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Adoption Rights Alliance's Fundraiser:

The Philomena Project

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BENEFITING: New Venture Fund

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THE STORY:

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.

The Team:

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Declan Zapala

Amount Raised

$2,078

 

104% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Ger Willis

Amount Raised

$745

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Karyn Grady

Amount Raised

$500

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Charlotte Moorhead

Amount Raised

$212

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Erin Altrama

Amount Raised

$98

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Pete Skinner

Amount Raised

$50

 

10% Raised of $500 Goal

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Olwen Raji

Amount Raised

$45

 

9% Raised of $500 Goal

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Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jane Sacco

Jane Sacco

DONATION: $50

I am so revolted by how women were treated by the Catholic church in Ireland, and probably other places, that I have to donate. What they did amounts to slavery. Those involved were/are hardly Christian men and women. I don't know any of the team members, but in order to make this donation, I had to choose one, so I just clicked on a random name. God bless all of you in your efforts to right this egregious wrong. 2 years ago

Erin Altrama

Erin Altrama

DONATION: $78

At the end of the week happy to donate 78 dollars royalties from books sold in aid of Project. Wish it could have been more. Will keep plugging away. 2 years ago

Erin Altrama

Erin Altrama

DONATION: $20

Proceeds from Sunday sales. 2 years ago

Single sales during July & August

Single sales during July & August

DONATION: $42

2 years ago

Cathy McLaughlin

Cathy McLaughlin

Thanks to Philomena for telling her story, I only wish she had actually been able to meet her Anthony. It REALLY is time for Ireland to move forward with this legislation, we have progressed in so many areas and in so many ways over the years , why not here ? The past can't be changed but there might be an opportunity for some redemption here, maybe. First the injustice needs to be acknowledged. 3 years ago

Sam P

Sam P

DONATION: $10

Lovely Piece, Dec! 3 years ago

Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Matt Hayden

Matt Hayden

DONATION: $15

Hope this helps Dec 3 years ago

Gem and Chris

Gem and Chris

DONATION: $31

3 years ago

Mandy & Pete

Mandy & Pete

DONATION: $40

Well done Dec 3 years ago