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Week vol emoties   (published in Thailand)

March 18, 2013 by   Comments(9)

Ik wil jullie even op de hoogte houden van alles wat hier gaande is. Vanaf donderdag dat ik mijn laatste blog schreef is er namenlijk een hoop gebeurd. Donderdagmiddag hadden we met alle vrijwilligers een workshop. Dit vind ongeveer een keer in de twee weken plaats. Na een massage voor kinderen en thaise worden leren workshop was het nu tijd voor wat creatiefs. We moest een speelhuis gaan maken van een grote huis zodat de kinderen daarin konden gaan spelen op een project. Het heeft uren geduurd, maar al zeg ik het zelf, hij is aardig goed gelukt. De dag erna is het naar het project vervoerd, en de kinderen vonden het geweldig. Ze hebben er veel ingespeeld. Het huis was helaas niet stevig genoeg dus hij begint al te scheuren aan verschillende kanten, maar het was de moeite waard. 

Terwijl we alle spullen aan het opruimen waren van het huis na de workshop, stond ik op van de grond. Op dat moment schoot er wat verkeerds in mijn rug waardoor ik heel veel pijn had. De ibuprofen die ik vervolgens had ingenomen hielp niet. Die avond dus vroeg naar bed maar de continue pijn verdween niet. Op vrijdag stond een bezoek aan de gevangenis gepland. Ik had nog steeds super veel pijn maar ik wilde hier persee bij zijn. Wat we daar hebben gezien was bizar. We mochten in het vrouwen gedeelte komen van de gevangenis. Daar zaten 318 vrouwen vast, waarvan 80% voor drugs. Een deel daarvan wist nog niet hoelang ze vast zaten, die droegen bruine kleding. Het deel wat wel al was veroordeeld droeg blauwe kleding. Buiten thaise vrouwen, zaten er ook toeristen die waren opgepakt. Het was niet zo dat ze elk een eigen cel of gedeelte hadden. Maar iedereen zat op elkaar gepropt buiten onder een afdak. Ze moeten zelf koken en de was doen. Er zijn verschillende vrouwen die in verwachting waren ...

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Week vol emoties
Week vol emoties

Tanzania, Arusha Care Project   (published in Tanzania)

March 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Africa is amazing, different and colorfull at the same time. After my experience has ended, the one thing that I think of all the time is the children, their big smiles, their tears and the hope for a better life. The children in Africa need care, support and education. But how do we help the situation in Africa? For many years we have been sending money towards a lot of African countries, and Tanzania is actually one of the richest countries in Africa. I talked to a lot of local people in Tanzania and they say that the problem is the government, they don't distribute the money, to those who really need it. Families are still starving in Tanzania, while the upperclass is getting more and more rich. The Seeway Orphanage has a very good policy, they never give money to anyone, they instead talk to the family who are in need, and find out what their needs are. For example, we went to a family, who had not had food for 3 days, we gave them a lot of food like rice, vegetables, eggs etc..., if we instead gave this family money, they sometimes see that the family buys candy and chocolate instead, because they don't know anything about good nutrition. And at the same time they would use all of the money immediately. And that is why I think the best way to develope the african countries is by education, they need to learn about nutrition, hygiene, economy and english etc. so that they learn to take care of themselves and not just wait until a mzungu (white person) comes to help them. Another problem in Tanzania is the healthcare system, every family needs to pay for their own medical treatments, so that is why sickness often leads to poverty. Higher taxes for those who have a high income, can help develope the healtcare system and save a lot of lives in Tanzania, ...

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Tanzania, Arusha Care Project
Tanzania, Arusha Care Project

ARDES - Placement update   (published in Morocco)

March 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

ARDES is a Moroccan non-governmental organization working for underprivileged populations in urban and rural northern Morocco. ARDES was launched in 1998. The aim of the association is to promote solidarity, and to encourage and support integrated development, among the marginalized populations. ARDES stands for l’Association Régionale du Développement Economiqueet Social that can be translated as the Regional Association for Economic and Social Development. It aims to improve socio-economic and educational conditions for both rural and urban women, foster development through practical training leading to a qualification and promote working in partnership with local community associations. The school is state funded and the teachers are paid by the state.



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ARDES - Placement update
ARDES - Placement update

First Aid for Volunteers and Staff   (published in Tanzania)

March 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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First Aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

Last week our Medical Volunteers facilitated this workshop for the Projects Abroad Staff and their fellow volunteers.

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First Aid for Volunteers and Staff
First Aid for Volunteers and Staff

Nausori Special School   (published in Fiji)

March 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

"Special Needs" is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family.

Minuses and Pluses:

"Special needs" are commonly defined by what a child can't do -- by milestones unmet, foods banned, activities avoided, experiences denied. These minuses hit families hard, and may make "special needs" seem like a tragic designation. Some parents will always mourn their child's lost potential, and many conditions become more troubling with time. Other families may find that their child's challenges make triumphs sweeter, and that weaknesses are often accompanied by amazing strengths.


Enter Amanda McGrath and Charlotte Buckley - these 2 young ladies from the UK are placed at Nausori Special School where they help out in teaching and taking care of children with special needs. When I visited them, they were reading stories and playing with hand-puppets with the children. It was really good to see them engaged in interactive games with the children. The responses they got were positive. Amanda and Charlotte help out in different classes (age gaps) and were fully engrossed in their classes when I arrived. Below are photos of them both 


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Nausori Special School
Nausori Special School

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