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Sorcha, from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, took part in Concern Debates, and is now studying International Relations at Birmingham University.  Sorcha captained her college team to victory in 2016 against more than 150 schools to win the competition. The prize saw her and five of her team mates visit Concern’s projects in rural Malawi which focused on gender equality and empowering women. We chat to her about being part of a “global community”, what she believes to be the biggest thing holding people back from aiding some of the most devastating problems, and why everyone should get involved with the programme!

As violence intensifies in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Concern's Country Director in DRC, Grégoire Borgoltz, outlines the factors contributing to the escalating humanitarian crisis.

Poor road infrastructure makes it challenging for Concern teams to reach isolated communities in North Kivu. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide.

Complex problems demand complex solutions — and the communities who live in some of Chad’s more isolated areas face a wide variety of challenges, including droughts, flooding and food crises. Concern is leading a group of partner organizations that is helping them find a wide variety of solutions.

The village of Taiba Tcharo in the Sila region of Chad is one of those benefiting from the BRACED program

The basic idea that resilience boils down to is a familiar one: prevention is better than the cure. It is not, of course, possible to prevent disasters entirely. But by helping people prepare for them and acting early to reduce their impacts, we can stop the worst of the possible damage taking place.But this raises more complicated questions. Just how much better is it?  And what does this mean in financial terms?

Fodder Field School-trained farmer standing in front of surplus fodder, produced ahead of the hard dry season to feed to his milk animals.

It’s true what they say: ‘if you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito’. The ripples of change that are initiated with the smallest of actions can affect lives for the better across the world. However, in the face of a disaster, collaboration goes a long way. Last year, thanks to collaborations within the charity world, one organisation raised over £100 million, ensuring millions of people in need were reached by thirteen others…

Nepal’s ‘coldwave’ has claimed eleven lives so far in the Terai district. We are responding, but it will take a lot more than blankets to solve the deep, underlying issues that makes a drop in temperature a life or death situation.