Dear Friends, I am writing with an urgent appeal for a number of volunteers to help with an important piece of work which we need now to start, urgently, in SHEP. We have called a meeting for Thursday next, December 15th, 7.30pm at the SHEP Training Centre in Ballincollig, for those who can or may be able to respond. Please let us know if you can come.
As you may know, SHEP has been partnering Sahakarmi Samaj in Nepal for over ten years – and for the last nine of these we have successfully secured significant funding from Irish Aid for their work. A key part of this collaboration has been the involvement also of a Dutch Development Group – ICCO, who for these nine years have provided the 25% required match funding. We had been working with Sahakarmi Samaj over the last few weeks to prepare the next application to Irish Aid (due now on 12th January). If successful, Irish Aid would provide an additional , €3 for each €1 in match funding committed – which is very significant.
Our understanding, all along, was the ICCO would be willing and able to continue to support the collaboration through providing match funding (approx. €45,000 per year). Then, as you know, just recently, we heard the very sad news of Narad Sharma’s being taken very unwell and later dying- which is a tremendous sadness and shock. Unfortunately, to add to the pressure now on Sahakarmi Samaj, ICCO have just this week, unexpectedly, told us that they are no longer in a position to provide the match funding.
We in SHEP are going to do our best to support Sahakarmi Samaj in these unexpected and serious situation. We are going to seek alternative sources of donor funding - though the result of this is uncertain.
We also want to commence a new, and long-term process of local fundraising in Ireland, from the SHEP Community and wider community, to provide some element of the match funding require. In order to get this process started we urgently need a number of volunteers to plan and oversee a fundraising campaign which would need to start as soon as possible.
If you are unable to volunteer to be part of this new fundraising committee there will be an opportunity to help us in a very real way by contributing to the fundraising efforts in whatever way you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. To get things started, though, our emphasis is on assembling a volunteer committee.
Thank you for your interest.
The Social and Health Education Project
Village Centre, Station Road, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.