AID from Kildare has reached Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia and South Africa this week thanks to local charity ALMAS.
ALMAS is a charity for children suffering from Aids and poverty worldwide and was set up by Allen-based priest Fr Brian Kavanagh in 2003. He named the charity after a little orphaned girl, Almas, who died from AIDS when she was just fourteen. The charity assists clinics, schools and orphanages in countries, such as Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan.
“Everyday as I think, pray and do some ALMAS work I thank God for the generosity to the Charity,” said Fr Kavanagh. “ We are continuing mainly to support the work in Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia and South Africa. ALMAS has committed to another education project for 80 children in Addis Ababa for the next three years at a cost of €10,000 for each year.”
Meanwhile Fr Kavanagh was sent a photograph of a small girl pictured here who is suffering from AIDS, who he says is just one of a growing number of children coming to the ALMAS clinic from remote villages in Cameroon run by Sr Ewa.
“The sad story about the child shows how important the work of ALMAS is in such a remote part of Cameroon,” he said. “The child is only 15 months and weighs 5.8kg. Sr. Ewa is grateful to Almas’ generous heart and she is able to help such children.”
Fr Kavanagh, who has been serving the people of Allen since 2006, is moving parish on the September 1 to Graiguecullen and Arles in County Laois however the charity will still be open for donations throughout the year.
- Paula Campbell