Development Education Workshops

In 2012, SERVE held development education workshops with groups in Dublin, Mayo and Belfast on the topic of HIV/Aids and the MDGs.

Development Education on HIV/Aids and the MDGs was also carried out as part of preparation in advance of the SERVE volunteer projects.


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Shared Advocacy Campaign on HIV/AIDS in 2012

Throughout the SDP, SERVE will run Shared Advocacy Campaigns on the issues on HIV and AIDS, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the role of the voluntary sector and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). They are focused on raising awareness, critical thinking and active citizenship among the general public to contribute towards a movement for change in favour of the MDGs and contributing to the Post-2015 MDG agenda.

In 2012, SERVE rolled out an advocacy campaign on HIV/Aids, with the aim of engaging individuals on the topic and raising awareness, critical thinking and active citizenship among our network of volunteers. SERVE believes that volunteers have the ability to be the best advocates for the issues they’ve seen while on placement. Volunteers have a role to play in meeting the MDGs, and they engage in critical discussion and participatory learning during development education workshops during preparation, throughout their placement and upon their return.

SERVE rolled out various elements of a campaign around HIV/Aids in 2012, including:

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Lifeline Relief

The Redemptorist Church in Tacloban has been providing a vital lifeline of shelter, support, and vital relief supplies for two and a half thousand people daily since the typhoon has struck. The basic aid relief supplies of food, water and medicines are the still the major need. A medical mission is also operating out of the church grounds. Daily container shipments of relief supplies are making their way from Cebu to Tacloban through your support. Your support has been making a real impact where it is needed. Please continue to support and share this urgent appeal.

Thank you.

In Aid of the Philippines Relief Effort

St. Louis Grammar School in Kilkeel have very generously recorded a song “Now I know” in aid of the SERVE Typhoon Haiyan Appeal in the Philippines. Please donate what you can in support of this great work.


Sincere thanks to the staff and students of St. Louis Grammar School in Kilkeel, including Mr. Franicis Loye (SERVE Volunteer, Philippines 2006), Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Mrs McDonagh and the Pupils involved in Music / Music technology.

Update from the Philippines

Chris O’ Donoghue of SERVE is currently working alongside the Redemptorist Centre for Social and Ecological Concerns (ReCSEC) in the Philippines in this relief effort. Describing the situation, he writes in his blog of the difficulty in trying to comprehend the destruction that has occurred as a result of the Typhoon.

Colaiste Cois Life: Immersion Project to South Africa and Mozambique

A group of fifteen students and five teachers from Colaiste Cois Life, Dublin, have returned from their immersion project in South Africa and Mozambique. The group spent two weeks with SERVE’s partners Tapologo, Tsholofelo and Young Africa, volunteering with development projects and learning about development issues facing young people in Southern Africa. The ambassador to Mozambique,Ruairí de Búrca, visited the group in Beira and said that ‘it is gratifying that through the work of SERVE and volunteers such as those from Colaiste Cois Life… that Ireland can play its part in supporting their work.’

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