President's visit highlights work of Irish NGOs, missionaries
The visit of President Michael D Higgins to Peru, Colombia and Cuba is an opportunity to draw attention to the important work done by Irish NGOs and missionaries in Latin America over many years.
Irish missionaries have a long history of working in Latin America in partnership with local communities. Today, they work with communities to demand justice and human rights, create sustainable livelihoods, provide education and implement measures for disaster reduction.
In Peru, the Columban Fathers provide citizenship training to children aged six to 12. These children work with local community organisations in Lima to create safe public places free from violence. The Presentation Sisters are also working to train residents in Lima to build safe buildings that can withstand tremors in earthquake-prone sites.