Sunday 28 May 2017

Trocaire plays crucial role in fighting poverty

In response to Kevin Myers' article (Irish Independent, March 25, 2011), I would like to clarify for your readers the work Trocaire was set up to do.

We support people in greatest need in the developing world. We do this through long-term development projects and providing relief during emergencies. At home, we work to raise awareness among the Irish public about the causes of poverty and injustice and our responsibility as Christians to try to bring about structural change.

To illustrate this, our Lenten campaign this year focuses on one of the main causes of poverty, the lack of access for people to resources such as land. Through our work with poor landless communities in Honduras, we have already helped more than 60,000 families to get legal title to land so they can provide for their families in the future. Poor people don't have many choices in their struggle to survive. Our advertising campaign highlights that. For women and girls, too often the choice they are forced to make to support their families is to trade sex for food. The United Nations reports that across the world, more than one million children enter the sex trade every year and approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

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