Volunteer Trip 2014

February 18th, 2014

This January 34 volunteers left Shannon airport and embarked on the yearly trip to South Africa. Every year a group travel with a mission to make a difference to the lives of the people of Missionvale. This year was no different, the group set off with several targets in mind. First, was to construct a shelter for the people of the township who often queued for hours in the blistering heat everyday for food to feed their families. This shelter will supply a much needed respite from the heat, sun and torrential rain. Three television screens were also fitted into the shelter. These will be used to play educational videos while people queue for food.

Another important aspect of this year’s trip was a project to harvest rainwater. Water supply in the township can be a huge problem as Missionvale suffers from a water shortage for most of the year. However, when rain does fall, it comes in the shape of massive thunderstorms. The large green tanks fill immediately and most of the storm water is not captured. Andy & Liam, who travel every year as volunteers, and their crew dug a large channel through the church carpark. They then connected in two large pipes leading to  underground collection tanks, all the storm water will now flow into this tank. This water can then be used for multiple purposes; one of the main assets of this new system is the supply of water now available to the community gardens. This project shows that while the volunteers are only there for a small period of time they are still able to make a huge difference to the lives of the residents of the township.

One of the main aspects of Ethel’s work is to teach life skills to the poor of Missionvale. While the residents may be poor they also have pride. Ethel’s ethos is to create a way for the residents to support themselves and their families through work. One factor of this is the community gardens. The people of Missionvale are encouraged to plant and work on these gardens in order to grow food. Not only are they supplying food to their families they are also learning a new skill. On this trip eight more community gardens were completed.

Once again the people of Ireland who support Missionvale have made a huge difference to the residents of the township. This trip has proven to be a huge success with all planned projects completed. If you are interested in volunteering or donating please get in contact through admin@missionvaleireland.org or please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/missionvaleireland.


Clare FM Interview

March 3rd, 2013

Ollie O’Loughlin (Chairman of Missionvale Ireland) Tiernan McDermott and Cian Moran (Transition Year Students) spoke to Clare FM’s Morning Focus about their experiences on the most recent trip to the Missionvale Township in January 2013.

To listen to audio click on Missionvale Part 1, 2 & 3.


Part 1
Ollie O’Loughlin speaks about the origin of Missionvale Ireland in 2008.
An audio clip of Sr. Ethel talking about her first encounter with the Missionvale township.


Part 2
Ollie explains the challenges facing the township, talks about this years trip in January and bringing transition year students for the first time.
Transition year students Tiernan McDermott and Cian Healy talk about their experiences as first time volunteers with Missionvale Ireland, how they fund raised for their trip and the work they completed while in Missionvale.


Part 3
Cian and Tiernan speak about how their perspective on life has changed since their return from Missionvale and how they hope to return in the near future.

Images from 2013 Project

February 19th, 2013

Some images of work being completed on the nutrition unit in Missionvale Care Centre by this years volunteers.

Missionvale Ireland Project 2013

January 27th, 2013

Pictures of work being completed on the nutrition and wellness unit.

New Project Announced

January 22nd, 2013

Details for the Jan 2013 trip to Missionvale have just been announced.
This year’s project will be the upgrading of the Nutrition and Wellness Unit on the campus.
A group of volunteers will depart Ireland on Jan 19th, returning on Jan 29th.
Enquiries to admin@missionvaleireland.org

First Day in New Classroom

April 27th, 2012

Finally, after a lot hard work and determination, the children of Missionvale Primary school are in the classrooms built by Missionvale Ireland.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a reality.

We really can make a difference.

Thank You for Supposting Music for Missionvale

April 14th, 2012

Music for Missionvale

A fantastic night of music and song took place at Purcells Lounge Bar, Ruan on Sunday night, April 1st. Brenndan Begley and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh entertained the crowd with wild and wonderful music from West Kerry.

Later Chris Drowney, a superb musician, took to the stage with singer, Kate Purcell. The highlight of the evening was the magnificent rendering of “Peaceful Corcomroe” by Kate and Chris.

The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

Proceeds to Missionvale Classroom Extension and supplying the school with equipment.

Ethel and globe for new classroom

Missionvale Primary School 2012

February 26th, 2012

Please click on link below for more pictures:

Missionvale Primary School

The future of Missionvale lies with its Children

February 18th, 2012

The volunteers recruited new brick layers dsc_04801

“I am only one person and I am scared of that monster. It is literally eating us up here” Ethel

Statistics in 2010 show that 30.2 million people in South Africa were estimated to have aids. The monster that is aids is killing a generation and ruining so many lives. Children are left without parents, mothers die with the knowledge their will be no one to look after their children when they are gone. Innocent children are being born with a disease that can kill them before the reach adulthood. It is a disease that is wiping out millions of people.

A generation is dying from this disease leaving the children and the aged behind. This generation is dying because of lack of education; they do not understand this monster that is killing them and those around them. The stigma surrounding aids clouds any enlightenment as to what the disease is and how it is contracted. People live in a society that is ignorant as to what causes the devastation surrounding them.

The answer is to educate the young, open their eyes to what is happening around them, remove the ignorance, and teach them so they can teach their mothers, fathers and siblings.

This January two groups of Irish Volunteers travelled to Missionvale to build an extension to the school that exists on the grounds of the care centre. Previous to this, the school only had the resources to teach up to the Irish equivalent of third class. Now, with this extension, children can attend Missionvale Primary school right up to sixth class and continue onto secondary school. This is a huge leap for Ethel and the Missionvale community.

“I would put all my faith and trust in that school over there. That out of if will come the doctors, the visionaries” Ethel

Building Project 2010 is a success

November 23rd, 2009

On Jan 26th, 2010, 2o volunteers returned from Missionvale SA having re-roof ed the Community Centre building. This building acts as a hub for the thousands of inhabitants of Missionvale. Indeed, what was noticeable while there were the number of daily enquiries to book the Community Centre for various activities.

 The predominantly Clare-based volunteers were ‘buddied’ with local inhabitants ,who worked alongside the volunteers in an effort to learn basic carpentry skills, thereby fostering some self-sufficiency for future maintenance.

In addition, the volunteers installed a comprehensive CCTV system in the Care Centre campus, which brings the centre right up to date in terms of Best Practice for Child Protection.

The volunteers also found time to assist in the feeding station, and also attended a Farewell Mass, presided over by Clareman Fr. Donough O Meara.

Plans are already afoot for another trip to Missionvale in early 2011.

Please email ‘Contact us’ for any further information.