Caritas Ireland is established under the name Trócaire, the Irish word for “mercy”. It was founded in 1973 as the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The organisation was given a dual mandate: to alleviate poverty and injustice abroad, and to educate people at home about the structural causes of poverty.
Trócaire works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The organisation’s key programme areas are livelihoods, governance, HIV/AIDS, equality between men and women and emergency response and rehabilitation.
As well as funding development and emergency programmes overseas, Trócaire campaigns on issues in Ireland to raise awareness amongst the public on the causes of poverty in the developing world. Recent examples of campaigns include climate change and the link between bio fuels and hunger.
Trócaire’s head office is in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The organisation also has regional offices in Belfast, Cork and Dublin, as well as offices in the 27 countries abroad.
Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationlis and Caritas Europa and works closely with Caritas partners, especially in emergency situations.
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