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SHEP'S Mission Statement 

In solidarity and partnership with others we seek to foster the well-being of people, families, communities and the wider world and to contribute to building a healthy, loving, socially-just and sustainable way of living.


SHEP is an Irish not for profit, community based training and development organisation established in 1974. We are a registered charity (CHY9974). SHEP promotes social and personal transformation through experiential group work in Community Education and Facilitator training as well as through Advocacy, Low Cost Counselling, Earth Awareness and an International Learning Partnership with the Nepalese NGO, Sahakarmi Samaj. SHEP works throughout counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick and also in Waterford and Clare as well as supporting the work of our partner Sahakarmi Samaj in Nepal.


where your money goes

Shakti - meaning 'Power' is the name of  Sahakarmi's new 3 year community empowerment programme, the aim of which is to :

'Contribute to a sustainable and empowered civil society, by mobilising marginalised people in rural Nepal '

SHEP and Sahakarmi Samaj do not give out aid in the traditional sense. Your money will not fund food parcels, medical supplies, school fees or capital equipment such as water pumps, tractors etc. Instead it will fund the support and training needed to enable people to organise at a village level and lift themselves out of poverty, to become active citizens who can claim their rights and entitlements and farmers who can build resilience and adapt to Climate Change.

Your money will help people transform their own lives.

The focus of this work is on the empowerment and social inclusion of all people, and the breaking down of barriers and discrimination around gender, caste, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, disabilty, marital status or religion. It is also focused on working with local and regional government officials, training them to listen to their constituents, adopt people centred policies and better respond to the needs of the community.

Your money will provide part of the core funding for the Shakti programme for 2022-25.

SHEP has secured a 3 year grant from Irish Aid which provides 70% of the total budget for the Shakti programme. However this funding is conditional on us finding a further 30% in matching funding. Some of this has been pledged by Nepali municipal governments but SHEP still needs to make up the difference of at least €5,000 per year. That's a total of €15,000 over 3 years.

Some of the activities that your money will fund: 

  • The training and employment of local field workers to facilitate community development  groups in poor rural communities 
  • The setting up of 84 new Community Development Groups and training them in Rights Based Advocacy & Action Planning 
  • Civic Educator Facilitator Training for 58 community group members so they can help others and share their skills and knowledge
  • Training programmes & support grants for young people interested in Agroecology & Green Entrepreneurship 
  • Leadership programmes for women
  • Indigenous seed saving workshops for 1200 people


Thank you for reading this far ....with your generous help,we know we can do it !


contact details


The Old Primary School, Ardfoyle Avenue, Ballintemple, Cork, County Cork, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 9974

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20025120

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