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Nelson Mandela, a humanitarian legend that will be missed by all. His life and hardships has touched so many people around the world and through his selfless acts he achieved equality a multiracial democracy in South Africa.
He did not change the minds of only the South African people but he changed the mind of the world, bringing peace and equality that will last forever. We should all look up to his forgiving nature and try to learn from it. At Projects Abroad we try to help the world and we try to help the disadvantage, and we will try to make Tata Madiba proud.
May you rest in peace Tata Madiba. For all the struggle and hardship that you went through, it is time for you to rest. For your selfless attitude we all hope to adopt as our own, we say farewell to the legend of South Africa...
Amy Morgan (26) of Australia spent 6 weeks volunteering at a local hospital in Tanzania. Tanzania made quite an impression on Amy and she wanted to give something back in return. She was able to raise $700 in her home country with a request for the donation to be used to support a special needs school. Projects Abroad Tanzania offers a teaching placement at Patandi Special Needs School in Arusha, where volunteers work with a small group of hearing impaired, visually impaired, intellectually impaired and autistic children. At the request of the staff from the school, Projects Abroad purchased items which are in low supply and typically not affordable to the school.50 Academic Books 4 Jumping Ropes 2 Footballs + pump 2 Netballs 5,000 sheets of white paper 4 Jig Saw Puzzles 25 Coloring/Activity Books
Congratulations Charlotte Yuen on winning the inaugural monthly Projects Abroad Nepal Photography Competition! Charlotte, 17, from Canada, volunteered this August in the Care and Community Program as part of our Two Week High School Special in Nepal.
Here is what Charlotte had to say about her winning photo:
"After spending a busy day painting school walls and playing with the children at the school, the other volunteers and I decided to do a little bit of sightseeing. Together, we squished ourselves into a tiny taxi (The taxi driver played Call Me Maybe and we had a full out sing along session during the ride) and made our way to the Bouddhanath Stupa. It was here that this photo was taken. We were walking around the perimeter of the Stupa when I noticed this old woman sitting by the side. Perhaps it was her face, lined with age, or perhaps it was the bold colours that she wore, but this older Nepali woman immediately left a striking impression on me. Without hesitation, I snapped a photo of her. However, upon looking at it on my camera, I noticed that the photo had come out dark and blurry. Perhaps, I lamented, the photo was not meant to be.
Or so I thought.
Looking up from my camera, I quickly realized that my friends were nowhere in sight! It seemed they had wandered off while I was taking a photo of the woman and had left me behind. With no cellphone and money (I had placed them in my friend's backpack earlier.) I had no choice but to stay put and hope they come back to fetch me. I took it as a sign for me to take the perfect photo of the Nepali woman, so I did just that."
Congratulations again to Charlotte, and look for her photo in our special section of the monthly Nepal newsletter! Next month's submissions will be accepted until January 7th, so start ...
Thailand National Father's Day is celebrated annualy on December the 5th throughout the country. Apart from celebrating fatherhood, on this day people actually celebrate the King's birthday! Yes, Father's day in Thailand is celebrated on the King's Birthday. Commemorates the birthday of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej is observed as National holiday and as National Father's Day.
On Father's Day, people shout "Long Live the King" and wave the flags in front of the palace where his majesty stays. People also decorate their houses by hanging the yellow flag which is the king's flag and also Thailand national flag to symbolize their love to the king and towards the country.
The king is loved by every Thai person. For all his life, His Majesty has done so much for the country as you surely have seen Thailand Royal's Project. His Majesty the King once said....
“One of the reasons underlying the creation of the project was humanitarianism; the desire that these people living in remote areas should become self-supporting and more prosperous. Another reason, and which has received support from all sides, was to solve the problem of heroin. (…) A further reason which is very important is that, as is well known, the hill tribes are people who use agricultural methods which, if left unchecked, could bring the country to ruin. In other words they cut down trees and practice ‘slash and burn’ methods which are totally wrong. If we help them it is tantamount to the country in general having a better standard of living and security.”
His Majesty the King on 10th of January 1969 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University
Everything His Majesty does has shown his love towards his people. His happiness is to see ...
Wanna see a great spectacular paranomic view of Ao Nang, Hong island and Yao island at the same time? Khao Ngon Nak Bellevue, a lofty mountain by the Andaman Sea is the place to go! Located in Baan Nhong Thale, half hour away from Krabi town, Khao Ngon Nak is like a paradise for hikers who wish to see the awesomely awesome view of mountains of Phanom Bencha Crest. The hike to its peak is 3.7 km up the hill through the green forest, a habitat of various species of wildlife.
Along the way, you surely will enjoy the forest music which is the mixture of the high pitched voice of gibbons and monkeys and other insects such as grasshoppers. All their voice makes such a wake up music for the hikers.
There are two spots that offer you great views of Andaman sea and green jungle. The first stop is like a green path along the cliff with a long line of wooden fence. Another spot is my favorite (before you reach this sport you will find the most difficult path that you walk up a small wooden steps and they are very steep and unstable)
My favorite spot is up almost to the top. It's like a limestone hill covered with green moss and beautiful pink and white flowers. It's a very shady area full of bautiful wild flowers. A big stone perfectly makes a seat off the cliff. White sand cover the lime stone hill that makes you feel like you are walking on the beach. The cool breeze that wipe off the heat of the day. You feel liek you are in a beautiful Eden.
From there it takes like 25 minutes more to the top top of the mountain. The whole trip took me like 3 hours and a half. Itis so worth it because it's obviously paradise on land.