Northern Ireland is a stunningly beautiful country full of history and some of the most incredible people you could ever meet. Unfortunately, 30 years (1968-1998) of sectarian violence (commonly called 'the troubles') took a huge toll on the people who call this portion of the island of Ireland home. The capital city of Belfast still has more than 10kms of 'peace' walls dividing neighborhoods. Children walk to segregated school in the shadow of murals reminding them of their divided heritage. In the ancient city of Derry (or Londonderry depending upon which side of the conflict you were on) rampant substance abuse and depression are having profound effects on the youth and families. Northern Ireland has the highest rate of suicide in the UK--more than double that of England. And, in the cities of Belfast and Derry, that rate jumps to more than three times the UK average! 1 in 5 adults in Northern Ireland have a diagnosed mental illness. But there is hope. The people are coming together and Northern Ireland is building a united future despite its divided past. Tin House Canada wants to be part of the story of healing. Why not consider joining us in that mission?
THERE IS HOPE!
Tin House Canada proudly supports the efforts of those people on the front lines of bringing hope to the city of Derry (Londonderry). Their presence on the inner city streets night after night is making a difference. Serving hot meals, providing shelter and refuge, applying mental health first aid and intervention--what a team!