Ailbhe Harding

There are many groups in Dublin City working to support refugees. I have found it difficult to identify any working in my specific community in Co. Dublin, however, which was surprising. A local hotel has recently been repurposed into accommodation for refugees so I would hope to see more initiatives emerging in the near future.

One group that I did come across was that of Fáilte Isteach which is comprised of a wonderful community of older people who volunteer to teach English to migrants. I think that this is a fabulous idea and one which is no doubt mutually beneficial to all involved. Fáilte Isteach have a large number of groups operating all over Ireland, one of which is only a few minutes away from my school.

Following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, my school hosted a fundraising and donation drive. We had several Ukranian families within our school community prior to the war (and many more since), so it was a lovely gesture of support towards them and their families who were in the midst of it all back home.



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