A local aid worker living in Pakistan has sent his thanks to the people of Kildare as the county celebrates St Patrick’s Day. “Living so far away from home I’m always proud to tell people that I’m from Ireland, and in particular from Kildare,”said Conor Kelly from Clane.
“Here in Pakistan, Ireland has a reputation of being a caring and giving country because of the incredible contribution we have made to helping Pakistan’s poorest people,” he said.
Conor works for Trocaire, whose projects provide agricultural support, water and healthcare support to thousands of communities.
Trócaire’s work also encourages people to stand up for their human rights; work that he says is vital for preventing poverty in the long-term.
“The progress being supported by people from Kildare is having a lasting impact and I see this change growing all the time.
“It’s wonderful when you meet families who were once on the brink, but now have enough food and are contributing to their own community and society, because of donations from Ireland.”
Ireland was recently ranked as the most charitable nation in Europe and the second most generous nation worldwide in a study carried out by the Charities Aid Foundation.