about us

About us

Viatores

About us

Viatores Christ (VC) is an Irish-based development organisation supporting and working within the faith-based international development sector.  VC works with over 30 partners across a wider range of sectors in focusing mainly on East and Southern Africa, but with projects in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. VC works with its partners to identify and address clearly defined needs ensuring that the root causes of poverty within communities are addressed.  VC addresses these needs through through project support and when needed through the recruitment, training and placement of skilled volunteers.

VC also specialise in the area of grant support, (proposal writing), monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the recruitment of experts/consultants for clearly defined projects in developing countries. The organisation focuses on assignments identified by its partners in the field. In 2017 alone, over 158,000 individuals directly benefited from the work of VC across partners in the areas of agriculture, community development, education, environment, health, human rights, income generation and microfinance.  VC are members of Misean Cara, an Irish Aid supported funding organisation and are signatories to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for volunteer sending organisations.

VC offer our field partners

  • Access to funding
  • Support with  proposal development 
  • Volunteers with skills that are not available or affordable locally

VC offer potential volunteers

  • Long and medium term opportunities for volunteer placement  across a wide range of sectors
  • Training preparation course 
  • In some projects VC offer financial support for volunteer while overseas including flights, accommodation, living allowance and insurance cover.
  • Personal support while overseas and on return
  • Opportunity for membership of VC

Incorporation and Structure

Viatores Christi CLG (Company No. 68333) is incorporated under the Companies Acts 2014 as a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and a registered charity (CHY No. 5526 and CRA No. 20008444).  The organisation is run by a CEO who reports to a board of directors/council members.  There are 9 directors appointed by the members who are elected at the AGM each year. There are a further five trustees who are also elected at the AGM as serve as guardians of the association. The council is made up of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and five additional members.  It meets 10 times per year and is responsible for policy and other governance issues including approving membership of the association. It is fully compliant with the Governance Code.

History

VC was set-up as a lay missionary association in 1960. The first VC members participated in pastoral work as volunteers during holiday periods in England and Scotland helping Irish emigrants with their new lives.  In 1960, the first members went on assignment to Nigeria. In 1961 members departed for Peru, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The organisation has supported thousands of projects and sent over 2500 volunteers/development workers into the field since its inception. Today, VC’s  faith-based approach is one of journeying with and in solidarity with the poor and marginalised in the world.While it is  rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition its development and pastoral work is open to all faiths and those respectful of the organisation’s ethos.

Staff and support volunteers

Shane Halpin – CEO -Email: shane@viatoreschristi.com

Colette Rooney – Recruitment and Marketing – Email: colette@viatoreschristi.com

Susan Lakes – Mission Development Officer/Projects Manager – Email: susan@viatoreschristi.com

Niamh Caffrey – Projects Support Officer – Email: niamh@viatoreschristi.com

Ann Waldron – Training and Finance – Email: ann@viatoreschristi.com

Sally Roddy  – MCP and Volunteer Support (Volunteer) – Email sally@viatoreschristi.com

Mary Winters – Parish Promotions Programme (PPP Ireland) Email: mary@viatoreschristi.com

Rose Salaama Bavuga – VC Coordination Uganda Email: rose@viatoreschristi.com

Patron: Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin DD- Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland

Contact Dublin Office +353 1 8689986

Contact East Africa Office + 256 41 4691400