Vocational Skills and Human Rights in rural Nicaragua.

CESESMA is a small indigenous NGO, focussing on the promotion of educational and human rights of children and young people in rural areas of Nicaragua. ElectricAid has had a modest-enough funding relationship with CESESMA since 2005 – our total commitment in that time has been just over €30,000. Our most recent funding was for a…

Life Chances for Street Children in Ethiopia

GOAL’s programme for street living children & youths (SLCY) in Hawassa, Ethiopia aims to rehabilitate these “lost” young people, giving them life and employment chances through self-development, non-formal education, and hands-on vocational training. Our 2016 funding of this project has directly led to the salvation (there is no better word) of 33 young people, giving…

Building BEmONC in Sierra Leone.

BEmONC is one of those appalling acronyms in use in development. But it stands for something so vital and life-giving – Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care – addressing the huge and unacceptable risks to women and babies in childbirth in Sierra Leone.  Our 2016 funding of €14,000 for Partners in Health, a long-standing and…

Support for Overseas Aid remains strong in Ireland.

Dóchas, the umbrella body for Overseas Development Aid, recently commissioned MRBI to sample attitudes in Ireland to ODA. The results confirm the Irish public’s strong and consistent support.  We constantly over-estimate what the Government spends on ODA – and still think it should do much more.  Thankfully, the “Trump” agenda does not appear to have impacted…

May: New Hope, New Beginnings.

Sometimes you can feel that the “Development Aid Industry” deals only in despair, deprivation and disaster. Despite the ongoing food emergency in East Africa, and other natural and man-made crises, development aid is essentially about hope, about progress and about new beginnings. Economic growth rates are high in Sub-Saharan Africa, and millions of people have…