Deirdre Clune MEP launches new strategic plan
Brighter Communities Worldwide were delighted and honoured to have Deirdre Clune MEP officiate at the launch of our new strategic plan at the Midleton Park Hotel on April 11th. Among the participants at the launch were representatives from the local community, Councillor Susan Mc Carthy, President of Midleton Chamber Stephen Belton, Michael Deriaz from Friends […]Read More
A night of celebration and fundraising for our community development work in Kenya
It’s one of the biggest events in the fundraising calendar and this year’s Kenya Ball, held in Cork, Ireland was one of the best yet. Bringing together supporters, friends and volunteers for a night of celebration and raising thousands of euro for community development projects in Kenya. Alongside close to 300 guests, we welcomed six […]Read More
Walking without a purpose – Mountain Challenge – August 2018
Everyone walks in Kenya – it’s the only way to get from A to B in many parts of the area where we work, which is in the mountains and not served by many roads. Volunteers who have worked with the local community really enjoy walking in the area because the scenery is spectacular. Meanwhile, […]Read More
Blog from Harambee volunteer Kevin O Callaghan – July 2018
Kevin O Callaghan is studying International Development and Food Policy at UCC and is on placement with us at our office in Ireland. Kev is just back from Kenya where he spent part of his placement and these are his thoughts on the second and final parts of his visit. Week 3 The second half […]Read More
One the ground experiences from our uni student volunteers
Brighter Communities Worldwide currently have a team of volunteers in Kenya who as it happens are all students from University College Cork. We have 4 medical students on placement as part of the Surgeon Noonan student society; Rachel Daly who has just completed her studies in business and Kevin O Callaghan who is studying International […]Read More
Medical students join Harambee volunteers
Brighter Communities Worldwide currently have 4 volunteers who are studying medicine in University College Cork and on a placement with us for 4 weeks as part of the Surgeon Noonan student society. The volunteers – Fiona Murphy, Ciobha O Kelly, Emma Galvin and Chloe Spillane – have been on placement at Londiani Sub County Hospital, […]Read More
New Brighter Communities Anthem released!
For the first time in our history, a song has been created to support our campaign to end period poverty and our work with women and girls. Produced and released by Sub Sahara Entertainment in Nairobi, the song is a collaborative effort from Kenyan Artistes supporting International Menstruation Day on 28th May 2018. NOTHING CAN […]Read More
Let’s talk a bit louder!
It’s not often that we promote a free, all-day celebration that includes fun workshops and an amazing concert for a cause that promotes hygiene and privacy – but in a way that’s what’s happening in Kenya’s Kericho County on 26 May (we’ll announce the venue soon!). Girls and women around the world are still held […]Read More
International Women’s Day: progress towards parity
As we have said many times before, the best theme for a blog about International Women’s Day would be why it is no longer necessary. Realistically though, that day is still some way off. On the other hand, some of the issues that have driven the need for International Women’s Day – most notably female […]Read More
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is part of the UN’s commitment to ending FGM in all its forms, all over the world. What is FGM? Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice that involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGM has no […]Read More
Merry Christmas – and a better, brighter 2018!
We’re aiming to make 2018 a year when we raise enough money to ensure our work reaches more people than ever – starting now! Our aim for this year’s Christmas appeal is to raise €40,000. It’s a big target – but we’ve got big plans. We’d like to do even more in 2018. More to […]Read More
It’s getting better for girls — but a Day of the Girl is still needed
Every year we like to remind our readers and supporters about the UN International Day of the Girl on 11 October – in fact we’ve been doing so since this initiative began in 2012. Girls and their rights are a strong focus of our work and we wholeheartedly agree that, as the UN site says: “Adolescent girls […]Read More