The parish is outward looking and tries to support worthy causes overseas. As well as many of the usual Catholic charities doing good work at home and abroad, we support two with local connections:

The John McEvoy Scholarship for Girls

John McEvoy Scholarship for Girls funds and supports education for girls from Buma and the surrounding area on the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands.

After the Solomons gained independence in 1978 and became a member of the Commonwealth, the government took over the running of the schools from the religious organisations. In recent years this has not been a success; teachers are often not trained or even paid. Books and equipment in many schools are non-existent. Recently the government has asked the religious orders to run schools on Malaita once again. Education in the Solomon Islands is still not compulsory. Many people are very poor, especially in the Bush villages, and live at subsistence level growing their own crops and keeping a pig or two to feed their family. It costs about £50 to keep a child at school for a year and many parents cannot afford this sum. Only 47% of children in the Auki Diocese attend school. Of these very few are girls, who are given fewer opportunites for education than boys.

For further information or to make a donation please contact:

Mrs Pat McEvoy, Tel: 01308 424 358 or email: jmce.scholarship.for.girls@gmail.com

Donations can be sent to:

John McEvoy Scholarship For Girls C/o The Parish Office, St Mary & St Catherine Roman Catholic Church, Victoria Grove, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3AD.

The Uparo Project

The project is based among the poverty stricken people in the Kilimanjaro region of North East Tanzania. The charity is raising money to build accommodation for much needed medical staff, who would then be on call throughout the whole 24 hours.

The building is under construction now, but further funds are still urgently needed to complete the work.

For further information, please contact Mrs Veronica Zeigler (Trustee) Tel: 01308 862 542, or email: Jo O’Farrell jo@jovian.co.uk