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August 2020
Issue 122
The global pandemic has impacted everyone around the world, with the greatest impact felt by marginalised communities. Misean Cara members have been quick to respond to ensure that no-one is left behind - by the pandemic or its associated lockdowns which have brought hunger and trauma to many communities. This image shows a distribution of food to families in need, with thanks to the Good Shepherd Sisters, India.

In this issue:

Welcome message
Spotlight on Misean Cara's support to the response to the global pandemic 
Misean Cara 2019 Annual Report
Misean Cara publications 
Connect With Us
Welcome to our second MissionAid of 2020.

In this edition of our quarterly update on Misean Cara activities, we are focusing on Misean Cara members' response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This edition includes some reflections on how COVID-19 is shaping the future of agricultural sustainability and healthcare systems, we encourage you to visit the Mission COVID-19 section of Misean Cara's website to learn more. 

In this edition of MissionAid, we also proudly present some of our recent publications, along with the Misean Cara 2019 Annual Report. 

As ever, Misean Cara welcomes the opportunity to celebrate our members' commitment to supporting communities in some of the most remote and challenging parts of the globe. 
At this time we also remember our members working in Lebanon and helping communities in Beirut to recover from the devastating blast that destroyed large parts of the city on 4 August.

Please follow @MiseanCara on Twitter, and like /MiseanCaraIreland on Facebook to keep up with developments in Misean Cara's network around the globe. 

Finally, I want to thank you for subscribing to MissionAid, and taking the time to read about the inspirational projects that we support. 
Kind regards,

John Moffett
From Thailand to Columbia, Lesotho to Nepal, Misean Cara is supporting its members to respond to the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The response to this pandemic is only as strong as the weakest link; we at Misean Cara stand together with our members in our commitment to help those in need in the Global South.

We are supporting members to help protect their communities: sewing masks, setting up hand-washing points, sourcing Personal Protective Equipment and distributing food parcels along with medication to those in need where possible.

Misean Cara is also focusing on those who are hardest to reach, supporting health care and humanitarian provision – this means targeting, for example, people living in refugees camps,as well as the elderly and people who have disabilities; those who are likely to be worst affected by the COVID-19 virus.

We have selected some of the contributions below and invite you to visit Mission COVID-19 in order to follow the evolution of Misean Cara's response to the pandemic in the future. 

In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Marist Brothers in Aleppo, Syria, contacted Misean Cara to ask for help to ensure that elderly residents of the ruined city could be provided with meals. Read more about this Syrian version of Meals on Wheels which ensured that vulnerable people left behind in the city could get by. 

Could hunger become the second pandemic of 2020? Misean Cara's Health Officer Niamh Caffrey has been reflecting on how hunger is impacting on communities facing the challenge of COVID-19.
The innovation of our members is a constant source of inspiration at Misean Cara. The story of inventiveness and creativity by the Ursuline Sisters in the Karen district of Nairobi illustrates the power of innovation to provide the community with access to water for hand-washing, while reducing the risk of contamination through shared taps. Read more here
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting lives and livelihoods across the globe, as well as affecting all aspects of development and humanitarian activities.

Misean Cara’s Livelihoods Officer Don Lucey reflects on how the pandemic has underlined the importance of a robust and resilient food system.

2019 Annual Report

Misean Cara presented its annual report at our online AGM which was held this year on the 24th of June. The Report provides an overview of over 350 projects supported by Misean Cara, worth over €15.2 million last year. The report includes stories of impact by missionaries all over the globe, highlighting some Misean Cara member activities, along with an overview of Misean Cara spending, strategic priorities and progress. 

The document is available for download here.

If you would like to browse the Annual Report, please go here.

Learning from the experience of the Inter-congregational Child Safeguarding Group in Kenya.
This Learning brief summarises the history of the Inter-congregational Child Safeguarding Group, Misean Cara’s research with the members of the group, the research findings, and the main lessons learnt. 
Click here to read the Learning Brief.
Transformative Child Safeguarding
This Learning Brief summarises the findings of a research project designed and led by Misean Cara in 2018 and 2019. It presents a 'transformative' approach to safeguarding and signposts the way for a strategic framework which engages with children as both rights-holders and stakeholders.  
Click here to read the Learning Brief.
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