Trocaire is calling on supporters across the region to return their Lenten donations as soon as possible in order to provide life-saving support for almost eight million people facing starvation in Somalia.
Trcaires biggest fundraising campaign of the year, which finishes on Easter Sunday (April 9th), focused on the plight of millions of women, men and children in Somalia where the worst drought in four decades, fuelled by climate change, has devastated the country.
Caoimhe de Barra, Trcaires CEO, says that the money now raised will save lives, not just in Somalia, but in many of the other countries where Trocaire works.
Trocaire runs the main healthcare and hospital system to people in the Gedo region an area roughly the size of Ireland. In this region, Trocaire runs four hospitals, five health centres, three TB centres, eleven primary health units and seven mobile clinics, supporting severely malnourished children and expectant mothers, Caoimhe de Barra said.
Trocaire treats an average of 22,000 people every month at our hospitals and clinics. It is estimated that nearly half of Somalias children are now malnourished and at least one child dies every day. The number of malnourished children presenting at Trocaire health facilities has more than trebled in recent months.
Caoimhe de Barra said, The people of Co. Cork have always been amazingly supportive of our Lenten Appeal, raising over 158,437.69 for the appeal last year, and I want to thank them for their continued solidarity with those we support in Somalia and elsewhere. I would appeal to people to return their donations as soon as possible so we can continue to provide life-saving support to the people who rely on our work overseas.
You can count what is in your Trocaire Box and donate the equivalent amount online, over the phone or via post. Also many parishes have their own local arrangements in place for collecting Trocaire Boxes, so people can also contact their local parish to see if it is possible to return their box there, Ms de Barra said.