Trócaire was established by the Bishops of Ireland in 1973 as a way for Irish people – north and south – to donate to development and emergency relief overseas. The organisation has a dual mandate: to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world; while also raising awareness of development at home in Ireland.
Trócaire brings humanitarian relief and assistance to people caught in some of the worst conflicts or hit by natural disasters across the globe. It has also established long-term development programmes in these regions and others affected by poverty, inequality and human rights violations.
In September 2015, the organisation published a briefing: European Migration Crisis: Failing Policies, Fatal Journeys.
They have also published Stations of the Cross: Reflections on War by Syrian Refugee Children. and their September 2015 newsletter helped parishes think about the terms ‘immigrant’ and ‘refugee’.
Trócaire is working with partners to help provide emergency aid to refugees in Serbia and Greece: sleeping bags, raincoats, hygiene kits, health services and psychosocial support. They are also working with Syrian communities in Syria, Lebanon, Serbia and Greece.