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
be neglected. During the last few months we have been supporting
covid 19 requests, many for food for children in care. We are
extremely short of funds. Arcaid has found it very difficult
to respond to a number of recent requests to provide funds, many
If you are able to provide a ONE OFF
donation to help at this time please "Arcaid
One off Donation Form".
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 of prayer.
Their income is from subscriptions
and gifts and last year they disbursed £37,294 to 26 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.
Does One Contribute?
Simply by giving, as a one
off, occasional or regular donation, 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.
full list of recent projects can be seen by clicking on this link.
How does ARCAID do this?
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
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 decisions?
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 project.
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. An anonymous
donor pays for our small bank charges.
Committee members are:
(Chair), Nikki Matthews (Vice Chair), Fiona Dick (Secretary),
Mark Baines (Treasurer), Maggie Putland, Jo Ellis, Jo Rendall,
and Mary Nolan.