What is ARCAID?

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 for food.

Wendy & Brian Lovatt

Report on the Arcaid AGM, 29th November, 2021

Our thanks to all those Arcaid supporters who joined this year’s AGM via Zoom on Monday 29 November. Just over 30 ‘attended’ the meeting. In his first Treasurer’s report, Mark Baines reported that 2020-21 had again been an exceptional year, with an increase in regular income and a number of new subscribers. Over £42,000 was donated to 30 projects across the world, helping with food, shelter, healthcare and education needs. Mariola Boyd, Arcaid Chair, thanked all the supporters for their ongoing generosity, at a time when many charities have seen their income fall due to the effects of the pandemic. She also gave warm thanks to Mary Nolan and Nora Tarrant, who retired from the Committee, and welcomed Richard Fisher, Sarah Marshall and Jane O’Donnell as new trustees.

The evening’s speakers were Brian and Wendy Lovatt, founders of the Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service, a charity they have established in Ethiopia which Arcaid has supported recently. They gave an inspirational talk, explaining how they have come to set up the service, the acute medical needs they are helping with, particularly in areas of women’s health and maternity services. They also explained how they have worked with local communities, universities, and government bodies, and how the recent conflict in the region has affected their work. The presentation was truly impressive and left the audience in awe of the amount they have achieved in just over 10 years. For more information about their work, go to

Click here for the
Arcaid 2021 AGM Agenda and here for Arcaid Minutes from the 2020 meeting, the Arcaid Annual Report & the Chairman's Report 2021.


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If you know of any overseas projects which might benefit from Arcaid’s help, please contact the Arcaid chair, Mariola Boyd (

Click here for the
Arcaid 2021 AGM Agenda and here for Arcaid Minutes from the 2020 meeting, the Arcaid Annual Report & the Chairman's Report 2021.


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.

How 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.

.A 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 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) appeals.

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.

How 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. An anonymous donor pays for our small bank charges.

Committee members are:

Mariola Boyd (Chair), Nikki Matthews (Vice Chair), Fiona Dick (Secretary), Mark Baines (Treasurer), Maggie Putland, Jo Ellis, Jo Rendall, Richard Fisher, Sarah Marshall and Jane O’Donnell.

Please consider a donation to St Joan's own charity

Click on the LINKS below for:

Regular Arcaid contribution donation form

One off or occasional donation form

List of Projects funded last year

Arcaid details on Charity Commission website

Arcaid Constitution

Details of Privacy Notice – for ARCAID Donors & Supporters

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