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The Philomena Project

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THE STORY:

Adoption Rights Alliance wrote -

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:

Fundraiser Title

Declan Zapala

Amount Raised

$2,078

 

104% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

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

Patrick Gerard

Patrick Gerard

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

olwen raji

olwen raji

DONATION: $25

my mum Christina Scarry missed forever x 3 years ago

Brian Lockier

Brian Lockier

DONATION: $200

In memory of my birth mom Mary who I never had the opportunity to meet, may she rest in peace. 3 years ago

Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell

DONATION: $25

This donation is given in memory of Sanra Cooper and Catherine Brady who carried out so much research. 3 years ago

Barbara McCabe

Barbara McCabe

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anne and Mary Hallerman

Anne and Mary Hallerman

DONATION: $100

Rest in peace, Declan. We found her. 3 years ago

Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell

DONATION: $60

This is such a good cause and we need to raise as much as we can. 3 years ago

Mary Madeline O'Meara

Mary Madeline O'Meara

DONATION: $100

Please use for the most needed cause regarding the Philomena Project 3 years ago

Jane Libberton

Jane Libberton

DONATION: $100

Because this is an important cause! 4 years ago

walter sadler

walter sadler

DONATION: $10

For all those still searching for their child or parent 4 years ago