Support Ciara’s Rwanda work

Some the school children in Rwanda who have received uniforms thanks to the charity.
Some the school children in Rwanda who have received uniforms thanks to the charity.

Ciara Hepburn, orginally from Pinwherry needs your help in raising funds so she can help the people of Rwanda over the Christmas period.

Ciara, who is now studying politics and international relations at Dundee University is the vice President of the charity ‘Children of Rwanda’.

She has been invited to undertake an opportunity within the charity to spend three weeks over the Christmas time doing voluntary work under the name of the charity.

Whilst over there with the charity, Ciara will be carrying out many tasks which include buying school uniforms directly from schools and not local traders, opening a bank account in the name of the charity, meeting with the district authorities to register as a charity in Rwanda, proving their compatability with priorities in Rwandan districts, selecting new children for the programme, paying for the full school which begins in January, being there whilst uniforms are being distriubuted, gathering information about school improvement projects and the cost of future University programmes and helping with family planning.

The charity need the full three weeks to ensure the mission is successful and the costs of the trip for Ciara are significant. Travel injections will cost around £400 alone to ensure her safety and wellbeing.

The work carried out is vital for the families and will be very rewarding to Ciara.

A fundraising night has been organised for Saturday 7 November in Girvan’s Catholic Hall in the form of a ceilidh with several bands playing throughout the night.

Doors are at 8pm, straight after the fireworks finish down the shorefront with tickets £6 (under 12s go free) and it’s a night to bring your own booze.

Tickets are available on the door and also from Gelateria Ice Cream Parlour at 17 Bridge Street, Girvan and A.D Rattray’s Whisky Experience shop in Kirkoswald.

If you cant make it on the night but with to donate to Ciara’s work visit:

Bands including the Red Hot Ceilidh Peppers, The Stumblers, Clyde, Matt Wilson and The Spuds will be playing.

The newly registered charity was the first charity ever created at Dundee University and it provides financial help to children and families in the African country by paying directly for school and health insurance.

The children that have been selected to receive this aid are located in too adjacent villages, Ngoma and Kigarama on the coast of Lake Kivu in the western part of the country.

In 2015 Children of Rwanda has been able to allow 109 of the most in need children to return or continue to attend their local schools and has also paid for basic health insurance for them and their families granting 284 people access to medical facilities.

Fundraising now continues in the hope more children return to school whilst making sure they and their families are healthy.

Children of Rwanda was set up by a good friend of Ciara’s who was also studying politics and international relations and he is now studying for a Masters in London and Ciara says she was honoured to be asked to take over the charity.

You can find out more information on the charity by visiting or