About Nurture Africa
To nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth and well being of Ugandan HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children by providing health care, education, food, clothing and shelter.
Nurture Africa promotes the values of providing an enabling, physical and psychological environment that fosters growth and self-actualisation for the children to assume leadership roles, and have a positive impact on Ugandan society.
To ensure that the most vulnerable children in the developing world receive the same health care and education as any child in the developed world.
We help orphans and children infected with HIV/ AIDS in Uganda.
We give them the highest standard of health care and education available.
What impact does Nurture Africa have on their lives?
- We prevent the HIV infected children from dying by gaining them access to lifesaving anti – retroviral medication which stops the HIV replicating in their bodies.
- We enable the orphans to stay in school. This will eventually lead to them going to university, getting a job and becoming a positive influence in Ugandan Society.
Founder and CEO Brian Iredale
Brian first volunteered in Africa in 1997 after being inspired by a book called The Ukimi (AIDS) Road written by Irish Travel writer Derbhla Murphy. During his volunteer work in an orphanage home, school, and work camp he undertook a 3000 mile sponsored cycle solo through 7 countries in east and southern Africa. He also met his wife to be, Nakawunde Annet in Uganda during that time.
Following his volunteer work and witnessing first-hand the high level of poverty and illness in the continent he decided to return to Ireland to study something practical in order that he could return to Africa to be of better help. He chose to study paediatric nursing.
When he went back to Uganda in 2002 he realised that he could try and do something small in Ireland to help the many orphans and vulnerable children that he saw everywhere and who were frequently falling sick and not getting access to any services from any government institution or NGO.
When he got home he started asking his friends and family for school fees and other requirements so they could go to school. As the numbers grew he registered the charity formally. In 2003 he founded A-Z Children’s Charity. Brian continued to work as a volunteer for many years and it was not until 2009 that he gave up paediatric nursing and started working full time for the charity.
Brian has obtained certificates in project planning and management and participatory project monitoring and evaluation, a post graduate diploma in Community Voluntary Services Management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in global development management. Brian also takes part in many of the charity’s events including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro a couple of times, Mount Elbrus, Paris, Dublin, Connemara, Belfast Marathons, 4 Peaks Challenge, Dublin to Cork Cycle, White Collar Boxing to name a few.