“Pokot” is the name we have given to our Parish project for the relief of poverty and disease, coupled with the spreading of Christ’s gospel of love and development to the people in the Third World.
The project currently supports two Missions run by the Holy Ghost Fathers in East Pokot, a remote and impoverished region of Kenya. The predominant tribe there is the Pokot people, hence the name of the region and our project. The area is subject to frequent droughts and food shortages, at times approaching famine proportions.
You can find out about the Barpello Mission and Rotu Mission on these pages, along with the Camel Project. You can also read the POKOT diary of the development on these areas through the generosity of the Pound a Week Group amongst others.
The Pound a Week Group was set up specifically to raise funds for selected projects in East Pokot. As its name suggests, members try to give a £1 each week or whatever they can afford. Donations are made in little orange envelopes put in the collection baskets at weekend Masses. Some parishioners prefer to pay monthly or yearly. Donations can be Gift Aided and apart from recording those donations for HMRC purposes, no separate record is kept of members or their donations. Parishioners simply give what they can afford whenever they can afford it.
Since the Pound a Week Group was set up in 1996 and over the years to 31st December 2017, we have sent the two Missions in East Pokot the sum of £296,620. This has helped fund the Missions’s camel projects, the medical and emergency food projects, particularly during the worst drought in East Pokot memory; and we have supported impoverished and bereaved families with financial and other help. In two major projects the Group paid for the building and furnishing of a new classroom, a kitchen and dining hall at the Rotu Mission nursery and primary schools. At January 2018, individual members of the Group were sponsoring 17 students through secondary education at the Barpello Mission school and 15 former students of the school who have gone on to college or university.
Reports from Pokot about the work of the Missions are included in the Parish Newsletter from time to time and in the POKOT Diary, but if you would like to know more about “Pokot” and the Pound a Week Group, please contact the Parish organiser of the Group , Eugene McGivern, at firstname.lastname@example.org