Appeal to help African families in need
LAST Christmas Wicklow residents showed their generosity by donating 185 chickens to needy families in Africa through World Vision Ireland.
The chickens will provide impoverished families with a long-term food supply along with a steady form of income.
Every gift World Vision Ireland offers has been requested by the communities we work with. All gifts, including livestock, are sourced locally which saves on shipping and ensures the animals are suited to the climate. It also helps to inject some money into the local environment.
The charity is aware that times are tough for many people in Ireland, so a number of life-changing but affordable gifts have been selected.
€5 will buy five fruit trees for a school, providing hungry children, who may have to walk for miles to get to and from school, with nutritious fruit to eat. The school can also sell excess fruit and use the money from profits made to provide orphans and vulnerable children at the school with books and uniforms.
Helen Keogh, CEO of World Vision Ireland, says, ‘Wicklow people have always been exceptionally generous when it comes to helping others. However many people simply do not have a lot of cash to spare. At €5 for five trees, these gifts are affordable and will make a real difference.’