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Our History

In 1997, co-founder and CEO Brian Iredale first volunteered in Africa. During this

time Brian witnessed first hand the high level of poverty and illness in Uganda.

Once back in Ireland, Brian decided to study paediatric nursing, which would

enable him to return to Uganda and offer better assistance to HIV infected


In 2002, Brian realised that he could try to do something small to assist the

many orphans and vulnerable children directly affected by the HIV epidemic

who were not gaining access to any services from government institutions

or NGOs.

In 2003, Nurture Africa was co-founded by Ugandan lady Nakawunde Annet, 

Irishman Brian Iredale and concerned Ugandan youth, who met when Brian was 

volunteering in Uganda in 1997. They focused the organisation upon providing

access to healthcare and education for the most vulnerable children within

the communities the organisation would operate in, in Uganda.

In 2005, alongside a growing number of volunteers, both Irish and Ugandan,

the HIV healthcare project was established, supporting the treatment and

care of 5 HIV infected children. The child sponsorship programme also

enabled people in Ireland to support the education of a vulnerable child in

Uganda through monthly financial support.

In 2009, Brian became a full-time employee and CEO of the organisation as its

growth continued and Irish Aid funding was secured.

In 2011, what was once known as A-Z Children's Charity re-branded to Nurture Africa; a name which embodies the ethos and vision of the organisation into

the future. Today in Uganda, Nurture Africa is sustaining the employment of 80+ Ugandan staff members across all departments alongside 2 part-time

staff members in its Irish office and positively affecting the lives of tens of thousands of people in Uganda.



Nurture Africa is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending poverty for the most vulnerable families in central and northern Uganda.

Nurture Africa lifts marginalized families out of poverty, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency and personal wellbeing through a holistic family-centered model.

Nurture Africa provides health and educational services, child advocacy, vocational training, and micro-financing for families living in poverty, giving them the tools they need to redefine their futures.

Primary healthcare clinic at the Nurture Africa health centre

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