Lasallian Developing World Projects Ireland

Charity Number: 6945      Lasallian Developing World Projects do not have any staff. 
No bonuses, no salaries and no employed people. All donations go to those in need.

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Good Better Best,

Never Give Up Until,

The Good Becomes Better,

And The Better Is Best.


Inscribed on a mud-hut school wall in Allemghane, Bale Region, Ethiopia 2004.


Planting the seeds of Democracy and Understanding can only be done through Learning and Education.


De La Salle Brother Kevin McEvoy, Brother Thomas Walsh and Brother Mike Finnerty have encouraged many people to take up the challenge of travelling and working in underdeveloped Countries. I am lucky enough to have met Brother Tom and become involved in the work of the Lasallian Developing World Projects.


The concept of the ‘Africa Projects’ began back in the early eighties. Brother Kevin McEvoy leading the charge. Each year a different group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers has come together to make a difference to a community of people for whom a little counts for a lot. Initially, Groups comprised mainly young people, however, over the years a cross selection of different age groups have worked well. To date groups have spent six weeks of their summer in Ethiopia, Kenya, Togo, Nigeria and India.


The Projects mainly focus on Teaching. Numerous Teachers, and people from all areas of life, take their summer holidays and spend time helping schools in Ethiopia and North Kenya. The children we have worked with are never bored of listening. Their exposure to the English language is invaluable. Anyone who can hold a conversation is a valuable asset on the Projects. The schools we have been fortunate enough to work in and help build have all been funded by the Lasallian Developing World Projects. This small charity organisation is a recognised NGO and is completely managed and run by Volunteers.


I have seen how the Brothers work, first hand. Dealings with local authorities, Tribal Leaders, government officials and local people is a sight to behold. No matter who meets them, no matter what their language they know they are engaged with people how have their best interest at heart. I worked on two school building sites in Ethiopia. One in Bucha, a very remote region and the second in Herero, close to the town of Adaba. Brother Tom worked along with the Volunteers. He rose at 6am and stopped once for lunch each day, returning to the Volunteers compound late in the afternoon. His drive on a building site is unreal. Always positive, always willing to give every ounce of energy. We worked through rain and sun and our only goal was to complete the school building. I worked with Kevin McEvoy in Kenya over two Projects. There are not enough hours in the day for Kevin. His school, in Dirib Gombo, Marsabit,  is a model for any environment. The Brothers ensure that Local people and communities come together and form strong committees and alliances. In this way, any completed projects can continues long after the Brothers have left. The people must manage themselves, otherwise, the time, effort and money invested, is wasted.


Many requests come to Tom from Tribal Leaders in the Bale Region of Ethiopia. One such request came from Allemghane. A village 30km from Robe. I travelled with Tom to survey the area for a possible School Building Project the following year. Tom was visibly taken back from what we met, as we all were. The Allemghane School comprised a number of Mud Huts and loosely corrugated shacks. This was all the local community could put together; it was enough to prove they dearly wanted an education for their children. The Mud Huts were classes up to 150 children per room. In the winter it was freezing and God knows how warm the Huts would become in the Sun. Planks were saddled across pieces of wood for benches with nowhere to rest a pen or paper. The Blackboards were falling off the walls. In 2005 Tom started the Allemhgane School Building Project, funded by the Irish Government and private donations from Volunteers, their friends and family. One structure of 8 classrooms is fully complete. The work completed is dramatic. Desks, books and blackboards all supplied under the Projects umbrella.


While the Brothers ensure the Building Projects continue, they always have Teaching programmes running in conjunction. For 4 – 5 weeks Volunteers take classes. Local Teachers also sit in. The older students get involved in conversations ranging from HIV/AIDS to Economics and World Political matters. It is an open book on Education. Proof that Education is priceless. Providing Teachers and Building Schools is the main stay of our work in Africa.


Nursing and Teaching in Orphanages is also a primary feature of the Tom’s work in Africa. The Orphanage in Goba, Bale Region, Ethiopia is an example. The structures and classrooms were all built via the Lasallian Developing World Projects. The Orphanages also receive teaching through the Projects.


Aside from Teaching the Groups deliver much needed medication, educational books, first aid, HIV test kits and crutches. Getting people off the ground and on their feet was a feature in 2005 / 2006. We delivered over 600 sets of crutches to Orphanages from Addis to Robe in Ethiopia.


The work carried out by the Brothers and a small group of Volunteers is unreal and all in spare-time. Selecting the Teams for Africa, arranging Transport, Security, Accommodation and all the other aspects of taking groups to Africa. But the Lasallian Developing World Projects manage and, thank God, everything has gone well.


Thanks to those all who continue to give individual support encouragement and goodwill.


Lasallian Developing World Projects is a small charitable organisation situated in the De La Salle College, Newtown, Waterford. The Charity is co-ordinated by Brother Thomas Walsh and Brothe Mike Finnerty. As a small NGO, the overheads are minimal and all donations are directly pushed to where people are most needy. We concentrate all our efforts and resources on small regional areas to gain the optimum impact and a lasting positive impression. We push to make a difference to a community of people for whom a little counts for a lot.


If you are willing, have an open mind and sense of adventure do not hesitate to contact us and get involved. The experience will be humbling and fulfilling. I remain humbled and honoured to be a part of the Projects.  


Planting the seeds of Democracy and Understanding can only be done through Learning and Education.


Eoin Walsh.


Eoin Walsh Africa 2006

Lasallian Developing World Projects [Ireland]

LDWP had its origins back in the early 1980’s when the De La Salle Brothers in Britain, Spain and Ireland began organising short-term Summer Projects involving young adults in   local communities in different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, initially, and subsequently in other countries in need.

These projects usually have the following elements in common:

  • v  They last between 4 – 6 weeks;
  • v  They are aimed at needs identified by the receiving or host communities;
  • v  Volunteers must be at least eighteen years of age;
  • v  Groups comprise 8 – 12 members;
  • v  The quality of interaction between the group and the local community is paramount;
  • v  Volunteers raise funds for their own travel and personal expenses;
  • v  Volunteers attend a number of preparatory meetings in Ireland before departure;
  • v  The safety of all members is always a high priority;
  • v  Volunteers always respect the host/receiving culture;
  • v  Volunteers write about their experiences which are published in a booklet and circulated to schools, libraries and donors.

 To date, projects have been undertaken in Ethiopia, Kenya, Togo, Nigeria and India. In recent years LDWP has received considerable financial support from Miseancara which has enabled the groups to fund the construction of kindergarten and primary schools, dispensaries and health centres, and accommodation for nurses and teachers.

 LDWP has been a wonderful success story. Volunteers don’t set out to convert or change anyone; but most volunteers return to their homes changed by their experiences. While they may well set out with a focus on what they plan to do and give, they usually return home knowing that they have received infinitely more than they have given.

 It may be just a small drop in the vast ocean of need; but, as Mother Teresa of Calcutta once remarked: the ocean would be much poorer without that small drop.

 Brother Kevin McEvoy fsc [LDWP co-ordinator 1986-2000]

 We Plant Seeds…


That is what we are about:

We plant seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted,

Knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,

An opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,

But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,

Ministers, not messiahs,

We are prophets of a future not our own.


-Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero

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Provide Education, Medication and Select Building Structures to people in small rural regions of underdeveloped countries for whom a little counts for a lot.

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