Local and Global Development- Sharing the Learning!


Last chance to book for our final participant showcase where we join Bebhinn Mullins from the Clonmany Community Centre Donegal. Bebhinn has been working alongside a national social enterprise FoodCloud since 2018 helping to place a focus on food waste.
This initiative has naturally developed into a wonderful community project helping to highlight more sustainable food choices whilst helping to combat food wastage. Through their connection with foodcloud they have collected and redistributed over 7000 kg of food (the equivalent of almost 17,000 meals) and has almost 23,000 kg of CO2 savings as of the end of February 2022. @Clonmany Community Pantry has created interest from community organisations around Ireland.
Hosted by our facilitators Francine and Annette and followed by Q&A – To join please register through our eventbrite page see : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/290824151867

Fairtrade Carndonagh – Final Event

We cannot contain the excitement about our final event for #Fairtrade Fortnight and its gonna be amazing !! Join us for an ‘In Person’ Event at The Colgan Hall next Friday 4th March – where we will celebrate all things Fairtrade , with food, tasting samples, stalls, talks and a live performance!!!
Stalls to include Ballyharry Bees,  Inishowen Beekeeper’s Association, CSS , St Pats Boys , St Pats Girls , IDP ,  Artisan Kombucha , Cúl a tí , Café Banba plus Spraoi Agus Spórt, Scouts and others TBC.

Fairtrade Art Competition

Delighted again this year to work with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny with the Fairtrade art competition. Schools around the county can participate, even if your town is not yet a Fairtrade town. Young people have led the way in raising awareness of Fairtrade and our local schools, primary and secondary, have ran thought provoking programmes for many years.
Get involved today and share your vision of the world you want through the theme of Climate Change – Create your art work , take a photo and email to info@regionalculturalcentre.com or add them to their Facebook Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/RCCforKIDS

Online Lunchtime Speaker Event

Join us next Thursday 3rd March at 12 Noon for our Lunchtime Fairtrade To Go Speaker Event online – We will join host Patsy Toland for a look at ethical businesses in Donegal who give us the #Fairtrade Choice – Guests include Stella Boutique in Donegal Town , Weigh n’ Go Carndonagh , Revive Dunfanaghy and The Farm Shop, Moville. 
To book your spot today and zoom in for an exciting talk with lots of Fairtrade goodies on display : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/fairtrade-to-go-in-donegal-tickets-272689620997

Self-Help Africa Art Exhibition

Europe Direct Letterkenny are delighted to host a Live Art Exhibition this month with Self Help Africa and Donegal ChangeMakers. The exhibition runs in Central Library from 21st February until 8th March and will offer the general public an insight into women at the Frontline of Climate Change. There will also be a speaker event at 12.30pm on Tuesday 8th March.

Created by Self Help Africa this exhibition shows that Women are the engine of Agriculture, working on small scale farms that support the majority of the continents people. Women till the soil, plant the crops, weed the fields, harvest the produce , transport the goods and prepare the food. But although Africa’s women carry out up to 70% of the manual labour on small farms , they receive only a fraction of the available support .

This photo exhibition takes a close look at the lives of these women, such as Togolese farmer Yendoukoa Assibi  who is educating her community about the dangers of deforestation, and Minata and Baba Wedrago from Sika village who dig Zai in the 40 ⁰C heat in Burkina Faso.

And stories from Lipolougou village, where Sana Mamata lives with her daughter-in-law Yougbare and granddaughter Aisha, where 30 villagers have banded together to rehabilitate a water well and are using the water to irrigate a communal vegetable garden. In doing so they have created one small plot of green in the dusty ground and provide enough to feed themselves and their families.


Self Help Africa and Donegal ChangeMakers are together tackling the root causes of injustice and poverty, locally and globally, so that we can create a bright and sustainable future for all. As a partner of ChangeMaker’s in Donegal, this photo exhibition will allow us to look through the lens of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and to learn more about Climate Justice, Sustainable Agriculture, Gender Equality and Ethical Trade.


Started in July 2012, Changemakers is now in its 10th year. There are four Project Partners, Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal Education & Training Board, Self Help Africa and Trocaire. Over the years Changemakers has worked hard to raise awareness of local and global development issues with adults across County Donegal. We have done this through a range of activities, including workshops, accredited learning, ETB tutor education, community arts projects, horticulture and environmental projects, activities for specific groups e.g. older people, community debates and more

Europe Direct is located in Central Library Letterkenny and is there to answer your questions on the EU. We can provide Information on the European Union, access to publications and brochures from EU institutions, access to PCs to search for EU material, a freephone link to the Europe Direct helpdesk, events, talks, exhibitions and competitions. For more information please visit https://www.librariesireland.ie/services/europe-direct or why not have a look at our Europe Direct Letterkenny Facebook page or contact Central Library on 074 91 24950

Please contact ChangeMakers at changemakers@inishowen.ie if you would like an invite to the event on Tuesday 8th March. Due to covid restrictions numbers are limited.


Fairtrade Coffee Mornings @Revive

Wanna grab a Fairtrade Coffee and chat tomorrow and Friday morning ? Then do check out Revive Dunfanaghy between 11am and 1pm for a coffee and Fairtrade chat . We will be there offering information and more so do come in and say hello – you can also pick up their crossword competition with some fantastic prizes to be won !

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022


For two weeks each year 100’S of individuals, companies, and groups across Ireland come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Here at ChangeMakers we are hosting a number of online virtual events also and we also are supporting the Fairtrade Towns and Groups across the county .

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out in our Fairtrade Towns and Projects across Donegal and also just finalising our line up of county wide events so do keep an eye out on our socials for the event advertisement or contact changemakers@inishowen.ie for more information and to Get Involved !

Community Debate series Greening Rural Donegal: Just a Burden or Just Transition?

We are kicking off 2022 with our 2nd community debate workshop as part of the ‘Greening Rural Donegal-  Just a Burden or Just Transition? Series’

Our first debate took place in December 2021 and looked at ‘Energy’ – the challenges (fuel poverty and green energy poverty) and opportunities (green and community-owned energy projects).

For the second debate in this series we will explore ‘Transport’: Rail, Electric Vehicles (EVs), Rural Transport, and cycling infrastructure.

Greening Rural Donegal: Just a Burden or Just Transition: Transport- we will be holding the second of our ‘Greening Rural Donegal’ debate series on Tuesday February 22nd at 7pm.

We are just finalising a great speaker line-up which will cover rail, electric vehicles, and our cycling infrastructure in Donegal.
Eventbrite registration is requireed so do keep an eye out on our socials for the event advertisement or contact changemakers@inishowen.ie for more information

Women at the Frontline of Climate Change

ChangeMakers project partner Self Help Africa will be holding a  Photo Exhibition in the
Central library, Letterkenny from the 21st February. Until Mid March.

An official launch will take place on International Women’s Day,
Tuesday March 8th Time TBC so do keep an eye out on our socials for the event advertisement or contact changemakers@inishowen.ie for more information