BENEFITING: New Venture Fund
The Philomena Project originated with the story of one woman’s 50-year search for her son, recently brought to the world stage via the Oscar nominated film Philomena, based on journalist Martin Sixsmith’s book. In 1952, when Philomena Lee became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland, she was sent to Sean Ross Abbey, a ‘Mother and Baby Home’ in Roscrea County Tipperary, to be taken care of. When her son was three years old, he was taken away, sold for adoption and sent to America. Although Philomena and her son looked for each other for many years, they were deliberately kept apart and were tragically never reunited.
The Philomena Project will harness this increased awareness to the pain and loss which thousands of young women experienced over decades, to urge the Irish government, and the church when applicable, to release all information they have on these illicit adoptions, to assist in helping mothers and their children to find one another, and to create a place for these individuals to tell their stories in an effort to find closure.
The mission of The Philomena Project is three fold...
1. To provide campaigning mechanisms/ supports/ services/ finance to assist other women like Philomena who have been unable to or actually prevented from tracing their children, taken from them through adoption, particularly forced and illegal adoptions;
2. To assist the now adult children, particularly those taken to the US, to trace their natural mothers, fathers, extended families and to obtain their birth certificates and other relevant records;
3. To campaign for open records and to lobby all Irish politicians, relevant international bodies such as the UN, UK and US politicians.
Your donations to support The Philomena Project are greatly appreciated.
*The New Venture Fund currently provides fiscal sponsorships to nonprofit organizations and also coordinates small-grants programs. Funds raised here for New Venture Fund will be allocated to The Philomena Project.