Charity worker calls for support

Gemma McCourt in Honduros
Gemma McCourt in Honduros

Trócaire worker Gemma McCourt from Portadown is asking the people to support Trócaire’s work with refugees and other vulnerable groups throughout the developing world this Christmas.

Last year, over £830,000 was donated to Trócaire at Christmas, allowing the humanitarian agency to provide life-changing support to communities in over twenty countries around the world.

Gemma McCort said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of County Armagh for their continued support of Trócaire’s overseas programmes.

“I have seen the impact these donations have made on the ground. It is no exaggeration to say that they are life-changing.

“Now more than ever we need to give the gift of hope and solidarity to those experiencing conflict and extreme poverty in the developing world.

“Our Christmas appeal is vital for supporting our projects throughout the year, while our ethical Christmas gifts range allows people in Co. Armagh to buy real, practical gifts for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

Trócaire, working in Serbia, Greece, Syria and Lebanon, is responding to the urgent needs of Syrian refugees by providing them with shelter, hot food, shoes, hygiene kits, baby supplies and health services.

Trócaire also works with displaced people in countries such as Myanmar, Rwanda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Donations to the organisation’s Christmas appeal will fund development and humanitarian projects throughout the developing world.

To support Trócaire’s work this Christmas visit trocaire.org or call 0800 912 1200.

Trócaire Christmas gifts include olive trees for Palestinian farmers (£4), chicks for families in Ethiopia (£5), solar lamps for families in the DRC (£10), school lunches for children in Somalia (£20), goats for Kenya (£40), beehives for Kenya (£55), care for mothers and their new born babies in Somalia (£75), water pumps and irrigation around the world (£85), land for a family home in Myanmar, Honduras and Guatemala (£125), a farming kit for families in the DRC (£170) and support for women’s small businesses around the world (£200).

The 2016 gifts can be bought online at trocaire.org/gifts, by calling 0800 912 1200 or at Veritas stores, selected Easons stores and the Trócaire centre at 50 King Street, Belfast.