Taking action for Lesotho
Action Ireland Trust held its annual gala dinner in The Grand Hotel in advance of its 2019 mission to Lesotho.
Some 180 guests attended the event which was hosted by Marty Whelan at teh Grand Hotel in Malahide.
Guests were addressed by Francis Whelan CEO of AIT who outlined the work of AiT in Lesotho.
In particular he highlighted two key projects The construction of 'An Early Childhood Development Centre' and the reforms that AIT are delivering at local and national level in the form of policies and national planning.
The delivery of child care in Lesotho requires considerable investment and AIT are leading the way here.
The Early Childhood Center is due to open in June of 2019 and has the support of UNICEF and The Ministry of Education and Skills in Lesotho.
This will be a model of excellence in child care envisaged to be replicated across the country.
The other key project mentioned was the digital mapping and spatial planning being delivered by volunteers from Fingal CC. And can be viewed at # MapLesotho.
Two planners from Lesotho have just completed a master Spatial Planning Development at DIT they are now back in Lesotho working with Local Government and Chieftainship where they are applying their newly acquired skills.
Currently there are three planners from Lesotho beginning a masters at DIT.
Students from Portmarnock community school will continue the digital mapping of the country when they travel to Lesotho in February.
Mayor of Fingal Anthony Lavin acknowledge the work of the Trust and Fungal volunteers with the charity Ciaran Staunton and Stephen Peppard. The mayor welcomed the newly appointed Embassdor of The Kingdom of Lesotho HE Sekhulumi Ntsoaole.
The ambassador then spoke thanking AIT and Fingal for their work in Lesotho. He acknowledged the long and historical links between Ireland and Lesotho and the work of AIT and Fingal was important in keeping this historical link alive. He went on to wish the students from Portmarnock community school and the volunteers traveling the very best for their project.
The charity acknowledge the support and presence of Deputy Darragh O'Brien (FF), Deputy Alan Farrell (FG), Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) and Cllr Brian McDonagh (Lab).