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Ten Questions about Anglican Aid Abroad

1. WHAT IS ANGLICAN AID ABROAD?
2. DOES A.A.A. COMPETE WITH EXISTING MISSIONARY SOCIETIES?
3. HOW DOES A.A.A. THEN DIFFER FROM OTHER RELIEF BODIES?
4. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF FUNDS COLLECTED ACTUALLY GOES TO THE NEEDY?
5. IF A.A.A. SENDS ALL DONATIONS OVERSEAS, HOW ARE ITS EXPENSES MET AT HOME?
6. HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT OVERSEAS?
7. AM I INFORMED ABOUT WHERE MY MONEY GOES?
8. HOW GREAT ARE THE NEEDS?
9. CAN THESE NEEDS BE MET?
10. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

1. WHAT IS ANGLICAN AID ABROAD?

This is a voluntary, non-profit society made up of people in Australia and overseas who share a common concern for those in need. Members include bishops, housewives, schoolboys, and pensioners, all united in a common cause - the relief of need in the Name of Christ.

2. DOES A.A.A. COMPETE WITH EXISTING MISSIONARY SOCIETIES?

No! Our aim is to relieve need and we atually co-operate with many of the Church's missionary bodies; our aim is co-operation, not competition.

3. HOW DOES A.A.A. THEN DIFFER FROM OTHER RELIEF BODIES?

Firstly…..by sending all our help through existing Church structures so avoiding the need for a costly infra-structure.

Secondly…..all those who handle our funds are committed members of the church – usually, but not always, clergy or members of Religious Orders.

Thirdly…..we see our work of providing material help as a vital part of the Church's total ministry to man. For us, aid cannot be separated from the Christian Faith which inspired it.

4. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF FUNDS COLLECTED ACTUALLY GOES TO THE NEEDY?

One hundred percent! That is our easily-substantiated claim. Every gift we receive goes where the donor intended – to somebody in need.

5. IF A.A.A. SENDS ALL DONATIONS OVERSEAS, HOW ARE ITS EXPENSES MET AT HOME?

From gifts and voluntary labour of interested people. Some people give money expressly for the purposes of defraying expenses like postage, cost of overseas drafts, production of newsletters and the like.

An annual audit of our books is made by a registered person, and copies of the financial statement are readily available.

6. HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT OVERSEAS?

The money is applied by people who actually live in the situation and who are, therefore, in the best position to know where it is most needed. They do not require any payment for this service and gladly distribute to charitable works all the funds which they receive.

7. AM I INFORMED ABOUT WHERE MY MONEY GOES?

Four times a year a newsletter is issued which gives the names of donors, the amount of income for the period, and the donations sent away. Extracts from some of the letters of thanks which we receive are printed, and photocopies of the letters may be had on request.

8. HOW GREAT ARE THE NEEDS?

In a word, 'limitless'. Think, for example of much of Africa.

  • In MALAWI, life expectancy for women is 37 and for men 36 because of malnutrition and disease.
  • SUDAN'S refugees living in neighbouring countries or in scattered camps within their nation's borders number millions.
  • AIDS is so prevalent in SOUTH AFRICA that the country could have as many as 4,000,000 orphans in the foreseeable future.
  • In GHANA more than 40% of women, mostly in the north of the country, cannot read or write.
  • ZAMBIA must import even basic food items.

These facts could be replicated in any number of developing countries around the world.

9. CAN THESE NEEDS BE MET?

Obviously not all, nor all at once. BUT (some approximate costs)

  • 25cents can be a week's education for a child in INDIA
  • 50cents would install a brick in a new clinic in ZAMBIA
  • $1.00 gives writing equipment to a school child in the SOLOMONS
  • $2.00 provides breakfast for an AIDS orphans in SOUTH AFRICA
  • $5.00 means some basic medicines for a health centre in HAITI
  • $10.00 will buy four fruit trees for a farm in GHANA
  • $20.00 enables a literacy class for women to meet in TANZANIA
  • $25.00 enables a Melanesian Brother work for a week amongst 'rascals' (young men involved in petty crime) in NEW GUINEA
  • $50.00 sponsors a Brother of the Sacred Mission to do an AIDS education presentation in LESOTHO
  • $100.00 purchases seeds and simple farming equipment for refugees returning to SUDAN

10. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Become a MISSIONARY OF ST ANDREW as we call our supporters. Add your prayers to ours by using the intercessions in our quarterly newsletters and send your financial support to help the many thousands who are relying on us for the bare necessities of life.

All overseas donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

All receipts are kept on file and will be sent on receipt of a stamped, addressed envelope. Please direct gifts to:

ANGLICAN AID ABROAD
PO BOX 256
Grange QLD 4051

Or make a deposit, without fees, from any WESTPAC BRANCH to our Account at MORNINGSIDE - ANGLICAN AID ABROAD – 034 058 58 0656 OR Use Internet Banking to deposit funds to the above account.

Eye Care Plus...

Each year, AAA draws up a budget to cover our regular projects into which are added 5 special gifts of $1,000 each to send to particular areas of need.

Overall, in the AAA budget year commencing May 1st, we are hoping to raise a $ minimum total of $200,000.