Archive for the 'volunteers’ fundraising' Category

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

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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 many orphanages – not all- are commercial enterprises where children are trafficked.

We are asking everyone to rethink the way we support children in poverty – children who are very often separated from their families because of poverty.

We at people and places made the decision nearly 10 years ago to work with programmes that work to keep children in their families not in orphanages – why?

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how exciting – a volunteer has written a book about her experiences !

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

volunteer Jenny has written a book about her experiences – which anyone can buy – and all proceeds will help to support the work of our local partners, Calabash in Port Elizabeth!

Hello Mrs Jenny

check it out here … Mrs Jenny Welcome

A great read – the realities of a volunteering experience !

 

 

Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

The following extracts are from volunteer Kathy’s report following her 2 month placement at Gede House – a school for children with special needs.

My son, Joe, and I decided to volunteer for different projects in Kenya this year and we were lucky

Precious, Pauline (me) and Peris

enough to come across People and Places through our search for potential placements. Joe worked at Sita Community Snake Farm on a conservation placement and I volunteered at Gede Special School. The whole process and experience was very well supported and organised with friendly, professional and personal one to one guidance. For me, as a teacher, it was important to know that we were being ‘screened’ appropriately and that we were expected to go through a proper application procedure, complete with references and disclosure checks. Not only did this reassure me of the organisation’s ethics but also gave me a genuine sense of trust and confidence that the projects would match up to expectations and would suit our individual skills and vocational interests.

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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 –

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!

calling all volunteers – could you be one of the lucky winners?

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Travelocity has re-launched its Travel For Good programme of grants, offering 3 lucky winners the opportunity to travel and volunteer, also promising to donate an amazing $10,000 to a charity of the winners’ choice …

it could be you

Just think what could be achieved for you, your project and your chosen charity …

 

 

“We’re sending three inspiring people on their dream voluntourism trips of a lifetime, and donating $10,000 to the charity of their choice.”

And YOU could be one of those lucky winners – give it a go !

We will do all we can to help you win if you volunteer with us!

Naxal volunteer Dot was in Nepal during the earthquake – her story

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Dot Coupe was visiting Naxal Orphanage when the earthquake struck – instead of dashing home she stayed – here is her story.

(please note we have not been sending volunteers to Naxal for a number of years – but we are aware that many previous volunteers still support this wonderful organisation – thankyou)

Here is Dot’s story

Dot with some of the children from Naxal

Dot with some of the children from Naxal

This has been the most eventful trip that I have made to Occed Nepal Children’s Home

I first came in 2008 under the care & guidance of Kate & Sallie at people and places and have returned often in the past 7 years. I am committed to these children, most of who have been here since before that first visit.

I usually stay for 6-8 weeks, this time I was visiting for only 3 weeks but the earthquakes made me change my mind. All airlines were offering free change of flights so I cancelled mine and was told I could fly home any time up to 10 December 2015 but had to make the booking by 31st May.

The first earthquake cracked the old house and that first night everyone slept out in the yard. Most of the children were indoors at the time with just me and a handful of little ones playing outside on the judo mats that had been left out on the brick yard. There had been a judo practice that morning.

There was a rumbling noise and movement, both of which got worse, the ground was shaking and the children were afraid. Realising it was an earthquake I called them to me, they could not walk straight, they clung to me as we sat on the mats. One little boy bumped his head on the basketball post as he wobbled along in his attempt to reach me. Luckily that was the only injury anyone received. The girls came running down the stairs from the 2nd floor terrified but the boys just looked out of the windows and door of their dormitory where they were watching a dvd. I shouted for them to come outside as quick as possible. (more…)

thank you, Yvonne and all our other volunteers, for your fantastic support

Friday, July 17th, 2015

We’re so proud of what is achieved by our volunteers – and if you’ll pardon a bit of ‘blowing our own trumpet’, we’re also proud of the way we work together towards their individual and collective achievements! Diverse Hands Holding The Word Volunteer

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