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Aoife O'Grady

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Six tips for a happier, healthier new year

Aoife O'Grady | 23 December 2016 | 4 Comments

2016 was a fraught year. Dramatic international events – from ongoing crisis in Syria, terrorist attacks and climate change to unprecedented political upheaval in the USA and UK – left many of us at a loss. We felt powerless and small in the face of hate speech, conflict, fake news and division. As individuals, we can’t solve geopolitical crises, but we can carve out spaces of peace and positivity – in ourselves, our homes and our communities. Here are just a few tips for nourishing ourselves and our world in 2017.

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Topics: Active Citizenship, Community fundraising, volunteer

Watch Donal Skehan explore Malawi with Concern: Part 2

Aoife O'Grady | 09 December 2016 | 0 Comments

TV host and cook, Donal Skehan, shares the second part of his recent journey through Malawi with Concern. 

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Topics: malawi

Watch Donal Skehan explore Malawi with Concern: Part 1

Aoife O'Grady | 02 December 2016 | 0 Comments

In the first of a two-part series, TV host and cook, Donal Skehan, shares his recent journey through Malawi with Concern. 

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Topics: malawi

Life inside Syria: Meeting basic needs in a country at war

Aoife O'Grady | 30 November 2016 | 0 Comments

The world sees the horrific images emerging from Aleppo and other flashpoints in Syria’s protracted war. But what of those other parts of the country struggling to function every day in a seemingly endless crisis? How are the millions trapped inside Syria meeting their basic needs in a country at war?

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Topics: syria, nutrition, wash, Syrian Crisis

Malawi’s foot soldiers in the fight against hunger

Aoife O'Grady | 11 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Meet two of the thousands of Malawian women leading a quiet fight against hunger – the one that you won’t see in the headlines.

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Topics: malawi

Assessing the needs and damage in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Aoife O'Grady | 06 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Hurricane Matthew has left destruction and displacement in its wake in Haiti. Five people are dead, 350,000 are in need of assistance and it's feared that up to five million people may be affected. Concern’s 130-strong team is on the ground assessing the needs and damage.

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Topics: haiti, Hurricane Matthew, hurricane

Starting conversations on sexual health in Malawi

Aoife O'Grady | 12 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Imagine you are a young person in an isolated and conservative rural village. As you grow into adolescence, how do you learn about sexual health? Who do you turn to for family planning advice? We’re working with communities in Malawi to make sure that young people have access to the support and services necessary to take care of their sexual and reproductive health.    

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Topics: malawi, skillz malawi, skillz girls, chipatala cha pa foni

Concern’s everyday humanitarians

Aoife O'Grady | 18 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Humanitarians come in all shapes and sizes. They are the brave souls in danger zones protecting human lives at great risk to their own. They are the fired-up activists spreading the word in their communities. They are the coordinators overseeing vital ongoing programmes. They are the volunteers knee-deep in paper work to ultimately help improve the life of another.

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Topics: world humanitarian day

Hunger in Malawi: “The biggest crisis in a generation”

Aoife O'Grady | 22 July 2016 | 0 Comments

As the food crisis in Malawi worsens, Concern Country Director Caoimhe Debarra, discusses what she is seeing on the ground and her hope that the international community is finally waking up to this emergency.

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Topics: food insecurity, malawi

There are good people everywhere

Aoife O'Grady | 15 July 2016 | 0 Comments

With dark headlines dominating our newsfeeds, it’s easy to forget the many people working silently and doggedly for a more hopeful vision of the world. We recently visited Mount Merrion in Dublin where the community, particularly its children, are on a mission to support Concern’s work with Syrian refugees.

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Topics: syria, turkey, Syrian Crisis

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