This year’s Lent Appeal
The iconic Trócaire Box is synonymous with the agencies annual Lenten appeal and has been a feature in people’s homes over the past 50 years.
This year’s Trócaire Box tells the story of one Somali family who are struggling to survive. Ambiyo, her husband Mahat, and their eight young children are among hundreds of thousands of Somalis forced to flee their homes due to a fifth consecutive year of drought which has ravaged the country.
After their crops failed and the last of their goats died their only option was to leave or stay and face starvation and death. After walking for three days, they arrived at a camp for displaced people in Gedo in southern Somalia with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Ambiyo was pregnant when she arrived at the camp and when she was giving birth she experienced serious complications. She was taken to the nearby health centre run by Trόcaire where she and the baby received life-saving treatment.
Trócaire runs all of the health services in the Gedo district of Somalia supporting more than 220,000 people a year. It is fondly known local as “the Mother of Gedo”. In recent months the number of young children presenting with malnutrition has trebled, and there is growing pressure on the services.
“Our work in Somalia and other countries around the world is absolutely vital and I would ask people to support the Lenten Appeal in this 50th anniversary year so that we can continue supporting Ambiyo and millions of others like her,” says Paul Healy, Country Director for Somalia.
Trócaire was established by the Irish bishops 50 years ago. Together, it aims to bring about lasting and positive change for a just world, working with local partners in the most at-risk communities, and with people in Ireland, to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and injustice – and respond to the crisis they create.
Trócaire works in partnership with a range of organisations and communities to bring about change. This change is sought at individual, community, societal and institutional levels.
Overseas, Trócaire works in four key areas:
- Defending human rights and promoting access to justice
- Climate and environmental justice
- Supporting women and girl’s voice, protection and leadership and saving lives and protecting human dignity
In Ireland, Trocaire works to mobilise people to achieve social justice, working with a dedicated and wide-ranging volunteer network. It delivers a strong development education programme in schools.
Last year, Trócaire supported 1.8 million people in 24 countries around the world last year. This included supporting:
- 1.2 million people in humanitarian crises
- 92,342 people to fight for their human rights and access to justice in Central America, Palestine and Zimbabwe
- 313,088 people in thirteen countries on climate and environmental justice and
- 238,970 women and girls through empowerment programmes in fourteen countries