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Happy Birthday Sukitha!   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Everyone loves a birthday, so we decided to throw a big birthday bash for all the children at Sukitha Children’s Home. Over the years, our volunteers have made somewhat of a tradition of celebrating the Sukitha children’s birthdays so this year was no exception. More than twenty volunteers joined in the party, playing games like musical chairs, dancing and blowing up balloons with the kids. A few of us even lent a hand in the kitchen, scraping coconut, peeling carrots and chopping cabbage for a Chinese lunch. The children really enjoyed the day, interacting with all of us and lapping up their special meal. They cut a big, iridescent pink and orange birthday cake, which was washed down with milk packets. Once the kids were satisfied, all of us headed to Tangerine Beach Hotel for a buffet lunch and a good catch up. For next month’s outreach, we’ll be warming up our muscles and applying Ayuvedic balm for break dancing!

 

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Happy Birthday Sukitha!
 

Tai Chi on a Sunday Afternoon   (published in China)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

This Sunday afternoon 15 Projects Abroad volunteers came together to take part in a Tai Chi lesson.

About Tai Chi

The philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan is part of the larger strata of the philosophies of Daosim (you know, the philosophy that the yin and the yan comes from). Daoists believe in a force (chi) that exists in and around us all and it is this force that is drawn upon in the Martial Art of Tai Chi. When we talk of ‘going with the flow’ this could be seen as a very Daoist way of looking at things as it means not fighting against but rather utilizing the natural flow to your own ends.

This we can see at play in the martial art form. In Tai Chi, kung fu students are taught not to directly fight or resist an incoming force, but rather to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact until the incoming force of attack exhausts itself or can be safely redirected. This can be considered to be meeting yang with yin.

The Tai Chi that we went to learn on Sunday was not to be used in combat but rather as a form of meditation designed to settle the mind and body. The martial arts movements are conducted at an ultra slow speed so as to focus the brains thoughts and provide respite from the stresses of day-to-day life. This exercise can often be seen being done by the older Chinese generations in the parks at early hours of the morning.

Our Class

There were 15 volunteers in attendance in total and we were accompanied of course by our Chinese Martial Arts expert and teacher. After being told that we were to call him Master (the traditional Chinese term used for a kung fu teacher), we were given rather a convincing explosive display as to why; which came in a torrent of kicks and punches fortunately targeted at only ...

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Tai Chi on a Sunday Afternoon
 

Volunteer’s donation to ‘Rainbows Educare’ Care Project   (published in South Africa)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 - A volunteer (wishing to remain anonymous) reflecting on her time in Cape Town...

 

I arrived in Cape Town in January 2008 to start a work placement in the Women's Legal Centre in the middle of the city. This proved to be a fantastic opportunity; there was a whole range of issues that the staff dealt with in their work that would be very unlikely to appear in the British legal system. For instance work was being done on cases involving customary marriage which, because of the diverse South African heritage, is a particularly complex issue. Also I found that a lot of the work that was undertaken by the Centre was distinctly influenced by apartheid, with the WLC attempting to promote not just women's, but racial equality in the law. 

(The view from the rooftop of Rainbows Educare, overlooking the Capricorn/Vrygrond township)

Despite working on such a fascinating placement, I was aware that my daily routine was a very comfortable one, with a commute from a lovely host family to the city centre being a lot of what I was seeing of Cape Town life during my working hours. I decided to book myself onto a township tour so I could understand what life was like for a lot of South Africans. I was wary of being yet another 'gawping tourist', but the tour enabled me to interact with people that live in townships, and highlighted that there was a great opportunity to help out to different degrees.

(Faranaaz, in pink, the Principal and owner of Rainbows Educare Centre, has been involved with children in the Vrygrond/Capricorn community for seventeen years.  Pictured here with her are more of the staff members from the community, as well as some of the Projects Abroad volunteers from all over the world)

 

After a period spent ...

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Volunteer’s donation to ‘Rainbows Educare’ Care Project
 

Donations by Marlies Barsingerhorn (HOLLAND - Care & Medicine Project)   (published in Argentina)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Before I came to Argentina, I read about fundraising on myprojectsabroad website. It sounded really cool so I decided to try it at home before my departure. At that time I was in Spain so I couldn’t do a lot of things but I sent an email to all my family, friends, neighbours and so on. I told them about my upcoming trip, the volunteering and my idea to collect money in Holland which I could use to buy school supplies or toys in Argentina. I chose to not buy the things in Holland because I didn’t really know what my placement needed and it was also easier because my suitcase was big, but not that big!

 

My family and friends all replied very positively and almost everyone gave some money; some of them a lot and some of them just a few euros. For my goodbye party I also asked my friends not to bring presents but to bring the money which they would have spent for a present otherwise. I put a big Argentina-box at the table in which they could put the money.

This is how I collected the money; it took me such a little time but by the time I went to Argentina, I had collected a lot of money!  The first month in Argentina I didn’t really think about the money. I was too busy with learning Spanish, getting to know the other volunteers, my volunteering placement and all the other things Argentina has to offer! But after that month I started to talk with the helpful staff of Projects Abroad. They all helped me very much and we decided to give the money to different placements. There were a lot of placements which needed something; some paint, chairs, clothes and so on. So it was better to give a little bit to every placement instead of everything to one placement. We wanted to help as many people as possible! That week the staff helped me to ...

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Donations by Marlies Barsingerhorn (HOLLAND - Care & Medicine Project)
 

Medical Outreach in Kumasi   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              The medical outreach sessions in Kumasi are often the volunteers’ favourite activity in their time here. They take place every Thursdays and Fridays and volunteers have a chance to treat the children first-hand.

              The process is straightforward – the volunteers go and visit a school or an orphanage to treat the children there. They treat the children who have small wounds, ringworm, infections and heat rash. The medical supplies that are available to us are limited, and so we can only attempt to treat the basic things. If a child has a serious problem, then they would be advised to go and see a doctor. There are no set guidelines to these outreach sessions, and volunteers are welcome to come out with any ideas to discuss with the medical coordinator, Enoch.

              One of the best things about going to visit a school is the reception you get upon entering the school. Hundreds of children start shouting and coming up to you and chants of “Obroni, Obroni!” start around the school. Not all the schools have the same vibe and energy, but the excitement the children have when they see white people is characteristic of Ghana. It is funny because that they are loud and crazy as a group, but if you pick them out individually, they are as tame as a lamb.

              It is amazing to see how many children with ringworm or heat rashes are left untreated and it is often the case that the problems have worsened to something ...

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Medical Outreach in Kumasi
 

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