News and blog
With the CAO deadline fast approaching, students across the country are asking themselves that daunting question: “What do I want to be?” If you are thinking of a future in development work then read Ciara Hogan’s story. In this two part series, Ciara shines a light on the twists and turns that took her to where she is, working as a Programme Support Officer on the ground in Niger, far away from her home in Ireland.
About 80% of the world’s men and boys will become fathers in their lifetime. This Father’s Day, we celebrate dads around the world who are making an effort to get more involved in their children’s lives.
It’s a time of year for reflection, so we’ve asked a few members of our team to select images that stood out to them this year: moments that reminded us, as individuals who work for Concern, why we feel so passionate about the organisation, and the work we’re doing worldwide.
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.
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.
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.