The first EU Aid Volunteers Network meeting and workshop was held in Brussels between Feb 13th and 14th. Organised by DG ECHO, in conjunction with the EACEA, the event brought together organisations from around the world to discuss what has happened since the programme began and to look at possible developments for the future. There were over 100 participants, and the event was
How short term volunteering convinced me that I want to work in development long term. From our first issue of Volunteering Options, Joanne Mulligan writes about her experiences volunteering in Uganda: Soon after beginning an internship with VMM International in April of this year, a short term volunteering opportunity arose and I jumped at the chance as I have been eager to experience development
When Comhlámh’s Mark Malone and Ruth Powell found themselves surrounded by tanks and aircraft and soldiers, at the Roger Casement Memorial Day, on 03 August this year, their first thought was to wonder why! At first glance it didn’t seem as if an aerodrome in the middle of Baldonnel, would be the natural habitat for Comhlámh staff, but the day, to mark the
This resource has emerged from a deep feeling of solidarity – solidarity with communities in Peru through the connection of Northern Irish woman Lynda Sullivan, solidarity with communities locally particularly with the Save Our Sperrins campaign, and solidarity with communities all over the world. Digging Deeper: Exploring resource extraction and our connection with the earth! What connects these communities? What are the shared struggles? What is the learning and
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Pictured: Johnny Sheehan, the chair of Comhlámh makes his presence felt at the Youth Summit. Leo Gilmartin is currently on work placement in Comhlámh. He has been on placement since the end of September and is a third year student from Maynooth University studying Community & Youth Work. Here he talks about the Youth Summit event in the RDS. I have been involved with
Hundreds came out on Saturday last to say refugees are welcome. Photo via Uplift. Ireland is failing to adequately respond to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. This is an extraordinary situation and it is unacceptable that the Irish Government has not provided a clear statement of leadership, when Irish people are calling for action. Without compassionate and courageous action and leadership,
Join us for a film screening and panel discussion where we’ll draw on the experience of one community’s struggle against water privatisation in the Global South (El Alto, Bolivia) and relate it to the Irish movement against water charges. This #FirstWeds event will take on a slightly different format. We’ll start by screening the feature-length documentary, Water Rising, that focuses on the struggle against water privatisation in