Granaghan Outreach Charitable Trust was formed in a follow up to the first parish voluntary project undertaken in October 2006. On the 9th of October 2006 a team of 13 volunteers (below) from the Granaghan Parish in County Derry travelled to Siaya Town in Western Kenya to take part in the first parish volunteer project consisting of the renovation of 5 classrooms at the Nyasidhi School. The original idea for a volunteer project was generated by Fr. Kieran O’Doherty and the Granaghan Parish Council in early 2006. Advice was sought from Moving Mountains, a Belfast and Nairobi based charity, and together with their help, an idea developed into a confirmed project. Interest soon spread throughout the community and the foundation of a team of volunteers emerged.
Since then the charity have travelled to many parts of the world such as Buenos Aires and Zambia. Each trip has been successful due to the generous donations from the wider community and each of the volunteers.
The direct benefits which flow from our purposes include the provision of funds and assistance of volunteers to facilitate education, medical and social infrastructure (including food, water, clothing, furniture, health supplies etc.) in deprived areas primarily but not exclusively in Kenya. We aim to reduce social deprivation and poverty and offer a better standard of living by providing improved educational facilities, improved living conditions in orphanages, improved medical care in hospitals and clinics etc. and also provide financial assistance for one off beneficiaries who require specific urgent medical attention. Purpose built schools give children/young people the facilities they require to gain an education. They also provide a safety network and structured daily routine, encouraging them away from a life of crime. It improves personal development, skills, social standing etc. which in turn will prepare and allow them to aspire to a bright and happy future.
These benefits are (will be) evidenced through: more children attending school/increased number in school attendance, lower crime rates, improved education and higher employment rates in the future, improved living conditions which can be seen from photos taken and receipts of items purchased, improved medical conditions etc and feedback from beneficiaries (including letters, emails, photos etc.) We do not believe our purposes give rise to any harm. The charity’s beneficiaries are: overseas/developing countries Specific areas of deprivation General public There is no private benefit flowing from the purposes set out by this charity.
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