Saturday 15 December 2018

Fingal helps in €300,000 shipment to drought-hit Lesotho

Action Ireland Trust volunteers fill the container set for Lesotho.
Action Ireland Trust volunteers fill the container set for Lesotho.

John Manning

Fingal has a long association with the work of Action Ireland Trust's work in Lesotho which recently saw a massive shipment of €300,000 worth of resources and equipment sent to the African country to support the trust's projects in the areas of education, agriculture and health.

This year, a severe drought has resulted in some challenging conditions for the production of food in Lesotho. The drought saw access to water through the bore hole and wells delivered by Action Ireland Trust over the last number of years reduced to two days a week, for the first time.

The resources and equipment from this year's container will be a welcome relief particularly those in agriculture which were sponsored by Fingal company, Country Crest.

Crown paints donated over €7,500 worth of paint which will allow volunteers, including some from Fingal, traveling in February put some finishing touches to many of the projects in construction which are nearing completion. Some 40 laptops and desktops were included in the dispatch along with electrical equipment for their instillation in schools.

A considerable range of orthopaedic and physiotherapy equipment for children with disability was received from Jan Williams from The Prince Harry foundation and will be deployed to the Cheshire home in Maseru St. Angela's. Much of the equipment donated from various sources was educational equipment and musical instruments as well as sportswear and gear were also part of the shipment. Electrical equipment was also donated for use in a Lesotho hospital.

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