The community of the Scots College recently welcomed the director of SCIAF, Alistair Dutton, to talk about the work of the charity.

During a visit to Rome, Alistair Dutton, the director of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) stopped by the Scots College to talk to the community about the work of the charity.

Dutton_CollegegroupThe director, who has worked with the charity for just over three years, took the time to explain the various projects the charity is engaged in as it seeks to undertake the work on behalf of the Catholic church in Scotland. The charity, which was set up by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in the mid-sixties, now works in 15 countries including India, Cambodia, Malawi, South Sudan, the Congo, Haiti and Nicaragua.

Mr Dutton spoke about the different fund raising efforts of the charity and the various efforts they engage in to help people lift themselves out of poverty. The aim of the charity, however, is not a temporary measure; it seeks to lift people from poverty in the long term and, in doing so, ensure the growth comes from their own community through the support of SCIAF and its Caritas associates.

Before supper, the community also heard about the vital role of parishes around the country in supporting the work of the charity in times of emergency appeals. Following the meal, Alistair Dutton had a chance to meet, in a more informal setting, the students and staff of the College.