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Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern. Our role is to ensure that people living in extreme poverty are able to meet their basic needs, achieve their rights and manage their own development. We do so by working with communities and by using our shared experience and knowledge to address the root causes of extreme poverty. To achieve this mission, we engage in long-term development work and respond to emergency situations
Concern Worldwide was founded in Ireland in 1968 by a small group of people who joined together to respond to the devastating famine in Biafra. Our founders launched a nationwide appeal that raised over a quarter of a million pounds in three months, and "Africa Concern"-a non-governmental, non-denominational, humanitarian aid organization-was born. As our work spread beyond Africa in the succeeding years, we were renamed Concern Worldwide to reflect our global reach.
Over the course of nearly half a century, we have grown from a localized grassroots movement into a highly respected global organization, now implementing programs in 29 countries reaching 7.4 million people. We maintain deep roots from our earliest days in effective emergency response, while also working to achieve lasting change through long-term development programs.
Learn more at www.concernusa.org