“As always, we are tremendously grateful for the great support we receive from the parishioners, the clergy and bishops of Ireland, north and south. They are the lifeblood of Trócaire.”
“It is heartening to see, even in these challenging times, how school children and adults alike can take a theme of injustice and turn it into inspiring poems that tell similar stories often with hopeful messages for the future,” said the organisers.
“I don’t know how I came out of it basically unscathed. It feels like a miracle. I’m lucky to be alive," says Trócaire head of operations in the Lebanon.
Ambassador of Ireland, Lesley Ní Bhriain, said: “Concern, Trócaire and GOAL are well placed to implement this essential response work in Sierra Leone, which will help around 400,000 people.”
The World Food Programme says that COVID fall-out threatens famines of ‘biblical proportions’, with an additional 265 million people possibly facing starvation by the end of 2020.
“Global solidarity has never been needed more, so we were strongly encouraged by the Programme for Government’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s overseas aid budget," said Caoimhe de Barra, CEO, Trócaire.
There is a remarkable success story about last year’s Trócaire collection box, which featured a Ugandan girl, Patricia, on its cover. The pretty eight-year-old was chosen as a ‘poster child’ for the Catholic overseas development aid agency’s 2019 Lenten fundraising because of the plight in which she and her family found themselves. Following the death
Poets of all ages are encouraged to explore the theme, ‘Standing Her Ground’, from a local to global perspective. Each year, the winning poems are published in booklet form and presented to the winners at an awards ceremony.
“Until it is safe, until further instructions, please hold onto your Lent Box. Keeping it safe will help keep you safe too,” says Trócaire’s Caoimhe de Barra.
“This year, Trócaire’s Lenten campaign will help support women around the world who are struggling to protect their families from intimidation, violence, hunger and drought" - Trócaire CEO, Caoimhe de Barra.
Climate change is the most pressing issue facing us all as a global community – President Michael D Higgins at the Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice.
"The success proves that Independents can legislate and are capable of being legislatures of change," says Donegal TD Thomas Pringle.
“When the world comes together, united by a plan and determined to help the world’s poorest, we can see wonderful results.”
“I am constantly struck by the complexity of this beautiful country where the people are its richest asset. Yet this beauty is often overshadowed by the devastating impacts of those who rule and leave a very mixed legacy behind them” – Sarah McCan, Trócaire.
In his article “Rejecting Racism: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate”, Bishop Doran asks why this is happening in Ireland, “considering our strong missionary tradition” and support for Trócaire, Concern and Goal.
“There is much to be positive about ... [but] many challenges remain. Human rights are increasingly under threat in many parts of the world, while the dangers brought about by climate change are rising,” said Bishop William Crean.
“Demolitions in Sur Baher serve only to undermine the human rights of Palestinians and jeopardise hopes for long-term peace and a two-state solution.”
“In the land of a thousand hills, many who killed their neighbours in Rwanda’s genocide 25 years ago now live side by side with relatives of the dead.”
“The terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in southern Africa as a result of Cyclone Idai cries out for a generous response on our part.”
“The Trócaire box has become part of the nation’s life. Generations of children have grown up with it. It has served as their first means of expressing their solidarity with the wider world.”