Margret and Charlyne live in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.Margret and Charlyne live in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Help provide life-saving food and support this Christmas

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can provide two weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

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can provide three weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

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can provide four weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

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By Christmas, up to 10 million more children could face devastating hunger due to COVID-19. Parents in slum communities around the world are losing their jobs and their children risk losing their lives to malnutrition. 

No escape from devastating hunger

Kibera is Africa’s largest urban slum. Life there as a single mother was challenging for Margret, even before the pandemic. But now it is almost impossible to survive. 

Margret lives with her 10-month-old daughter Charlyne in a small, dark room in a dangerous, overcrowded district of Kibera. Before the pandemic, Margret managed to earn a living by running a small business from her home, hand-washing clothes. She made just enough money to get by. 

When coronavirus arrived in Kibera, everything changed.

I wait for somebody to call me to work to do the washing, but nobody has called because of the pandemic. We can only eat when we have worked. I go and walk on the roads with my baby and sometimes people give me some money. I can go two days without food, as long as my baby has food."

COVID-19 is pushing families like Margret's into a fight for survival against hunger. They urgently need your help.

Hunger is a bigger threat than COVID-19 itself

A hunger pandemic is unfolding and it’s threatening the most vulnerable – families in slum communities all over the world. Since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, millions of families have been unable to buy food. Globally, the number of people who are acutely food insecure is projected to almost double, from 135 million people at the start of 2020, to a staggering 265 million by the end of the year.

Thankfully, Charlyne received the treatment she needed to save her life and Margret is receiving cash payments so she can buy the food they need to survive. But there are millions more children in a fight for survival this Christmas. 

Please donate today to save the lives of more children like Charlyne

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Coronavirus themed street art in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya.
Coronavirus themed street art in Kibera, Nairobi. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide
Kibera in Nairobi is Africa's largest urban slum.
Kibera in Nairobi is Africa's largest urban slum. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide

Reasons to support our work

Concern has been supporting vulnerable communities like Margret’s for over 50 years. Our mission is to end extreme poverty – whatever it takes.

  • We pride ourselves on good governance, accountability and transparency. 88.9% of all income raised goes directly to our relief and development work. In 2019 alone, we helped to alleviate poverty and hunger for 28.6 million of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. 
  • Our financial reporting is best in class in Ireland. As a result, our annual report has won Published Accounts Awards 22 times since 1988. And we were also named the charity of the year in Ireland's 2020 Charity Excellence Awards.
  • We work in partnership with organisations like the World Food Programme and other NGOs to ensure we operate as effectively as possible to deliver the best results for the communities we work with.
  • We work closely with local communities to empower them to make lasting improvements to their lives, so that in time, our support will no longer be required.

Please donate to help families like Margaret and Charlyne in the fight against hunger this Christmas. 

56
56

can provide two weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

84
84

can provide three weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

112
112

can provide four weeks’ of life-saving emergency food for a child and vital cash payments for their family

Help families to survive a COVID-19 hunger pandemic

  • An estimated one billion people around the world live in urban slums

  • Millions are going hungry due to coronavirus restrictions

  • We need your help to support families through the unfolding hunger pandemic

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