Anglican Aid Abroad (AAA) began in Gin Gin in Queensland on St Andrew’s Day 1976. Supporters of AAA are therefore known as Missionaries of St Andrew. Those in that parish were concerned both that many charities incurred high rates of expenses, and that there was no Anglican overseas aid fund. Thus they have continued to ensure that all money raised for overseas appeals goes to these projects by all necessary administrative and fund-raising activities being done by volunteers. They partner with local churches overseas, especially with Anglican Religious Orders. The Patron of the charity is Archbishop Phillip.
They are at work in Africa, the Pacific, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India, Pakistan, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Projects range from education, promoting literacy in both youth and adults; drinking water, through the construction of wells and providing water tanks; poverty alleviation, involving projects such as supplying livestock or sewing machines; and medical aid, such as contributing to an urgently needed X-Ray clinic at St Martin’s Mission Hospital in Malawi.
Currently they are raising funds to build a house and provide a car for the Community of the Holy Fire, Bulawayo to shelter young children who have been sexually abused and the nuns who care for them. They are also wanting to help Bishop Cyril Ben-Smith in Mampong, Ghana to sink two boreholes to help prevent the waterborne disease, ‘Buruli ulcer’, which is in the same family as leprosy.
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