Three school friends from Longford are about to embark on their biggest adventure to date, as they travel to Honduras to work as part of Dublin City University’s Global Brigades Society.
Niamh Mulligan and Michelle Farrell from Colmcille attended Bunlahy NS, and met Gemma O’Reilly from Dromard when all three attended Moyne Community School.
The trio are now studying in DCU, where Niamh and Gemma are in their third year of General Nursing and Children’s and General Nursing, respectively, while Michelle is in her second year of Health and Society.
From June 12 - 23, the three Longford girls will join seven other students from DCU on a Medical and Public Health Brigade to a small community in Buena Vista, where they will work alongside healthcare professionals.
Though there is a health centre in the area, the people don’t have access to nurses, and Niamh explained, “in order for the people of the area to get any healthcare, they have to walk at least three hours.”
Local children will also be taught about good hygiene habits, and will be provided with the necessary tools to maintain those once the brigade leaves.
As well as this, Niamh explained that the group will visit houses in the area helping to improve facilities for the residents. This includes installing more hygienic concrete floors and providing proper toilet facilities and managing waste disposal. Water storage will also be looked at, and another brigade will work along with dentists to take care of dental hygiene and health.
Before embarking on the trip, all participants have to raise €1,500 each, and over the past few months the girls have held events to raise the necessary costs.
It was a delighted and grateful Niamh who revealed that the girls not only met their targets, but surpassed them, raising more than €1,900 each, and they wish to extend a huge thanks to everyone who supported all their fundraising efforts.
This money will be well used, providing proper medication, amongst other things, for the people of Honduras.
Though admitting that she was previously nervous about the trip, Niamh is now looking forward to the adventure.
“I’m excited!” she smiled. “I’m looking forward to it now - I just can’t wait to get out there, it’s going to be such an experience!”