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This Easter, 2016, we sent a cheque for €500 on behalf of all the children in St. Evin's School to Trócaire. A big "thank you" to all the boys and girls who put their money in the Mission boxes. You are very generous and your money will greatly help poor children in Kenya and Malawi by providing food, water, education, farm animals and sturdy homes.

Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.  It was set up in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest people.    www.trocaire.org

Amos' Story

Portrait of Amos, 11, from Kenya  

"My name is Amos. I was born on 6th of October 2004. My favourite game is football. My favourite player is Diego Costa. I make my own football.

Amos is 11 and lives in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya.

In previous years, Amos and his family were able to support themselves from what they grew on their small farm. Now they are struggling due to drought and heavy rain fall, which erases their hard work and main food source in an instant. Amos' father was forced to leave their home in search of other work to try to feed his family and keep his son in school.
With Trocaire's support Amos' community would be able to install a system to water their land.
This would mean that Amos' family, and others families in their community, would have enough water to grow crops to eat and have enough left to sell to earn an income. Amos's father may be able to stay at home instead of being forced to leave in search of work. Families could be reunited. Trocaire works in partnership with local groups to find practical, innovative ways for communities like Amos' to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

When you donate to Trócaire you're not just giving, you're directly helping struggling communities in their fight for justice.

Enestina's Story

Development Education Lent 2014   

It’s 5am on the Kamboni river, rural Malawi. The first thing on everyone’s mind is water. Nine-year-old Enestina and her mother Eliyeta Muyeye hunker barefoot on the muddy riverbed, scooping water into their buckets.This water will keep the family alive, but will also make them sick. They will get boils on their skin from washing in the river water.
The water is dirty, but they have no choice - it's all they have to drink. This water will keep the family alive, but will also make them sick. They will get boils on their skin from washing in the river water.
The water is dirty, but they have no choice - it's all they have to drink. Enestina carries 15 litres of water on her head. It is a long half kilometre journey back to her home. Like all the girls in her village, Enestina started carrying water when she was only six years old. "I don’t like carrying water. It’s far and it’s heavy to carry. I have neck pains.”
Enestina must do this backbreaking trip twice each day, once in the morning before school and once when she returns home. By the time she arrives at school, Enestina is already too tired to study.
“The time I spend getting water would be better used to study. I'd like to be a teacher when I’m older.” says Enestina.

Thanks to Irish supporters like you, life in this village is about to change. Enestina and her mother will no longer have to queue at the river to collect dirty water. Trócaire is installing a water pump, to bring clean water to families for the first time.

Water can change Enestina's future. Water means better health, more nutritious food and more time in school. Water means freedom. Water means opportunity. This Lent, we helped children like Enestina get clean water.

   

In 2015 we also donated €500 on behalf of all the children in St. Evin's School to Trócaire.