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!
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 Code||Transport Provided||What for?|
|SM 2981:||Tata 207 Crew Cabin for the Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Palladam, Madurai, India||Working 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, Tokelau||Pastoral care for parishioners on this atoll in the Pacific Ocean|
|SM 2899:||Toyota Hilux for the Parish of Expectation, Huancasancos, Peruvian Andes||Mobility 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, Uganda||Pastoral care for parishioners in 50 outstations|
|SM 2969:||Toyota Hilux 4wd for St Agnes’ Mission, Zambia||HIV/AIDS home based care programme|
|SM 2975:||TVS Victor Motorcycle for Sacred Heart Church, Andhra Pradesh, India||Pastoral care, health care programmes, literacy classes, saving schemes, group counselling|
|SM 2981:||Toyota Hilux 4wd for St Yoanna Maria Muzeeyi, Buyoga Health Centre, Kibinge, Uganda||Community-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, India||Health education and care, women’s groups, community-based savings schemes in 18 villages|