Penguin Random House partners with people and places

Penguin Random House partners with people and places

We are so pleased to announce that we are working closely with Transworld – a division of Penguin Random House – what a perfect match – literacy is a priority in just about every programme we work with and now we are working with the best! This programme has been created in memory of Sophie Christopher…. Sophie’s passions reflected her belief in the power of literacy and literature to change lives. Good luck Zara with your work with our partners…

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so disappointed to have to postpone

so disappointed to have to postpone

Flights booked, introduction to the local team completed, placement outlines finalised, not long to go……..this was the situation for a number of volunteers when restrictions started to be put in place as the coronavirus pandemic rapidly escalated.  In countries around the world school and businesses started to close down as did hotels and guesthouses, borders started to close and airlines started to cancel flights.  For the safety of all concerned, volunteers and local people, it started to look increasingly unlikely,…

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COVID-19 animated video from South Africa

COVID-19 animated video from South Africa

Good Work Foundation has sent us videos they have produced to educate their local communities about how to stay safe from the virus.  They have asked us to share these videos with as many people as we can so that they can be used to inform and educate as many people as possible about the dangers of the virus and how to stay safe.  The following is a message from Kate, founder of Good Work Foundation:

the storms aren’t helping in eSwatini – Swaziland

the storms aren’t helping in eSwatini – Swaziland

Our partners in Swaziland, All Out Africa, are working hard to distribute food and soap in the poorest communities where they work ….whilst the rains are normally welcome they are a challenge now! This just in…… ‘Despite terrible road conditions after recents storms, we made our delivery target to 24 families today that are run by either elderly grandparents or children as young as 14 years old. Their homes are run down and lacking basic needs, built in out of…

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how to volunteer with your granddaughter!

how to volunteer with your granddaughter!

This was a first for us!  Yvonne, our longest standing volunteer, announced that she would be doing her final placement this year …. and she wondered if her granddaughter Ellie could volunteer alongside her!  It seemed particularly appropriate that Yvonne’s granddaughter should accompany her on her final placement – Yvonne is ‘Grandma’ not only to Ellie but also to so many people at the projects where she has volunteered over the years (see this article about Yvonne written in 2018). …

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Yes-No-my children – safety advice from The Gambia

Yes-No-my children – safety advice from The Gambia

Wonderful video from Mary’s Little Lambs in The Gambia, written by Lisong Bah – performed by children and teachers – easy to understand advice on avoiding the virus – the answer is always “Yes” or “No, my children”. The video made by Adama and Lisong in The Gambia.   This is an updated version of an earlier video about washing hands made before advice on social distancing To learn more about the volunteer programme supporting Mary’s Little Lambs take a…

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Treak Cambodia -Our focus now is to provide some home learning for our students

Treak Cambodia -Our focus now is to provide some home learning for our students

Treak Community Centre has been closed since 6th March. Here is the most recent update from the Treak team. Headteacher Dara has set up a Messenger group for the staff.  They have been meeting regularly online and he and the staff have been busy updating children’s records, producing learning materials, researching websites and other suggestions provided by volunteers and supporters for online learning materials, tackling various outstanding administrative jobs, and planning how we can run the school once we are…

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EfA Morocco – supporting the girls in their villages

EfA Morocco – supporting the girls in their villages

Education For All’s current focus is to support the girls in their villages – their house-mothers remain in touch with them and the Moroccan government. Our programme and placement coordinator, Dianne, is working with EfA to identify ways that she and other volunteers can support the house mothers and girls with remote learning – especially English.

a trip with a difference-to Morocco as the virus breaks

a trip with a difference-to Morocco as the virus breaks

From our programme and placement coordinator Dianne How quickly things change!  Just 6 weeks ago my friend Wendy and I set out to volunteer in Morocco – the first time I’ve persuaded a friend to come with me to volunteer – thank you Wendy!  We were going to Asni to work with our local partners, Education for All, at the girls’ boarding houses which enable girls from the Berber tribes in the High Atlas Mountains to access secondary school education. …

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