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Cause Description

The society was founded by a group of university students at the National University of Galway, Ireland (NUIG). Dra�ocht sponsors community based projects in Nepal and Tanzania in conjunction with two NGOs; TEAM Nepal and The Olive Branch of Children, Tanzania. The projects are focused on, but not limited to, Early Childhood Education, Home-Based-Care, Micro-Finance, Health Camps & Health Campaigns. Other achievements include; construction of several schools educating 700+ students, health & agriculture programs and scholarship awards for students. Dra�ocht coordinates volunteer trips for students to both our international bases.


Draiocht was established in 2008 by Melanie Hennessey, a former NUIG student. The founder's dream was to help orphaned Nepali children and to promote multi-culturism in Ireland. The society immediately linked up with the charity TEAM Nepal. We have established an orphanage home in Talamarang, a small village high in the mountains of Nepal and we send volunteers out to help every year. Our plan is to make the home completely self sufficient within five years, we hope to do this by using renewable energy and creating an agri-business. We have also been involved in founding a community school in Talamarang which now has over 500 students. We have also been involved in various village health camps, and promoting local business in the village and hope to help establish a permanent health centre in the future. However, since the earthquake in 2015, many of our plans for the moment are put on hold as we continue to provide funds for first line treatment and begin to help rebuild the schools, and villages around Talamarang.

In 2013 we forged a link with another charity, The Olive Branch for Children in Tanzania. Founded in 2005 by Deborah McCracken, their 'main aim is to help remote communities in Tanzania assess their primary needs and establish programs that target the most vulnerable'. Their 'focus is on HIV/AIDS prevention and care, early childhood education, food security and vulnerable children and women' and their 'goal is to establish community-led programs that empower remote communities and generate models that can be replicated in communities throughout Tanzania and elsewhere'.

Where Your Money Goes

Draiocht is run by a number of students who volunteer their time throughout the year. As such, there are no administration fees and 100% of donations go directly to funding our children's home in Nepal and various community projects in Nepal and Tanzania.

The utility costs of accounting, company registration office, and any revenue costs are paid for from grant aid that we receive from the university. However, funding for all of our projects and running of the children's home comes from fundraising events and donations.

Cause Registration

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Contact Details

Draiocht, Societies Office, NUI Galway. , Aras na Mac Leinn, Galway, Galway, IRELAND