ARCAID is St Joan's own independent charity,
started in 1989 with the aim of filling in gaps in the work of
the larger agencies, by trying to reach people who would otherwise
ARCAID looks for individuals,
families, orphanages, small health centres, schools, whose
needs - though often desperate - do not come within the
ambit of the bigger aid programmes. It finds trustworthy
agents, on the spot, who know exactly what needs doing
and where the use of a few pounds, at a critical time,
can make a crucial difference to people's lives. This
kind of small-scale aid becomes a very direct and personal
thing. It brings the giver closer to the person in need,
making that person a 'neighbour' and a particular subject
Their income is from subscriptions
and gifts and last year they disbursed £33,460 to 23 deserving
cases in many countries including India, Africa, South America.
The projects range from buying much needed equipment for rural
health centres to funding the educational needs of orphans and
other disadvantaged children.
How Does One Join?
Simply by giving,
occasionally or regularly, in any amount one chooses.
Most people give by banker's order, monthly, quarterly
or annually, and most of these make covenants or Gift
Aid declarations which enable ARCAID to obtain valuable
tax refunds. Charity cheques and Give As You Earn are
other tax-efficient methods. Parishioners of St Joan of
Arc have the option of giving cash in envelopes placed
in the church collecting plate. Click
here for donation form which can be printed.
Most projects are brought to ARCAID's attention through members
of the parish or through contacts we have made on previous projects.
If you'd like to suggest a new project or contribute to ARCAID,
please get in touch with Mariola Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
full list of recent projects can be seen by clicking on
How does ARCAID
By getting to know most of the people
to whom it sends aid - missionary and native priests,
nuns and lay persons, medical workers etc. - and even
by inviting them to visit Farnham, when possible, and
speak about their work.
·By finding out exactly
what help they need and sending money, or goods such as
medicines, specifically to provide that help.
·By keeping in touch
with them and telling ARCAID members exactly where their
money goes and how it is used.
So where does
the money go?
Mostly on small projects, such as
wells for clean water, for which ARCAID can find the full
cost. This lessens the risk of wasting money on projects
left unfinished for lack of funds. ARCAID has sent aid,
from a few hundred to several thousand pounds worth to
more than 30 poor countries across the world. It also
contributes, from time to time, to emergency (eg famine)
Who takes the
A committee of trustees elected
by the members. Members are also welcome to propose projects.
Some make donations on condition that they go to a particular
much of the money goes on expenses?
None. ARCAID'S modest size enables it to absorb all its
running costs. Every penny given to ARCAID goes to the
poor, except for small amounts in bank charges for transferring
Committee members are:
Nikki Matthews(Vice Chair), Fiona Dick(Secretary), Louise MacDonald(Treasurer),
Melanie Feibusch, Gail Distefano, Maggie Putland, Martin Parr,
Mark Scalon and Mary Nolan.