In 2014 2 projects were selected
Eco Congregation Donegal Event
The Raphoe Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group in Letterkenny, Donegal, hosted a seminar by Prof. John Sweeney of NUI Maynooth addressing the topic of Climate Change: the clock is ticking, and the urgent need to take action for climate justice at all levels of society. Over 80 people attended the event where the aim was to raise awareness about the issues involved in climate change and the ethical challenge to take action to bring about climate justice, on earth and its peoples and with the earth and all its inhabitants.
Video For Volunteers by the Umbrella Foundation.
A group of volunteers from the Umbrella Foundation felt it is really important that volunteers know the main things about volunteering before predeparture. They asked people from NGO's and returned volunteers about were the main things and came up with a video called "5 Top Tips for Volunteering"!
Three group projects and three individual projects were selected in December 2013:
Group projects: A series of workshops by Engineer Without Borders, Children Stories book on social justice thems by Damien Thomson and Laura Mcloughlin; Contribution towards the Disability & Development action week in Letterkenny by Donegal Centre for Independent Living.
Individual projects: Art classes with global justice and awareness issues by Myriam Mac Cionnaith; An event on traditional knowledge in Andean indigenous communities contributes to communities' climate resilience and adaptive capacity by Sian Cowman; Photo exhibition by Samanta Conlon
Three projects were selected under this scheme in January 2013: An Upcycle Workshop with returned volunteers by Ana Barbu and Grainne O’Neill of Development Perspectives; A touring exhibition of paintings by Emily Price and Amy Bunce; A University guest speaker series by Engineers Without Borders.
Development Perspectives hosted a one-day workshop for returned volunteers to ‘upcycle’ furniture (chairs, tables, jewellery boxes, etc.) and learn about the connecting development education issues. The aim was for participants to have a deeper understanding of where products such as furniture made of wood come from, as well as gaining the perspective of making something new out of old products, to challenge the idea of waste and mass consumption.
Emily Price and Amy Bunce (EIL Intercultural Learing)
Emily Price and Amy Bunce from EIL Intercultural Learning created an exhibition of paintings based on photographs taken during their volunteerexperience in Guatemala. The exhibition is aimed at exploring women's empowerment and development education. The official launch was held in the Irish Aid volunteer centre in April 2013 and since then it has been displayed in several venues nationwide. Catalogues of the paintings were printed and were sent to the organisations that Emily and Amy established links with in Guatemala. If you missed the exhibition you can view a short video of the launch here.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers without borders hosted a series of talks in Irish universities as part of their goal to engage engineers studying and working in Ireland with global development issues. The talks were delivered by a selection of speakers who have worked and volunteered in the development sector, with a view to educating and informing attendees on a range of areas and issues related to engineering in global development, using case studies to highlight both technical and non-technical challenges and successes and hopefully also sparking a debate on the role of the engineer in this work. The talks provided an opportunity for students and recent graduates to meet more senior, experienced engineers who have worked in this area and we hope that the networking opportunities presented will lead to the development of ideas, collaborations and future active EWB branches.
2012 Awarded Projects included:
An African Workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years to increase children's knowledge, understanding and awareness on development issues in a fun and interactive way.
A Penpal Project between a national school in Co. Kerry and a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote awareness and understanding of a different culture through education and making a personal connection to a person in another country.
An Exhibition of Photography called Waiting for Rain, to present images of hunger in Kenya, from the 2011 East African drought, with an honest portrayal of the impact on urban and rural poor.
An Exhibition of Photography called Alternate Perspectives: Life in East Africa which aimed to highligh the challenges but also the abilities and resilience of the people in communities in Tanzania and Uganda.