Appeal for Prisoners in Manila

A friend of ours who works as a volunteer with CARITAS visiting the holding cells of a Police Station; (where there can be up to 150 prisoners at a time in a space about the size of your living room) has asked for some help. Because of the war on drugs, the number of prisoners has swelled dramatically as has the length of time to process them and take them for trial or prisons. The overcrowding coupled with heat, poor ventilation and lack of water has led to many deaths from dehydration and suffocation in recent months. Diarrhea is a contributing factor as is a lack of water supply. Infections and skin diseases are also widespread. Prisoners are the bottom rung of society here and there are no resources for them.

The CARITAS group is permitted to visit once a week and they bring the prisoners food and pray with them. Occasionally people give money for water and basic medicines to treat the prisoners as best they can. The cost of a weekly ‘first aid kit’ consisting of things like:- Iodine/ antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds, plasters, cotton balls, diatabs and other simple medicines would be about £8-10 a week. Perhaps another couple of  pounds for a container of purified water.

We are appealing for a prayer group or family to come up with that amount per week to help these prisoners. It could really be life and death for them. So regardless of what they have done to get there please consider helping. …Address and bank details below .. Phone:-0161-881-5664… 


By bank transfer to our account:

Account Name:     Manchester Medjugorje Appeal
Sort code                 01-01-97
Account No :           31147658

Nat West Bank,
Chorlton- cum- Hardy Branch,
438 Barlow Moor Rd,
Chorlton -Cum- Hardy
M21 0NW

Or send Cheques payable to Manchester Medjugorje Appeal

Medjugorje International Relief
c/o 13 Erlington Ave
Old Trafford
M16 0FN

Tel: 0161-881-5664


Annual Report 2017




Our new annual report is now available for download Click here..

This year we have focused on the growing refugee emergencies in South Sudan and Syria ; the bulk of funds raised going to church based workers in those regions.

Other projects supported include Mary’s Meals and particularly their backpack appeal with 160 backpacks sent to enable children in Malawi to continue their education.

And to the Laura Vicuna Foundation in the Philippines who continue their wonderful work with the youth and especially young girls vulnerable from human traffickers.

Anti trafficking seminar

The good Counsel Network in London also received a small amount for their pro-life work , where they have rescued many babies from abortion and their mothers from a lifetime of regret. They work on the front-lines , outside the abortion clinics to counsel those about to go in. Courageous work.





Back Packs Sent to Mary’s Meals

The Christmas appeal for backpacks to be sent to school children in Africa was a great success with 163 back packs being picked up in January by Mary’s Meals so they are no on the way. A further 7 boxes with excercise books, toothbrushes etc were also included in the shipment. Each pack includes all the essentials for school, pens pencils etc and also for hygeine like soap ,toothpaste etc and also shoes and a variety of other items.

Thanks to all who made the effort to make up a backpack or contribute to them.

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Mountains of scrap

The recycling fundraiser goes from strength to strength every year as more volunteers get involved in this simple way of turning trash into hope. Its one of our biggest sources of income now. Why not start something where you are ? Collect aluminium cans, foil, other scrap metals, fill your car boot or shed, take them to your recycling centre and cash them in and send us the proceeds which will reach out to those in need around the world…cans.jpg

Bring & Buy Sales

This year a bring-and-buy at St Alphonsus Church in Old Trafford rasied funds for refugees from/in Syria , Five Hundred pounds was sent immediately via Aid to the Church in Need to those suffering the effects of this drawn out conflict.


Backpack Appeal for Malawi (Mary’s Meals)

This years back-pack appeal has begun, frantic packing of bags for kids in Malawi which should go in January via Mary’s Meals who organise this project.


Completed Backpacks

Annual Report .. 2016

Kony child Soldier

The July 2016 Report is now available and can be downloaded here..

As well as many of the on-going projects you support; for the year of mercy, we were able to include  a couple of new ones. One is some support for World Help , a group which have a project called Villages of Hope which looks after former LRA child soldiers and girl abductees who were kept as sex slaves by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

Others include the Good Counsel Network a group in the UK that help pregnant mothers to keep their children instead of aborting them. Other activities include partnership with Syria Aid who received a consignment of blankets hand made by Sr Edith’s group in Levenshulme Manchester.

Blessing of LVF Home

The new LVF home was blessed today , beginning with Mass officiated by the Bishop of Cubao and then the entire building was blessed. Its a superb building, 2 years in the making, and will over time accommodate up to 100 children as well as training facilities, offices and no doubt a host of other uses. A brilliant day for LVF and the Salesian sisters and of course for the children who have a new home now.

All your donations for the project have been much appreciated by LVF. This is surely  a legacy project, it will serve generations to come. God Bless You and thank you all.