Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
An outdoor exhibition by Concern showing images from Kenya, Haiti and Bangladesh taken by photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith showing the “reality of urban life for some of the world’s poorest communities”.
Also: there’s always one (pic 3).
Concern’s Tadhg O’Sullivan with 5 litres of water, the daily allowance for over one billion people
Kevin Jenkinson writes:
If you happen to see people carrying large containers of water around with them over the next few months, chances are they are taking part in a new contest launched today by aid agency Concern called ‘World Champions’.
One of several “missions” that teams will be given includes having to spend a day hauling around up to 5 litres of water that they must use for all their needs, such as cooking, cleaning and drinking.
Points are won and put on a leader board here and teams also win points by posting updates of their challenges online and by fundraising.
There is also a challenge called ‘survive on five’ that involves individual team members each having to live on €5 worth of food over five days.
This mission will see teams getting a glimpse of a reality that is faced by over one billion people around the world currently trying to survive on less than €1 a day.
The team with the most points by April 30 and who raise a minimum of €3,000 will win a trip to one of the 27 countries where Concern works this summer when they will meet some of the people living in extreme poverty, who are benefitting from the donations the aid agency receives from the public.
Registrations can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Scenes this week from Haiti following Hurricane Matthew .
Kevin Jenkinson writes:
These pictures were taken by Concern’s Peter Doyle, a seasoned aid worker from Glasnevin, Dublin who is an emergency planning, response and distribution expert, and others working for the Irish aid agency in Haiti as they help survivors of Hurricane Matthew
Peter (pic 2) has been tweeting regularly from Haiti as he travels to its worst hit areas with other Concern staff distributing aid. He is worth following, Twitter handle @peter_emd
Concern’s is @Concern
One image of his shows the forgotten beauty of Haiti, an incredible sunset from the hard hit Haitian island of La Gonave, which has a population of 90,000 with 25,000 of them in need of immediate aid. Concern already reached 800 families on the island.
Concern, who have been in Haiti since 1994, had 106 staff there when the hurricane struck, led by their Country Director Nellie Kingston from Clonakilty, Cork.
They have been distributing supplies, such as water cleaning aqua tablets, blankets and jerry cans, and working to prevent the spread of cholera, which killed over 10,000 people in Haiti after an earthquake killed over 300,000 people in 2010.
Haiti has a population of 10.1 million and almost 13 per cent, or 1.4 million, are estimated by the UN to be in urgent need of supplies.
Concern has launched an urgent appeal. All donations are welcome and can be made online here or by calling Concern directly on Freephone 1850 211 844.
Scoil na Mainistreach in Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Kevin Jenkisnson writes:
Hundred sof children went to school dressed as superheroes yesterday as part of a new nationwide campaign by Concern Worldwide to reduce hunger and food waste.
The new Hunger Heroes campaign was launched by Ireland’s largest international aid agency at Scoil na Mainistreach , where 600 pupils were allowed leave their grey uniforms at home and arrive dressed up as their favourite caped crusader.
Beats the Lenten box.
Decent Syrian Rap.
Kevin Jenkinson writes;
On the day of the 5th year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, this is a video made by Ireland’s Concern Worldwide of Syrian refugee kids rapping in Lebanon.