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This week in the spirit of Saint Valentine we celebrate some of the inspiring couples we’ve met in recent years, couples whose love and support for each other has kept them strong through challenging times.
Joel Onyango, 50 and Betty Alum, 48. Joel and Betty’s family were forced to leave their home in 2004 when the Ugandan rebel army LRA attacked the area. They returned in 2006 and have been receiving help with their farming from Trócaire partner FAPAD. Photo: Jeannie O’Brien.
Antonio Macanige and Helena Carlica Nhunho in their cyclone-resistant home in Machanga District, an area frequently affected by flooding, Mozambique., February 2011. Photo: Hu O’Reilly.
Frederic Sibomana and Eugenie Mukandori in the shop they opened through a Trócaire savings and loans scheme. “Three years ago we were poor farmers with no food and ragged clothes. I was unstable and traumatised,” said Frederic. “Everything has changed now. We have two meals a day. There is nothing you can compare to a good job.” Photo: Gary Moore for Trócaire, Rwanda.
Raphael Manyowe and Enifa Raphael, 20 are a young couple who have been struggling to make ends meet. In December 2011, they received the gift of chickens from Trócaire as part of our Global Gift scheme. The eggs from the chickens will provide a source of food and income for the family. Photo Alan Whelan.
Carmen and Carlos Portilla and with their children Digna and Umberto. In northern Honduras land ownership is concentrated in the hands of a small number of wealthy business people who bought large tracts of farmland using underhand means. This has left small farmers without land to farm and survive on. Families from La Confianza have settled on a palm tree plantation and are demanding their right to a place to farm, despite intimidation and death threats. Trocaire is supporting the community in its struggle through our partner, Popol Nah Tun. Photo: Jeannie O’Brien.
If you’re looking for a Valentine’s day gift with a difference for your special someone, why not buy them the gift of chicks for a family?
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