In South Sudan, many people depend on food aid to fill in the gap between what they can produce and what they can buy. However, food aid was not enough to prevent hunger amongst Frado Ayor Athuk’s family of 10 in the village of Makur Agar. To help families like Frado’s, Misean Cara supports a project of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), which empowers women in agriculture to become self-sufficient in farming, ensuring that they have a sustainable income and food in the future. “Joining the project has empowered me,” says Frado, who after participating in the project is now the primary provider for her whole family. “Before the project, some days I could only collect leaves from the forest to make sure I had at least one meal a day. Now I harvest my vegetables twice a week, sell the extra, and use the profits to buy other necessities, including medicine for emergencies. In addition to growing vegetables, I have planted sorghum, maize and ground nuts to harvest and keep seeds for the next planting season.”

Photo: Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans)

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Report of Misean Cara. We are a vibrant missionary membership organisation working at the forefront of long-term development and humanitarian work in the Global South.


Misean Cara was founded in 2004 with the purpose of supporting Irish missionaries in their work to eradicate poverty across the developing world, through projects delivering healthcare, quality education, livelihood training, human rights, and emergency/humanitarian response to those most in need of support.

We are a membership organisation of 88 Irish missionary organisations working in more than 50 countries across the Global South. We support our members with funding for projects that promote the dignity and wellbeing of those furthest behind. We also provide non-financial support to our members by creating project collaborations, shared learning, consultation, capacity development and mentorship, while also providing comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and research. Together we believe in reaching the most vulnerable and furthest behind.

Misean Cara
at a Glance









million people


These projects were worth



Projects were implemented by

50 members



In 2021, Misean Cara supported 111 education projects implemented by 38 members in 35 countries, targeting 259,690 people.



In 2021, 32 of our members conducted 74 Health projects targeting 1,120,725 people in 15 countries.


Sustainable Livelihoods

In 2021 Misean Cara supported 69 livelihood projects by 30 members, targeting 105,702 people in 15 countries.


Humanitarian and Emergency Response

In 2021, Misean Cara supported 37 Emergency and Humanitarian Response projects by 17 members in 15 countries, targeting 97,655 people.


Human Rights

In 2021, Misean Cara supported 44 Human Rights projects by 23 members in 28 countries, targeting 311,412 people.


Member Capacity Development

In 2021, Misean Cara funded 21 members implementing 26 projects in 15 countries.

In 2021, our members worked in more than 50 countries around the world.


A health care worker from the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre (MWPHCC) takes temperatures during patient intake at a mobile clinic for villagers in Maker Kuei, South Sudan. The MWPHCC is run by the Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) as part of their primary and secondary school community in Rumbek. Last year, the mobile clinic provided 24,000 patients in seven remote villages with access to medical treatment and a mobile medicine dispensary.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey

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Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Irish Aid.


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Misean Cara is a member of the Charities Institute of Ireland.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of GHR Foundation.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Raskob Foundation.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Brigidine Sisters.

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