Firhouse Family Festival


1-DAY SUMMER VISITS IRELAND ON 19th MAY FOR FIRHOUSE FAMILY FESTIVAL We hope the whole country appreciated all the hard work and prayers that went into organising the good weather for the Family Festival at Firhouse Carmelites on Sunday last. Although we only wanted it specifically for our Festival, we were happy to share the beautiful sunshine with the rest of the country too. Thanks to the fine weather, we had a huge turnout, with families using the occasion to relax in the grounds of the Carmelite Monastery, while their children played Field Games in complete safety. The Garda Band performed during the Festival, and entertainment included story-telling, model railway exhibition, photography exhibition, cake sale, garden plants, art & craft stalls, raffles, sale of work, and many other activities. The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Cathal King attended as Guest of Honour, and took the occasion to launch a range of

Postcards from Dublin

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This selection of post cards was designed by Harambee, using images from South County Dublin and Ireland. All sales will be used to raise much-needed funds to support the work of Harambee Education Fund’s scholarship programme in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi. If you would like to purchase a selection of ten cards, please send a donation of €10, giving details of your selection here, including the reference number/title, and your postal address. You may also purchase copies of the original prints, by contacting us directly for range of sizes and price list.

10th Anniversary Night at IT Tallaght

Some of the guests who attended our celebrations in IT Tallaght last evening (21 Feb); including some photos taken in 2003, of our student volunteers, Gráinne, April, Carol, Ken, Eimear, Catherine.

On behalf of the Harambee committee and our sponsored students, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters and sponsors for your kind wishes on our Anniversary, which was celebrated in IT Tallaght recently. The event was a great success, with many of those who visited Mukuru since 2003 present, making it an evening full of happy memories and nostalgia. We shared photos, slide show and videos, recalling the amazing team of volunteers who created the Féile-Sherehe Festival in 2003, marking the official opening of KwaNjenga Primary School. We also had photos from the 2002 and 2004 expeditions to Kilimanjaro, and the 2007 visit of IT Tallaght students.

2004 South Dublin Kilimanjaro Expedition

In 2004, following our visit to Mukuru in 2003, and the success of the Féile Sherehe Street Festival, it was agreed that we needed to do more to help the school children of Mukuru to achieve a good standard of education as a basic civil right. An expedition was organised to climb Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 mtrs – to raise funds and awareness for educational projects in Mukuru. The expedition team consisted of staff and students at IT Tallaght, including the then Director, Dr Columb Collins; and staff and Councillors at South Dublin County Council, including the then Mayor of South Dublin, Máire Ardagh, and her husband, Seán Ardagh TD. The expedition was a major success, raising almost €100,000 towards education projects in the slums. On completion of the expedition, the team returned to Mukuru to work in the local schools and to see at first hand, the

2003 Féile – Sherehe

Children of KwaNjenga Primary taking part in the Festival

In June 2003, a team of volunteers, including students and staff from IT Tallaght, visited Mukuru slums to work in local primary schools to create a Street Festival and Carnival to mark the official opening of the newly constructed school. The volunteers worked with the schoolchildren and their teachers to create the Festival, which brought an amazing splash of colour, music, dance and art to the otherwise dismal landscape of the slums. During the Festival, meetings took place with local teachers, parents and community leaders, to address the many issues facing children in the slums. The general consensus was that unless the children could continue into secondary school, much of the value of their primary education would be lost, and at the age of twelve or thirteen, most would simply fall back into the continuous spiral of poverty and destitution into which they were born. Plans for a scholarship programme

2002 Kilimanjaro expedition

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