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Surviving against the odds: being a mother in Niger

Maedhbh McDonald | 24 November 2016 | 0 Comments

Being a mother is tough, but being a mother in Niger is unimaginably tough. Faced with daily dilemmas of how to source clean water, where your next meal will come from and if you can afford to send your child to school, motherhood can become one cripplingly difficult decision after the next. 

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Topics: malnutrition, Niger

Creating a kinder world at the Youth Summit

Maedhbh McDonald | 21 November 2016 | 0 Comments

On 17 November over 200 young people gathered in the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place for the annual Youth Summit. Organised by the NYCI and Concern Worldwide, the event took place during One World Week and focused on the topic of migration and the sustainable development goals.

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Topics: Active Citizenship, Youth Summit

Instability in Burundi driving hunger

Maedhbh McDonald | 04 November 2016 | 1 Comment

Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations, has endured a myriad of challenges in recent years. Struggling to emerge from a fifteen year civil war, the landlocked country has experienced high levels of inflation, displacement and food insecurity. And unfortunately, extreme weather conditions in recent times have compounded the challenges facing this central African country.

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Topics: hunger, Burundi, malnutrition

Take part in the 2016 Concern Fast

Maedhbh McDonald | 24 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Giving up something you love for 24 hours couldn’t be that hard – could it? We speak to past Concern Fast participants Sean, Rob, Chloe and Maeve in an attempt to find out.

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Topics: FAST, Concern FAST

“I don't want to live a life and not do anything with it”

Maedhbh McDonald | 18 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Every year thousands of people around Ireland take part in the Concern FAST raising vital funds for the world’s poorest communities. Last year Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen was among the top fundraising schools and, as a result, pupils Jane O’ Toole and Evie Ronayne were invited to visit Concern’s programmes in Malawi. When they returned we sat down with Jane and Evie to hear about their experience.

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Topics: malawi, FAST, Concern FAST

Responding to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Maedhbh McDonald | 06 October 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Topics: Hurricane Matthew, hurricane

The daily battle with hunger in Niger

Maedhbh McDonald | 28 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Living in a country that wastes over one million tonnes of food each year, it’s difficult to conceive of a situation where you could go hungry. And with food so readily available it’s hard to imagine not being able to find food when you need it. But as difficult as it is to conceive, hunger exists and it’s a daily reality for almost 795 million people. Currently one in nine people around the world are continuously hungry and on a recent trip to Niger I witnessed the real extent of hunger and its cruel consequences.

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Topics: health, nutrition, malnutrition, Niger

E-vouchers: a lifeline to Syrian families in Turkey

Maedhbh McDonald | 23 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the war erupted in Syria, almost six years ago, Syrian families have been deprived of safety, security, and in many cases, access to food and basic essentials. But thanks to our e-voucher programme, supported by ECHO, we’ve been providing families with the food and supplies they need to survive.

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Topics: syria, turkey

Want to see the real Africa? Eight Instagram accounts to follow

Maedhbh McDonald | 15 September 2016 | 0 Comments

With over 500 million users worldwide, Instagram is fast becoming the social network of choice. In Africa, contemporary photographers are using Instagram to share African stories through an African lens. These photographers are challenging perceptions and shining a light on what they believe to be the real Africa.

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Topics: Africa, Instagram

An ambulance service with a difference

Maedhbh McDonald | 09 September 2016 | 0 Comments

In isolated villages in rural Niger, Concern is using donkey and camel drawn carts to transport rural dwellers to nearby health posts. This inventive solution is breaking down barriers to accessing medical services.

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Topics: health, Niger, camel ambulence, donkey ambulence

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