Progress at the school.


Congratulations to our charity which won the Charity section in the Kilkenny Person of the year award at a ceremony in the Newpark Hotel recently.
This event pays tribute to local people who volunteer to help others and we were delighted that Kilimanjaro Direct received the charity award,which was sponsored by Glanbia.
At the moment we are looking for sponsors for our children at the school.
To see videos of our school and the projects that we do please visit " Kilimanjaro Direct Charity"on Youtube

Kilimanjaro Direct was founded in 2005 by Sheila Ryan,as a response to the poverty she witnessed during a holiday to the area.

Sheila Ryan teaches music in Presentation Secondary, Kilkenny,Ireland.

The aim of the charity is to help alleviate poverty in the `Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania,East Africa.

The charity has a board of Trustees based in Kilkenny, Ireland.It is a registered Irish charity. CHY 17681

Initially help was given to families selected by local village chairmen. These families live in mud huts and were in desperate conditions.Most of the families live off the land< growing maize to survive.

Many times the crops fail and the families are left with very little to eat, perhaps just bananas.

Initially food was given and families were given help to set up small business.

Later the charity began building houses for people with disability who were living in mud huts.

Seven houses were built, using local labour and local materials. This helped provide some employment in the area.

In 2008 the charity decided to build a school as a more long-term solution was needed for the people in the area.

A three and a half acre site was purchased and building began on the school site.

The school now provides not only an excellent academic education, but also two nutritious meals each day for the children.

The children given places in the school come from families who cannot afford to send their children to school, and also places have been given to orphans in the surrounding areas.

At the moment we are appealing for donations to help sponsor some of the children.€35 a month would sponsor a child .

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