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FEED CORK – Food Bank

In Ireland, food poverty is an ever-increasing issue. Recent findings by the Department of Social Protections disclosed that 10% of the population in Ireland are living in food poverty and Cork is no different.

Feed Cork is a food bank program, which works in partnership with local agencies and businesses aiming to help fight food poverty in Cork. Our food bank offers a free food box filled with a three-day supply of nutritious food for individuals and families in need. Feed Cork helps bridge the gap for individuals and families that struggle between meeting pressing financial needs and providing nutritious food for themselves and their families. Feed Cork is open to attend families and individuals every Wednesday between 2 – 4pm.

SHALOM SCHOOL

Bubaki (Bubaque), Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Guinea-Bissau is a very small country in West Africa, “sandwiched” between Senegal and Guinea Conakry. It was a Portuguese colony with a population of over 1.5 million.  The official language is Portuguese, spoken by 20% of the population, and Kriol, which is the national language spoken by the large population. The beautiful Bijago archipelago is just south in the coastal line of the country having Bubaque as the principal island.

In 2016, the Shalom School in Bubaque had students in three different periods during the day because of lack of space. As the number of students is increasing yearly and the waiting list for the new school year is growing, the school had no choice other than to have an extra third school period.  At the moment, there are classes from pre-school to third grade students. The ages ranged from 2 -12 year old. The total number of students is 190 plus. The school has the challenge of increasing the number of classes in one per year.

The school offers daily meals to the children and charges less than €5 fee per month to cover food costs. Many children come to school without any breakfast and families rely on the school for a nutritious meal for their children. Even charging a small fee, which does not cover the monthly food costs, many families struggle to pay it. Accordingly to the UN, Guinea-Bissau is one the poorest countries in the world. One of the goals of the school is to find sponsors for the program, “Child of the Future”. When you donate €5 a month for this program of the Shalom School, you are supporting a child to have a future in Africa.

SCHOOL VISION

“Developing confident students for the future who know their own abilities.”

GOALS

  1. To help the children better understand themselves, their society and the environment in which they live.
  2. To give the right tools for the children to develop their potential as individuals.
  3. To teach how to apply knowledge and life principals in their daily living.
  4. To teach how to be an active citizen to serve the local community.
  5. To develop a holistic approach: body, mind and soul.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Program – “Child of the Future”
  2. Dining hall with kitchen.
  3. Outdoor Sport Area.
  4. Three new classrooms.
  5. Ninety school desks.

BUBAKI (BUBAQUE)

It is one of the Bijago Islands in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Bubaque is also the name of its main town. The population is around 10,000 inhabitants. The area is 75 km² and is 13.6 km long and 8 km wide. The island is known for its wildlife and is heavily forested. It is linked by ferry to the capital Bissau and has an airstrip. It is also, where the Unesco nature reserve headquarters is situated, as well as a museum. In the colonial times, the island was affected by the presence of Europeans chosen by German settlers before World War 1 and the Portuguese government up to the end of Portuguese rule. In the early 20th century, the Germans built a factory used for oil palm extraction and an 18 km long paved road, probably the first in the Bijagos Archipelago. The ruins of the palm oil factory are now used as a market hall.

 

 

Information coming soon!

Information coming soon!

DORCAS PROJECT

The ‘Dorcas Project’ is a project to help vulnerable and elderly women in the province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

  • Most of them are widows, living in very poor and substandard conditions.
  • Hunger is a reality.
  • With a €20 month donation, you can help them to live with dignity.
  • To support the Dorcas Project go to DONATE.

NIGERIA 2018

After a successful visit to the country in April 2017, we are planning a follow up visit in 2018. The Nigeria Medical Team was sent to Ukwa local government area in the Abia state. Ann Erebe Anaba from Cork, led the medical team and was supported in Nigeria by 20 local health professionals: 14 doctors, 2 lab technicians, 2 health promotion officers and 2 other volunteers. The clinics were run for 3 days and they saw over 800 hundred people. They offered services of general clinic, eye clinic, children’s clinic, health promotion unit and counselling. The laboratory unit conducted a series of tests. Health personnel triaged people for free treatment according to their medical needs. People in need of surgical procedures were referred to Okeikpe General Hospital. The eye clinic unit gave out eye drops, medicines and 350 pairs of reading glasses. The health promotion unit organized a health education training, highlighting the danger of diabetes and high blood pressure if not regularly checked and controlled. The need to seek regular medical attention rather than traditional practices was highly emphasised. Our plans now are to send a follow up medical team in 2018.

GET INVOLVED

We are looking to form a team of people that can work in the following areas:

  • Medical personnel – Doctors, nurses and medical health care personnel in general.
  • Primary health care advisers.
  • Spiritual counsellors.

PLEASE NOTE

  • All medical personnel will work under the authority of the Health Department of the Abia state.

The date and costs for the trip will be announced shortly.