A final word of thanks and goodbye…

Posted on: 5th September, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

by Declan Murphy. Clonakilty native Declan established just-one in 2004.

Having initially established just-one and helped guide its important work over the last 12 years, it’s with great disappointment that I now share news of an unfortunate series of events in Nepal which has brought an unexpected and untimely end to our work there. The situation, broadly summarised below, arose when, in response to news of my planned departure from the organisation later this year, the just-one board in Nepal was subjected to an unwarranted take-over.

A meeting held without quorum in Kathmandu on April 2, 2016, saw eight non-members (unknown to all but one board member) illegitimately appointed to the board as executive officers.

Subsequently, this new board issued a month’s notice to just-one‘s entire team of staff, initiated the closure of our Transit Home facility and informed beneficiary families that support was to be withdrawn and the organisation closed.

Most telling perhaps is that, having arbitrarily sacked the team of social workers so crucial for the success of the follow-up care provided to our beneficiaries, an IT Officer has since been employed to create a new online presence (website, facebook page, etc) – soon to be soliciting donations and volunteer support, with the unauthorised use of the text and photos from this very website!

It’s important to emphasise here that this now questionable operation has neither the approval nor support of any of the numerous individuals who’ve helped shape just-one into what it had become over the years. We can in no way endorse any work this group may or may not engage in and, in line with our recent press release, must again reiterate that WE ARE NO LONGER SEEKING OR ACCEPTING ANY MORE FUNDS as the organisation is now to be closed in due course.

Given the ever-present goodwill and willingness to contribute to the clear need that continues to exist in Nepal, I imagine many of our valued supporters may have difficulty in comprehending how something like this could actually happen. Perhaps those more familiar though with the NGO sector in what remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world will better understand that, sadly, such occurrences aren’t all that uncommon. As satisfying as it most certainly would have been to witness our good work to date continue, with the Nepali operation now so fundamentally compromised, I’m afraid that is simply no longer possible and hence a difficult decision was made to break ties and wind down.

It was with this regrettable eventuality in mind that, prior to their dismissal, the long-serving and committed staff did their utmost to ensure the balance of funds with the organisation in Nepal were spent on ensuring as best they could that each of the 70-plus beneficiary children received, in advance, everything they might need for a trouble-free and successful year at school. The just-one board in Ireland have also expressed their firm commitment to ensuring what limited funds remain will be applied solely to the purpose for which they were kindly donated – helping disadvantaged children access educational opportunities they would otherwise be denied.

While it’s certainly not as straightforward or effective as it once was, with the assistance of some dependable individuals and trustworthy organisations in Nepal with whom I was able to put my colleagues on the Irish board in touch with, they have already successfully managed to provide the additional support needed by some of the beneficiaries who had begun falling through cracks which, not surprisingly, have appeared since the withdrawal of support services. Efforts will continue as much as possible to help link these children and families to other NGOs for the various services they may well need into the future.

So as not to let just-one‘s story end on a note of sadness or failure, I’d like to close by highlighting the various great achievements which we’ve made hugely positive contributions to over our years of operation. I must applaud too the incredible support of ALL those who’ve so kindly believed in what we stood steadfast for since the very start. With so many lives utterly transformed already, the positive effects of our dedicated efforts to date will continue to ripple outward, long into the future. Children who lacked opportunity have grown into independent young adults with promising futures ahead of them and there are others too still making that important journey. I’ve no doubt whatsoever that, despite what’s happened (and perhaps in spite of it) each of them would want to echo the unending thanks and gratitude I wish to express to each and every one of the countless individuals who’ve so kindly played the innumerable and varied roles in just-one‘s proud existence. Thank you all so very, very much and goodbye!


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Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

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Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

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Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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