Ballinamuck native Catherine Carthy is about to fulfill a life-long dream by undertaking some volunteer work in a place in Central Asia where mothers and children struggle to find food to feed themselves every day of the week. And, in an effort to help the north Longford woman raise some much needed funds for the trip, a traditional music night will take place at Dillon’s Pikeman Bar, Ballinamuck on Saturday, May 18 next from 10pm onwards. Ms Carthy is the sister of Patsy Carthy, Ballinamuck; Marian Carthy, Gortletteragh and Rita Whittingham, Derbyshire, UK.
Ms Carthy, who is based in London will leave for Central Asia for four years on May 27 next and will work with an NGO called Millennium Development Partners, an organisation that aims to provide education, relief of poverty and disaster relief.
The local woman made the decision to undertake volunteer work after she visited the region last year. She will be teaching English in the affected areas and will work alongside a team of eight other people who are closely linked to education and medical work.
Lack of electrical power and water shortages are just some of the daily difficulties that residents in the Central Asian region face; sometimes the electricity is on for an hour a day and water shortages and poor infrastructure make everyday life a challenge for the people living there, as do the very cold winters and very hot summers.
The area which Ms Carthy plans to work in for the next four years is described as a rural and mountainous region where people live in extreme poverty, many of whom are women and children. Husbands migrate to other countries including Russia in an effort to find work and they often take on new wives, leaving former partners and the mothers of their children in financial dire straits.
Contact Patsy Carthy on (087) 4189228 or Marian Carthy on (086) 8560576 for further information.