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supporting people in developing countries – a video presentation

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Dianne, our Volunteer Programme Adviser, has made a number of presentations about how to volunteer responsibly – here is one that she recently gave … and it’s not a sales pitch for people and places – rather a guide to the challenges of making sure you do more good than harm when you volunteer or donate. Dianne discusses building projects, wealth creation projects, education – as well as why it’s so important to avoid orphanages, and what alternatives are available to volunteers and donors.

see the video here

 

NEW! an easy and safe way to donate to your volunteer project

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

We do not ask or expect volunteers to donate more to the project they work with, other than the initial sum detailed in their placement costs.

But we are constantly humbled by the number of volunteers and their friends and families who wish to give additional support.

We are thrilled that now we have an easy, cost effective and safe way to help with those donations.

Our sister charity, Travel Philanthropy (Charity No 1122270), now enables us to offer this opportunity for each project and community where we work.

We are working with Total Giving – a CSR initiative – no fees are charged – much more money reaches the projects than through other traditional donation sites such as Just Giving.

HOW – simply visit the Travel Philanthropy page on Total Giving

Scan down the page to find your project – click on the image – and follow the donation instruction. Each project has an individual link, so you can give that link to your family and  friends – and they can find out more about the project and donate themselves.

 

donations in Paul’s memory are pouring in-thankyou-here’s how you can help if you wish

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Calabash Trust in Paul’s memory. We know how
important this money is to help Calabash Trust continue the work Paul started.

We appreciate that many of you reading this newsletter may want to do similar  – so here are some ways we can recommend. We know the money you donate will be used well if you use these methods.

Donate to:

Calabash Trust here

AV Bukani School here

Joe Slovo School here

Emafini School here

Charles Duna School here

WB Thsume School here

Emmanuel Community Programme here 

And of course – perhaps the greatest way you could help is to volunteer your time and skills with either Emmanuel Community Care or with the Schools Support programme in Port Elizabeth –

to campaign or not to campaign …

Friday, September 30th, 2016

TO CAMPAIGN OR NOT TO CAMPAIGN – WHY I HAVE DECIDED TO GET INVOLVED

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by volunteer programme advisor Dianne Ashman

As you will know, there are two connecting strands to the work

people and places does.  We send volunteers on placements where their skills and experience have been carefully matched to local needs, and we campaign for responsible practice in volunteer tourism – and both these categories have been reflected in awards people and places have won, for Best Volunteer Organisation and

Best for Responsible Tourism Campaigning.

Up until now I have preferred to focus my time and energy on the volunteering side of things, helping our local partners identify needs and helping to prepare volunteers to do their bit to meet these needs.  I have not wanted to get involved in the campaigning side of our work as I am personally uncomfortable with the rather negative and critical connotations of some forms of campaigning (not necessarily ours) and I prefer to focus on the positives of trying to make our volunteer placements as successful as possible for all concerned.  However I have always taken an interest in the issues raised through our campaigning, particularly those involving children and child protection.  I have therefore followed with interest all the publicity around the negative impact of volunteers working in, and foreigners supporting, children in orphanages.  One of the articles published as part of a recent ‘blogging blitz’ on the dangers of orphanage tourism really made me think.  The writer of the article was talking specifically about student volunteers going to orphanages as part of a gap year experience, and he made the point that we are wrong to criticise these young people for taking part in a misguided form of volunteering because we have never taught them that it’s an inappropriate thing to do.  As a teacher that really struck a chord, and fits in exactly with my views – I don’t want to criticise bad practice but I do want to raise awareness about what some of the issues are and how to make good choices when volunteering or supporting people in developing countries.

 In fact, having once thought this, I now feel it would be irresponsible of me to know something about the issues and not to spread the word.

“The challenge is certainly not to stop supporting children in developing countries – the need has not decreased – but to make sure we are doing this in ways that genuinely help and are not designed simply to make us feel good – and that requires real thought.”

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great news for Emmanuel – thanks to volunteer Trez

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Fantastic news from one of our previous volunteers, Therese Bateson – ‘Trez’.

A not-for-profit organisation she is involved in in the UK has decided to part fund the food programme at Emmanuel Community Centre until April 2017.

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‘Baby Angels’ aims to: “Relieve poverty among underprivileged children and their families world-wide by financially supporting meaningful development initiatives, aiming to promote positive change within their lives and help build sustainable livelihoods”

Thank-you so much Trez and Baby Angels!

latest news from Nepal post earthquake

Friday, May 1st, 2015

 

As promised, we are writing an update to our blog post  on 27th April            Nepal

News is still very sketchy as you can imagine –

but below is the latest we have and also details of how you can donate –

– if you wish

– thanks to all of you who have asked.

 

We have talked with our partners in Nepal and the suggested charities for donations have come from them –  they and we  trust that these mechanisms are the best way to ensure they recieve funds ASAP.

 

 

Shermethang and Yangrima School

The village has been devestated and only yesterday did real assistance reach them – through childreach international – thier incountry director is one of Nima’s brothers and he with Nima was one of the founders of Yangrima – read a very  recent article about him here .

There are a number of photos of the state of Yangrima on our Face Book page these are just a few

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Tshering posted this today May 1st on his Face Book page

“This is Yangrima school in my hometown – Shermathang. The school was closed for 8 years because of the civil war. I promised my people that I would do anything to re-open the school. I was fortunate to started working for Childreach International to raise fund and managed to re-open the school 6 years ago. I was in tear in the first day we re-opened, I was in tear because of villager’s smile, I was in tear seeing children runing around the school yard. This place is not only dear to my heart. It is where my soul lay,it was the reason why I wanted further education, it was the reason why I am who I am today. My heart broken seeing everything we done all gone in a flash. BUT – WE WILL REBUILT THIS SCHOOL, AND MANY OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE COLLAPSED. Like what I promised to people of my village many years ago, today, I promise I will do whatever it take to make this school rise again !”

Nima recommends that you donate to childreach at the moment ( he is unsure when Yangrima will be able to access funds through thier own account. ChildReach has worked closely with Yangrma for a number of years and Tshering is the In Country Director. Childreach is on the ground giving emergency support

click here to donate https://www.childreach.org.uk/fundraise-nepal

If ,however, you would like to donate directly to Yangrima you can donate here – and Yangrima will access the funds as soon as they can – they will need a lot of help rebuilding

Naxal

The orphanage has been seriously damaged but all the children are safe. Dot Coupe ( a long term visitor and volunteer at Naxal is in Kathmandu with the children of Naxal – she was there when the earthquake happened and has stayed on.

The  children….and Dot….. have been sleeping under tarpaulin and even studying!

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You can read an interview – post earthquake with Dot here 

Dot and other volunteers have been fundraising for a new premesis for Naxal and they are nearly at their target – Naxal have asked, if you wish to donate, that you support this initiative – they have found the property – it is safe .

You can donate to Naxal here

 

Tiger Mountain and Amar Jyoti,

Here we have good news! There is no damage at Tiger Mopuntain and no damage at Amar Jyoti  to Amar Jyoti  – but Marcus tells us that Thuloswara village ( home to some Amar Jyoti children) has had  houses destroyed  – so although Pokhara appears to have been very lucky, many  families in the country around Pokhara are homeless and safety  is the most important issue given that the rains are only a few weeks ago. He has asked that if you wish to donate you donate to https://www.shelterbox.org/donate.php

 

Samata

We have heard little news but we do know that it was not a school day – so very few children were at school and the bamboo ensured protection. In fact  Uttam has opened the Samata schools as a refuge to those that have lost thier homes.

If any volunteers have managed to make contact please do let us know – you know at the best of times Uttam is not easy to contact!

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SocialTours

Raj and the Social Tours team are working tirelessly to help people in remote areas find shelter – Raj has set off today to Gati to deliver emergency aid including tarpaulins

If you would like to support Social Tours work please follow this link – again due to lack of clarity about when they can access  funds he has asked that you pledge funds and they will contact you when they have clarity.

Here is the pledge form

If you have even limited computor skills and you want to help but do not know how this is a wonderful initiative – where you can help with some time at your own computer 

There will be many many displaced children during this tragedy – we highly recommend supporting Next Generation Nepal – we know them personally and thier work is so important – they work to keep children in Nepal out of orphanages and in thier families and communities. They are a small NGO – the work will be huge – if you can spare a few pounds for them too it will be well used. Donate to them here

Finally – thankyou everyone – for all your support.

please follow us on faceBook to keep up to date – we try to post when and as we have news

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Responsible-volunteering-people-and-places/109179132471692

 

 

Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

……….Sallie contributed.

This publication – Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good – is  due out in January and promises to be an important read, drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference. It’s for travellers,volunteers, volunteer sending and receiving organisations and academics. The list of contributors is impressive – people who have a wealth of knowledge about volunteer travel. Register for  a copy on publication here

 

Here is  Sallie’s contribution –

 

While You Act: Make Bullied Communities and Disappointed Volunteers Things of the Past

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While many have celebrated the merging of community service with tourism, others are highly critical and correctly so. Three particular issues need close investigation:

 

(1) Where does the money go?

(2) Do the negative impacts outweigh the positives for local communities?

(3) How much do the local communities know?

 

In search of clarity about these issues and more, potential volunteers and fundraising motivators need to ask questions. But they need to be the right questions!

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Volunteers can now support Calabash trust whilst they shop!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Thanks to long time Calabash Trust supporter,  David Weatherley, for this – what a great initiative!

Do you shop online with UK retailers?  If so, here’s a way to help Calabash Trust to raise money whenever you shop.

By channelling your online purchasing through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ , a percentage of your spend will be donated to us at NO ADDITONAL COST to you.  It’s very simple – just visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/calabashtrust/ to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever you buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Calabash Trust. They’ve helped other causes raise over £2,000,000 so it really does work.

It won’t cost you a penny extra to shop through easyfundraising and you can even save money with special offers and voucher codes.  You deal directly with your chosen retailer at exactly the same price you would normally pay.

This gift giving advice is spot on!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

This excellent article  by Jessica Lockhart -about the dangers and challenges of gift giving was first published in Verge Magazine important advice for anyone planning to give or send gifts to thier host family, projects or friends made whilst volunteering…………….

Presents given with the best intentions can have disastrous results.

Four months after Angela McKay* returned from her volunteer placement in Fiji, she decided to send a Christmas package to her host family.

She wanted to say thanks, in some small way. While she was overseas, they had shared meals with her, helped her navigate cultural differences and most importantly, given her with a sense of family in a foreign place. Sending a care package was the very least that she could do.

After boxing up some maple sugar candies and school supplies, McKay slipped some leftover currency in the card. She was unlikely to return to the South Pacific in the near future, so she figured that it was better off in the hands of her host family.

The late night phone calls started shortly afterwards.

“My host mom began calling my parents’ house and asking for money,” she later told me. “She wanted to buy a house.”

It was months before McKay’s family was able to navigate the language and cultural barriers in order to fully explain that they weren’t in the financial position to help. But by then, it was too late—the relationship would never be the same.

Chances are that if you’ve ever visited a developing country, you’ve heard—or experienced—some version of this story. Gifts are almost always given with the best of intentions, but have the potential for disastrous results. The influx of “stuff” into a community can create a sense of dependency on international volunteers. Tension and conflict may arise when some beneficiaries receive gifts and others do not. And more often than not, the gifts that are given are not actually the gifts that are needed. (more…)

Naxal Volunteer Dot is fundraising

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Dot Coupe has now volunteered at Naxal orphanage ( read more here) three times!

As many previous Naxal volunteers know the premesis for the childrens home is very run down and is not owned by Naxal. They are working hard to raise funds to buy and build a new purpose built home for the children. A large tranche of land has already been purchased – now there is the small matter of the building!

If you would like to support Dot please read her newletter here – all her contact details are on the document.

Good luck Dot.