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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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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

 

 

cameras have been busy at W B Tshume School in Port Elizabeth

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

more great news & photos from W B Tshume school – thanks to donors and volunteers who have contributed to the developments of the sports field and the permaculture garden !

and there are lots of pictures here – just click on the link and enjoy !

the new sports field

the new sports field

permaculture garden

permaculture garden

volunteer Michael – triathlete and fundraiser

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

In our previous newsletter, we wrote about Michael’s plans to celebrate his 50th year with a triathlon as a fundraising exercise for the Emmanuel project in Port Elizabeth. Well, it was certainly exercise !

Here is a photo of Michael (2nd from right) and four friends who completed the Alpe D’Huez Triathlon. The following report from Michael …

what a team !

what a team !

 

 

 

 

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child sponsorship – some excellent advice

Friday, September 6th, 2013

We at people and places are often asked about individual child sponsorship – and we always discourage it.

Here we reproduce an article by Marianne Elliot that speaks of the challenges, efficacy and  transparency of such sponsorship far more eloquently than we can!

“In preparing this post I had several very useful conversations with people who I cannot thank by name here, because they were speaking to me in their personal capacity and not as representatives of the organistations they work for – some of which use child sponsorship programmes and some of which use the ‘catalog’ approach which I’ll also talk about below.

But I wanted to acknowledge them because here’s the thing: I’m a human rights specialist. Although I’ve worked for development organisations like Oxfam, my role in those organisations has been either ensure that human rights principles are woven into development programming or to develop policy and advocacy positions on the other side of the development story.

It’s the part of the story that doesn’t take place in communities in Uganda or Afghanistan, the part of the story that takes place in the debating halls and back corridors of parliaments and senates all over the world and at various international organisations including the World Trade Organisation. It’s the part of the story that controls the overall economic landscape in which poor communities are trying to find their place. It is, in my opinion, at least as important to reducing gobal poverty as any work done on the ground in developing countries and it is, while we are on the topic, very hard to raise funds for this work.

Given my own slant on this topic, I called on some people who know a lot about child sponsorships and community development and I’ve summarised what they had to say into a few simple points.

1. A child’s life can only be improved if the live of her family and community are improved. This is true of child poverty in New Zealand and it’s certainly true of child poverty in Afghanistan. So the idea that individual children could be targeted and given sustainable development assistance was never sound and for a long time hasn’t been part of any kind of reputable development programming.

2. Child sponsorship programmes are entirely about you, that is they are designed to meet the needs of the person giving the money not the community or, for that matter, the child.

3. However, as a rule the money you give through a child sponsorship, assuming you are giving it through one of the reputable development organisations, will be being delivered through sound, community development programmes.

In other words – if you are giving to a reputable development organisation, the fact that you are giving via child sponsorship won’t detract from the fact that the money will be being delivered in accordance with good development practices. (more…)

“above & beyond” – volunteer Michael celebrates his 50th year in style!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

On 24 July, Michael will celebrate his 50th year by taking part in one of the world’s toughest Triathlons – Alpe d’Huez. He and his colleague, Paul, will swim 2 miles, cycle 72 miles & finish with a half marathon! (Frankly, I’m exhausted, just thinking about it!)

fundraising - from coast to mountains

fundraising – from coast to mountains

A couple of years ago, Michael and his wife Lynn volunteered in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

As a teacher, Michael worked with one of the cluster of primary schools in an education development project, while Lynn used her health and social care experience in the Emmanuel Advice and Care Centre.

So … what’s the connection between previous volunteer placements and a mountainous triathlon?

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