About Us

Children in Rwanda

Giving a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Mission Statement

Bóthar is the Irish international charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way, specialising in improved livestock production and support-related training.

Our Team

Aideen O'Leary


Aideen manages the day to day running of the organisation and reports directly to the Board, since her appointment as Interim CEO in 2020. Prior to this she spent 6 years working for Bóthar in Africa. Aideen has an MBA and previously worked in international banking across Europe

Email: aideen@bothar.ie 

Niamh Mulqueen

Chief Operating Officer

Contact Niamh for any queries you may have about the running of the organisation. Niamh reports to the CEO. A long-standing member of staff, Niamh has travelled to many of our project countries ensuring that our programmes are as efficient and effective as they can be. 


Email: niamh@bothar.ie 

Elaine Moynihan

Financial Accounts Manager

Elaine manages Bóthar's accounts ensuring the organisation is SORP compliant. Elaine works with our auditors to produce our financial statements. 

Email: elainem@bothar.ie

Valarie O'Gorman

Contract Administrator

Valarie has been running her own virtual assistant business since 2020. In this capacity she has been consulting with the Bóthar team since 2021. Valarie is happy to help you with any queries that you may have and can be reached on info@bothar.ie

Our Vision

Passing on the Gift

Bóthar helps rural families earn an income by giving them the gift of livestock, take for example an Irish dairy cow. Irish dairy cows produce up to 20 litres of milk per day whereas a local cow will produce about 4 litres. With high milk yields, families can take what they need for their own use and sell the rest. With this income they can buy additional food stuffs, buy medicine when they are sick and send their children to school. Over time, they become self-sufficient and pass-on the first female calf to another family in their community, so the original gift continues to give.

Our Impact on the World
Bóthar sent its first airlift of 20 in-calf heifers from Shannon to Uganda.
Bóthar begins sending heifers to Rwanda to help survivors of the Genocide.
Bóthar celebrates its thirtieth year helping families in the developing world.


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Financial Information
Water Filter

Policies & Procedures

Share of Dairy Cow

Our Board Members

Chopping Elephant Grass

Commitment to Standards in Fundraising

Gift of a trio of rabbits

Donor Charter

Primary School Resources

Dóchas Code of Conduct

Rwandan Children

Handling Feedback & Complaints

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