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Concern Summer Raffle: “Last year, I won the jackpot!”

Aoife O'Grady | 10 May 2017 | 0 Comments

Last September, Tony Kelly from Tuam, Co. Galway received a surprising phone call, and the voice on the other end had some very good news – Tony had won €4,000 in the Concern Summer Raffle. This year, it could be you!

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Topics: concern summer raffle, raffle

Reasons to support the kitchen garden project

Maedhbh McDonald | 09 May 2017 | 0 Comments

Burundi, one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped countries, is faced with crippling levels of hunger and malnutrition. Kitchen gardens, however, are helping to improve nutrition and your support is allowing us reach more people than ever.

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Topics: nutrition, Burundi, malnutrition, Kitchen gardens

Concern Debates: In the words of the experts

Clare Ahern | 03 May 2017 | 0 Comments

On the eve of the 33rd annual Concern Debates final, two veterans of the competition share their inside views and experiences.

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Topics: concern debates, Active Citizenship

Somalia on the brink of famine

Clare Ahern | 27 April 2017 | 1 Comment

As prolonged drought is wreaking havoc across east Africa, the situation in Somalia is terrifyingly reminiscent of the 2011 famine, when over 250,000 Somalis lost their lives to hunger and disease.

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Meeting basic shelter needs in Lebanon

Aoife O'Grady | 26 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Imagine that a conflict has forced you and your family from your home and into a foreign country. What is the first thing you do? You try to find safe shelter. Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian families in Lebanon have a space where they can live in safety and with dignity.

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Topics: syria, lebanon, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

Voices from Lebanon: “Thank you for not giving up on my son”

Aoife O'Grady | 25 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian children like Kareem* have the opportunity to learn and develop to their full potential.

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Topics: lebanon, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

East Africa's hunger crisis explained

Concern Worldwide | 06 April 2017 | 1 Comment

Ten facts you should know about this growing humanitarian crisis.

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Topics: south sudan, ethiopia, somalia, appeal, Kenya, east africa food crisis

Life after Ebola in Sierra Leone

Clare Ahern | 04 April 2017 | 0 Comments

It is just over one year since Sierra Leone was declared officially Ebola free. Over the course of the outbreak there were over 14,000 suspected cases of the disease throughout the country. Almost 4,000 people died as a result. In its aftermath, Concern has been helping people to rebuild their lives.

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Breaking the cycle of debt in Afghanistan

Aoife O'Grady | 30 March 2017 | 0 Comments

In the second in this series, a Concern staff member documents his visit to the remote village of Shah Dara in north-east Afghanistan. There, he meets 64-year-old Farid* who has started a modest cafe business with the support of Concern.

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Topics: afghanistan

Struggling for survival in the swamps of South Sudan

Clare Ahern | 24 March 2017 | 0 Comments

The people of Leer County are amongst those worst affected by South Sudan’s food crisis. Conflict has forced many to flee their homes. People are surviving on whatever they can forage from the swamps where they have sought refuge. Their county is one of two in which famine has been declared.

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Topics: famine, south sudan, conflict, malnutrition, food crisis

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