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Why is gender equality important?

Clare Ahern | 06 March 2019 | 0 Comments

As International Women’s Day approaches, we’re celebrating stories of empowerment for some of the inspirational women we work with. But we’re also asking why gender equality is so crucial to the elimination of poverty. Here are five reasons why equality for women and girls is so important. 

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Topics: gender, international women's day, gender equality, women's rights

Love empowers: Stories from around the world

Clare Ahern | 14 February 2019 | 4 Comments

We hear about ‘the power of love’ all the time – in romantic movies and in the lyrics of aching love-songs. In our work with the world’s poorest people, we are lucky enough to see the empowering nature of love in some of the most challenging circumstances. We see how love, in all its forms, can inspire us to do better, and how it can lift us up in times of crisis.

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Topics: sierra leone, south sudan, health, nutrition, gender equality, women's rights

Syrian refugees hit by floods in Lebanon

Clare Ahern | 16 January 2019 | 0 Comments

In the space of just two weeks, storms ‘Norma’ and ‘Miriam’ have brought torrential rain, freezing winds and snow to Lebanon, leaving Syrian refugee settlements under flood water. Concern has been providing vital support to vulnerable families.

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Topics: syria, lebanon, floods, emergency response, Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis

Conflict and hunger in Somalia

Clare Ahern | 13 December 2018 | 0 Comments

In Somalia, more than two and a half decades of armed conflict has had a devastating impact on innocent civilians. There are now more than 870,000 Somalis registered as refugees in nearby countries, and over 2.1 million people are displaced within the country itself. Insecurity has meant that aid agencies have often struggled to reach the most vulnerable communities.

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Topics: hunger, nutrition, somalia, conflict, resilience

S.O.S: How Ireland helped a nation – A new podcast series from Concern

Clare Ahern | 28 September 2018 | 11 Comments

Our new podcast series tells the story of the bond between Ireland and Biafra. It’s a tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help those starving behind a military blockade – from secret flights, to dodging bombs, to overcoming press censorship. It’s the story of how the people of Ireland were moved to help save the lives of people they'd never met, in a country thousands of miles away.

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Topics: humanitarian, hunger, conflict, food crisis, Concern50, audio

HUMANITY Site Unseen: An exhibition by artist Brian Maguire

Clare Ahern | 31 August 2018 | 0 Comments

This upcoming exhibition from Brian Maguire is inspired by the men, women and children he met when he travelled to a Protection of Civilian camp in Bentiu, South Sudan with Concern Worldwide. The camp is home to 120,000 people who have been displaced by war.

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Topics: south sudan, refugee, war

Irish artist Brian Maguire in South Sudan

Clare Ahern | 29 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Irish artist Brian Maguire travelled with Concern Wordwide to a Protection of Civilian camp in Bentiu to meet some of the 120,000 internally displaced people who live there. The visit inspired his upcoming exhibition 'HUMANITY Site Unseen'. This photo story presents some of the highlights from his time in Bentiu.

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Topics: south sudan, conflict, refugee, humanitarian crisis

Your support brings hygiene, health and hope in Kenya

Clare Ahern | 12 August 2018 | 2 Comments

Thanks to your generous donations, we’re training Community Health Volunteers in Kenya to give maternal and neonatal health advice to mothers living in Nairobi’s slums.

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Topics: health, nutrition, maternal health, Kenya

50 years of your compassion

Clare Ahern | 12 August 2018 | 2 Comments

This year, Concern has turned 50. Here we look back at the inspirational journey made possible by your compassion and generous support.

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Topics: emergencies, innovation, Concern50, relief

Your donations give the gift of water in a crisis

Clare Ahern | 12 August 2018 | 0 Comments

In August 2017, mudslides caused by heavy rain killed over 500 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone. More than 600 people were left unaccounted for and thousands were displaced from their homes. With your support, we were able to immediately activate our distribution teams to deliver essential items, including clean water, to some of the worst affected communities.

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Topics: emergencies, water, sierra leone, emergency response, wash, NFI kits, shelter

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