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seventeen girls in Morocco – first in their families to go to university

seventeen girls in Morocco – first in their families to go to university

Very few girls from the rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains get the opportunity of continuing their education beyond primary school. Secondary schools, mostly several kilometres away in larger towns, are not accessible to them because: Their parents can’t afford to pay for lodgings or transport near secondary schools Their parents don’t have the confidence in existing facilities to entrust their daughters to be away from home. One of the programmes we work with is Education for All in…

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orphanages-why are we asking you to rethink volunteering or donating?

orphanages-why are we asking you to rethink volunteering or donating?

We want to start this post by saying very clearly that we know that some of you support orphanages – and we are not, for a moment, suggesting that you should immediately stop supporting those orphanages. We want to encourage people to look at alternatives and encourage the organisations they support to seek alternatives.We want to encourage people who are thinking about supporting an orphanage for the first time to consider the alternatives – we want to warn people that…

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supporting people in developing countries – a video presentation

supporting people in developing countries – a video presentation

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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to campaign or not to campaign …

to campaign or not to campaign …

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

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great news for Emmanuel – thanks to volunteer Trez

great news for Emmanuel – thanks to volunteer Trez

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.     ‘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

latest news from Nepal post earthquake

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

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

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

……….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…

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Volunteers can now support Calabash trust whilst they shop!

Volunteers can now support Calabash trust whilst they shop!

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,…

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