We invite you to read and learn about the great work happening within our programs and the incredible people who are doing life changing work for those within their communities.
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A CONSTANT ADVOCATE
Terry Henderson has been a long-standing supporter of the Edmund Rice network. This traces back to his hard-working mother prevailing in difficult circumstances. The Christian Brothers provided support, taking Terry on at Parade College and then in the accountancy night school at St Joseph’s, North Melbourne.
EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS
For the third year running, ERFA hosted the Best Foot Forward Giving Day which raised funds to empower women and girls around the world by providing them with access to an education. This year’s cause centred around quelling the rise of postpandemic gender-based violence.
SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY TO SUPPORT ERFA
The Edmund Rice network of schools has once again gone the extra mile in giving generously to support ERFA projects throughout 2021. Whether it is by hosting walkathons or selling pink shoe laces, the generosity of Edmund Rice schools has enabled ERFA projects to continue to support disadvantaged individuals and communities to build brighter futures.
NSW MAYOR WELCOMES ‘EYE-OPENING’ REPORT ON REFUGEE EMPLOYMENT
Mayor of Liverpool City Council, NSW, Wendy Waller welcomed the recommendations of a new research report spearheaded by the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education. The report, titled “Refugee Employment Experiences: Struggles, Strategies and Solutions”, investigates the struggles and challenges refugees face finding work in Australia.
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROJECT
In Zambia, ERFA partners in a community-based Maternal and Child Health project which empowers volunteers in Safe Motherhood Action Groups to advocate for child nutrition and antenatal heath. There have been sound achievements for the project leaders in 2021.
MEET ERFA’S AGRICULTURE PROGRAM MANAGER
Lillian commenced working with ERFA’s Kenya branch in September 2019. As the Agriculture Program Manager, she facilitates the strategic development and operation of agricultural and farming projects.
GROWING STRONG PROJECT
ERFA’s Growing Strong project at Edmund Rice Catholic Education Centre has been nurturing the growth of future farmers. The project’s “4K Club” has been teaching students to produce silage for the school’s dairy cows.
EDUCATION PROVIDING ENDURING HOPE FOR REFUGEES
Kenya harbors refugees from a host of war-torn countries, many of whom are restricted to enduring conditions in refugee camps. Those that arrive in the capital city of Nairobi typically fall through the cracks, being outside the remit of the support services provided by international development organisations.
10 YEARS OF ERFA
Reflection is such a valuable exercise. ERFA has recently undertaken an in-depth process of reflection to look back on how far we have come and to take stock of the achievements of our amazing projects around the world. In 2011, we contributed A$1.3 million to partner projects. As we approach the end of 2021 we are on track to contribute a cumulative total of A$22 million to development projects over the past 10 years.
ERFA’s Nairobi branch staff work on a daily basis alongside our Kenyan partner projects to provide training and support so that funds from our generous donors will create lasting change.