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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Knights of St Columba in new venture with Catholic aid agencies
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¬†The Catholic laymen's philanthropic organisation, the Knights of St Columba, is joining forces with CAFOD and SCIAF to promote primary healthcare in the Third World. In the run up to the Millennium Jubilee, £300,000 was raised by the Knights to provide safe, clean water for the developing world. Following this success, the Knights are working again with CAFOD and SCIAF over the next three years to provide better healthcare for poor countries as well tackle the reasons for ill health such as dirty water and poor nutrition. Supreme Knight Tony Doherty said: "Clean water and sanitation are a basic necessity and now we need to provide nutrition, health education, and essential drugs if we are to enable those people to live out their lives to their fullest extent and not to have them ended prematurely, from malnutrition, sickness, and disease. We believe that we have a duty to provide for our less fortunate brothers and sisters." CAFOD and SCIAF place special emphasis on supporting primary healthcare projects, which use simple, low-cost methods at a village or neighbourhood level. Local people are trained as volunteers, and provide information and advice about basic hygiene, immunisation, and nutrition for their community. CAFOD's Director Julian Filochowski said there is still much to do: "Thanks to the generosity and hard work of the Knights of St Columba, many communities in the developing world have access to clean water. The next step is to give our brothers and sisters in the Third World access to better health care. "We are truly delighted to be 'Partners for Health' with the Knights in this new project. With 1.2 billion people living in absolute poverty, on less than 60p a day, our joint efforts will continue to reach tens of thousands of the poorest people around the globe."
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