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B.O.A.T.

BLACKFRIARS OVERSEAS AID TRUST (B.O.A.T)

Reg Charity 288585

 

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to BOAT!   Our charity was founded in 1984 by a group from the 9.30 Family Mass at Blackfriars in Oxford, who wanted to reach out to communities across the world. 

We have two charitable aims – the relief of poverty and the advancement of education, in Asia, Africa and South and Central America.  In practice that translates into support for a range of projects (15 or 16 at any one time) mainly in the areas of health, community development or education. 

 

WHAT WE DO

We want our funding really to “make a difference”.  So we support small scale or grass-roots projects with regular grants (currently around £2100 a year).  Occasionally we make a one-off  grant ( for things like water tanks or grinding mills).  More often a project will be funded for three years and then considered for renewal on a rolling basis.

We always look for projects with some link to the congregation or the Dominican order.  Though many have Catholic links, that is not a condition, and we don’t fund any form of evangelisation.  We aim to help communities find long term solutions to their needs, rather than short term fixes, although from time to time, we do give money to help with emergencies.  

 

SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

  • In Uganda – helping a parish in Northern Uganda build and equip a primary school
  • In Peru – supporting a township project to reduce childhood malnutrition and domestic violence
  • In Tanzania – helping a local group set up and run a pig farming business
  • In Nicaragua and Grenada – providing better nutrition for schoolchildren, to improve their educational attainment
  • In India – supporting a school for the children of rag pickers in a slum outside Delhi.

Information about the different projects supported by BOAT is contained in the Annual Report, which is available online by clicking here. 

You can find out more about BOAT from the overview on the Charity Commission website by clicking here here

 

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL

In 2014, we raised around £49,000 and gave grants of around £48,000 in total.  We spent under £450 on administration (bank costs and producing our annual report).

We also have a personal link with all of our projects.  Each of our Trustees keeps in touch throughout the year with one or two projects and gets to understand the challenges and achievements of the people we are working with.   That’s often a very humbling experience and is a wonderful insight into the wider world for them and for the congregation as a whole.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are very lucky in the generosity of  the congregation at Blackfriars and a wider group of supporters.  We hold regular fund raising events (cafes, concerts, recycled card and produce sales).  But we rely on the income we get from our regular donors to be sure we can commit to longer term funding. If you would like to part of the project, please print out the banker's order form and send it to BOAT, Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY.

The banker's order form may be found at the bottom of this page. A Word version of the banker's order can also be downloaded by scrolling up this page and clicking on the file on the right hand side of the screen.  

 

Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT)  Registered Charity No 288585

A Banker’s Order for regular donations, which can be cancelled by you at any time, greatly helps BOAT.   We need more people to give regularly so that we can predict over a year how much money we can send to our projects overseas.

 

Banker’s Order

 

To  …………………………………………………………………………    (Name of your Bank)

 

      ……………………………………………………………………..       (Address of your Bank)

 

Account Number …………………………................. Sort Code No.  ……..………………

 

Account Name ……………………………………………………………………………………

 

Please pay to Lloyds Bank plc, 1 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AA (Sort Code No. 30-96-35) for the account of Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust, A/c No. 00087533

the sum of £ ……… monthly / quarterly / annually (delete as appropriate) until further notice.  This instruction cancels any previous order made by me in favour of Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust.

 

Signed ……………………………………………………  Date …………….

 

Return to: The Gift Aid Treasurer, Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT), c/o Porter’s Lodge, Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LY (NOT to your own Bank)

 

If you are a standard rate tax payer and you sign a Gift Aid Declaration Form, we can make your gift worth even more to BOAT.

 

 

                               GIFT AID DECLARATION

As a tax payer I want BOAT to treat all donations I make as Gift Aid donations.

Signature ……………………………………………….       Date    /      /

please use block capitals

 

Title …... Forename ……………………..    Surname …….………………………

 

Address ………………………………………………….……………………………..

 

……………………………………………………….      Post Code  …...................

 

N.B. To be eligible, you must pay an amount of income or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax we reclaim on your donations (currently 25p for every £1 you give). Please let us know if your circumstances change. Thank you.

 

 


News & Events

1st Aug
Graduation Friday 29th July 2016

Many congratulations to Linda Eggert, Ramesh Pattni, Ying Mao, Simon Chelley, Joshua Hemmings-Buckler and Margaret Woods who graduated on Friday.

14th Jul
Alumni Dinner 17 Sept 2016 - Now Booking

Bookings are now open so grab a place while you can!

8th Jul
IHRL Matriculation

Blackfriars Hall welcomed our new 1st year IHRL (International Human Rights Law) students who matriculated today.

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