Progress in 2018
Building resilience against the climate crisis is a key feature of the work supported. Twenty-five projects applied technologies aimed at adapting to the effects of climate change and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. An external evaluation of a number of projects aimed at developing resilience found that “Misean Cara is currently supporting projects that are helping communities adapt to climate change by offering alternative livelihood strategies…In many cases, these interventions have helped to improve the lives of people who are living under immense strain.” (C12 Consultants, Malawi. Thematic Review: Projects Supporting Resilience in the face of Climate Change, December 2018.)
In 2018, Misean Cara allocated over €2.4 million to 39 livelihoods projects in 18 countries, implemented by 24 members, with a total target population of over 89,000 direct beneficiaries.
In an example from Malawi, implemented by St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, 60% of participants across 20 communities involved in an environmental conservation project have improved their household income and food security while also working to preserve the eco-system within which they live and farm.
In Indore, India, the Society of the Divine Word works with 1,500 Dalit men and women. Many of the women earned a precarious living by scavenging informally in the city’s domestic waste dumps. Changes at national level to the way solid waste is managed required the formal involvement of local municipal authorities and threatened that source of livelihood. The project adapted to the changing circumstances and helped over 700 women to secure a labour card, allowing them to continue to work under the auspices of the local authority. Those who did not wish to continue working with waste, or who were displaced by the new policy, were provided with alternative skills and options.
The Inter-Congregational Sustainable Agriculture Programme is an example of collaboration in which seven of our members are working to improve the income and nutrition of over 2,700 farmers. The initiative provides practical knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture to small-scale farmers in nine project locations in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. At each location, the project engages with senior ministry officials at sub-county and county levels, to ensure the alignment of project outcomes with county government and regional priorities.
Photo caption: Sr. Regina Toomey and members of ADSOPUR visit a hydroponic vegetable production unit in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. Photo: ADSOPUR.