2017 saw the tragic Rohingya crisis unfold in Bangladesh, political crises evolve on the world stage and a homelessness crisis snowball in Ireland. Yet in big ways and small, 2017 also saw people across the world continue to work for peace and equality, open dialogue and light our own tiny candles in the darkness. The Project Us movement for change – which kicked off in October 2017 – will be one of our ways of letting in the light in 2018 and beyond!
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Between Brexit Border tensions and dangerously undiplomatic stateside tweeting, our media has been dominated by threatened political crises over the past months. Meanwhile, one very real human crisis has been silently slipping off the agenda – the plight of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh.
Last Thursday, thousands of people up and down the country took on Concern FAST. They gave up different things – from food and coffee to tech and social media – but they shared one single goal: to raise as much money as possible for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. You can still help them achieve it!
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Concern will step up its humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh to help support the wounded and homeless Rohingya people currently fleeing violence in Myanamar in their hundreds of thousands.
In May 2017, Colm, James, Eoin and Johnny from St. Mary’s CBS in Carlow came second in one of Ireland’s biggest school debating competition, Concern Debates. Back then, it seemed like this was the end of a long journey of research and rhetoric. However, we caught up with them after an inspiring visit to Brussels and The Hague with Concern, and it seems that it might just be the beginning...
As a devastating crisis spreads through the region, Concern supporters are helping to save lives every day.
In the third of our series of blogs from Afghanistan, a Concern staff member reports on his visit to the remote village of Kozur in the north east of the country. Here, he met 60-year-old Hakim* who worked with Concern to develop thriving a community forest filled with almond, apricot, pistachio and mulberry trees.
Concern is delivering an emergency response in Bangladesh following yesterday’s disastrous landslides that have so far killed 135 people and left thousands homeless.
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!
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.