Tony Woods from Doon in Limerick served as the Chancellor of Trócaire’s partner the Diocese of Lodwar in northern Kenya. Tony Woods left Ireland when he was just 20 to teach in Cameroon, in Central Africa. Two years later he moved to Kenya. He has been there 50 years later, now in his 70s. He was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Lodwar in northern Kenya.
The Diocese is a partner of Trócaire’s in northern Kenya and is the main provider of support for people in the absence of any significant government investment or infrastructure. He worked with Trócaire to provide medical care and education to the people of Turkana, a county the same size as Ireland.
With hunger on a massive scale across East Africa, his work is as important now as when he first arrived on the continent.Mr Woods is best known for the close to three decades he spent at St Charles Lwanga, which he built literally from scratch to an academic powerhouse in the country.He dedicated his entire life to not just teaching but molding generations of students, some of whom ended up as prominent personalities in government, the military, the Judiciary, the private sector and also in the diaspora. Tony told Trócaire that they were in the middle of prolonged drought which had been going on for more than a year and had seen crops fail and animals die.
Trócaire was the link between the people of Ireland and those in needs in the developing world. The money donated at home in Ireland is absolutely crucial. Donate to Trócaire and together we will save lives.
Sadly, the great pillar to the nation and more so to Charles Lwanga ,has been reported dead. He died after a short illness at Eldoret Hospital at the age of 79.
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