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From Emyvale to Uganda:
Emyvale man preparing for visit to Uganda Good luck to local Emyvale man, Pat Holland - who is preparing to embark on a challenging fact finding mission to Uganda in East Africa. Pat who is well known for his local community involvement and support of local athletics and boxing went as a volunteer worker to Kenya for a number of weeks in 2016. He is looking forward to going back to East Africa on 12th November for 2 weeks - this time to neighbouring Uganda, which he understands has many acute needs. He hopes to bring a message of solidarity and support to those he meets and plans to view the work of some of the Irish aid agencies he is in contact with and to identify how he and others can best help alleviate some of their suffering. In particular Pat is planning to visit Noeleen Loughran from Emyvale who is working as a volunteer medical assistant in the north of the country. Noeleen is based in a rural community close to the border with South Sudan which has suffered much from the recent civil war 2013-2017. It is estimated that over 400,000 have been killed in the conflict there and over 1.5 million refugees being forced to cross the border into Uganda. She helps provide assistance to refugees in the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp set up by the United Nations to provide a safe haven from the conflict. It is dubbed the largest refugee camp in the world with over 270,000 people living there for the past 4 years - many of whom are women and children that have lost loved ones in the civil war. Noeleen has said that in the refugee camp and in the local border community where she lives the main priorities are money to buy medicines and seeds to grow food. They are also desperately in need of getting a well bored to provide clean drinking water which is in short supply for most months of the year. However the people there are very grateful for the little they have and are very welcoming to any visitors from the outside world who are a reminder to them that they are not forgotten. If anyone would like to make a donation towards helping the people of Uganda - South Sudan they may make a donation to the Uganda Mission Appeal account in Emyvale & District Credit Union - BIC Code: EDCIIE21, IBAN No. IE57EDCI99216010088974. Alternatively donations may be posted to: Uganda Mission Appeal, c/o Gene Flood, Deravoy, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan (who is a trustee of the account). A receipt will be issued to all donors and Pat and Noeleen are keen to ensure that all money donated goes directly to helping those in need. We wish Pat a safe journey and commend him for his efforts in stepping out of his comfort zone and taking time out to see what can be done to help the seemingly never ending cycle of poverty and disease that befalls the poor suffering people of East Africa. As he departs on 12th November his journey will include an 8 hour flight to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia followed by a 3 hour flight to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. After an overnight rest from there he will have a 13 hour bus journey to the Yumbe region of north west Uganda where the Bidi Bidi refugee camp is located. We look forward to meeting up with him after his return when a Public Information Night will be organised locally to see and hear first hand the people and places he visited and to see how we can respond in some way to helping those in need. We also extend our best wishes to Noeleen Loughran and others who have given some of the best years of their lives to helping others and are bringing the love of God in a tangible way to the poorest of the poor.
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From Emyvale to Uganda:
Emyvale man preparing for visit to Uganda Good luck to local Emyvale man, Pat Holland - who is preparing to embark on a challenging fact finding mission to Uganda in East Africa. Pat who is well known for his local community involvement and support of local athletics and boxing went as a volunteer worker to Kenya for a number of weeks in 2016. He is looking forward to going back to East Africa on 12th November for 2 weeks - this time to neighbouring Uganda, which he understands has many acute needs. He hopes to bring a message of solidarity and support to those he meets and plans to view the work of some of the Irish aid agencies he is in contact with and to identify how he and others can best help alleviate some of their suffering. In particular Pat is planning to visit Noeleen Loughran from Emyvale who is working as a volunteer medical assistant in the north of the country. Noeleen is based in a rural community close to the border with South Sudan which has suffered much from the recent civil war 2013-2017. It is estimated that over 400,000 have been killed in the conflict there and over 1.5 million refugees being forced to cross the border into Uganda. She helps provide assistance to refugees in the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp set up by the United Nations to provide a safe haven from the conflict. It is dubbed the largest refugee camp in the world with over 270,000 people living there for the past 4 years - many of whom are women and children that have lost loved ones in the civil war. Noeleen has said that in the refugee camp and in the local border community where she lives the main priorities are money to buy medicines and seeds to grow food. They are also desperately in need of getting a well bored to provide clean drinking water which is in short supply for most months of the year. However the people there are very grateful for the little they have and are very welcoming to any visitors from the outside world who are a reminder to them that they are not forgotten. If anyone would like to make a donation towards helping the people of Uganda - South Sudan they may make a donation to the Uganda Mission Appeal account in Emyvale & District Credit Union - BIC Code: EDCIIE21, IBAN No. IE57EDCI99216010088974. Alternatively donations may be posted to: Uganda Mission Appeal, c/o Gene Flood, Deravoy, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan (who is a trustee of the account). A receipt will be issued to all donors and Pat and Noeleen are keen to ensure that all money donated goes directly to helping those in need. We wish Pat a safe journey and commend him for his efforts in stepping out of his comfort zone and taking time out to see what can be done to help the seemingly never ending cycle of poverty and disease that befalls the poor suffering people of East Africa. As he departs on 12th November his journey will include an 8 hour flight to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia followed by a 3 hour flight to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. After an overnight rest from there he will have a 13 hour bus journey to the Yumbe region of north west Uganda where the Bidi Bidi refugee camp is located. We look forward to meeting up with him after his return when a Public Information Night will be organised locally to see and hear first hand the people and places he visited and to see how we can respond in some way to helping those in need. We also extend our best wishes to Noeleen Loughran and others who have given some of the best years of their lives to helping others and are bringing the love of God in a tangible way to the poorest of the poor.