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 [...]
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.
Halfway House has just recently had to move site. Halfway House is a project run by Mukuru Slum Development Project, a partner of Africa Direct's since 2008, and was situated in South B, Nairobi. This project provides a temporary home for street boys, accommodating 20 boys for a 6 month period in which they are supported through shelter, food, social support, and education. At the end they are assisted to return to their families and/or school. The building itself, like many others in Kenya, was squatting on land near the Mukuru slums, which has just been reclaimed by the Kenyan [...]
Songa Mbele sends us the latest on what is happening. Mark Howard, Africa Direct's UCC workplacement student has worked with them during his placement in Kenya. Click HERE to read the newsletter.
Kolwezi Good Shepherd Sisters were invited to a forum of NGOs and government ministries (Gender/Family/Child, Local Planning, Social Affairs, Education, National HIV/AIDs Control, Youth, National Control against Child-Mining) for discussing ways of preventing and eliminating children labour in the artisanal mines. Good Shepherd Kolwezi where identified as wholistic in approach, a major success story in this area and were asked to give a 20minutes presentation of applied learning.
Songa Mbele's new building is the first of its kind in the Mukuru Slums. It was finished in December 2014 with Africa Direct and Electric Aid co-funding. A great upgrade that is much in need. Currently there are around 40 children. This sort of facility is in high demand for breaking taboos and social isolation. A BIG thank you to Robert Kanake and Wanda Designs for their generous time contribution towards making this project happen! And thank you to all those who helped. Read More about it on Songa MBele's Page