Press Release 1st July 2022


North Dublin Charity Awarded Climate Action Grant by Irish Aid

  • Dublin, 1st July 2022:  Action Ireland Trust, a registered charity working in Lesotho, Africa, is delighted to be announced as one of four organisations to be awarded a grant under the ‘Enterprise Fund for International Climate Action’ after a joint submission to Irish Aid in partnership with the rise International.

    Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D. made the announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum in the RDS, Dublin.

    The research project, which will be driven jointly by Action Ireland Trust and the rise International  will examine how Lesotho can move away from imported building materials that have high carbon levels towards local, indigenous construction materials, thereby reducing the overall carbon footprint of Lesotho.

    The project will also examine how to build upon local capacity and to develop entrepreneurial skills in Lesotho, in addition to exploring how building regulations and standards in Lesotho can be enhanced.

    Fran Whelan, CEO, Action Ireland Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted with to be selected as one of four grant winners by Irish Aid under the ‘Enterprise Fund for International Climate Action’.  The project we are planning in Lesotho will create great opportunities in the development of more sustainable construction methods and materials.  

    This research will be very beneficial to not only Lesotho, but also for other countries in Africa. It is a great honour to be the recipient of this grant at a time for urgent change and action around climate change and we look forward to continuing our work with Irish Aid and the rise International”.

     Action Ireland Trust received funding to examine how Lesotho can move away from high carbon, imported building materials.