Page 6, 10th November 1978

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People: Christian Aid
Locations: Bandiagara, Lima


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Churches' combined aid detailed

Christian Aid, the aid and development agency of the British Council of Churches, gives more than £200,000 to projects run by the Catholic Church each year, in addition to a similar amount devoted to joint ecumenical programmes.

Details of Christian Aid commitments with the Catholic Church have been published in report called "The Churches In Unison Christian Aid and the Roman Catholic Church".

The report lists projects which Christian Aid supports with the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, along with projects it funds directly.

Christian Aid has enlarged its contacts with Catholic organisations, particularly in Latin America, the report says.

In Brazil, Christian Aid supports the Catholic-based Federation of Organisations for Social and Educational Assistance, in a programme of development in shanty towns on the River Amazon. Grants total £41,275 to date.

Also in Brazil, Christian Aid has joined in a consortium with CAFOD and Oxfam to manage funds for aid to farmers in the north-east of the 'country. Christian Aid's contribution so far totals £25,767.

The Catholic diocese of Talca, in Chile, has received a grant of £5,200 from Christian Aid towards its scheme to establish youth centres in Talca and Curico.

Christian Aid and CAFOD are two of the agencies backing a legal aid scheme In Peru. Christian Aid's grant helps legal training, and for law students from the Catholic university in Lima to work in slum areas as part of their course.

In Mozambique, CAFOD and Christian Aid have given assistance in the purchase of educational materials for Zimbabwean refugee children.

A well-digging programme is run by the Catholic Mission in Bandiagara, Mali, as part of the national development plan. Christian Aid provided a compressor in 1974 which enabled 10 different wells to be dug in two years.

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