THE Bishop of Kerry has visited Ethiopia to get a first-hand view of work of aid agency Trócaire and he made familiarisation trips to important urban and rural projects which are making a big difference to the lives of long-suffering locals in the famine-ravaged country.
The visiting party also included Tralee native, former PP of Caherciveen and now Bishop of Cloyne, Billy Crean, who is Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop Alan McGuckian, of Raphoe; Professor Michael Mullaney, President, St Patrick’s College Maynooth; Caoimhe De Barra, CEO, Trócaire and Seán Farrell, Director, International Division, Trócaire.
The projects they visited offered informative insights into how money donated to the charity in Ireland has been put to good use and, in one local village project, they heard how a bore hole saved local women and young girls a three-hour walk for water and how an irrigation system brought water and life to 400 families.
Bishop Ray and the Irish travelling party were also visited thriving fruit and vegetable plantations, they were briefed on the great work being undertaken in local schools and they visited projects where ground work in ongoing to combat the impact of climate change, including in the Diocese of Adigrat.
Their fact-finding mission to Ethiopia also included an inspection of farm and water works projects in Mekelle, where they were briefed on the impact of Trócaire collections, they learned about the innovative cash for work programme in Tigray and they were briefed on the work that is being undertaken to change the lives of poor children through reading classes at makeshift libraries, music lessons and other practical activities.
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