Irish charities come together to fight virus

Together, six of Ireland’s Foreign Aid charities will make a huge difference to the coronavirus fight in the world’s poorest communities, says CEO of World Vision Ireland, Niall McLoughlin
Irish charities come together to fight virus

Irish Emergency Alliance (IEA) is made up of World Vision Ireland, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Plan International, Self Help Africa, and Tearfund.

SIX of Ireland’s leading international aid charities are teaming up to respond to the worsening global coronavirus pandemic and to save lives in some of the poorest and most fragile countries in the world.

The global coronavirus pandemic is worsening and as we approach the grim milestone of 1 million deaths some of world’s poorest and most fragile countries are being hit hard. In response, six Irish aid agencies have come together to save lives by helping prevent the spread of the virus and supporting those affected.

WHO ARE WE?

The Irish Emergency Alliance (IEA) is made up of World Vision Ireland, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Plan International, Self Help Africa, and Tearfund.

The first IEA appeal will focus on fighting the Coronavirus in the world’s most vulnerable communities including Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, all coping with the impact of widescale conflict, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon and the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

By working together, the six Irish charities that make up the Irish Emergency Alliance will reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people, giving them the tools they need to stay safe.
By working together, the six Irish charities that make up the Irish Emergency Alliance will reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people, giving them the tools they need to stay safe.

WHICH COUNTRIES?

Why did we choose the countries? We thought long and hard about which countries we were going to fundraise for. We wanted to raise money for those worst effected – those who were already hit by war, famine, violence, a lack of funding and where we had a strong presence for impact.

The seven countries we chose are home to more than 17 million refugees and displaced people. For people living in refugee camps or slums it is nearly impossible to practice physical distancing, while a lack of soap and water in many homes makes it harder to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The coronavirus is devastating for many people in the first world, including Ireland, but imagine how terrifying it must be to face these challenges in a community that has no PPE, no hygiene, no water, no access to healthcare, or in a community that is largely illiterate.

UNITY

By working together, the six Irish charities that make up the Irish Emergency Alliance will reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people, giving them the tools they need to stay safe. Instead of working in competition against each other, we will be working in unity for the same cause, pooling our messaging and our resources.

By working together, the Irish Emergency Alliance can reduce fundraising costs to make donations stretch even further and we have pledged to work together in this way in response to future humanitarian crises across the globe.

Please donate at www.irishemergencyalliance.org or by calling 1 800 939 979 or by texting IEA to 50300 to give €4.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Irish Emergency Alliance is made up of six Irish international aid charities that will come together to respond to the world’s worst emergencies and natural disasters by providing fast and efficient humanitarian assistance to those most in need. The six agencies - ActionAid, Christian Aid, Plan International, Self Help Africa, Tearfund and World Vision - have programmes in 85 different countries, giving the Irish Emergency Alliance the global presence necessary to respond quickly to a crisis.

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