The Redemptorist Church in Tacloban has been providing a vital lifeline of shelter, support, and vital relief supplies for two and a half thousand people daily since the typhoon has struck. The basic aid relief supplies of food, water and medicines are the still the major need. A medical mission is also operating out of the church grounds. Daily container shipments of relief supplies are making their way from Cebu to Tacloban through your support. Your support has been making a real impact where it is needed. Please continue to support and share this urgent appeal.
Chris O’ Donoghue of SERVE is currently working alongside the Redemptorist Centre for Social and Ecological Concerns (ReCSEC) in the Philippines in this relief effort. Describing the situation, he writes in his blog of the difficulty in trying to comprehend the destruction that has occurred as a result of the Typhoon.
A group of fifteen students and five teachers from Colaiste Cois Life, Dublin, have returned from their immersion project in South Africa and Mozambique. The group spent two weeks with SERVE’s partners Tapologo, Tsholofelo and Young Africa, volunteering with development projects and learning about development issues facing young people in Southern Africa. The ambassador to Mozambique,Ruairí de Búrca, visited the group in Beira and said that ‘it is gratifying that through the work of SERVE and volunteers such as those from Colaiste Cois Life… that Ireland can play its part in supporting their work.’
Enet Mukurazita, director of Young Africa Zimbabwe, spent a week in Dublin sharing information on vocational training and young people. Hosted by SERVE, Enet spoke at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre in Dublin on April 18th, where she outlined the work that Young Africa do in providing vocational training and life skills training to young people in Southern Africa. SERVE are calling on all of our supporters to help us in ensuring that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and young people play an inportant part in the post-2015 development agenda.
Further information to follow on our Facebook page, along with a recording of the event.
Enet’s visit also included a meeting with Comhlámh, to share ideas around volunteering from the perspective of a host organisaton. She also visited the Dublin Aids Alliance, sharing resources and experiences of both educating the public and providing support for people living with HIV. A visit to St. Ultan’s provided an insight into innovative education and care for young people in the Cherry Orchard area.
Click here to learn more about SERVE’s partnership with Young Africa Zimbabwe and the SERVE Development Programme (SDP 2012-2015).
Many thanks to the Dóchas Southern Speakers Fund for helping to make this visit possible.
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