Concern at 50

This year, Concern celebrates 50 years of tackling extreme poverty all over the world.

50 years of working together to change the world

Concern Worldwide was founded 50 years ago, in 1968, by a small group of people in Ireland who simply wanted to do something to help the people of Biafra struggling to survive a massive famine.  They sparked a grassroots movement that raised millions of dollars, and delivered thousands of tons of essential food and relief supplies, circumventing a military blockade, and saving countless lives.

Concern 50: We Still Believe

Five decades on, millions of lives transformed, so much more potential.

That movement grew into one of the world’s most respected humanitarian organizations, which over the last half-century has responded to disaster and worked hand-in-hand with communities to rebuild, recover, and create lasting change for tens of millions of people in more than 40 countries.

Concern volunteers on a river ferry

Members of the Concern team in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) preparing to cross the Congo River in 1999.

As we celebrate this milestone, we’re not pausing for a moment, because we are needed now more than ever.  We are nearly 4,000 staff members, thousands of supporters, hundreds of local partner organizations, working directly with more than 10 million people in 24 countries.  Like our founders, we are relentlessly committed to doing whatever it takes to save and change lives in the hardest-to-reach places.

Concern Worldwide 50th anniversary logo

These are just a few of the chapters in our story…

A Good News Story From Rwanda

Over the past 20 years, Concern has been partnering with USAID and other donors to develop and implement what has become known as Child Survival programming in different countries. And it does exactly what it says.