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I am just back from my recent travels from Galway to Uganda. It takes two days to travel from Galway to travel to the poor homes of Kayunga and Ndeeba in Uganda but, in a very real sense, the journey is one of thousand upon thousands of miles. After two days of travel, your eyes are heavy and your legs are stiff but, in Kayunga, your mind is racing. Your first thought is to wonder how people could live in such poverty; your second is to wonder how you can help them out of it.
Junior Minister for the Environment, Paudie Coffey, praised the work of the Midlands Simon Community in addressing homelessness, during his visit to Athlone on Tuesday.
COPE Galway has identified access to housing as the single biggest issue experienced by clients of its services.
‘It is only when you work alongside extremely poor that you realise that statistics never tell the full story’
With an infant mortality rate of almost 20 per cent, a life expectancy of just 58 years, and an HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills 50,000 people a year and has orphaned as many as 700,000 children, the stark facts about life in Kenya can be depressing.
Homelessness is a very real problem in Mayo but it is not presenting itself in a stereotypical way, as individuals sleeping rough on the streets or in parks.
Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed the findings of a review of Microfinance Ireland (MFI) which has been published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. MFI provides loans of up to €25,000 to businesses which employ 10 people or fewer and which are not able to access credit from traditional sources like banks. The report found that in its first two years of operations, MFI received 729 applications for loans, supported 743 jobs in 333 micro-enterprises, and approved loans valued at more than €5 million.
There is a small nondescript townhouse on St Augustine Street in the centre of Galway city, it looks the same as many others. But it is not the same, because No 4 is special, and the work which is being carried out there is making a significant difference to the lives of many teenagers and young adults living in Galway.
Povery is increasing to unacceptable levels in rural counties, such as Mayo.