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Pooja Bears

The gift that keeps on giving!

“The Pooja Bears life in all its guises. Happy people, sad people, people looking for hope, health and healing. Their secret is that not everyone can see them. Can you?"

'The Secret of the Pooja Bears' Book CoverLong-term Habitat supporter, and first-time author Aideen McGinley is donating the proceeds from her children’s book ‘The Secrets of the Pooja Bears’ to Habitat NI & the Aisling Centre.

Aideen is a Director of the Aisling Centre in Enniskillen whose work with people and their families coping with bereavement , mental health, financial and health issues changes lives.

This is the story of the Pooja (meaning prayer in Sanskrit) Bears who live in secret in a special place in St Michael’s church in Enniskillen. 

They have very powerful hugs that bring hope to all they meet and an extra special hugging game to play at the end of every day.

Aideen has seen first-hand the challenges that families face when they don’t have a decent place to live and how hope grows through the every day impact of Habitat’s work. 

Author, Aideen McGinley, in Bawana, India

Aideen has worked alongside families in need in Chile, Thailand and most recently India (right), as well as building locally in Northern Ireland.

Aideen said, “I have written this book as a way of supporting the hope these charities bring to many lives. 100% of the profits will go to the two charities - a gift that keeps on giving.”  The Pooja bears were inspired by the children Aideen met in Bawana, New Delhi last March.

Below is the story of Pooja. Pooja represents thousands of children in India who don’t have a safe place to live.

Pooja BearsWe are so grateful for Aideen’s continued support and are excited to read all about the Pooja bears! 

Watch this space for more information on the Pooja Bears and how you can have your very own Pooja Bear in the near future!

You can order your copy now, it would make a perfect gift for any child!

This is Aideen’s first book. She is Chair of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 and a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust. She has been involved in a wide range of community and voluntary organisations and initiatives, locally and nationally in the U.K and was awarded an OBE by the Queen and an honorary degree from the University of Ulster. She has three children, seven grandchildren and lives in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.


A unique day of inspiration to kick start 2018! Come along to a day full of speakers, performances and therapies to begin the new year!

The day is bring organised on behalf of The Aisling Centre who promote positive mental health and emotional well-being throughout Co. Fermanagh. Adults and children come to the centre at difficult times in their lives, many in distress and despair. At the centre they can find hope and healing in a welcoming, safe and supportive environment. 

Date: January 6th 2018    Time: 10am - 5pm    Place: Fermanagh House, Enniskillen

The cost for the day is £10. This is a great opportunity to support the event and the work of the Aisling centre and Habitat for Humanity. Pre-booking for the taster therapy sessions is essential as they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

For further information on booking contact the Aisling Centre on 0286632581 or

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