf
We are delighted to have been ‘adopted’ by St. Anthony’s Parish, Clontarf. In November 2013 Fr. Larry White presented a cheque to Mary and John for 3,700 euro: proceeds from Peadar’s cycle, a book sale by Nancy Costello and a cake sale from the children from Hollybrook Grove.
Here’s what St. Anthony’s Parish, Clontarf say about their ‘adoption’:
St. Anthonys’ Parish has adopted the charity ‘Wells for Zoë Project’. The culture in Malawi does not encourage girls towards education. According to the World Bank, only 27% of Malawi’s girls enrol in secondary school, and just 13% will attend. Only a fraction of that 13% will actually finish 4 years of secondary school and only 5% of women nationally have passed their MSCE exam which is the final exam in secondary school.
As a Parish Project we will help to sponsor a number of girls from poor families to avail of an education. In Malawi, all second level schools are fee paying. They require not only school fees but also uniforms, books and travel (by bike). 100euro will cover the annual cost for a student. We would also hope to support the provision of teachers and school materials.
During this year we will be organising various projects to fulfil our commitment to the above project. We have already begun by sponsoring our Sacristan, Peadar Buckley on a cycle from his home in Clontarf, to Spain where he followed the Camino de Santiago route. Peadar’s sponsorship has realised close to €3,000.