World Humanitarian Day 2022: How the Irish public is helping the most vulnerable
16 Aug 20222 Min Read
This World Humanitarian Day, we thank the Irish public for continuing to support Trócaire’s work at a time where the number of people who need humanitarian assistance has never been higher.
Raymond Mabe (67) received humanitarian support from Trócaire
In 2022, humanitarian action had to adapt to new and challenging realities. The Covid-19 pandemic took a heavy toll in developing countries, civilians continued to be the most affected by conflict and extreme poverty rose. Climate change effects are devastating, forced displacement is at record levels and 161 million people face acute food insecurity.
In 2021, thanks to the support of the Irish public, Trócaire supported 1.2 million people in humanitarian crises around the world.
In the province of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the impact of the Irish public’s donations can be seen in action. For several decades, inter-ethnic conflicts and armed groups have caused massive population movements and have destroyed economic opportunities.
Trócaire, with the financial support of Irish Aid, provides humanitarian assistance to improve the living conditions of the affected population in the village of Adumi.
Distribution of food and seeds to people in Adumi, DRC
Raymond Mabe (67) was forced to flee from South Sudan to Adumi when war broke out in September 2018. In 2021, Raymond joined a humanitarian programme run by Trócaire through funding from Irish Aid. The programme provided Raymond with food and farming tools so he could meet his basic needs.
“I left all my belongings in Sudan and sold what I had taken with me on the way to survive. When I returned to my village, I lacked shelter, food, seeds and farming tools. Someone gave me a house and I started to live thanks to daily work and assistance from neighbours,” Raymond said.
“I received maize, beans, fish, oil, groundnut, soybean, bean and farming tools such as a rake and watering can. This allowed me to be able to produce food and I now have a reserve of food and seeds. I will keep the seed reserve and continue to sow, so that I always have food.”
As part of the programme, Raymond also received training on farming techniques such as good sowing practices.
“Thanks to the support of Irish Aid and Trócaire, we drink clean water, we do not suffer from worms now and the mothers do not spend much time at the spring.”