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First Year Update on the Marist Tsunami Fund and its Activities

09/03/2006: General House

We are presenting today a summary of an excellent report prepared by our Bureau of International Solidarity (BIS) concerning the “Marist Tsunami Fund” and its activities. The complete report can be found at BIS

The Tsunami Fund
On January 4, 2005, Br. Seán Sammon wrote to our provinces and their apostolic works, communities and friends, asking everyone to come together in an act of solidarity at the level of the Congregation. He called for contributions to a special fund to be set up by the General Council to assist our Brothers in India and Sri Lanka with the recovery efforts getting underway in their countries.
The response to Br. Seán Sammon’s special appeal has been phenomenal. As of February 14, 2006, the Fund totals

$1,181,216.81 US

Directly administered by the General Council, the Tsunami Fund is managed by the General Econome. BIS helps the Council, the Econome, and our brothers in India and Sri Lanka coordinate, analyze, and report on the projects proposed for funding.
Disbursements from the fund to date:
$ 293,683.45 US

A description of the projects we have supported through the Tsunami Fund follows this section of the report. For a more detailed list of the various projects we have funded, please refer to the Fund’s financial statement in the annex of this report.
Subtracting the total disbursed until now, the Fund can support tsunami-related projects for the next four years amounting to
$ 887,533.36 US

Disbursements from the fund are made based on formal project proposals presented to BIS by the Marist brothers in Sri Lanka and India. Project proposals up to $5,000 US are treated as a micro-project and follow the review, allocation and accounting procedures similar to those that govern the Institute’s micro-project program. Project proposals over $5000 US are treated as a major project and follow the procedures regarding review, allocation and accounting similar to those established by the General Council when ad-intra disbursements are made from the Congregation’s 20th General Chapter Solidarity Funds. This includes a review of the proposal by the Economic Affairs Commission which in turn makes recommendations to the General Council for making decisions on funding.

A Sincere Word of Thanks…
In the name of Br. Seán Sammon, our Superior General, of the General Council, the Bureau of International Solidarity, and our Brothers directly involved in relief efforts, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who contributed to the congregation’s Tsunami Fund. Your generosity in support of this special appeal has been a source of comfort, hope and encouragement for countless children and families in our schools and community centers in both India and Sri Lanka. Over the next four years, our Brothers in these countries can continue to count on this fund to meet the tsunami-related needs of their people.
Much as we would like to, it is simply not possible to name everyone who contributed to this special appeal. People all around the world – individual Brothers and communities, apostolic groups, students, former students and friends of the Brothers, schools, colleges and universities, businesses and service organizations – have contributed to the fund through numerous campaigns initiated by Provinces and Districts throughout the Congregation. In acknowledging the following Administrative Units that contributed to the Tsunami Fund, we want to also express our gratitude to all those individuals who donated to these campaigns:
Afrique Centre Est/Central East Africa, América Central, Brasil Centro Norte, Canada, Compostela, Cruz del Sur, Europe Centre-Ouest/West Central Europe, Ibérica, L’Hermitage, Mediterránea (including Italy, Lebanon, and Syria), Melbourne, México Central, México Occidental, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norandina, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa María de los Andes, Sydney, and the United States of America
We thank also those individual persons, contact Brothers, development and fundraising offices, province-sponsored NGOs, and organizations of solidarity within these Administrative Units that were involved in organizing and coordinating these local campaigns. Special thanks to:

SED-Spain and all its delegations; the USA Province Development Office, including Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY; Marist Asia-Pacific Solidarity-Sydney; Marist Solidarity Office-Melbourne; and Brothers Heinrich Schamberger and Teofilo Minga
Thanks to the Provinces, Districts and Sectors that made direct contributions to Sri Lanka and India during the early days of the crisis, as we here in Rome were working out the protocols for Brother Sean’s international appeal:
Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and Pakistan
Thanks to those international donor agencies that have contributed to the Congregation’s Tsunami Fund, those that have donated directly to specific projects in India and Sri Lanka, and those that have supported various recovery projects of their own, using our channels of communication – we have been happy to help you help others:
Missio-Munich (€37,682.66), Aiutare i Bambini-Milan (€24,000), Caritas-Liechtenstein (€50,000), Red Cross-Liechtenstein (€300,000), and Coeur en alert (CHF 2500).
Please forgive us if we have inadvertently failed to mention your name or your contribution for our ongoing relief efforts in Sri Lanka and India. We regret any oversight. Your gift is deeply appreciated. Without your help, we could not have accomplished what we have done so far and hope to do in the next 4 years.

Thank you!
Br. Dominick Pujia
Director, Marist Bureau of International Solidarity

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