2020 was a year like no other with Covid dominating our lives. Our whole way of life has been disrupted, in ways that we could never have imagined possible.
Over 1.5 million people have lost their lives to the virus, an enormous human tragedy. Global lockdowns have put the brakes on the world’s economy and this has had devastating effects for people, especially in the poorest countries of the world.
As we begin 2021, over 270 million people are facing hunger, that’s double the number since last year, due to the impact of Covid and drought.
All of us are already facing a difficult start to the year, but there is hope. The fact that we now have Covid vaccines means that we can begin to hope that the end is in sight for the pandemic.
The development of a vaccine so quickly is an inspiring story of human ingenuity and collective effort. It shows that if we have enough energy, political will and shared resources, we could rally together to tackle other global issues.
We can start to envision not just what a better, fairer world should look like, but how we can use the collective pooling of ingenuity, resources and political will that delivered a vaccine in record time to tackle the major problems of our times. Global hunger, climate breakdown, gender inequality, oppression.
As always, with your generosity, Trócaire continues to support some of the poorest people in the world to achieve change locally, while also campaigning to challenge the root causes and global rules that prevent people from living lives free from poverty, injustice, gender inequality and human rights abuses.
Your continued support for this work is invaluable. You change lives and you save lives.
Thank you for being with us on our journey for justice.