Aidlink For Turkana, now in its third year, brings together choirs and singer-songwriters to perform their songs in a completely new way.
Join Aidlink on Saturday 2nd November as we move to the even bigger venue of the National Stadium to present an event that will fill the room with glorious song, raising voices, funds and hope for some of the most isolated and marginalised people in Africa- the Turkana in northern Kenya.
Singers performing on the night include Ailbhe Reddy, Blaithin Carney, Cry Monster Cry, Davy Lyons, Dermot Lambert (Blink), Eleanor McEvoy, Inni-K, Muireann, The Pale, Ruth Mac, The Silken Same, Stockton’s Wing and Ultan Conlon.
They’ll be singing with the following choirs:
Bank Of Ireland Bank Notes , Blackrock College Libermann Choir, Central Bank Notes, Eirgrid- Transmission Amps, EY Choir, Life Choir, Loreto Beaufort, Loreto Dalkey Past Pupils Parents Choir, Mezzo Choir, Primark, SOLAS, Songs in the Key of D, St. Joseph’s, St Mary’s College Singers, The Daydreamers Kids Choir and the Wicklow Community Choir.
All of the choirs and singers will join in together for a finale version of Mic Christopher’s song ‘Heyday’.
Aidlink is an Irish charity working to empower, educate and enable individuals, families and communities in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana to become the leaders of their own development. Targeting some of the most isolated and marginalised people in Kenya and Uganda, Aidlink is working to improve access to basic needs and build the capacity of communities and local NGOs. By focusing on education, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and agriculture Aidlink works to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future is created for all the people we work with. Working through local partnerships, Aidlink also builds capacity amongst organisations in Kenya and Uganda to allow them to become instigators of change.
Turkana is a vast, dry desert in the north-west of Kenya that is on the frontline of climate change. With regular searing temperatures the Turkana people are suffering from recurring and prolonged droughts. The Turkana people are nomadic pastoralists and live in a polygamous, patriarchal society that seldom gives any thought to the rights of women and girls. Often referred to as ‘food’, girls are married off at a young age in return for livestock. The Turkana people have traditionally lived off a diet of meat and milk, however now the land is drying up and water is scarce, meaning whole communities have to travel large distances (an average of six kilometres) to find water. In the past drought came to Turkana every five years whereas now it occurs every one or two, leaving longer travel times of up to 24 hours to collect water. Life in Turkana is hard and a lack of funding in the past from central government has meant 50% of the population is now reliant on food aid from organisations like Aidlink.
Aidlink’s Work in Turkana
- Establish child friendly and in particular girl child friendly schools that include improved water and sanitation facilities, training the Boards of Management and leading ‘Rights of Child’ (RoC) clubs in schools.
- School feeding: In times of drought this is the biggest pull factor to get children to school – when there is food in school, children are sent, if not often kept at home – or boys taken herding in search of water for animals and girls married off in exchange for food.
- And efforts being made to establish school gardens (where sufficient water) to ensure the sustainability of the programme – further children are great teachers and often bring learning home.
- Community Conversations: reaching outside the walls of the school and engaging the community in discussion regarding children’s / girls rights – and particularly the right to go to school.
- Communities trained in drought resistance and resilience, and encouraged to explore alternative livelihood options.
Buy a ticket today and help us sell out the National Stadium! With your support we can ensure that some of the most vulnerable children in the world get access to a safe secure quality education!