The first refugees to be helped by the “Homes From Donegal” building charity in Africa have moved into their new houses.
The founder of the initiative is Ballybofey man Tim Jackson who expressed his thanks to all who had given to the cause, with nine houses being completed so far.
He shared his plans to continue building for the refugees by holding a county-wide clothing collection to raise funds on Sunday 8th February.
Tim said “When I visited the Central African Republic last year, it was devastating to hear stories from refugees about what they had suffered and of how many of their loved ones had been killed. Going home to Ireland, I decided that the least I could do was try to give them back the dignity of a home.”
Having been displaced last year in a bloody war that swept the Central African Republic, one million refugees fled into make-shift camps and Church grounds for protection.
Most have had to stay there despite a reprieve in the violence, as their homes and villages lie in waste after being destroyed by rebels.
“We can give a family a new home for only €700, so hopefully there will be a big response on February 8th to the clothing collection. We are going to have collection points for the clothes around the whole county.”