End poverty in all its forms everywhere 

The Smurfit Kappa Foundation are deeply committed to supporting the local communities across the 36 countries in which we operate. View a snapshot of the projects we have undertaken below, all of which aligns to one of our focus UN SDGs, "No Poverty".

We would like to acknowledge that whilst these projects are aligned to our focus UN SDG of No Poverty, many also contribute to other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

No Poverty 

Irish Red Cross – Ireland
With the start of the war in Ukraine, it was decided that the Smurfit Kappa Foundation would support the Irish Red cross with a donation of €200,000 to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. Our donation helped the Red Cross provide life-saving aid including blankets, food, clothing, healthcare, first-aid, psycho-social support, hygiene kits, shelter and cash support.
Red Cross Volunteer
Polish Medical Mission
Polish Medical Mission – Poland
A €200,000 donation was given to the Polish Medical Mission to help and support vulnerable people suffering due to the war in Ukraine. This helped to provide much needed aid to Ukrainians fleeing their country, such as medical assistance for hospitals, first aid posts on the Polish border, on-site doctors, vaccination programmes, field hospitals and help for neonatal wards.
Polish Medical Mission
Early Learning Institute – Ireland
ELI provides educational support programmes at each stage of a child’s journey, all of which support children and their families to develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their educational and life goals. €15,000 was donated to ELI to help fund over 10 Ukrainian families on the Home from Home programme for families living in emergency accommodation in Dublin.
Child in school
room for homeless
Depaul – Ireland
Depaul supports those suffering from homelessness throughout Ireland. With the help of a €200,000 donation from the Foundation, Depaul were able to refurbish three homeless family services across Dublin and Belfast which supported 169 adults and 208 children in 2019 alone. Refurbishment updates included new beds, mattresses, bedroom and kitchen furniture.
room for homeless
Peter McVerry Trust – Ireland
The Peter McVerry Trust family hub in Glasnevin, Co. Dublin accommodates 13 families currently experiencing homelessness. However, there is a lack of space for their children to play. With a €5,000 donation from the Smurfit Kappa Foundation, a new play area was built in in this family hub so that the children can play outside in an area that’s safe and fun.
Children's playground
classroom
Peter McVerry Trust – Ireland
A donation of €5,500 was made to The Peter McVerry Trust to help fund a ‘Summer Engagement Programme’ for children in their family hubs, and the purchase of necessary educational materials. The aim of the family hubs are to help support families to move out of homelessness as quickly as possible while providing positive environments to mitigate against the impact of homelessness.
classroom

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