International Women’s Day 2020
March 6, 2020

This Sunday marks is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Here at Team Hope we strive to see the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality, become a reality in all of our project work. Some of the projects where we focus specifically on empowering … Continue reading “International Women’s Day 2020”

2020 Elections
January 20, 2020

With GE2020 now just around the corner we’ve come up with a handy activity sheet to get your whole family involved in picking your next representatives! Choosing who to vote in GE2020 for and trying to learn what we can about every candidate is a bit overwhelming (or is that just me?!). Also, with so … Continue reading “2020 Elections”

January 16, 2020

Team Hope and Gaisce Team Hope are official Gaisce challenge partners, this means that we can support you to participate in one, or more Gaisce Challenge Area. and help to inspire you to create your Gaisce Journey. Team Hope and Gaisce Our 13 week program, for the Gaisce Bronze award runs with our Christmas Shoebox Appeal and … Continue reading “Gaisce”

Hope in Rwanda
January 13, 2020

Team Hope work with our partners in Rwanda to support survivors of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed. Together with our partners we provide micro loans and training to support the growth of small businesses. The aim of this project is to help people to start or to upgrade their small … Continue reading “Hope in Rwanda”

Reverse Advent Calendar!
November 27, 2019

We all know that Christmas is an expensive time of year. With aunts, uncles, neighbours and colleagues filling up our Christmas lists. It can be the same for schools! At this time of year there can be huge pressure on schools and their families for donations, fundraisers and other charitable events. We have come up … Continue reading “Reverse Advent Calendar!”

Camp Romania 2019
July 19, 2019

My Camp Story (by Theresa Wood) I placed the suitcase on the weighing scales at the airport and smiled …. 16kg plus my hand luggage!  The check-in assistant glanced up and noted my expression.  I confirmed that the suitcase she was about to check in for my homeward journey had just a few clothes and … Continue reading “Camp Romania 2019”

Garden Party Time!
April 12, 2019

John and Jackie are building classrooms, and you can help them!

Helen’s special box!
February 6, 2019

It was a wet dreary Saturday morning as we headed off to distribute shoeboxes. We arrived at a rural community that was obviously desperately poor and bleak. This first home we visited with the social worker was a two roomed little house. Mum and dad lived there with ten children.  The children’s ages were from 3 … Continue reading “Helen’s special box!”

Twins birthday donation
November 15, 2018

What a wonderful way to celebrate! (Article from the Drogheda & Mid Louth Independent)   When twins, Betty Tallon and Kevin Geraghty, celebrated their 80th birthday, they decided to make Christmas special for children in need. Betty Tallon, nee Geraghty, (Slane) and Kevin (Collon) heard about the annual Shoebox appeal and Kevin said it reminded him … Continue reading “Twins birthday donation”

October 15, 2018

Calling all Irish-born now living in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand… This year for the first time, supporters donating a filled Christmas Shoebox gift in Ireland to Team Hope for a vulnerable child overseas, can now invite their family and friends living and working outside of Ireland, to get involved at the same … Continue reading “#GlobalIrishShoeboxAppeal”

Sigi Murrihy
August 24, 2018

lt is the premise of one of Disney Pixars most successful films; discarded, unwanted toys who are afforded a new lease of life. And tha’s exactly what local woman Sigi Murrihy is doing, ahead of this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Sigi, a German native who has been living in Limerick for more than 50 years, has … Continue reading “Sigi Murrihy”

CSPE 2018/19 Project
May 10, 2018

Welcome to our CSPE 2018 Project Our  bright, user-friendly project deals primarily with the issue of Development and International Aid. Part 1  explores the development issues facing today’s world as well as Team Hope’s ABCD approach to these issues. We explore the contributions young people have made to their communities by using their own skills … Continue reading “CSPE 2018/19 Project”

Appointment of New CEO
March 29, 2018

Team Hope are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Heaney as our new CEO, who takes up the role when Niall Barry retires at the end of May. Peter holds a Master’s degree from UCD in International Development and has lived in Africa, working there for Irish Aid as well as for a major … Continue reading “Appointment of New CEO”

Mini Marathon 2018
February 15, 2018

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday June 3rd, 2018. If you’re planning to walk or run, why not raise money at the same time for one of our life giving gifts or projects! When you’re ready to ‘take the first step’, here’s what to do: Register with Team Hope by emailing or phoning 01 294 0222 with your … Continue reading “Mini Marathon 2018”

How Rich We Are…
January 19, 2018

I don’t know about you, but most of the time I don’t feel very ‘rich’. Carol, our Christmas Shoebox Appeal Manager at Team Hope, recently showed me this simple poem (author unknown) and it is a great reminder of the wealth we really have… (scroll down for more) Living in an expensive country like Ireland, it can … Continue reading “How Rich We Are…”

Where are your boxes going?
November 29, 2017

As of January 2018, ALL the Christmas Shoebox gifts have been send on their journeys across land and sea. Below is the link to the town centres that boxes have been collected from and the locations they were heading to! Click to see where yours went! A HUGE thanks to all of you who have picked, bought, wrapped … Continue reading “Where are your boxes going?”

Cipi’s story
October 27, 2017

In 2016 over 40,000 of the 254,218 shoeboxes donated in Ireland went to Romania and were distributed by our partners there. Cipi lives in an old military base with his parents. There is no running water there and it was very cold. Temperatures reach freezing for a lot of the winter in Romania and the family and their … Continue reading “Cipi’s story”

Team Hope on Ireland AM
October 5, 2017

After the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal last year, our Director, Niall Barry, traveled to Swaziland with TV3 to distribute YOUR Christmas Shoeboxes to children living in poverty. Over 21,000 shoeboxes went from Ireland to Swaziland last year, with over a quarter of a million shoeboxes collected and distributed to children in need accross Eastern Europe … Continue reading “Team Hope on Ireland AM”

Happiness in Belarus
September 25, 2017

The simplest thing in a shoebox can be the thing that makes a difference! Ira is 12 years old and was born into a troubled family, she had no father and her mother was an alcoholic. Ira often went to sleep hungry and relied on neighbours who would give her clothes and food when they … Continue reading “Happiness in Belarus”

Gaisce Challenge Partners
September 22, 2017

Team Hope become Gaisce Challenge Partners Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages you to find your passion, get active and make a difference in your community! Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential. Team Hope’s … Continue reading “Gaisce Challenge Partners”

Team Hope Concert
August 10, 2017

An Evening of Music and Dance! On Saturday 30th September at 7.30pm, Unity Gospel Choir and the Lisa Heenan School of Dance will come together for an evening of fun and entertainment to help raise funds and awareness for Team Hope. Venue: Grand Hotel, Wicklow Tickets:€10 from Team Hope (01)2940222/ Unity Gospel Choir will … Continue reading “Team Hope Concert”

Camp Romania!
July 12, 2017

When you’re given a luggage allowance of 42kg per person, it sounds like a huge amount and it’s tempting to see it as a target … but both myself and my daughter found ourselves struggling for space when it came to packing for our trip to Romania! As part of a team of 10 people … Continue reading “Camp Romania!”

Jesse in Malawi
June 29, 2017

In Phalombe, Malawi, 14 year old Jesse received a Christmas Shoebox from Ireland that completely transformed her desperate situation.   “This is first time for me to see someone in a far country remembering me with such an excellent gift”   In an area of extreme poverty, Jesse’s family had the least. She was bullied at … Continue reading “Jesse in Malawi”

Father’s Day 2017
June 16, 2017

This is Jenayta and her Dad. Jenayta is 7 years old and has 4 younger sisters. The family live in a one room shack in a village outside Gjakova, Kosovo. Surrounded by his girls, Jenayta has a very happy father! But he has not been able to find work for many years. To feed his family … Continue reading “Father’s Day 2017”

Spirit Radio
April 20, 2017

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had the privilege of speaking to the listeners of Spirit Radio about our work. This is part of a series that we will be continuing into May of this year, talking about the issues facing the poorest people in our world today and what we are doing to address them. … Continue reading “Spirit Radio”

The Garden Party: 20th May 2017
April 13, 2017

There is a garden in Churchtown, Co Dublin that is hidden away. Throughout the year, it is quietly nurtured and its plants lovingly tended by its owners Jackie and John Horan.  They work hard and see the wonderful combinations of rain and sunshine work their magic as the garden gradually matures and blossoms. Every year this … Continue reading “The Garden Party: 20th May 2017”

World Water Day
March 22, 2017

World Water Day 2017 You will have heard in the news this month that due to a lack of rain, famine has been declared in South Sudan. These droughts have also caused great hunger across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Yemen. WORLD WATER DAY falls amid growing concern for the people in these countries and their ability … Continue reading “World Water Day”

The WOW factor!
December 13, 2016

Three people approach the house there is one familiar face, the other two from Ireland. Two boys run to meet this group, Sasha who is 8 and his little brother of 6. They have smiles on their faces as they can see boxes!  Christmas shoeboxes, wrapped in paper and as they get closer the excitement … Continue reading “The WOW factor!”

Christmas Gift Catalogue
December 13, 2016

Boys running with a gift in their hands. Red wrapping paper with Santa or a tree on it.  A little bit torn but still intact. There are smiles, there is joy,  sure it’s Christmas !   What child doesn’t smile when they receive a gift?  What’s the big deal?  If you take a minute to … Continue reading “Christmas Gift Catalogue”

Zeminar 2016
October 29, 2016

Team Hope had the great privilege to participate in the recent ZEMINAR Seminar Summit held in the RDS in Dublin. We had a great time with students hearing of The RIPPLE EFFECT and how they can start something small which can grow into SOMETHING GREAT. One box for one child, can be profound for one family which, … Continue reading “Zeminar 2016”

The Centres of the action!
June 1, 2016

So, the Christmas Shoeboxes have been collected.  They have been packed with love by those young and old.  The checking centres are buzzing with tape, cartons, boxes, and there are volunteers everywhere. There is the seasoned volunteer who spends their Novembers up to their eyes in shoeboxes or the newbie that is just starting out being … Continue reading “The Centres of the action!”