Africa Day 2017

Did you know, Africa Day falls on the 25th May each year and is celebrated across the globe?

In cities such as New York, Washington and London – academic gatherings and cultural showcases mark the day. 


In Ireland, the Irish Red Cross were delighted to take part in this years Africa Day event in Farmleigh House on Sunday, 21st May. Africa’s rich culture was on display through a variety of family friendly activities, music, sport, art and educational elements. Since its launch in 2006, Africa Day events are now taking place in Kildare, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Cork. 


Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh TD, said:

“Wherever you are celebrating Africa Day, it promises to be a great day out for everyone.” 


Meet Nafissatou from Niger 

Today there are still over 1.5 million people at immediate risk of dying from hunger and thirst, 92% of them are children. Right now, the Irish Red Cross is building wells and water systems in some of the poorest and most high risk communities in Niger. Together, Irish Aid and the Irish Red Cross are helping to build better futures for some of the world’s poorest communities.


Nafissatou lives with her husband and five children in a simple handmade mud hut. Every day Nafissatou would put her new baby in a sling on her back and walk for six hours across the desert to a broken old well to collect water. Then, exhausted and dehydrated, she carried her child and the precious water home.


“Since the Irish Red Cross built our well, I can wash my children and their clothes. And there is some water for cooking. My baby has clean skin. I now can grow some vegetables to give my children better food.” – Nafissatou (through a local translator). 


To read more about Nafissatou story, click 

Make the most of this good weather and make sure to attend Africa Day in your area. 


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