Catherine to see reality of life in Uganda

Catherine Lagan with pupils from St Joseph's Boys' School.
Catherine Lagan with pupils from St Joseph's Boys' School.

Catherine Lagan with pupils from St Joseph’s Boys’ School.

Catherine Lagan, a teacher at St Joseph’s Boys’ School, Creggan, is part of a group of educators who are travelling next week to see the work of aid agency, Trócaire.

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of the group travelling to Uganda,” said Catherine.

“Our school raises a lot of money for Trócaire every year and I can’t wait to see how that money is spent on the ground.

“We will be visiting Trócaire projects, meeting Trócaire’s partner organisations and, most importantly, speaking to the ordinary people on the ground.

“Uganda is an incredibly poor country and I will have the chance to hear how people are coping with the challenges and how our money has helped support them.”

Kevin Donnelly, Trócaire’s assistant regional manager in Northern Ireland, who is leading the trip, said: “Trócaire has been working in Uganda for many years and it is important that we are able to tell people in Northern Ireland how the money they donate is being put to use.

“The teachers will be seeing the various projects that Trócaire is involved in and will then be able to bring their stories and experiences back home to share with their schools and their wider local communities.

“We are currently in the middle of the Trócaire Lenten campaign which this year focuses on the global water crisis and I have no doubt that we will see how this crisis is affecting ordinary people in Uganda.”

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Trócaire has thanked the people of Derry for supporting its work to help survivors of the Rwandan genocide strengthen their livelihoods and rebuild peace in their communities.

Twenty years ago, when the genocide took place, church collections were held across Derry, which helped Trócaire to raise millions of pounds in its emergency appeal for Rwanda. This was, at the time, the largest public appeal in the organisation’s history.

“Trócaire established a presence in Rwanda to respond to the genocide and, twenty years on, Trócaire is still working in the country thanks to support from people in Co Derry,” said Éithne McNulty, Trócaire’s Director in Northern Ireland.

“Today, the organisation runs an agriculture programme that is helping people from poor rural areas to produce food and a governance and human rights programme that is building peace and reconciliation and improving people’s participation in local government.”

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