In 1980, a group of Civil Service Unions were concerned about the terrible poverty experienced by those in what was then called the Third World. They decided to form a body which, although modest, could play a part in one way or another, to help eliminate some of this poverty which is rampant throughout the poorest parts of the world. Following initial discussions with the Official Side, and with their support, that body became a reality as the Civil Service Third World Fund. In 1984 it’s name was changed to the Combined Services Third World Fund to reflect the establishment of An Post and Telecom Éireann, now eir, and the continuation of contributions to the Fund from staff and pensioners of those companies. The aim of the Fund is to award grants to those most in need to help bring clean water to villages, to establish health clinics, to provide surgical and other equipment for hospitals, extra classrooms for overcrowded schools, and even building small primary schools where none existed before.