Castleknock Third World Partnership (TWP)
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, 50 miles west of Addis Ababa.
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. Without this funding, children from poor families would not be able to finish their education, they would drop out of school early or in the middle of the academic year, because they cannot afford school fees, uniforms, stationery, hygiene, food and other relevant materials. The success of the programme can be measured by the student retention rate in the school. Prior to the commencement the Education Support Programme, the drop out rate from the school was 37%, annually from the total number of students, now the dropout rate is only 2.5% of the total students. As a result of the sponsorship programme, the community of Metcha Boroddo has seen a great improvement in the annual student retention rate.
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.
Since January 2011, the TWP has supported the building of 12 new houses and dry toilets for needy families, primarily funded by the TWP Calendar 2011& 2012 sales, the very successful Table Quiz and from once off donations from parishioners. There are a total of 40 poor families requiring new houses. The partnership has also supported other projects as prioritised by our partners in Metcha Boroddo, including funding the salary of the computer teacher and funding for teachers for Degree and Diploma courses at university during the summer months to help advance the standard of education in the school and funding of text books at all grades for the new school curriculum, for the 2012/13 academic year
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 the monthly standing orders which many parishioners have subscribed to, once-off donations from parishioners, sponsorship by the Castleknock Arts Group and this year from two major fundraising events – TWP 2011 Calendar and the Table Quiz.
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: email@example.com to make a donation or make a regular contribution by standing order.
The TWP meet every second Thursday in the Parish Centre at 8pm.