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News Update February 2017

Michael Meegan has been sharing the latest developments in ICROSS projects with our field teams and Medical staff in Africa. Faced with a fast changing World, he spoke of the need to keep love and compassion at the centre of all we do. "Never have we needed renewal and focus more than now. We need to see beyond the statistics and the problems into the eyes of we serve. We need to be Instruments of caring, voices of hope, remain always awake and aware of God in every action. This is a time of great fear in the World, deep confusion, a period of worry for many and there is great suffering. In the current drought we see needless death in a society of abundance. Greed and corruption continue to eat at the core of society. "

Dr Michael Meegan ICROSS has just completed a team workshop on the UN sustainable development goals which are detailed in depth at http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals
"These goals can only be attained through multi-lateral, bilateral and global network partnerships. For over thirty years ICROSS has been developing close working relationships with International associations, organisations, lobby groups, networks and campaign initiatives. Equally important ICROSS has developed long term partnerships with communities and local groups at village level." Dr Michael Meegan. Danny Ngwiri, Country Director noted in the workshop that " In the context of our Strategic plan 2015-2020 the sustainable development goals that we are focusing on as an NGO are below and will be discussed in depth in the ICROSS Annual Report 2016 which will be released in March 2017."

Michael told the teams that "The funding for our projects in Africa and Asia has fallen by over 80% in the last 12 months. One in six small UK charities has folded in the last financial year. In order to keep the critical core of our work going I am now asking all our friends help us, something I have not done before as urgently.

Over 70% of all of our projects were created to be self-sustaining in order to ensure some form of continuity. However, almost 30% need continuing support if they are to achieve their aims. It’s not too dramatic to say these aims include life-saving medications, food and water. At this critical point, in the lives of so many, I am going to need your personal help. This is not a group email it’s me asking you to help continue with my life work and directly save lives. The programmes that we serve make a life changing difference to 200,000 people and in 2017 I really need your help to ensure 50,000 survive. Whether you regularly give to charity or not today I am asking that you respond no matter how small your contribution and I ask that you don’t delay as the people we care for need help now. The work that we are doing is amazing as are many organisations that help children and alleviate suffering; Right now I really need you and you can make very significant difference to the survival of this work at this point in time. There are a few ways you can do something.


Our Partners in UK are called New World International (a British Registered Charity) and if you check out YouTube you will see familiar faces and projects. We really need you right now. No matter how tiny anything we can plan around helps us to plan and organize what we can do, your personal support right now is something I really need to keep our work going. If you can help, please do.”


You can donate through http://www.nwiuk.org, https://newworldinternationaluk.charitycheckout.co.uk/Donate

A very small monthly donation gives better predictability than a one off as it gives the medical projects a budget we can plan with unlike most small charities who do not know what is possible in a few months.
The Bank Details of our UK charity are:-New World International (NWI)
Sort Code: 20-65-82
Current Account: 83951219
Branch Address: BARCLAYS BANK Charity Team
Swift Code: BARCGB22 IBAN Numbers:
Current Account: GB16 BARC 2065 8283 9512 19
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by Michael Meegan, Photos by Julius Konttine


The UN sustainable goals that we are focusing on are below
No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Extreme poverty has been cut by more than half since 1990- however, more than 1 in 5 people live on less than $1.25 a day
Poverty is more than lack of income or resources- it includes lack of basic services, such as education, hunger, social discrimination and exclusion, and lack of participation in decision making.
Gender inequality plays a large role in the perpetuation of poverty and it's risks; They then face potentially life-threatening risks from early pregnancy, and often lost hopes for an education and a better income.
Age groups are affected differently when struck with poverty; its most devastating effects are on children, to whom it poses a great threat. It affects their education, health, nutrition, and security. It also negatively affects the emotional and spiritual development of children through the environment it creates.


Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Globally, 1 in 9 people are undernourished, the vast majority of these people live in developing countries
Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households. Women comprise on average 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, and over 50 per cent in parts of Asia and Africa, yet they only own 20% of the land.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
ICROSS has been fighting hunger since 1983 and continues in 2017 to fight malnutrition.


Good Health and Well-being
Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, and major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
However, only half of women in developing countries have received the health care they need, and the need for family planning is increasing exponentially, while the need met is growing slowly - more than 225 million women have an unmet need for contraception.
An important target is to substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from pollution-related diseases.


Quality Education
Major progress has been made for education access, specifically at the primary school level, for both boys and girls. However, access does not always mean quality of education, or completion of primary school. Currently, 103 million youth worldwide still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women
Target 1 "By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes"- shows the commitment to nondiscriminatory education outcomes


Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large
While a record 143 countries guaranteed equality between men and women in their Constitutions by 2014, another 52 had not taken this step. In many nations, gender discrimination is still woven through legal and social norms Though goal 5 is the gender equality stand-alone goal- the SDG's can only be successful if women are completely integrated into each and every goal
Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all . We are working with our partners Biogas International towards extending Biogas.
Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Please check out our strategic plan and Annual report for more on our programmes and policies 2015-2020 on icrossinternational.org
Michael Meegan


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