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

Interim CEO

Aideen manages the day to day running of the organisation and reports directly to the Board. Working for Bóthar since 2013 she spent 6 years in Rwanda focusing on programmes in Africa for the organisation. Prior to joining Bóthar Aideen 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 

Maureen Purcell

Donor Care Manager

Contact Maureen for any queries you might have about your mailing options. You might like to receive all our mailings or maybe you would just prefer to receive our Christmas mailings? Please let us know. 

Email: maureen@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

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.

Our Partners


Heifer International

Bóthar and Heifer International: A long-standing, mutually enriching relationship.

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Open Fields

Bóthar works closely with Open Fields Romania to oversee our Eastern European programmes.


Volunteers in Irish Veterinary Assistance

Bóthar works closely with VIVA to ensure that veterinary practices are adhered to at all stages of the Bóthar project life cycle. 



Bothar has been working with Msaada since 2006. Msaada assists the people of Rwanda, East Africa to restore their dignity and their livelihoods that were destroyed during the horrific genocide in 1994 by establishing self-help income-generating projects.


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Financial Information
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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