Every year Trócaire launches a Lenten campaign to help people in the developing world. This year the theme is people without land. Miriam Gormally spoke with Director General Justin Kilcullen about the impact their campaign has and what it means to people in Honduras in particular.
La Confianza, Honduras
In the community of La Confianza, home of Digna Portilla, the little girl featured on this year’s Trócaire box, families are risking everything for the right to own enough land to earn a decent living. While much of the country’s land is the property of a few wealthy landowners, Trócaire is helping the community challenge the government for ownership of the land.
Reflecting on this year’s campaign, Trócaire director, Justin Kilcullen said –
“Everyone in La Confianza is painfully aware of how vulnerable they are. In December little Digna and her family were held at gunpoint and threatened. If a poor landless farmer is murdered by hired guards there will be no national outcry, no state investigation, no prosecution and no justice. Trócaire has already helped 62,000 families in Honduras get legal title to their land. This Lent, your support will help other communities find justice. Together, we can change things for the better.”
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Trócaire is the offical overseas development agency of the Catholic Church In Ireland. It is a member of Caritas Internationalis.