What do we do?

Amawele facilitates programmes of global education and partnership in Ireland and works in Civil Society in African focussing on schools governance, IT, literacy and providing a sustainable food garden in each school.

By using a twinning and partnership mechanism between African and Irish Schools, Amawele is fostering a greater awareness of global issues, through real people and real experiences. We believe this enrichment of a curriculum benefits pupils and teachers from both communities culturally, morally and socially.

Our History

Amawele was founded in 2007 by a group of parents who wanted to provide their children with deeper global perspectives and a broader outlook on the world.

The group established a partnership between Kildare Place National School, Rathmines and Qinqua Mtwana Primary School Cape Town South Africa.

Amawele has grown to create 102 schools partnerships between Irish and African schools.


Amawele’s vision is to develop meaningful partnerships between school communities in Africa and Ireland, enabling the learning, sharing and experiencing of local knowledge and issues. This will promote global learning exchanges and enhance an understanding of life in each other’s world where everyone has access to the resources they need to achieve their full potential.


To deliver global learning experiences to school communities, enabling teachers and students to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others and to work to alleviate poverty by working in partnership with organisations representing communities in developing countries, and challenging the systems that keep them in poverty.


We welcome all those who share our vision and mission and meet our criteria for volunteers. A passion for education, compassion and a driver to make the world a better place are just some of the qualities we seek in our volunteers.

Our Values


Inequality of access to resources and power is the fundamental cause of throughout the world and needs to be challenged. We will work to improve the quality of life for people in poor communities in developing countries, and challenge the systems that keep them poor.

Human Rights

Every person is entitled to human rights and the freedom to develop their full potential. We will respect and work to promote these rights.


Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. We will respect the culture, knowledge, skills and experience of the people with whom we work.


Every individual is part of one global, interdependent community for which we all share a common responsibility for the protection of both people and the environment. We will promote this ethos.


Integrity and honesty are vital in maintaining trust and confidence. We will work in an open and transparent manner to ensure the highest standards of professionalism.

The Board of Directors

Amawele is governed by a Board of Directors. Our Board members come from a variety of backgrounds and their experience and expertise help guide the organisation and plan for its successful future.

  • John Clarke
  • Daire Coffey
  • Mark FitzGerald – Chairperson
  • Ann Creaner
  • Michael Finnegan
  • Ronan King – Company Secretary
  • Tony Ennis
  • Shona O’Neill

To read our annual reports click here.

Company Information

Amawele Limited is a company limited by guarantee at the Companies Registration Office in Ireland (Company Number 434371) Amawele is also registered in South Africa under Section 21 of the 1973 Companies Act – Company Number 2007/015631/08

Our Team

Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy

General Manager
Crystal West

Crystal West

Country Director (Amawele South Africa)
Reece Carstens

Reece Carstens

Development Practitioner ( Amawele South Africa)

Our Approach

Many factors blend together to contribute to a distinctive approach to our work. The relatively small size of the organisation facilitates a decision making structure which is close to the ground and can adapt quickly to change.

Building the capacity of partners supporting them to be effective in the implementation and management of their projects; increase their visibility and community recognition; and therefore, attract and manage additional funds and resources is a key strength.

Our increasing networking and links with other CSOs and development actors provide opportunities for learning and exchange of knowledge and promotes lesson learning. The pooling of information, knowledge and best practice that these linkages allow, strengthens our development of appropriate results based and impact measurement systems and supports policy development. This successful approach, to support partners to help ensure their growth to enable them in turn to support more of the most vulnerable communities, represents a particular added value of our organisation.

At home we raise awareness of the causes and effects of poverty by delivering global education projects and, through our membership of the IDEA Comhlamh and Dochas, we campaign and lobby decision makers for change to benefit poor people. Our membership of advocacy networks in Ireland will help ensure the values, experience and expertise of Amawele and other member organisations feed into local, national and international policy formulation.

For the period of the strategy Amawele’s membership of such umbrella groups will support the fulfilment of its main objective: to promote sustainable development, social justice and a fairer society in both local and global contexts. Membership of working groups will provide opportunities for shared learning and enable us to apply that experience to our work.