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MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2017 at 8pm

Our guest speaker this year is Debbie Young. Debbie is a qualified optometrist and has traveled to Uganda with a small team of fellow eye-care professionals to run eye clinics in rural communities.

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ARCAID AGM 2016 - Arcaid Supports the Emasi Orphanage in South Africa

A talk was given on Monday the 14th November to Arcaid’s AGM by Vicci Butler who is heavily involved in supporting work for Emasithandane. Affectionately known as Emasi – it is a home/shelter that provides education, food and emotional support, for orphans; abandoned, abused and otherwise vulnerable children; and those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Currently there are over 50 children living at Emasi, and the home provides a community feeding kitchen for additional children in the community. Vicci's stories about the many children and helpers she has worked with brought this home alive to the audience in St Joan's Hall.

Emasi also run soccer activities for over 80 children from the community. Vicci commented: “We have managed to move forward through the best and worst of times. Working under extremely high rates of unemployment, crime and overcrowding, our children face many obstacles. But despite these problems, our organisation continues to develop new strategies to improve the development and improvement in this community, guided by our organisation’s objectives and vision.”

Arcaid is proud to support this wonderful project. As Vicci mentioned, Emasi receives no government support; all help comes from volunteers. Melanie Feibusch presented Vicci with a cheque from Arcaid to thank her and to further support Emasi.

Arcaid would like to encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about Arcaid projects or who would like to become a contributor to contact our chair Mariola Boyd by email at

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.

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 £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

.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, except for small amounts in bank charges for transferring money overseas.

Committee members are:

Mariola Boyd(Chair), Nikki Matthews(Vice Chair), Frances Thompson(Secretary), Louise MacDonald(Treasurer), Melanie Feibusch, Fiona Dick, Gail Distefano, Maggie Putland, Jenifer Davis and Mary Nolan.

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