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TIME FOR CARE CHANGE   (published in Peru)

July 16, 2010 by   Comments(0)

After a complete evaluation we have decided to offer a new option in our Care programme, currently offering 3 options in special needs, day care and kindergarden, of which the latter has been by far the most popular, we will offer 4 options soon.


After years of collaborating with kindergarden teachers, training them, networking, elaborating materials and offering alternative educational activities, we must agree with the Ministry of Education when they conclude that our resources would be better served in different type of institutions, the PRONOEIs (PROgrama No Escolarizada de Educacion Inicial), which are early years programmes run by members of rural communities, called “animadoras”.

PRONOEIs are an alternative for rural areas where there is no such thing as a kindergarden, most of the times, the “lessons” are done in a room made available by the community and there are no educational materials available. Animadoras only receive a “propina”, a tip for their work of around 120 US$ a month and they work with smaller groups. More quechua will be spoken and this makes intermediate Spanish necessary, we expect the rewards for a volunteer to be higher though as more possibilities are offered.


The evaluation of our CARE programme was done by Yessika, Tim and Patricia Luksic (early years educational specialist from Regional Educational Authorities) and although there is still room for improvement in the kidnergardens, especially in diversity of activities and teacher training, the fact that “our” kindergardens had better logistics, infrastructure, programming, learning experiences and children competencies was a direct result of having had years of help from supervisors and volunteers alike. It soon became ...

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2 weeks Special Programme in India   (published in India)

July 16, 2010 by   Comments(0)

The 2-Weeks special Medicine program in India started 28th June onwards and ended up during 2nd week of July. The volunteers were splitted off into three groups and each group got the opportunity to visit the famous hospitals in Madurai and observe the treatment procedures which was carried over by various famous doctors in Madurai.

Also they got a chance to visit the famous Leprosy hospital as well as Ayurvedic treatment centre in the near-by town of Madurai.

Projects Abroad India orgnised the weekend trip to Kodaikanal and as a part of social events they were taken to famous temple,palace,museum around Madurai after their work hours.

As a whole the volunteers as well as the staff were very happy with this programme.

Contributed by Nadia

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2 weeks Special Programme in India
2 weeks Special Programme in India

Graduation and employment opportunities for IT students from Lavendar Hill   (published in South Africa)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

(By David Oberst and Shelley Smith - volunteers from USA, on the IT Teaching Project)

(From left: Anthea Booysen, Alexander Esch (GER), Marchelle Louis, David Oberst (USA), Mushfeeqa Isaacs and Anita Hendricks.)

Volunteers Alexander Esch (Germany) and David Oberst (USA) recently held a graduation ceremony for successful completers of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu IT Program, part of the Projects Abroad IT Teaching Project.  Mastering skills in keyboarding and the MS Office suite, they were extremely excited to put their new skills to use.  The graduates were Anita Hendricks, Mushfeeqa Isaacs, Anthea Booysen, and Marchelle Louis.

Also, seven other students of the Philisa Abafazi IT program (whose names cannot be disclosed for security reasons) were recently employed at the University of Cape Town marketing research division thanks to the teachings of Philisa Abafazi IT volunteers.

The seven recent employees attribute their hiring to a four-week I.T. skills course completed through Philisa Abafazi Bethu, a women and children’s intervention programme in Lavender Hill, Cape Town.

With their neighborhoods claiming a 60 percent unemployment rate and a large amount of informal housing, these newly hired residents serve as a mark of proud distinction for their communities and as beacons of hope that people in impoverished areas can and are entering the high caliber working force within Cape Town.

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Graduation and employment opportunities for IT students from Lavendar Hill
Graduation and employment opportunities for IT students from Lavendar Hill


July 15, 2010 by   Comments(3)

Addis Merkato (Amharic for "New Market", popularly just Merkato or Mercato, from the Italian for "market") is the name for the large open-air marketplace in the Addis Ketema district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and for the neighbourhood in which it is located.

Merkato is the largest open air market in Africa, covering several square miles and employing an estimated 13,000 people in 7,100 business entities. The primary merchandise passing through the Merkato is locally-grown agricultural products — most notably




The Addis Merkato was instituted by segregationist policies of the Italian occupational government. They restricted the historic St. George Merkato to Europeans, causing the mostly Arab tradesmen to relocate a half mile to the west. Over time, local shopkeepers displaced the Arab merchants and, since the 1960s, the Addis Merkato has had a mostly local flavour.                                    ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

How big is Merkato?

I took the following interview from what’s out Magazine because it impressed me how big Merkato is and how the people replied to this question. By the way, if the question “How big is the biggest open air market in Africa?” was raised for those volunteers who had visited Merkato before – what would your reply be?

“How big is the biggest open air market in Africa?” I asked Mrs. Kibitu Tolosa, who was sitting cross legged in front of a pile of the best butter, “first grade and all from the Sheno area.” The pile of butter was ...

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Visiting the Volta Region   (published in Ghana)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              Visiting the Volta region from Kumasi is also another popular destination for the volunteers in Kumasi. It takes at least four days to see the main things so please make sure you have the time!

              Probably the best way to do it for volunteers in Kumasi is to leave on Friday just like I did and come back on Monday. Friday is just a travelling day and what we did was to stay in Atimpoku for Friday night in Aylos Bay. It is a nice guesthouse right by the river Volta and it is pleasant just chilling by the docks. On the next morning we went on the Dodi Princess Cruise. We had been told about the loud live band playing throughout the whole cruise ride, but I found it quite pleasant. It was just a relaxing being there and enjoying the cruise. The ticket included lunch and a drink. A little warning to the girl volunteers as there is nowhere to run when the men come up asking to marry you! Dodi Princess only runs on the weekends, which is another good reason why we set out on Friday.

             The next day we went to the Wli waterfalls. The photos looked impressive and the real thing did not disappoint. It really was beautiful and you can even go on a hike for an hour and a half to the upper falls. It is safe to swim by the waterfalls as there are no parasites, unlike the Volta River and lake. There were countless bats by the waterfalls all hanging in their normal fashion. Standing directly underneath the waterfall was a new experience as the water comes down from so high up. The sheer force of it makes the water spray all around and you will not be able ...

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Visiting the Volta Region
Visiting the Volta Region

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