Thank you for visiting the Our Lady Immaculate Tolworth's Lenten Project 2018 Just Giving page. This year, over the weekend of 10/11 March, the Tolworth Trekkers are embarking on another epic walk to raise money for the Lenten Project.
The four charities being supported this year are ;
The Human Trafficking and Slavery Project in Benin (W. Africa)
The Home of Mercy and Hope in Nigeria
The HLKDEC Centre Jaffna
Educate for India
See below details of the four charities
The Human Trafficking and Slavery Project in Benin - Pope Francis set up the Santa Marta Group as a means of addressing the very real modern day problem of trafficking and slavery. The Archbishop of Benin
together with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are running a project to help change the mind sets of the local communities, especially the young people. Girls, women and very young minors are being trafficked from these endemic areas to all parts of the world for cheap labour, domestic servitude and the commercial sex trade.
The Home of Mercy and Hope in Nigeria - The Diocese of Uromi has recently set up a project for a Care Home for the Elderly. Many of the younger people from the area have left and gone to find work in the towns and cities often leaving the elderly alone. This is a new project and although they have a building which has been provided, it is very
poorly equipped and lacks basic necessities like, beds, bedding, chairs etc.The Sisters of St Louis are handling the day to day running of the Home. Since being set up, it has enabled contact to be re-established with some of their relatives as it is in a more accessible place. Some of the residents have no relatives to care for them.
The HLKDEC Centre Jaffna (Sri Lanka) - This orphanage caters for children who were originally in camps after being displaced from areas involved in the unrest and wars in the area. It now caters for children between the ages of 3 and 16 years. They provide housing, clothing and education to those in areas where poverty is endemic and the need for funds to continue this work is essential.
Educate for India - This project works directly with every child and family in Mandwa Panchayat, a remote rural village in Rajasthan. They aim to transform their lives through quality education and health services. Maternal services from early pregnancy to childhood; running a school from kindergarten to 14 years old; sponsoring 14-18 years old in institutions outside the area to help the development of their vocational skills.; facilitating women’s groups to create and increase alternative means of income for the village.