Our Summer Volunteers Depart

All the best to our summer volunteers who will be delivering English language summer programmes and activities in Addis Ababa and Bulbula, Ethiopia. The volunteers will depart over the coming weeks and will  join Kathleen, Vincent, Gerry and Carmel our capacity building volunteers, already working hard with the Daughters and Fathers on a variety of projects.

2014 volunteers at pre-departure training at All Hallows College last April.

2016 volunteers at pre-departure training at All Hallows College last April.

Bon Voyage to Toni, Jade and Jill who will work at St. Joseph’s Primary School, Bulbulla, which is now under the principalship of Sr Ayelech who recently moved to Bulbulla from many years in Bahir Dar.

For the 15th consecutive summer, VLM volunteers will facilitate an English language summer programme at Atse Primary School in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Addis Ababa. Dorothy, Breege, Jenny, Maria and Bernadette will lead activities for children from the ages of 7 to 15. Finally, Elish-Therese and Sorcha will spend four weeks working with children recovering from orthopaedic surgery at Alemachen rehabilitation centre.

A welcome home to Gráinne, too, who has just completed her placement in Kenya, as the first official volunteer from VLM Ireland to serve with the Daughters of Charity there. Gráinne’s background in photography was valuable as she worked with the sisters on creating a photo archive of their work across five different locations.

Another first in 2016 was VLM’s sending of volunteers to the Daughters of Charity in northern Ghana. Travelling in a research capacity, veteran VLM volunteers Vincent and Kathleen observed the work of the Daughters there in the area of education. This will hopefully pave the way for the sending of more talented VLM volunteers to Ghana in the future.

Well done also to the groups from Castleknock College and St. Paul’s College, Raheny who facilitated a summer school for the children in Ambo. We are delighted to have the annual Vincentian School’s Immersion programme up and running once again.

A total of 15 VLM volunteers will contribute to our partner projects this summer, with two more to follow in the autumn in capacity building roles with the Daughters of Charity in Addis and Woylita. Well done to all and we are looking forward to sharing your photos and accounts of your experiences over the coming months.