Carrick residents’ drought donations praised

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Carrick residents are being thanked for their life-saving generosity in donating to a drought appeal.

More than £8000 was raised in Girvan for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund’s emergency drought appeal last year, when the Horn and East of Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years - which affected more than 10 million people.

The sum from Girvan joined £9,793 from Irvine, £8,822 from Kilmarnock, £6,027 from Saltcoats and £4,171 from Largs to make an Ayrshire total of nearly £50,000.

This money helped to pay for emergency cash payments, food and water to the most vulnerable, cash for work for the able-bodied to build up community resources like better wells, and replacing lost livestock and distributing drought resistant seeds to poor farmers to increase their resilience in the future.

Lorraine Currie, SCIAF’s Head of International Programmes, said its supporters had saved many lives.

“This money and the emergency support it provided helped to save many lives, and get people through what was a terrible crisis.

“Whilst the drought has now passed and the acute need of the people has dropped, SCIAF is continuing to work with its partners and local communities to increase their resilience against future droughts by distributing drought resistant seeds and rehabilitating community resources such as ponds and wells.

“As a member of Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic coalition of international aid and development agencies who are operational on the ground in most countries, SCIAF is usually able to respond immediately.

“This ability to be able to get aid to where it is needed quickly can mean the difference between life and death for vulnerable people.”