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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 marginalised 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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Ruben Centre

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement Education
Ruben Centre is a non-profit, faith-based organization striving for an empowered and just Mukuru community by providing quality education, health, financial and social services to children and families in the area. Ruben Primary School, run in...
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Maternal Child Health Support Programme, Ruben Centre

Country: Kenya  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
The Ruben Health Clinic was first established in a simple tin shed in 1992. With a staff of 30 professionals and volunteers, the Ruben Centre Health Clinic offers curative, promotive, preventative and rehabilitative services to...
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Edmund Rice Camps

Country: South Africa  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Edmund Rice Camps (ERC) run recreational camping programs for disadvantaged youth and their families across South Africa. The camps focus on providing an opportunity for growth, support and enjoyment within an atmosphere of acceptance, care and...
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Edmund Rice Camps volunteer Leaders on a Leaders Training Workshop
STAR project participants

STAR Project

Country: South Sudan  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Our mission is to educate, support and advocate on behalf of all people living with HIV in Yambio, as part of a society-wide response that seeks an end to the HIV epidemic. The STAR group is...
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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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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.
Participant in the Ruben Centre's income-generating activities, Kenya


ERD IMPACT 10 commemorates 10 years of ERD’s support of Edmund Rice Mission by highlighting the impact of the work of our partner projects. ERD works closely with our partner projects on the ground in developing countries to invest in young people, empower women and collaborate with local communities.
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Nuevo Horizonte

Country: Peru  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Nuevo Horizonte is a project started in the town of Chimbote, Peru. Many of the families live in extreme poverty – there is no running water, sanitation or electricity in town. Edmund Rice Mission established a...
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Participant in the Nuevo Horizonte programme, Peru

Venezuelan Refugees in Peru

Country: Peru  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Since 2015, over two million Venezuelans have left their country due to the humanitarian crisis there. Thousands of these displaced people have settled in Peru, where many live in extreme poverty. Edmundo Rice Latinoamérica has...
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Empowering the Sama-Badjao Community in Bato Leyte

Country: Philippines  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Widely known as the “Sea Gypsies,” the Sama-Badjao tribe is one of the many ethnic groups of the Philippines. One of the largest populations of Badjaos in the Philippines can be found in Dolho, Bato...
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Badjao children showing their cultural dance
West Africa Mission Coordinator Br. Abu distributing school materials to one of the beneficiaries from Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School and her uncle

Girls Empowerment Project

Country: Sierra Leone  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement Education
Girls’ access to education is a major problem in the Small Bo Chiefdom in Sierra Leone. The chiefdom is one of the most patriarchal chiefdoms in Sierra Leone, where the intensity of the eleven-year rebel...
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Edmund Rice Development is a registered company limited by guarantee. Registered in Ireland, Registered Charity Number: 20071004, Company Number: 463400, Revenue Charitable Tax Exemption Number: CHY18492, Registered Address: 23 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 AR55.

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