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Mathis Dumont, volontaire français, mission enseignement au Togo.
Arrivé le premier avril de cette année, j’ai décidé de partir au Togo pendant deux mois. Contrairement aux autres membres de l’organisation, ma présence à Lomé se déroule sous forme de stage universitaire afin de valider mon année de Master de Lille 3, en France. Mon choix s’est porté vers l’enseignement, et plus particulièrement celui du français, car ce domaine correspond au mieux mon cursus. Les deux mois se sont passés dans le complexe scolaire La Sagesse à Lomé, au Togo, proche du quartier de Djidjolé. Venant d’un pays qui a la chance de tout posséder, je voulais vivre une véritable « claque » cultuelle. Et quelle claque ! A peine les pieds en Afrique, la chaleur, le bruit des voitures, motos et passants, l’architecture, la conduite, mais surtout les relations humaines m’ont énormément surpris. Être en totale immersion dans une famille d’accueil permet de mieux assimiler la culture togolaise. Le français a beau être la langue officielle (qui est très peu usitée entre habitants, qui parlent éwé), le Togo n’a absolument rien à voir avec la France. Concernant le stage, il consistait à préparer et présenter des cours de français et élaborer des projets culturels en lien avec la francophonie. Cependant, la crise dans le monde éducatif dans le Togo n’a pas aidé à ce que ce stage se passe dans des conditions optimales : fermetures des écoles de Lomé, puis dans le tout le Togo, que ce soit les écoles publiques que privées. Heureusement, grâce à l’efficacité de Projects Abroad, j’ai pu retrouver un endroit pour continuer l’enseignement ; l’orphelinat REMAR. Et une fois de plus, une autre claque, moins agréable, fut de voir les ...
Although I have eaten Thai food for my whole life but every time I go to the restaurant and order “Pad Thai”, it’s still the best food in the whole world for me. I get excited before my food comes and I am always both happy and sad after I finish my meal. Why? First I am happy because I have the best food in the world but meanwhile I am sad because my food is over. Oh well, I feel like I will never have shared enough experience about how much I love Thai food. There are so many good dishes and so much to talk about. I am not saying I love Thai food because I am Thai and I grew up with these foods but because of its aromatic and mellow favors. Anyway let me start sharing my knowledge and experience about my favorite dish “Pad Thai”
Pad Thai is one of the most popular traditional Thai dishes made of stir fried noodle, vegetable and chicken/pork/meat/tofu or seafood. It popularity started early in ancient Siam time (long long time ago). It is very easy to cook and all the ingredients needed are cheap and easy to find. I am pretty sure it’s also easy to cook too because all you need to do is just stir fry them in a pan and mix everything together. I will make a list of things you need in order to cook Pad Thai
- Vegetable oil
- chicken/pork/meat/tofu or seafood (this one is up to your preference)
- minced garlic
- rice noodle or grass noodle (I prefer grass noodle)
- soy sauce
Part II of the interview with Olga Murray digs in to her pioneering development work in Nepal. From the beginnings of MSPN, NRH, and J&K House, this segment takes a look at a unique approach to development from a truly unique individual. Check it out!
Ian: Can you tell me a little bit about the Nepali Youth Foundation, how it started, and what methods it uses to help Nepal?
Olga: The foundation was established in 1990, but even before that me and a partner were giving scholarships to children, to orphans, to disabled kids, to blind kids, to street kids, the most disadvantaged children. About 1989, we decided to root our donations through another non-profit, so that our donors could get tax-deductions. So we started J House first in 1992. We sent the kids to good private schools, and then we took girls and started K House in 1995.
One of the things we used to do was go to the hospitals here, because many poor people here did not have money for the care that they needed. The basic care was provided, but if they needed money for any expensive procedure or medication, and they couldn’t afford it, they just had to take the consequences. We used to go to Bir Hospital, which is the big government hospital, and Kanti Children’s Hospital, and ask the doctors, “is there anybody here who needs an expensive procedure here like a scan or expensive medication that the hospital won’t provide,” and if they said yes, we would pay for it. Otherwise they would just yank the kids back and take them home and some of them would die.
So in 1997, we were at Kanti Children’s Hospital, which is still the only children’s hospital in the country, and there was a little five year old girl there. She was severely malnourished, and she weighed ...
A volunteer in Fiji had the opportunity to go scuba diving at Pacific Harbour. It wasn’t just any ordinary scuba diving where you go see corals and fish, but she experienced shark feeding. This happened in the exact location where the Shark Conservation project will be held, starting in January 2014.
“I have become quite adjusted to the 6am wake-up and 930pm bedtime as this makes the most sense with the flow of life here in Nepal.” - A Physiotherapy volunteer in Nepal explains what life is like living with a local host family and working at a Nepali hospital.
“My time in Thailand is coming to a tragically inevitable end. The time I've spent here has simply been eye-opening. I feel that I've achieved so much and made so many people happier just by purely saying hello with a meaningful smile. To me this was the most important thing, being able to change young lives for the better, teaching them and watching them learn from what you do and say is overwhelmingly rewarding.” – A volunteer in Thailand looks back on his time volunteering and what he will take away from the experience.
“As I told a friend the other day, apart from trekking the Himalayas, I could leave Nepal right now and feel completely satisfied with my experience. The week was full to the brim and I can only imagine what the next 12 weeks here will have in store for me.” – A volunteer in Nepal explains what life is like in Nepal from living with a host family to waking up at 4am to do yoga at a Buddhist temple.Photos of the Month
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