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International Women’s Day 2013

Friday 8th March 2013 is International Women’s Day, a very special 24 hours for everyone to come together to celebrate the empowerment of women. It is a great day to reflect on how females are now receiving better opportunities for education and jobs, and also to help raise awareness on the gender gap that unfortunately still remains. Concern Worldwide work in tackling hunger, but believe that they cannot address extreme poverty without looking at gender inequality.

Many women across the world are still disadvantaged in terms of what they are entitled to, and their opportunities to work, study and learn. For example in Malawi, gender inequality creates a cycle of vulnerability and poverty. Our picture show Doris Malinga, who is a lead farmer in Concern’s Conservation and Agriculture programme. She has been trained to dig planting basins and prepare ‘mulch’, which helps to protect the soil from the baking sun. Thanks to her involvement, Doris and her family now have enough food to eat.

Doris said –

I harvest the crop and have enough food for my family. I also get more yield from a small piece of land and it means that I can spend more time with my family. I have so many friends who also want to try conservation agriculture, so I have been showing them what I have learnt.

Doris’ story just goes to show that change is slowly beginning to happen across the globe, as more and more women are given the chance to address their health and financial needs. As the change in attitude towards women’s participation and ability in agriculture continues, they now feel more confident in producing greater yields through support from Concern Worldwide.

Here’s hoping that more is done to invest in female farmers so they can overcome the challenges and issues that still exist around the world. Women are just as vital a part of agriculture and food production as any man, so let’s celebrate their role on Friday 8th March for International Women’s Day 2013.

If you would like to support Concern Worldwide, why not purchase a virtual charity gift for a friend or loved one from our dedicated page? Here you can find out more about their work, and how you can help provide much needed funds so they can continue to help some of the world’s poorest people.

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World AIDS Day with Concern Worldwide – 1st December 2012

Today, 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December 2012, bringing people together from around the world to raise awareness of the pandemic and encourage progress in prevention, treatment and care. Concern Worldwide are specialists in tackling hunger in the world’s poorest countries. As part of this work, it is vital that we simultaneously address life-threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS.

In 2011, Concern’s HIV and AIDS programmes had a positive impact on the lives of over 250,000 people directly and almost 1.2 million indirectly. We have three main approaches for our programme:

  • Raising awareness to prevent the spread of HIV and supporting people living with HIV or AIDS, and educating community members and healthcare staff.
  • Increasing access to effective care and treatment for people living with HIV or AIDS.
  • Improving outcomes for people directly affected by HIV or AIDS by ensuring that they have adequate food and income.

Sauda’s Story:

Sauda Ntakiteye, 45, lives in Nyankwi village, West Tanzania. Nine years ago she was diagnosed with HIV, and just a few years ago, Sauda was close to dying – she was missing nutritious food to support the medicine she was taking.

Thanks to Concern Tanzania’s Integrated Livelihoods Programme, Sauda was trained on how to grow vegetables. Since then Sauda has been working hard on her farm and is food secure, as well as making income from selling the surplus of her vegetables and crops.

Instantly I started to feel better, and my medicine worked. I grew strong and within a short period I was able to start farming again. I live more comfortably now and I am no longer hungry.

An important part of the support and care that individuals living with HIV/AIDS need are simple items, which help to protect their health and livelihoods.

How you can help:

  • £41 pays for a HIV Test and Counselling bringing confidential HIV testing, counselling and treatment to someone needing the chance to talk and get help.
  • £48 pays for Farmer Field School which trains up to 25 farmers in simple techniques that can stop soil erosion, harvest rainwater, improve crop yields – and grow more food for their families.

If you would like to learn more about the amazing work of Concern Worldwide or would like to choosing from their range of special gifts, you can check out our dedicated charity page and become part of the solution.

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Concern Worldwide Celebrates 40 Years With Much Work Left To Do

As people all around the world celebrate everything that is great about the Irish, we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the Irish charity, Concern Worldwide.

Concern Worldwide helps thousands of people every year and was started in Ireland back in 1968 working in Africa. Back then it was known as Africa concern and was established in the home of Kay and John O’Loughlin Kennedy on 19 March 1968.

In the 40 years since it was started the organisation now operates in 25 of the world’s poorest nations, helping some of the most vulnerable people by working to eradicate poverty and suffering. Concern Worldwide works with the people it tries to help by enabling them to improve their lives. The organisation shares its experience and knowledge with decision makers at the local, national and international level, as it seeks to mitigate extreme poverty.

Over 40 years Concern Worldwide has achieved much, however with an estimated 1.3 billion people still living in extreme poverty a lot remains to be done.

You can help today by buying Charity Gift from Concern

Concern Gifts are simply life changing For as little as £7 you can buy a simple, portable water filter that will help a family access safe, clean drinking water. For £23 you could help people stay warm and dry by buying blankets to support them in the aftermath of a devastating emergency.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving…

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Concern Millienium Development Goals

With over a billion people across the globe going to bed hungry every night, Concern Worldwide is highlighting the fact that 60% of these people are women, despite the fact that they produce a majority of food in developing countries. Women play a hugely vital role in the fight against hunger, yet it is sometimes unrecognised by the outside world.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been set up by the world’s countries and leading development institutes to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people by 2015. Their are 8 main goals and these are –

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV, AIDS and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Create a global partnership for development

When the world leaders meet in September 2010, Concern will be there to deliver your message to the UN and make sure they keep their promises. By adding your voice to the cause you will be helping the millions of women around the world who have to work so hard to try and nurture and safeguard their families future. With your help this global cycle of poverty can finally be put to rest and every hungry mouth can be fed.

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Help Concern Slay the Dragon of Malnutrition This St George’s Day

St George’s Day is on Friday 23rd April 2010 and to celebrate one man’s battle against a mighty foe, the Concern Worldwide gift shop is asking you to help their fight against one of the world’s biggest adversaries – the battle against malnutrition. With over one billion people across the globe going to bed hungry every night, now is the time to join the cause and help slay this worldwide dragon.

You can help Concern to end this travesty by purchasing a charity gift from their online shop, and for just £16 could buy 20 sachets of Plumpynut for a malnourished child. This wonderful, life-saving stuff is packed full of the vitamins and nutrients an underweight child needs to regain their health. And as the sachets can be taken home, it means children and parents don’t have to spend months away from home at a treatment centre.

Your gift of £16 could help a child just like Abraham Awdiro from Ethiopia who was just a year old and weighed only 9lbs when he was brought to one of our centres. He was so weak he was unable to eat. But thanks to careful treatment and rations of Plumpynut and he is now a happy, healthy child.

The legend of George and the Dragon is the story of how just one person really can make a difference and you can be a saint this April by purchasing a Concern Gift and helping to end malnutrition.

> > Click here to order online with Concern Worldwide

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Why not try Concern Worldwide Gift Shop for the Perfect Mothers Day Present?

If you’re still scratching your head wondering what to buy your Mum this Sunday then look no further than the Concern Worldwide Gift Shop. If your Mum loves gardening, why not get her a vegetable pack for just £28 and provide someone living with HIV with the seeds and tools they need to grow healthy, nutritious vegetables.

Your gift could help someone like Sepo* who grows a variety of vegetables on her small patch in Luandui village, Zambia. Sepo, who was widowed in 2000 and her seven-year-old daughter are both HIV positive. Thanks to the seeds from Concern though, Sepo is growing food for her family and selling the surplus to earn a little extra money. The family diet is improving, and she now has enough money to send all her children to school.

We’ve got gifts for every taste and budget and each one comes with the knowledge that you’ll be helping Concern give real and lasting support to people living in extreme poverty around the world.

Make a real difference this Mother’s Day, buy a Concern Gift!

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Why not Give a Concern Gift This Valentine’s Day?

Why not buy your loved one something really special this Valentine’s Day and get them a Concern Gift? There is a great selection to suit every taste and budget including –

  • Adorable donkeys at £32 each
  • Loveable goats at £25
  • Cute little piglets for only £7 each.

Whatever your loved one is passionate about Concern has got the perfect charity gift for them. With every purchase you’ll receive a colourful gift card to personalise and pass on, explaining exactly how your gift will make a difference. Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that each and every gift you buy will be turned into lasting support for those most in need around the world.

Your gift will help people just like 15 year old Paul Nyombi who had to fend for himself following the death of both his parents to AIDS. Concern gave him two piglets and training on how to care for them. When the pigs produced their first litter there were 12 small piglets in total. Paul was so delighted and called the sow ‘Mama’ because she had been so productive.

For over forty years Concern has been working with the world’s poorest people. Whether it’s helping those who have lost everything because of the earthquake in Haiti, working with poor women farmers in Zambia or improving education standards in the Democratic Republic of Congo,  you can be sure that Concern is spending your money where it’s needed most.

So for a gift that truly makes a difference this Valentine’s Day – give a Concern Gift.

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