Big thanks to all supporters of the St Patrick’s Day Raffle, IEBN Premium sponsors; (Key Capital, Lendama, Embassy of Ireland and Wilde Apartments;Tallinn). Gifts from Clayhills Gastro Pub, The Centennial Hotel, Nordic Forum, D’Boiss, Route 13, Vein de Vine, Free Willie Jewelry, and to all those who bought tickets! The children from the Lotus Orphanage will be very happy to welcome a new outdoor recreation play area in Sillamäe, Estonia.
Last years charity fund raised 6.400 Euro, which was spent on refurbishment of the indoor play/breakout areas and education toys.

IEBN 2017 is proud to support

Laste Hooldekande Asustus Lootus, Gagarini 7, 40232 Sillamae Linn, Ida-Viru Maakond.
IEBN members are committed to make a real change in the lives of these young children, some who suffer chronic illnesses.

Our research has shown:
There are a number of existing orphanages within Estonia that provide accommodation and housing for children and young adults between the ages of 6 months and 22 years. Housing and services are also provided within orphanages for children with disabilities and a variety of special needs.
The majority of orphanages in Estonia are located in the east of the region, where the need for places is greatest. Funding for the orphanages is provided by the Ministry at a rate of 800 Euro, per child. Electricity/running costs are met by the municipality. Managers highlighted that no additional capital funding is provided to the orphanages.

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We have identified the following needs:
In this orphanage a ‘house’ system is operated, whereby approximately 8 children are housed and supported by four members of staff, in separate units, within the overall center. The staff work on a 24 hour basis, operating in shifts and living in the centre for these periods. Each ‘house’ has a number of shared bedrooms, bathrooms, living and eating areas. Both centres visited have a central kitchen that provides meals. Children are permitted to leave the ‘house’ with the permission of the staff member on duty. This centre has external spaces where children can play or socialise.

The initial survey identified an immediate need for additional funding and highlighted that small amounts of funding would make a big difference. The survey also identified that re-housing children from the centre is difficult, as by law children must be re-housed locally within the region. As the region has issues with multiple deprivation, families who are able to support the re-housing of these children in the region are uncommon, which in turn, increases the demand for places within centres.

We know what work needs to be done:
The interior spaces of the centre are in need of immediate attention and funding. There are urgent upgrades required in terms of lighting, plumbing and bathrooms. Lighting is unsuitable in communal spaces and bedrooms and children regularly report issues with their vision. Plumbing requires immediate
upgrading and the manager of the centre reported discolouration in the drinking water within the centre.

We kindly ask to help if you can, in what ever way you can.



IEBN; proud supporter of Minu Unistuste Päev, presents to Kristiina Gabor-Mägi at the 1916 Commemoration Notre Dame Movie; Solaris Artis 23/04/2016, a cheque for 2500 Euro. We could not have achieve such a great sum without the generous support of our contributors, Ryanair, Con-ex, Tallink, Nordic Forum Hotel, City Keeltekool, Clayhills Gastropub, Albion Bar and Grill, Route 13 Bar and Grill, Lustipark Centre Parnu, Veronika’s Massage, Siidrirmaja, Solas Irish Dance Troupe, Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound Club. Special thanks to the American, British, Estonian and Irish Community, Ambassador Mr. Frank Flood, Orla Ni Bhroithe, Liina Saan & Piia Aasamets of the Embassy of Ireland, Estonia.


Pictured Rachel Armstrong Chair IEBN & Kristiina Gabor-Mägi, Minu Unistuste Päev.

The Irish Estonian Business Network is proud to be a Silver Class Supporter of Minu Unistuste Päev in Estonia.

This year IEBN fundraised €1500 Euro for Minu Unistuste Paev Chairty, it is with great thanks to our supporters at the St Patrick’s Day Ball, without their donation of gifts, we could not have raffled tickets to raise this amount. With great thanks to HML Project Management, Merchants House Hotel, Mad Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grill, Route 13 Bar & Grill and friends from the Irish, Estonian, American & British Communities, who contributed at our Inaugural St Patrick’s Day Ball.  Minu Unistuste Paev is an Estonian Charity Foundation which fulfills dreams of severely and chronically ill children

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L-R: Irish Government Minister of State, Seán Sherlock; Rachel Armstrong, Chair of IEBN; Marianne Bruhn, Director of Minu Unistuste Paev; Ambassador of Ireland, Frank Flood.


International Christmas Bazaar fundraising event, Tallinn, Estonia.

IEBN members working the Irish Stand at the 10th International Christmas Bazaar in the Radisson Hotel.

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All proceeds from this popular and exciting event went to support charities which help to improve the lives of children and women in Estonia, including the Estonian SOS Children’s Villages Association.  

The Irish stand certainly had one of the best displays with very friendly and persuasive sales team while we also managed to enjoy ourselves at the same time. This year the Irish stand raised an unprecedented €1,162 for charity. We were one of only two stands which reported an increase in sales, mainly due to the great team work and collaboration which led to a wide variety of quality products for sale – including (in no particular order) Leo O’Neill’s Irish Coffee, Patrick Doherty’s mini-Jamesons, Prike AS’s mini-Baileys, the Murrays’ Irish whiskey cake, the Carsons’ Irish stew, Orla’s and Rachel’s soups and brown breads, Ciaran Carolan’s Irish treats, the Savages’ knitted socks, the Cartmills’ herbs and, last but not least, the Kerrygold butter.

In total the whole event raise over €34,000!

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