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Dia del Niño Donation   (published in Argentina)

August 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

This week, Argentina celebrated Dia del Niño (children’s day). This popular holiday celebrated throughout the world is simply a day to celebrate and honor the children in our lives. In Argentina, the holiday is celebrated much like Mother’s or Father’s day. Children receive presents from their parents just for being, well, kids! Lucky them!

All over Argentina events are organized making this day a special treat: Muppet shows, games, cultural programs, concerts, special TV programs and family gatherings.


Projects Abroad also thought of all the kids who aren’t as lucky and asked each volunteer present to participate in a donation of presents. Gaston, a close friend of mine had already organized a joint donation with fellow friends so we decided to join in.

On Saturday August 7th, while I was busy helping out at an orphanage with Projects Abroad volunteers, Gaston led a group to take all the presents and clothes he had been able to gather to the Children’s Hospital of Cordoba and distribute them there. We also decided to donate some board games to poor families in Unquillo, a town located close to Cordoba.


I would like to thank Gaston for putting his heart into this project and to Projects Abroad volunteers for participating in the donation. Let us hope that this small gesture made the difference for some kids and made them feel part of this special day.


Feliz Dia del Niño Argentina!

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Dia del Niño Donation
Dia del Niño Donation

2-Week Specials at Children's Home of Hope   (published in Ghana)

August 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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The beginning of August kicked off with our last group of 2-week specials of the year.  18 young men and women from all over the world came together in Cape Coast to paint the inside and outside of Children’s Home of Hope Orphanage. 

By painting in the morning and caring for the children in the afternoon, everyone got a really fulfilling volunteer experience.  The orphanage is located in Aseibu, a village just outside of Cape Coast.  There are 18 children who live at Children’s Home of Hope and many more children in the community.  The orphanage serves as a community center for these children, and from day to day, there can be anywhere from 20 – 40 children hanging about.  The volunteers played football, blew bubbles, and did educational games with everyone and the kids were naturally delighted. 

On the weekend, the volunteers got to experience some of the culture Cape Coast has to offer.  They toured the Cape Coast Castle, did the canopy walk at Kakum National Park, and had a relaxing afternoon by the pool at Coconut Grove Beach Resort. At dinner on Saturday night, they were treated to a drumming concert and even learned some African dancing.  All in all, everyone had a fun cultural experience, and felt relaxed and restored for their last week of painting and care work. 

By Jenny Shulman

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2-Week Specials at Children's Home of Hope
2-Week Specials at Children's Home of Hope

Rocky Mountain High   (published in South Africa)

August 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Saturday July 31, 2010  

   It was another freezing cold morning when we gathered around the communal kitchen at 7 am for breakfast and coffee.  Breakfast times at camp are a lively affair now that there are so many people at staying with us, and there is always a lot of laughter about all sorts of things.  This morning it was Johan providing the amusement as his “bed head” was something resembling  a Manga cartoon character and Sonic the Hedgehog rolled into one!

   Despite the cold though, everyone was in good spirits as we were going to take a hike up to the highest point of the Legodimo Reserve.  Botswana is predominately a flat country broken up with piles of rocks and randomly placed hills, the tallest of which we were going to scale to see what we could see.

    Staff member Andrew was to lead us to the top this morning and after filling our water bottles and charging our cameras, we set off.

   We headed along the dirt track outside our camp for a few minutes before suddenly forking off into the bush.  Andrew had been up to the top just a few days before and had marked out a trail by using pieces of charcoal to draw arrows onto rocks to point the way.  We were to be the test of his arrows!  As it was Antoine’s Birthday that day, he was given the “privilege of leading us, and we set off on the climb.

    It must be said that it is not an easy climb, this one.  We were soon scrambling over dirty rocks and through acacia bushes that have thorns as long as your finger.  We regularly came across leopard faeces and hyena dens with the skulls and bones of recent victims (animal victims, I hasten to add…) lying ...

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Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High

New Arrivals and Old Departures...   (published in South Africa)

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Wednesday July 28, 2010

   A couple of weeks ago, one of our pet rats here at the camp gave birth to 9 tiny, bald babies.  Coco, as she has been named, has been looking after her brood day and night as we kept a watchful eye on their progress. 

    It is amazing how quickly these little pink balls have grown in the space of a couple of weeks! They are now fully active, their eyes are open and fur has grown so we decided to let them out of their cage for some fresh air.  The volunteers were captivated by them as they all took turns in holding them - I have never heard as many “Aaaaws” in my life!  It is true though - they are mega-cute.  Our rats have been kept in the tool shed now for a few months and have become regular favourites amongst the volunteers.  It is great to get them up close and personal to these animals to see how they live and interact with one another.  They are very clean animals that have come to enjoy the human attention that is lavished upon them, and looking after their cages and feeding routine has become one of the daily camp duties for the volunteers.


   This week saw the departure of a few of or volunteers, and it was a teary farewell at the airport as we saw them off from their African adventure. Loman from France has been on the conservation project in Legodimo for 4 months and had become something of an institution here.  He was known for always appearing in the morning in his shorts, T-shirt and baseball cap no matter the weather - even when the rest of us were wearing every stitch of clothing we had with us and there was frost on the ground!  Loman, after being on countless bird observation walks, was teaching me all about the amazing ...

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New Arrivals and Old Departures...
New Arrivals and Old Departures...

What a Whopper!   (published in South Africa)

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Monday July 26, 2010

   After our return from the Mapungubwe National Park at the weekend, we were greeted by even more new faces as the project finds itself in the middle of it’s busiest period of the year.  There are more British volunteers coming in at the moment, which is a good balance to the many French-speaking young people that have been enjoying their time here in Botswana for many months now.  The “2-week specials” that come for just a fortnight to experience what the project has to offer have arrived in their first batch and are having a blast discovering new friends, new animals and new places every day they are here.  The nightly campfires have grown considerably to accommodate the 24 people that are staying with us here at Legodimo at the moment, and there is much chatting and laughter as they get to know each other and talk about all the things there have seen here. 

   One of our regular French volunteers, Hubert, is an avid fisherman and was delighted to discover an old fishing rod and tackle lurking at the back of one of the supply cupboards recently.  As we are living literally a stones throw away from the Limpopo River, it was a perfect opportunity for him to cast out and see what he could catch.  The first time he wasn’t so successful, but not to be discouraged, a couple of days later he landed a whopping catfish!

   Usually he has a couple of friends with him, but this day he was alone and he realised that the fish was so large, he couldn’t land it by himself.  He started yelling and shouting for help to his friends at the camp a couple of hundred meters away, perhaps not realising that when his pals heard him yelling for help from the crocodile and ...

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What a Whopper!
What a Whopper!

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