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Dedicated to the liberation of people and communities from poverty and injustice

Community Engagement

Through community engagement we aim to build meaningful partnerships and relationships with local communities. Maintaining a compassionate presence and walking in solidarity with those with whom we live and work is fundamental to Edmund Rice Mission. This allows trust to be built and equal relationships to form. It enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the reality of the challenges faced by those living in poverty. Our presence in local areas acts as a catalyst among the people so that they may realise their own power and resilience, By identifying sustainable solutions to local problems they seek to transform their own lives.

We strive not only for a transformation of the lives of those people living in poverty, but also, by journeying together, we are ultimately opening ourselves to being transformed in our way of living and thinking. Through such mutual transformation, together we have the opportunity to enrich all our lives and become a unified force for global change.

In 2015/16, Edmund Rice Development provided €195,024 in funding to 12 community engagement projects in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Zambia, reaching 15,565 beneficiaries.

Students attending the Centro Hermano Manolo in Cochabamba

Cochabamba Youth Programme

Country: Bolivia  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
The Cochabamba Youth Programme is a front line response to disadvantaged and marginalised youth in this central Bolivian city of over 1 million people. Though Cochabamba is known as one of Bolivia’s most economically and socially...
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Edmund Rice Karibu Camps

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
The Edmund Rice Karibu Group was formed in a bid to intervene, to restore hope, and to share God’s love with the marginalized especially those who reside in Kibera, Africa’s biggest slum, home to more...
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Camp leaders and participants enjoying the Edmund Rice Karibu half-day camp, August 2017
Members of the community income-generation and micro-finance projects at Education for Life

Education for Life

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Since 1999, the Education for Life (EFL) programme has been operating in Eldoret, the fifth largest and fastest-growing area of Kenya. It was founded in 1994 by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, and the Brothers...
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Mary Rice Centre

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
The Mary Rice Day Care Centre supports children with physical and intellectual disabilities from the Kibera slum, which is located approximately 5km from central Nairobi. Kibera has been described as one of the most crowded places...
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Maternal Child Health Support Programme, Ruben Centre

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
The Maternal Child Health Support Programme is based in the Ruben Centre in the Mukuru Slum in Nairobi. The Ruben Centre Maternal Child Health Support Programme was set up in 2013 to address the community's poor...
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Thutong ya Bana

Country: South Africa  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Thutong ya Bana (meaning: young people’s place of learning) provides basic schooling to children living on streets and in the informal settlements around Kimberley. Those fortunate enough to be with their families in the informal settlements...
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The Journeying Together team in Luampa held a fun day for local children who were not attending school. Over 350 children came to the fun day - their presence indicating a large population of children without access to education. This was the first time the children held skipping ropes and played with real footballs.

Journeying Together

Country: Zambia  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
In 2016 a cluster of new Edmund Rice Mission communities was established in Western Zambia, an area with immense social problems, where three out of every four people live in extreme poverty. There, 18 Brothers and...
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