Deirdre Sheehan is currently on work placement in Kenya for 6 months. She has been there since mid March ans tracks her first experience in a developing country with beautiful honesty in her blog: deirdresminuteaday.wordpress.com Every year Africa Direct offer placement to student's studying International Development and Food Policy BSc in University College Cork. The student spends most of their time working on the ground with our partners in Africa. The placement is a valuable experience for the student to see the theory they have been learning for the last 3 years in practice, whilst also providing Africa Direct with important [...]
Africa Direct is an Irish Cork-based charity working with partners, mainly in Kenya and fundraising to support projects for people living in poverty. We are run by a membership of volunteers open to anyone to bring their own skills, ideas and backgrounds. We are a fully voluntary organisation committed to getting the maximum funds raised ‘direct’ to our partner’s projects. You can find out more about our organisation and what our partners are up to by browsing our website, or signing up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page. Over the last year we have created a new website, [...]
Registration is now open to join this years group of volunteers heading to Kitale! June 18th to July 1st a group of Africa Direct volunteers will be working in Kitale, Northwest Kenya, alongside our partner the Good Shepherd Sisters Kitale. This is the third trip of its kind, with last years group having great success (read the comments at the bottom of the page). The cost is €1850 for 2 weeks, a little more if you are fundraising your costs (the details are broken down in the link below). Living with the Sisters means savings so we can deliver [...]
Excitement is building as we enter the final week's countdown! RED FM Dave Mac makes Africa Direct board member, Jack O'Connoll, LOCAL LEGEND on Corks RedFM 104-106 (sure we already knew he was one anyway) CUH FM Cliff Wedgbury interviews Africa Direct board member Rosie Woods on CUH radio (don't forget Part2). Cliff presents his own radio program every saturday from 11am-1pm. You can find it on tunein radio. Rosie speaks of her work in Africa Direct and the Cork Harbour Cycle.
Singer, poet and songwriter Cliff Wedgbury sings us a song to set us up for this year's cycle! Above Cliff plays the ukulele whilst singing a ballad he wrote about the Cork Harbour Cycle and some of those involved in it, including a few of the volunteers and members of the Cork singers club. BELOW is a picture of Cliff and Eleanor serving soup with a smile from the back of their van in 2013. Do you recognize those smiles? Cliff Wedgbury has been involved with the Cork Harbour Cycle since the very beginning, helping out at the registration and distributing [...]
Preparations are well under way as we build up to the 13th Cork Harbour Cycle. Once registered participants will receive an sponsorship pack with important details for the day and a sponsorship card. VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE HERE ENTRY IS NOW OPEN TO REGISTER EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org READ THE LEAFLET SHARE OUR EVENT ON FACEBOOK
The 'Whip-Around' Appeal has raised a total of €4455 so far with more to come! The appeal was created to raise money for specific upcoming and current projects run by our partners, and will continue to remain active for the coming year. Those who would like to read more can access the page through the main menu at the top of this page. People who donate are given the opportunity to turn their donation into a gift card for someone. Our gift cards are hand painted by children from the Mukuru slums and contain an insert with information about the specific [...]
Pope Francis recently visited Kenya and Sr Mary Killeen, long term partner and friend of Africa Direct's, was chosen to give a speech. Please read more in an article by the Irish Times by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to watch the CNN cover Songa Mbele's brilliant work. You can see how the school is running in the new building funded by Africa Direct last year and the great work that they are doing there.