The children receiving support have been assessed and have found to be the most in need and at risk children in the community where we work. Each child on the program will receive one school uniform annually, they will receive hygiene materials weekly and they will receive stationary material as needed throughout the year. In addition each child on the program must attend two tutorial classes per week. This sponsorship will include healthcare provisions. Not every child on the program will need medical care but should any child become unwell and need treatment the cost will be covered through this program. Each child will have a case manager that will provide support to the child and family on a weekly basis.
Uniform/Stationary material (Exercise books and pens) €18
Hygiene Materials (Weekly soap, monthly hair oil, sanitary pads for adolescent girls) €16
Tutorial Classes(Grade 1-12). Children can attend daily tutorial classes. €10
Health Education and health care provision. €6
Volunteers are the heart of Youth Release and the running of our programs. They are an invaluable resource and a huge asset to the communities we work in. The volunteer program not only brings support to the people that we are working with but is also hugely important in raising awareness about the problems facing young people in the developing world.
“I really enjoyed my experience volunteering with YR in Dire Dawa this August. Even though it was tough at times with some eye opening experiences, and cultural differences that were hard to understand, I found it very rewarding. I especially enjoyed the time I spent with the kids and even though it was short, I feel we made an impact on their lives. It is an experience I will never forget. Personally I have learned a lot from this trip and since I’ve been home I have been seeing and experiencing things a lot differently; I am more appreciative and grateful for all I have. The opportunity that Youth Release gave me this year was amazing and I’m very thankful for all the help and support I have received from Niamh and Laura and of course all my family and friends. I hope to help Youth Release in any way I can in the future to help them continue the amazing work that is being done in Genda Tesfa” -Aisling Kennedy
Volunteered 2015, 2016, 2017
Volunteering with Youth Release has been a truly rewarding experience for me. Although volunteering was something I’ve always longed to do, I never dreamt I would do it in my retirement! It is so good to see first hand, the benefits of the youth centre at Genre Tesfa,Dire Dawa,Ethiopia, to the local children, who, through no fault of their own are born into poverty. Basic education and rights that we take for granted are a luxury for so many children. Although it may seem like a drop in the ocean, it’s encouraging to see the benefits of education aided by the Youth Release programme.. (Also the Microcredit programme which gives small loans to aid adults with setting up businesses). Every person is important. The staff are wonderful, there is a wonderful bond between them, the children, and the local community.I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering and leave there feeling uplifted by the experience. Those beautiful, smiling faces keep flashing before my eyes long after I arrive home, leaving me longing to return again!
You’ll never meet children as happy and loving as the street children in Dire Dawa – and these are children who have dealt with more hardships and difficulties in their short lives than most do in a lifetime. The weeks I spent volunteering with Youth Release were the most rewarding and fun filled of my life! Although at first it was difficult to deal with the extreme poverty of the region, I found that the positives of the trip soon helped with that, especially as the children were so upbeat and grateful for our time and attention. I realised that, even in my short time there I had the opportunity to make a difference to their education and give them lasting memories of a happy childhood. At the same time I knew my fundraising was being invested in their futures and the future generations. Youth Release is a fantastic group to volunteer with. No one knows Dire Dawa as well as they do, their vision for the region is inspiring and they were brilliant in helping us with all aspects of the trip – preparation, fundraising, travelling, volunteering and maintaining lasting relationships. Dire Dawa and Youth Release will always have a place in my heart and I can’t wait to go back to see how the project and the children are progressing.
The list is endless but some inspiration is listed below. If you would like to run an event for Youth Release please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can raise funds for Youth Release through our partners idonate. You can run any race and set up your fundraising page for Youth Release here
You can host this at your home, church, school, or community centre. This will take some time before hand as you will need to have a collection point for books. Ask the local church or school to help you collect books.
If you are a youth group you could have a car wash campaign. Set up a car wash in office car park, church car park or local shopping centres.
Organise a walk for Youth Release or a 5km walk/run. This is a great way to get the local community involved. Get each participant to pledge to raise €100 through sponsorship. You pick the route and date!
Charge people €30 to enter, they each need to bring 5 items and can swap for any other 5 items at the sale. Any stock not sold can be sold off to benefit your fundraising cause. Raffles are great at these events.
Ask your church if you can make an appeal to the congregation, explain what you are doing and if they can help. You can also do a church collection at the gate.
Contact local businesses and ask them to sponsor your cause in exchange for marketing opportunities, such as having the corporate logo proudly displayed on a t-shirt you will wear at a big event, or on our website
Organise a table quiz at your local bar, charge people €40 a table, or €20 a table at the student bar, get sponsored prizes for teams and have a raffle at the quiz. You can get local businesses involved by getting them to donate raffle prizes.
These are just some basic ideas for fundraising to get you started. There are many more great fundraising ideas out there. If you would like help or more ideas please contact Laura at email@example.com and don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Good Luck!
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