The Castleknock Third World Partnership (TWP) was established by the Parish Pastoral Council in 2008, It was launched in July 2008 as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Parish with the aim of establishing a supportive link between our parish and a third world parish. The Castleknock TWP partnered with the parish of Metcha Boroddo in Ethiopia.
The mission of the Castleknock Third World Partnership (TWP) is to build a partnership with selected third world parishes to bring real and lasting change by enabling and empowering local people – so that they have the tools, training, and the necessary supports to break the cycle of poverty and need To develop sustainable spiritual and cultural links with these parishes that will be of mutual benefit to both parishes.
The TWP currently provides funding for 185 students to go to school, children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford their schooling, by funding their school fees, uniforms, books, medical and hygiene needs. In December 2009, the TWP in partnership with Camara an Irish based charity, created a Computer Laboratory in the school by providing 21 Computers, Desks, Chairs, a printer and also provided computer training for the teachers.
In 2010, the TWP in partnership with the Vincentian Order in Ethiopia, funded the restoration of the Parish Church in Metcha Boroddo. Cycles of rain and drought combined with the type of soil the Church is built on resulted in the subsidence of the church foundations and the development of huge cracks in the church walls. This was a major project for the partnership which took over 4 months to complete.
Other activities include provision of Library Books, Choir uniforms and keyboard, and the building of a home for an elderly pensioner.
The TWP accounts are under the control of the Parish Finance committee and are audited as part of the Parish Accounts. Income to the Partnership is primarily from monthly standing orders of the parishioners, once-off donations from parishioners, sponsorship by the Castleknock Arts Group and some fundraising events.
The TWP core group would like to take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of our Ethiopian partners, all our supporters who have made this partnership possible and whose support has allowed us to make such a difference in the education and lives of the people in our partner parish in Ethiopia.
If you have not already done so and would like to help, please contact a member of the TWP or e-mail the TWP at: firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation or make a regular contribution by standing order.
The TWP meet every second Thursday in the Parish Centre at 8pm
Contact: Deirdre O’Halloran
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