CARI Funding Appeal – CARI (Children At Risk In Ireland) provides child-centred specialised therapy to those affected by child sexual abuse.
With current levels of funding, it will take CARI over five years to clear the backlog of children in their system
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
Children at Risk in Ireland (CARI) has launched a Funding Appeal to help the foundation reach as many children as possible on their five-year waiting list.
CARI (Children At Risk In Ireland) is a leading voluntary organisation that provides child-centred specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. The CARI Foundation is a registered charity that has two full-time centres, one in Dublin and one in Limerick.
The foundation gives children a safe environment filled with hope, trust and confidence, which leads them to a path of recovery through therapy. This non-profit organisation has been shining a light for children for almost 30 years.
Sadly, CARI is undergoing a waiting list crisis in the aftermath of the pandemic, doubling in 2020 alone and escalating by 160% as a result of ‘Stay at Home’ Covid-19 restrictions.
While the country was urged to stay at home to stay safe during the pandemic, regrettably home was not the safest place for some children and CARI is working towards assisting the increased numbers in need of their services.
However, with current levels of funding, it will take CARI more than five years to clear the backlog of 286 children in their system. Five years is too long, as children as young as three-years-old have been harmed by their experiences and need care as soon as possible.
CARI Foundation is currently receiving funding from TUSLA which they are forever grateful for, and have called upon the Government for additional financing during these challenging times. For decades, CARI has been the beneficiary of huge generosity from Irish communities and corporations, which helps to bridge financial gaps.
With the increased urgent demand for services, these gaps are starting to widen, and CARI kindly asks the public to support their Funding Appeal in any way that they can, to help reduce the waiting time for children who need quick and efficient care.
To donate to CARI’s Funding Appeal go HERE
For more stories about CARI go HERE