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Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

It is only 3 months since the devastating earthquake struck the High Atlas region of Morocco, destroying homes, schools and the entire infrastructure of the area.  The town of Asni, location of 4 of the Education for All (EFA) boarding houses supported by our volunteers, was badly very damaged and the small town of Talaat n’Yakoub, location of the other 2 EFA houses, was completely destroyed. When we published our last newsletter in September the earthquake had only just happened…

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We are great believers in kindness

We are great believers in kindness

“The quality of being generous,helpful and caring about other people” Here at people and places – kindness is really important to us……. …..and so we are thrilled to be working with an organisation who’s very core value is kindness. Kindness Adventures (an American not for profit) approached us earlier this year to explore the idea of working with us in Morocco – we spent time learning about each other (what corporates would probably call due diligence) – working together, led…

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Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Just 24 hours later and the girls would have been safe in the EfA houses (the Education programme we work with in the Atlas mountains in Morocco.) some of the EfA girls in happier times The new school term was due to start on Monday 11th September – the house mothers were all at the houses to prepare them to welcome the students in their care for a new term. So the good news is that all the house mothers…

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Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

I love my volunteer work for people and places – it is so rewarding to see the progress the programmes we work with make through working with our volunteers. BUT I love to volunteer directly with the projects too – time constraints mean I can’t do it as often as I’d wish but I managed to find three weeks earlier this year to work with the adult education and women’s empowerment projects we work with in The Gambia. My skills…

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We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

Our South Africa partner, Kate from Good Work Foundation, was recently in the UK, speaking at a conference and catching up with family and friends. This was too good an opportunity to miss – a chance to meet up with one of our local partners without having to get on a plane! So we chose a point not too difficult for any of us to reach by train or road and Sallie and I met Kate for a late breakfast….

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How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

written by Sallie When I first met Adama 20 years ago ITTOG (The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia), a college to train Gambians to enable them to access well paid jobs in the tourist industry, was his dream – to give Gambian youth the skills they needed to compete for jobs mostly held by non Gambians in the all important tourism industry -responsible tourism. ITTOG started simply using course content shared with them by Nottingham University. Then…

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Can you help with coding or robotics?

Can you help with coding or robotics?

Our partners at Good Work Foundation are looking for volunteers who can hep with coding and robotics Good Work Foundation support 32 local schools from their six campuses, exposing young learners from rural South African schools to digital technology as a means of learning. Part of their programme, Open Learning Plus, takes the most talented group of learners and provides workshops in the following activities: robotics, coding, Lego education, Skype, drones and advanced mathematics. These classes take place after school…

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Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Those of you who have volunteered in Cambodia will know Sophea well. She is leaving Concert at the end of this year for personal reasons. Sophea has been such an important part of the volunteer programme in Cambodia – making sure that volunteers know their way around Siem Reap – her brilliant smile and kind heart saying “Welcome we are so pleased you are with us – what can we do to help?” “My abiding memory of Sophea will be…

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Promoting mental health – it’s so important……

Promoting mental health – it’s so important……

Since the pandemic there is a real need to focus on supporting people’s mental health as well as their physical well-being.  Our partners in Cambodia, at Treak Community Centre, are well aware of this.  They have introduced a personal, social and health programme for their students and Dara (the head teacher) is now working with one of our volunteers, Paul, on a programme to promote staff well-being.  Read what Dara says in a recent Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/dara.moeun.1/posts/5039253099521160 Are you a…

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Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

In their most recent newsletter, Treak Community Centre in Cambodia wrote: Volunteers are back in town! What a wonderful feeling to have volunteers back at school for the first time in 2 years. Brinje and Kristin from Norway are with us for 4 weeks, assisting in the classrooms and the library.  They will also run some science and PSHE sessions with our older students. e-volunteering (online volunteering) is here to stay In addition to our volunteers here on the ground,…

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