3 August: Missionary Transport 2021 style.

Since we’ve been looking at missionaries and their transport, including the catechist whose health has been impaired by too much cycling, we thought we might add a post about Survive-MIVA who help local Churches with transport to enable their work to be done more effectively. This post is taken from their website at http://www.survive-miva.org : well worth a visit to remind us of what our sisters and brothers are doing against greater odds than most of us can readily imagine. And please send them a few pounds!

Thank you,


What we do

SURVIVE-MIVA is a (Roman) Catholic lay Association and UK Registered Charity, founded in Liverpool, UK in 1974. We exist to provide one vital element for successful healthcare and pastoral work that is being carried out by the Church in areas of great need in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The funds we receive (voluntary donations from our generous supporters) are converted into grants for all types of transport: this may be a bicycle, a moped, a trail bike, a 4wd ambulance, a pickup, an outboard motor – it is the people on the ground who know what best suits their terrain. Some examples of vehicles/modes of transport we have provided and projects supported include:-


Project CodeTransport ProvidedWhat for?
SM 2981:Tata 207 Crew Cabin for the Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Palladam, Madurai, IndiaWorking with women in 36 villages in the areas of hygiene, non-formal education, micro-credit schemes & vocational training
SM 2896:Aluminium Dinghy & 25 hp Engine for Nukunonu Catholic Mission, TokelauPastoral care for parishioners on this atoll in the Pacific Ocean
SM 2899:Toyota Hilux for the Parish of Expectation, Huancasancos, Peruvian AndesMobility for the Parish Priest responsible for a geographically large Parish covering 4 districts
SM 2919 – 2968:Fifty bicycles for Catechists of St. Patrick’s Parish, Madera, UgandaPastoral care for parishioners in 50 outstations
SM 2969:Toyota Hilux 4wd for St Agnes’ Mission, ZambiaHIV/AIDS home based care programme
SM 2975:TVS Victor Motorcycle for Sacred Heart Church, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaPastoral care, health care programmes, literacy classes, saving schemes, group counselling
SM 2981:Toyota Hilux 4wd for St Yoanna Maria Muzeeyi, Buyoga Health Centre, Kibinge, UgandaCommunity-based health care and education in 8 sub-stations, each about 40 km from the main Health Centre
SM 2989:Mahindra Maxx 4wd for the Teresian Carmel Convent, Devarkulam, Tamil Nadu, IndiaHealth education and care, women’s groups, community-based savings schemes in 18 villages

:UK Reg. Charity No. 268745:
:SURVIVE-MIVA: 5 Park Vale Road: Aintree: Liverpool: L9 2DG: UNITED KINGDOM :


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