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Aoife O'Grady

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Concern delivers emergency response following deadly landslides in Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 14 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern is delivering an emergency response in Bangladesh following yesterday’s disastrous landslides that have so far killed 135 people and left thousands homeless.

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Topics: bangladesh, emergency response

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

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

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

Hunger crisis sweeps across east Africa

Aoife O'Grady | 14 March 2017 | 0 Comments

A total of 20 million people in east Africa are now at risk of starvation. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is increasingly likely in Somalia; both Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing severe food shortages. Concern teams are on the ground in all four countries delivering critical emergency support.    

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Topics: south sudan, ethiopia, somalia, Kenya

Building resilience in Afghanistan

Aoife O'Grady | 03 March 2017 | 1 Comment

In the first of a series of blogs, a Concern team member in Afghanistan documents his journey from Taloqan to Cha’Ab in north-east Afghanistan, where Concern is implementing programmes with remote and vulnerable communities.

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Topics: afghanistan, disaster risk reduction, DRR, resilience

Concern World Champions: millennials prove they’re no snowflakes!

Aoife O'Grady | 16 February 2017 | 0 Comments

World Champions, Concern’s new contest based on humanitarian-focused challenges, is proving a hit with the students of Ireland, however all ages are welcome, says Concern’s Jonathan Power. Get your team together and sign up before this Sunday’s registration deadline to join in the fun!

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Topics: Events, Community fundraising, get involved, World Champions, Concern World Champions

Life in the Chars of Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 07 February 2017 | 1 Comment

Char-islanders in north-west Bangladesh are working with Concern and partners to build sustainable livelihoods. Discover their stories.

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Topics: bangladesh

Giving children in Malawi the best start in life

Aoife O'Grady | 20 January 2017 | 0 Comments

Tragically, more than 200 million children under five years of age in developing countries will never reach their developmental potential. Lustilla Mathew and her team of caregivers are determined to ensure that this won’t be the case for the children of Mbachundu, Malawi.

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Topics: malawi

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