Our picture shows JVI volunteers Dermot and Josephine, who are helping Br Paul Desmarais SJ with an ECO-Housing and Metal Workshop project in Kasisi, Zambia. In Murt's words:
While working with Misean Cara towards a new method of funding called Integrated or Block funding, the Mission Office continues to apply for Development Funds through Project applications and salary co-funding. The four newly approved projects are: 1. the construction of a community income centre in Bendum in Mindanao, under the leadership of Peter Walpole SJ; 2. Funding of the ECO-Housing and Metal Workshop project undertaken by the two JVI volunteers in Kasisi in Zambia; 3. The re-furbishment of Primary School buildings in Kasungu, Malawi, under the guidance of Stanko Rozman SJ; and 4. the purchase of a flat-back truck for the Educational needs of Nimule Parish in South Sudan.
The salary co-funding applications total 300,000 euro, distributed among 28 development workers, mostly in JRS East and JRS West Africa and in the Zambia/Malawi Province. While the amount allocated to Misean Cara from Irish Aid for 2009 is as yet unknown, it is hoped that the present level of funding will be maintained. A number of other applications are being prepared for the coming year.