Archive for October, 2018


Thanks for Raffle Prizes

October 19th, 2018

We were so lucky to have been given a number of fab prizes for our School Dinner Raffle. We’d like to thank everyone who supported us so generously, including:

Kite Surfing - 3-hour kite surfing session/lesson
Thank you Francoise Colussi, PureMagic, Achill/Clontarf

One whole Achill Lamb - sourced from flocks grazing heather hills and seaweed shores
Thank you Grainne Calvey, Calvey’s Achill Mountain Lamb

Private Tour of Dublin Castle for up to 35 people
Thank you to Rosemary Collier and Fergal Martin at the OPW

Private tour of Farmleigh House and Estate (Ireland’s State Guest House) for up to 20 people
Thank you to Rosemary Collier and Fergal Martin at the OPW

Pilates Classes with Eva in her beautiful studio
Thank you to Eva Berg, The Secret Pilates Studio, Rathmichael

Vintage Tea Tour on board a Vintage Routemaster
Thank you to Karen Nixon

Free Range Organic Turkey
Thank you to Peter & David Caviston, Caviston’s Food Emporium, Glasthule

Luxury Shu Uemura hamper
Thank you to Georgina McEvoy

2 Fine Bottles of Wine
Thank you to Gerard Maguire, 64 Wine, Glasthule. 

Thanks also to a number of donors who strictly wished to stay anonymous.

READING THE SIGNS by Gary Jermyn

October 18th, 2018

A long-time friend and supporter, Gary wrote this poem inspired by his visit to Uganda back in 2011. He kindly recited it at our recent fundraising School Dinner.

READING THE SIGNS

when I close my eyes I see the rusty red railway-crossing sign
a red X with “RAILWAY CROSSING” in white lettering
though no train runs here now
and the line is overgrown

beyond the sign a red dirt road climbs to a hill
and a young boy walks towards me
gracefully balancing a yellow plastic container
on his head -
something I could never do -
brown cow watches him from behind a bush
goats graze nearby

somewhere else in Africa
Moshe in Tanzania I think
there is another sign
on the edge of the town
at a busy roundabout
“WATER IS LIFE”

and in this moment
life for this boy is bringing the water
down the hill
to home

near to me now
a woman rises from the field of cotton
a baby half-hidden on her back
she calls to the boy with the water –
words I do not understand -
and they smile and wave to each other across the ditch

in the sky there are birds flying
and though they are not
I think of them as magpies
scattering black and white
against the blue

there are two of them
two magpies
“TWO FOR JOY”

(c) Gary Jermyn 4 April 2011

Download here: Reading the Signs

The 10 Most Important Facts About Education in Malawi

October 15th, 2018

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Malawi has been ranked as one of the lowest-performing nations for literacy in sub-Saharan Africa. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world and education is proven as one of the critical pathways to improving living conditions in the country. Here are 10 facts regarding education in Malawi:

Experts believe that education is the driving force to alleviating poverty in Malawi and that it can help the country move toward development. With greater government involvement and international organisations supporting the nation, education in Malawi has the potential to improve in coming years.