Selected from over 100 entries, Tipperary secondary school teacher Siobhán Ryan is one of 10 benefactors of the Folens Overseas Teaching Fund that helps to finance Irish teachers on charitable trips abroad this summer.
Siobhán Ryan is a teacher at St. Anne’s Secondary School, Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town and will travel to Zambia this summer to share her skills, knowledge and expertise through her chosen charity the Cheshire Home Orphanage with Kaoma Community School and Mongu Rehabilitation Centre. The Cheshire Home Orphanage opened in 1993 by the Presentation Sisters in response to the vast numbers of people who had died as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the resulting children left orphaned. The Home cares for some 130 children at any one time and has since been expanded to meet the educational needs of the children with the Kaoma Community School and the needs of children with disabilities with the Mongu Rehabilitation Centre. Running for the first year, the Folens Overseas Teaching Fund of €10,000 saw more than 100 primary and post-primary teachers apply for the fund, with ten winners selected. For information on Folens or the Overseas Teaching Fund visit folens.ie/fotf.
Siobhán will be attending the Cheshire Home Orphanage with Kaoma Community School and Mongu Rehabilitation Centre.