Yesterday morning, Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Vincent O’Neill, hosted a meeting at the embassy with Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley and members of his team ahead of an evening reception in Nairobi to celebrate 50 years since its foundation.
During the meeting, Mr MacSorley thanked the Embassy for their “supportive engagement” with the charity.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations began a day earlier when the Concern Worldwide CEO and Country Director Amina Abdula briefed staff from Kenya and Somalia about the “deep ambitious programmes” in both countries which the charity has been involved with since 1968.
Concern Worldwide (often referred to as Concern) is Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency. It was founded inMarch 1968 by Kay and John O’Loughlin Kennedy from their home in Dublin following an appeal for aid by missionaries for the starving population of war-torn Biafra.
The charity has worked in 50 countries and currently employs 3,200 staff in 26 countries around the world.
Concern works to help those living in the world’s poorest countries to achieve real and lasting improvements in their lives and is engaged in long-term development work, in addition to emergency relief in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Their core work focuses on health, hunger and humanitarian response in emergencies, and they work in partnership with small community groups as well as governments and large global organisations.
Concern receives financial support from the British and Irish governments, the European Union, United Nations and other government agencies, private donors and major trusts and is just one of fourteen fully certified members of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.
The charity has worked in Kenya since 2002, predominantly in rural Marsabit County and in the informal settlements or slums of Nairobi.
While originally urban-based, their work in Kenya has now expanded into a multi-sectoral programme focusing on urban and rural livelihoods, primary education, water and sanitation health and nutrition and governance in both Nairobi and Marsabit.
In partnership with local organisations, Concern also responds to a number of emergencies in Kenya resulting from floods, drought and violence and all of their work is underpinned by the promotion of community empowerment, advocacy and governance initiatives.