News Latest news and updates from Christian Aid Ireland. "They freed us, but then they didn't tell us how to break the chains" Shanti, a former bonded labourer in Nepal, describes her harrowing ordeal and how Christian Aid is helping her to get back on her feet. Seasons of Change Bob Kikuyu, Christian Aid’s Senior Advisor on Theology and Church Partnerships, was moved to reflect on climate change when he visited Northern Ireland earlier this year. Cullybackey accredited 'safe village' Volunteer manager of Christian Aid charity shop gets Cullybackey designated as a 'safe village'. Reducing violence against women and girls in Angola Two projects, double the impact to reduce gender-based violence in Angola's capital Luanda. Ireland must increase climate finance contributions six-fold Ireland’s total annual climate finance contributions need to increase to nearly €475 million a year from €80 million contributed in 2018. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People What does the Nation State Law mean for Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territory? We need to talk about... pooing On World Toilet Day, find out how inviting people to eat poo can help save the lives of children in Angola. Colombia's female human rights defenders need Ireland's support Ireland knows only too well that peace is fragile and precarious. The signing of a peace deal, whether in Colombia or Northern Ireland, signals the beginning rather than the end of the hard work on building lasting peace. Everybody's Business A treaty to guarantee responsible business practices. Defending water supplies during drought In drought-ravaged southern Angola, Christian Aid Ireland partners, funded by Irish Aid, are helping remote communities fend off attempts to seize their water. Celebrating Women Humanitarians On World Humanitarian Day, Christian Aid Nigeria celebrate the unsung heroes who are often subjected to harsh and dangerous conditions, putting their lives at risk. Fighting for survival: Indigenous people in Latin America International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019 Overcoming mistrust of aid workers to prevent spread of Ebola in DRC Despite the availability of a life-saving vaccine, efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has been severely hampered by fighting between armed groups and mistrust of aid workers. Ireland finally announce action plan on climate change Ireland's commitment to reach net zero on carbon emissions by 2050 tallies with other EU nations but it must act now to meet climate targets. Urgent health care & shelter to people fleeing fighting in Myanmar Christian Aid Ireland and its local partner are providing urgent support to thousands of people displaced by fighting in an area of Myanmar that was previously off-limits to aid agencies. Speaking up for survivors of sexual violence in Colombia CA’s Colombian partners Sisma Mujer & the National Network of Women HRDs yesterday shared the experiences of female survivors of sexual violence, including Colombia´s highest courts, responsible for bringing justice to those affected by the conflict. Fatherhood among Angola's fatherless generation Father’s Day this year falls on 16 June and ‘16 June’ is also the name of a Christian Aid Ireland supported community in Angola. It provides housing for former street children who despite growing up fatherless are now embracing fatherhood. Christian Aid mourns the death of Angolan human rights defender Christian Aid Ireland is deeply saddened by the death of José Antonio Patrocínio, known to his friends as Zetó, founder and director of our Angolan partner Omunga. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, Ireland's youth rebuke climate inaction Ahead of tomorrow's 'School Strikes for the Climate', our 16-year-old work experience student calls for urgent climate action. Meet nurse Judith An extraordinary woman providing a lifeline to families in Sierra Leone. Tenneh's story Watch Tenneh's heartbreaking story in her own words in this powerful film. Jebbeh's story Jebbeh is heavily pregnant and prays she'll give birth safely. Celebrate the power of mums Will you stand with mums like Tenneh in Sierra Leone this Christian Aid Week? Meeting the big bosses at HSBC Sarah Rowe reports on taking the Big Shift campaign to HSBC's Annual General Meeting. HSBC - stop funding climate change Christian Aid activists protest on Royal Avenue, urging HSBC bank to stop funding climate change. Portlaoise clergyman completes a 4-day advent fast for Christian Aid In December 2018, the 72 year-old Anglican rector of Portlaoise marked Advent by completing a 4-day fast to raise funds to tackle hunger among some of the world’s poorest people. Committed givers Read why the Hamilton family signed up for a monthly donation to Christian Aid. Christian Aid partner killed Amazon land rights defender Dilma Silva Ferreira and her partner murdered - read our statement. World Water Day: DIY projects deliver Christian Aid supported projects in Angola have empowered communities facing water problems to take matters into their own hands. International Women's Day 2019 Celebrated each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day has become a key event in the calendar. A day to celebrate all things female and honour the women in our lives who lift us up and inspire us day in and day out. Christian Aid welcomes Ireland's new aid policy, A Better World Ireland’s new policy on overseas aid and development, launched in Dublin on Thursday. Schoolchildren across the UK strike As pupils strike around the country, we're asking leaders to heed their calls for urgent action to protect our planet. Read more. Thank you for your support At this special time of year, we are sharing this message with you, our supporters who help us in so many ways Christian Aid partner assesses aftermath of Indonesian tsunami. Christian Aid partner sends emergency team in aftermath of Indonesia's Sundra Strait tsunami Six reflections on the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference Christian Aid’s Policy and Advocacy adviser, Jennifer Higgins, attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), last week in Katowice, Poland. Here, she outlines her six reflections on the summit. Christian Aid Ireland welcomes Minister Bruton’s announcement Christian Aid Ireland has welcomed the €4.5 million pledged to global climate action this afternoon by Minister Richard Bruton Ireland: worst in Europe when it comes to action of climate change Christian Aid Ireland calls for immediate action following Ireland’s ranking once again, as worst in Europe when it comes to action on climate change. COP24 Climate Change Conference COP24 climate summit sponsored by coal companies is ‘slap in the face' to delegates, says Christian Aid Ireland. Christian Aid welcomes moves to end Single Malt Calls on government to go the whole way in closing down other avoidance structures. Tackling gender-based violence in the home More than one in four women in Angola have suffered domestic violence in the last year. Read how a Christian Aid-supported project is working with teenage boys to reduce gender-based violence, now and for generations to come. 10 year old Climate Act must change with the times A decade on: we must urge our politicians to bring the UK Climate Act up-to-date for the sake of those living with the impacts of climate change. Respect for human rights vital for sustained peace in Colombia Christian Aid calls for commitment to sustained peace, amid reports of the killings of 226 social leaders and human rights defenders in 2018. Christian Aid Ireland launches Charity Gifts This Christmas, Christian Aid is inspiring the public to buy ethical gifts that could provide a lifeline to those living in poorer countries, who are trying to improve their lives. The migrant caravan in Central America: a humanitarian crisis Christian Aid is appalled by the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding across Central America. Policy coherence How can policies complement each other to support development? International Day of the Girl Child: Schoolgirls first, mothers later In Angola, less than a quarter of girls of secondary-school age are still in the classroom. Read how Irish Aid and Presbyterian Church Ireland funded projects are helping young teenage girls stay in school. Christian Aid calls on Ireland to cut its 'sky-high' carbon emissions IPCC: Christian Aid stands in solidarity with world's poor as scientists publish stark climate warning. Read our statement Statement on safeguarding following the International Development Committee’s report. Unfair tax: Ireland Ghana tax treaty could hurt Ghanaian economy Today (Wednesday 3 October) the Oireachtas will debate a new tax treaty between Ghana and Ireland which Christian Aid believes is disadvantageous to Ghana in its current form. Gender justice: Women's participation in politics Three female MPs from Sierra Leone arrived in Dublin in September to describe the barriers to women's participation in politics and how Christian Aid-funded work on gender justice helped them to get elected. Emergency aid for communities devastated by earthquake and tsunami Christian Aid is working through its sister agencies in Indonesia to deliver emergency supplies to survivors of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Seminar considers Ireland's inconsistent approach to policy-making Limerick conference considers Ireland’s inconsistent approach to policy-making ahead of a Dáil debate on a Ghana tax deal that will deprive the African country of cash it needs for health. From violence to peace - six key steps In 2016, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years. We believe there are six key drivers that are crucial to moving from violence to peace. International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018 As UN session opens, Ireland must use its Security Council campaign to make peace-building a priority. Sheep’s Head Way – the biggest yet! For the last ten years, Christian Aid Ireland’s Sheep’s Head hike has been a staple in Christian Aid’s calendar, creating awareness and fundraising for those in great need. New report: Gender based violence A new report by Christian Aid on gender-based violence identifies the most effective strategies for aid workers to use when challenging the disproportionate violence inflicted on women, girls and the LGBTQI community. Climate change will make devastating Kerala floods more common With more than a million people displaced by flooding in Kerala, Christian Aid has warned that more devastating floods in India will become the norm if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Emergency appeal launched for those affected by Kerala floods. Christian Aid Ireland has launched an emergency appeal to help most vulnerable affected by deadly floods. Kerala floods: Christian Aid bringing life-saving help Christian Aid is responding to Kerala's exceptionally destructive and deadly floods with life-saving assistance for around 20,000 people who have lost their homes. Hope tempered with well-founded caution in Zimbabwe As Zimbabwe’s next president, Emmerson Mnangagwa will need to make genuine efforts to restore the trust of a population emerging from the Mugabe era, writes Grainne Kilcullen, Governance and Human Rights Advisor. Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices Our Church and Community Officer, Jane Burns, reflects on her experience of Harvest growing up in Kildare and her deep appreciation and understanding about what Harvest in its many forms means to individuals in the developing world. Christian Aid Week 2018 highlights Another Christian Aid Week has successfully come and gone. Amongst all the coffee mornings and church collections, we devoured big brekkies, took leaps of faith by abseiling, and honoured our volunteers. Read our highlights from the week. Christian Aid calls for an end to violence in Zimbabwe Christian Aid has called for peace and an end to violence in Zimbabwe as post-electoral violence remain a critical concern in Harare. Five reasons to take a hike this September This year marks the 10th anniversary of Christian Aid’s Sheep’s Head Hike and we are inviting you to join us in exploring one of Ireland’s best-loved walking routes. Calls for action following Ireland's climate report The annual report by the Climate Advisory Council published today [25 July 2018] has highlighted once again Ireland’s poor record on tackling climate change. Human rights worker and influencer, Mel Wiggins MBE, reaches for the skies. Portadown local, Mel Wiggins MBE, along with friends from her Assembly Members Community, will reach new heights this September for Christian Aid Ireland. The Occupied Territories Bill: An Explainer The Seanad this week voted in favour of the Occupied Territories Bill. This bill could make Ireland the first country in Europe to end trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Seanad vote in favour of Occupied Territories Bill Seanad vote in favour of Occupied Territories Bill is “a vote in support of the rule of law, for justice and for human rights”, says Christian Aid Ireland South Sudan’s high-level talks are not enough to secure peace Securing long-term peace in South Sudan requires much more than deals between political leaders, according to a new study. A Century of Women’s Suffrage: Are you using your voice? A century ago, campaigners changed our lives forever, when the women’s suffrage movement demanded votes for women. Trudy receives special recognition Diamond award Kildare local, Trudy Jeffers, received a special recognition award from Christian Aid Ireland recently for her charitable work over the last 20 years with the aid organisation. International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict Christian Aid stands in solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence in conflict and calls on the international community, governments and civil society to protect survivors and respond to their needs, take action to prevent this violence, and ensure Refugee Week: 20 Simple Acts To celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary (18-24 June 2018), we’re inviting you to do one of the 20 Simple Acts Immediate action needed after 'dismal' ranking in climate report Christian Aid Ireland calls for immediate Government action, as Ireland ranks a ‘dismal’ second last in EU climate action report Lewis leaps for aid Lewis Doherty tells us about his experience abseiling Belfast Castle for Christian Aid. Father's Day reflection The 17th of June is Father's Day. Our Education and Campaigns Officer, Michael Briggs, reflects on becoming a father four years ago. Homes and hope in Angola For hundreds of former street children in Lobito, Angola, ‘16 June’ has a double significance. Not only is it the International Day of the African Child, it is also the name of the community they call home. RBS, owner of Ulster Bank, hints at a Big Shift towards cleaner future RBS were the last of the big four banks to hold their AGM - but not in terms of progress made. Christian Aid condemns the recent human rights violations in Nicaragua Christian Aid condemns the recent human rights violations in Nicaragua and welcomes the preliminary findings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Colombia at crossroads in electing a new President As Colombians head to the polls, 27th May, to vote in the Presidential elections, the internationally recognised peace agreement signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in late 2016, hangs in the balance. St Patrick’s Cathedral hosts ‘Uprooted’, an exhibition in aid of Christian Aid Christian Aid Ireland’s ‘Uprooted’ exhibition launch, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in aid of Christian Aid Week 2018. The guest of honour was the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr. William Morton. Five ways you can help Christian Aid Week and beyond Still wondering how you can support Christian Aid Week? Well, fear not, we are here to help you decide! Here are a few ways you can support and help us to lift even more people out of poverty this Christian Aid Week. Bishop Trevor Williams reflects on the work of Christian Aid Christian Aid Week 2018 runs from May 13–19. At 11am on Sunday morning, Bishop Trevor Williams, Chair of Christian Aid Ireland, preached in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, where he is a parishioner. Oireachtas Finance Committee hearing on EU digital tax plan Sorley McCaughey, Christian Aid Ireland's Head of Policy and Advocacy blogs. Christian Aid condemns senseless loss of life in Gaza Christian Aid today condemned the loss of life in Gaza, and called for the establishment of an immediate independent investigation into what appears to be grave breaches of international law. 24-hr sleep out in Belfast launches this year's Christian Aid Week Christian Aid Ireland and its supporters will sleep pit in Buoy Park, Belfast city centre to remember those displaced worldwide. Welcomed: President Higgins' address to the UN General Assembly Christian Aid Ireland welcomes President Higgins' call at the U.N. General Assembly for world leaders to commit to peace. Ireland should put peace at the heart of its bid for a Security Council seat More countries today experience violence than at any time in the last 30 years, says our Global head of From Violence to Peace, Karol Balfe. Christian Aid statement on military intervention in Syria The Western leaders’ war game over Syria is ignoring the civilians it claims to protect. Strikes on Syria will not bring the country and its war weary civilians any closer to an end to this violence. MMA world champion Leah McCourt and CEO Rosamond Bennett take a leap of faith Christian Aid adventurous supporters joined Leah and Rosamond, for this exciting abseil down one of Belfast's most historic buildings. Christian Aid Ireland condemns excessive force and violence in Gaza Christian Aid Ireland has condemned the excessive use of force along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel after renewed violence broke out today during the third week of protests. Christian Aid condemns South Sudan aid worker killings Christian Aid has issued the following statement in response to deadly attacks on staff members from two South Sudanese NGOs, including a partner organisation. MMA world champion Leah McCourt's leap of faith for Christian Aid Ireland Will you join Leah and Glenlola schoolgirls Megan, Amy and Grace in their abseil challenge? Tech giants should pay tax where economic activity really takes place Opinion piece from Eva Joly and Christian Aid Ireland's Head of Advocacy and Policy, Sorley McCaughey. Christian Aid welcome EU proposals on digital company tax We welcome EU proposals to introduce changes to how digital companies are taxed via a significant digital presence, and call on the EU to broaden their reform agenda. Christian Aid condemns killings of human rights defenders in Brazil Calls for urgent investigation. Three murders take place within four days, including popular politician, Marielle Franco. Five reasons to be proud of Ireland’s global reach The Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index consistently places us within the top ten of the most generous countries in the world out of 139 countries. We are a nation of thinkers and doers and we are making an impact. The seventh anniversary of the Syrian uprising Seven years ago this week, on the tails of the Arab Spring, Syrians took to the streets to demand reform. Sierra Leone Elections 2018 Christian Aid backs new generation of women in government Where commuting can take all day A documentary on three Palestinians living in East Jerusalem shows the obstacles and tragedies facing Palestinians under Israel’s illegal occupation. The massacre of Ghouta Christian Aid's Advocacy Officer for Syria, Máiread Collins, writes about Syria's 'hell on earth'. Ceasefire imperative for Syria Christian Aid has warned that conditions near the Syrian capital are so desperate that women are giving birth in clinics underground and people, who venture out in the daytime, risk injury or death from the relentless bombing. Irish politicians visit Colombia Read and watch videos about Senator Catherine Noone and TD Fiona O’Loughlin's trip to visit remote communities in Colombia. Global Experts Attend Gender-Based Violence Seminar Experts attend Christian Aid Ireland event to highlight issues around preventing gender-based violence. International Women's Day An irrigation scheme in Malawi is helping to grow a bright future for Ruth. Irrigation projects in Malawi Watch a video on how your support has enabled improved irrigation for families in Malawi. Newtownards Volunteers Reach Fundraising Milestone Christian Aid thanks the Newtownards committee for raising over £500,000 towards its work. The Super Hero Mothers of Malawi When I think about a hero, a real-life hero, the first person who comes to my mind is my mother.