Many charities are struggling at this time as it has become more difficult to maintain their usual sources of funding. As we are acutely aware of our own needs at the moment, we mustn’t forget those whose needs are so much greater.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary’s Meals, has recorded a message reflecting back on the humble beginnings of the charity, which continues to feed over a million of the poorest children in the world, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
CAFOD are also continuing to work with their partners to provide for those who are in urgent need of help in some of the most deprived parts of the world. They have joined the DEC Coronavirus Appeal to help millions of vulnerable people whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.
The challenging situation facing Christians in the Holy Land has been made significantly worse by the coronavirus pandemic. Friends of the Holy Land continues to support Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.
Aid to the Church in Need has been supporting Christians dealing with conflict in different parts of the world, especially in Nigeria where they have been facing persecution from Islamist extremists.
The International Refugee Trust works to bring dignity and hope to those whose lives have been torn apart by war and conflict, through their partners in South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Jordan.
The Apostleship of the Sea celebrates its centenary this year. Their work with seafarers at British ports is supported by the Sea Sunday collection which is normally taken on the second Sunday of July, but has been postponed this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nearer home, Caritas Westminster are working to support some of the most vulnerable people in our own society, whose lives have been made more difficult by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to provide support in communities across the Archdiocese of Westminster during the coronavirus crisis.
The Passage are seeking support with their work of feeding over 300 homeless people in London every day. Their #DonateYourDinner campaign aims to promote the work they are doing through social media. Apart from financial help, they are also looking for volunteers to help in their kitchen or as drivers.
While most of us retreat to the security of our homes, refugees still experience many of the difficulties of being destitute. The Jesuit Refugee Service has had to suspend some of its operations because of the pandemic, but continues to offer practical support to refugees in whatever way it can.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who run St Anne’s care home for the elderly in Stoke Newington, were due to come to speak at St Philip’s on the weekend after Easter, but the lockdown prevented their appeal taking place. You can still support them with an online donation.
NHS staff have rightly been getting proper recognition for the amazing work they have been doing. But we mustn’t forget those who dedicate themselves to caring for the sick and the vulnerable in other settings. The North London Hospice relies heavily on voluntary support but, like other charities, many of their fund-raising activities had to be cancelled, so they are looking for alternative sources of funding to continue their important work.