Sunday, 18th February 2018
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Thank You to Waterford parishioners for donations to Trócaire’s life-saving work in Africa

Dear editor

On behalf of Trócaire I would like to thank parishioners in Co. Waterford for their support of the national Church collection held on 22/23 July which was called by the Bishops of Ireland. The money donated to this collection will fund Trócaire’s life-saving work in drought-ravaged east Africa.

East Africa stands on the brink of catastrophe with almost 25 million people at risk of starvation. The support Trócaire has received from people across the county will enable us to provide emergency food, water and medical care to people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Our health centres and feeding programmes are saving lives but the needs in the region are enormous. The generosity of people in Ireland will allow us to reach even more people with life-saving aid.

We are very grateful to the Bishops of Ireland for calling for collections to be taken up at all Masses across Co. Waterford to support Trócaire’s emergency response and I have no doubt that parishioners have responded with their usual generosity. I would encourage readers to visit our website – trocaire.org – or follow us on social media for information about how their support is helping us save lives in east Africa.

The people of Ireland have shown time and again that they have an amazing affinity for, and solidarity with, people in the developing world who are facing crisis. Governments of the world could do worse than follow this example as the response of the international community to this disaster has just not been good enough. Globally, this crisis has received very little attention. Appeals for aid are under-funded. For example, the UN has received just 37% of the funding it needs to respond to the crisis in Somalia. The world is distracted by the actions of a handful of powerful politicians, while in east Africa millions suffer in silence. It is an absolute scandal that in 2017 so many are going hungry.

Thank you once again to all your readers who have donated to our life-saving appeal. Donations can also be made directly to Trócaire at http://www.trocaire.org or by phoning 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).

Your sincerely

Eamonn Meehan

Executive Director

Trócaire

Maynooth

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