Christmas is the time of giving but when times are tough it can be hard to see past the problems at home.
Yet people across the island of Ireland are renowned for their generosity. Despite difficult economic circumstances, our supporters in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland appreciate the struggle to survive faced by millions overseas.
In fact, Ireland ranked second place in last year’s World Giving Index – up from third spot in 2010.
More than 18 million people in West Africa are facing desperate food shortages this Christmas.
On the 25th December, 4,000 children will die of diarrhoea caused by dirty water.
Today, 72 million children in the developing world are going without a basic education.