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For the past 50 years, Irish people have generously supported Trócaire’s work to help the world’s most vulnerable communities
Fifty years ago this month, the Irish people were stirred into action by devastating scenes of famine and flooding in Bangladesh. They responded with incredible generosity, donating £250,000 to the Catholic Church to deliver life-saving aid.
This outpouring of kindness inspired the Church to establish an organisation to support people living in the world’s poorest regions. In February 1973, Trócaire was born.
The new agency was mandated not only to feed the hungry, but to question why the hungry had no food.
Trócaire’s mandate was soon put into action as it campaigned against apartheid in South Africa. The organisation funded human rights movements and trade unions, while lobbying the Irish Government to condemn the apartheid regime.
Years later, Nelson Mandela thanked Trócaire: “South Africans have a long association with Trócaire, who have not only been staunch opponents of apartheid but have also initiated and supported projects in South Africa since 1977.”