Visiting remote corners of rural Africa has become a big love of SOS Kilkenny worker, Enda Teehan since she started supporting an Irish development agency, a number of years ago.
It was third-time lucky for Enda, when she paid her first visit to Malawi, on a fundraising charity trip recently. Enda said the trip with a group of Irish supporters of Gorta-Self Help Africa was an amazing experience that has left her with great memories. Since 2012, when Enda decided to “get a sense of what was going on in the wider world” and has raised thousands of euro for the organisation. On her latest trip, to one of the world’s poorest countries, she had an opportunity to meet rural people and communities who have been supported by Gorta-Self Help Africa to improve their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. With a largely agricultural economy that suffers badly from climate change, Malawi’s natural resources struggle to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population. Much of Gorta-Self Help Africa’s work is focused on supporting farming communities to cope. Among the highlights of her trip was a visit to a rural community in Balaka, where expectant mothers are being educated on the importance of diverse food production and a diverse diet and about the importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s development, and shown some simple steps to ensure the health and nutrition of their young.”
Gorta-Self Help Africa was formed in July this year following a merger between two of Ireland’s longest established development organisations, Gorta and Self Help Africa. Together the new organisation will work with approximately 500,000 households across 12 countries in Africa this year.