Irish donate €5.8m to Trocaire’s East African Appeal

Below is an excerpt from CiNews,

“Donations from the Irish people to Catholic aid agency Trócaire’s East Africa Emergency Appeal have topped the €5.8 million mark it has been confirmed this week.

The appeal, which is tackling famine and extreme food shortages in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, is targeting 450,000 people.

Speaking this week Trócaire director Justin Kilcullen said, “450,000 people will be kept alive because of donations from the Irish public.  Once again, Irish people have responded to a major emergency with generosity and empathy.  I can assure them that every cent donated to this emergency appeal goes directly on life-saving supplies and restoring people’s lives.”

Donations from the public have allowed Trócaire to up-scale food, water, health and livelihoods programmes in the region.  Health clinics supported by Trócaire in Southern Somalia, one of which was visited last month by the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, will be expanded over the coming days to treat 4,000 people each month.”

By Sean Ryan

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