AROUND 12 MILLION EUROS FOR PROJECTS IN THE DIASPORA
This year once again, the Bonifatiuswerk of German Catholics will continue to be a reliable partner for Catholic parishes in the diaspora in northern and eastern Germany, in northern Europe and in the Baltic States. With around twelve million euros, the aid organisation will support projects in the four categories of faith aid, aid for children and youths, building aid and transport aid this year.
"As an aid organisation for the faith, we will continue to support projects this year that give people hope, where they experience community and a sense of purpose, charitable help and faith formation," explains Monsignore Georg Austen, Secretary General of the Bonifatiuswerk.
In the area of the building aid, the aid organisation will distribute around 2.35 million euros – an increase of almost five percent compared to the previous year. Here, the Bonifatiuswerk invests in "living stones", i.e. places of faith where people meet and live the Christian faith together.
A total of 1.7 million euros will flow into the aid for children and youths.
Innovative pastoral care includes, among other things, personnel posts, which are being funded this year with a total of 348,000 euros. In this area, the aid organisation supports the deployment of qualified personnel who are to open up new gateways to the church and faith through concrete pastoral projects with creativity and commitment.
A further 150,000 euros are available for the "Traineeship in the North". For eleven years, the Bonifatiuswerk has been offering a diverse voluntary service for young people in Northern Europe and the Baltic States.
The yellow BONI buses, which are on the road in the diaspora communities in Germany, Northern Europe and the Baltic States, are another flagship of the aid organisation. The transport aid will be funded with 532,000 euros again this year.