Children Helping Children Project

Founded in 1995 by Ken King, and originally known as the CBC Chernobyl Fund, this fifth class project is based on the concepts of individual initiative and common cause. The business project, which forms the core of the project, is cross curricular and incorporates real education in real life situations.


 An important part of the project every year are the mini-businesses set up by the fifth class pupils in Notre Dame Junior School. The children get sponsorship from businesses in the real world to buy produce which they, in turn, sell to raise the money needed to help less fortunate children, at home and abroad.

Mini business ideas vary from selling bracelets and buns to lucky dip, putting competitions, slam dunk, penalty shoot-out etc. The girls also fund their own companies by running a raffle with prizes donated from various sources. The project ends in late May with a business exhibition in the school where every mini-business sells at the same time. Each company must have a business plan and must decorate their table to look like a business for the day. Money is presented to charities on this day. A government minister often attends.

2008 saw the start of a new chapter in the life of the Children Helping Children Project as Mr. King, its founder, took up a new position as Principal of Notre Dame Montessori and Junior School in Dundrum. The project continues the great work of before now under the watchful eye of Miss Doran, the fifth class teacher in Notre Dame and Mr. King.

The project took on a new direction with the start of the Dun Laoghaire Market Fun Days in 2009 when children of 10 to 12 years old from the local community set up a "Crazy Hoops" stall and made money for children locally in Monkstown and internationally for the Botshabelo Township in South Africa. Please see separate article in the archives 2008/2009.  Another first in 2009 was the initiative undertaken by Nancy at her home in Dun Laoghaire when she set up a business for the day "Nancy's Novels" and raised money for other children. The total raised was €590. See article in archives 2008/2009. Well done to all concerned. Unfortunately, the community initiative at the People's Park wasn't allowed this year, 2010, but Nancy continued with a new venture, Sow What, a plant sale, at her home. The proceeds were €690 and benefitted Barnardos in Dun Laoghaire and Botshabelo Township in South Africa. Congratulations to Nancy and her friends.

Children Helping Children continues to grow and develop in Notre Dame Junior School. Eventhough in its infancy in this school, the staff, girls and their families have taken the idea on with great enthusiasm as you can see from the reports and the photos. The number and location of the children helped by the project have expanded and now include initiatives involving school staff members, as evidenced by the Cambodian Orphanage, Siem Reap. 




News Flash

May Open Day 2013

The following are the highlights of the class of 2012/2013 on the project they undertook with their class teacher, Mrs. Gumisiriza, and mentor, Ken King.

Overall the girls raised €4000 for less fortunte children in Ireland and abroad and donated money from their entrepreneurial skills to

Down Syndrome Ireland,

National Children's Hospital, Crumlin,

 & Rainbows Worldwide. 

A big thank you to the customers; the children, staff and families in Notre Dame

& to our very supportive parents and generous sponsors. 


  1. My highlight was when CHC actually started because of all the emotions...I was feeling such happiness, nervousness and excitement. I couldn't wait for it to start!
  2.   I was very happy to be helping children who are less fortunate than we are. It's the best feeling ever!
  3.   I'd like to think that all our hard workd was for a really worthy cause....and it was. 
  4.   In Korea, there's not much chance to do this type of work. I have learned so much and now I will bring it back to Korea. 
  5.   I loved delivering the pizzas from class to class because everyone was so happy to see us.
  6.   My highlight was meeting Kathleen from Down Syndrome Ireland.
  7.   I enjoyed getting the produce, setting up the stalls and selling to our customers. 
  8.   My highlight would be meeting Ali Hewson and Olly from Olly's Little Heart Appeal.
  9.   I enjoyed working with my partners and learning to share the workload. 
  10.   Everyone was really happy with the money we raised for the different charities. 
  11.   It was such a fun project...I enjoyed presenting the cheque to Hannah from Rainbows and being interviewed by 4FM. 
  12.  I felt independent, self sufficient and happy. I enjoyed myself immensely.


A big well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in the business project over the years.