Top 10 Things You Should Know About Concern

Now that we know what an NGO is (if you missed it, check out my last blog post on “Top 10 Things You Should Know About NGOs”), how much do you know about Concern Worldwide? A little? A lot? Not much at all? No worries, here is ten facts you should know about Concern Worldwide!

  1. Concern Worldwide  is the most widely known NGO in Ireland. Concern runs programs in areas such as livelihood, education, emergency response, health, HIV and AIDS and other special programs that combine two or more areas like Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN).
  2. Concern runs programs in BOTH development and emergency response. Along with working to end global hunger and poverty, Concern is there to help during a state of emergency, such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
  3. Concern has domestic education programs, such as Global Concerns Classroom (GCC). As an NGO, Concern does more than just aiding development and responding to emergencies. They educate and expose youth to global issues.
  4. Global Concerns Classroom takes students on field visits every year! Four lucky students, two from Ireland and two from the United States, have the opportunity to go on a field visit with GCC staff. This summer’s field visit was to Tanzania. Last year, my dear friend and GCC Student Ambassador, Stachel, went with GCC to Ethiopia! Check it out!
  5. Concern has programs in North Korea! Although it’s not talked about much, Concern is working to improve food production and income with rural farmers and to bring clean water and sanitation to communities in need.
  6. Concern does not have any programs operating in South America. Concern works with the poorest of the poor. Based on recent United Nations Human Development Index, these areas are within Asia, Africa, Middle East, and the Caribbean. However there was a program that ran in Venezuela!
  7. Concern has delivered food assistance via donkey and bicycle. Concern aids the suffering of those they work with. If it means using a different mean of transit, so be it!
  8. Concern has creative projects to aid development. There is current experimentation with a plant called Lantana. The use of the plant would be to repel mosquitos and reduce malaria. That could mean saving up to approximately 627,000 lives!
  9. Concern played a role in the development of ready-to-use therapeutic food or commonly known as Plumpy’Nut. This has to be one the most interesting things I have learned during my internship. Plumpy’Nut is the name of a peanut-based nutrient-rich packet distributed to malnourished children. Talk about a life saver! Plumpy’Nut allowed women to help their child(ren) become stronger and healthier.
  10. Concern changes lives. Concern has been reaching 6.9 million of the world’s poorest people. They have assisted in reaching the Millennium Development Goals in various countries and continue to do so.