The box is back, and this year Trócaire is using it to raise money for communities impacted by the twin disasters of Covid-19 and climate change.
The aid agency’s annual Lent collection campaign was hit hard last year and into 2020 because of the pandemic, meaning many homes don’t have a Trócaire box for the first time in nearly 50 years.
With restrictions lifted, they will distribute 700,000 boxes to families, schools and churches this week and urge people to donate to help families in Zimbabwe.
This year’s box story follows the family of Thandekile, a 31-year-old widow and mother of Nomatter, 11, and Forward, 8, who were devastated when her husband and father, Donovan, died of Covid.
Donovan had come to South Africa in search of work to support his family after successive droughts and heavy rainfall ruined their crops and made it increasingly difficult for them to survive in their homeland in southern Zimbabwe. their.
Caoimhe de Barra, Trócaire’s chief executive, said their story illustrates the challenges posed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report released Monday, which warned that nearly one Half of the world’s population is already very vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
The majority are in the developing world, the countries that contribute the least to global warming but are suffering the most.
“In Zimbabwe, the evidence for climate change is overwhelming, with droughts and cyclones affecting the ability of families to grow food and access clean water,” Ms. de Barra said.
“According to the World Food Program, 63 of Zimbabwe’s more than 15 million people live below the poverty line.
“Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, 7.7 million Zimbabweans faced food shortages following a drought and cyclone in 2019, and last year’s continued drought has exacerbated it. situation”.
This year’s Trócaire box donations will go to Thandekile’s home district, Matobo, where families are being supported through the current crisis and work is underway to try to improve food security in the long term. their length.
Local Troocaire-supported employees are also running Covid vaccination and prevention programs.
Anyone who doesn’t have access to a collection box and wants one to use until Easter can order it directly from the Trócaire website.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/the-trocaire-box-is-back-and-seeking-help-for-families-hit-by-covid-and-climate-change-41400297.html The Trócaire Box is back and seeking help for families affected by Covid and climate change