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Ethiopia Report – By Rayyan Pirani   (published in Ethiopia)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Ethiopia Report – By Rayyan Pirani

The experiences gained in Ethiopia can never be reproduced, after being to over 37 countries in my 17 years; this has by far been the most memorable. The opportunities given to us such as interacting with the local population, improving the surrounding environment in the children’s home and finally being given the opportunity to beautifying the campus at Lem-Lem school will never be able to be duplicated.


When choosing which project to attend, I immediately took favour to the only African country on the list, Ethiopia. After being chosen to come, I was rather sceptical in the sense that I was unsure what I would experience, what the living conditions would be like and how safe I’d be. The depiction of Ethiopia in the western world is completely opposite to what it is and after experiencing what this beautiful country has to offer I feel that it is my responsibility to change the preconceived notions about the country. The country has been nothing but safe, the people have been hospitable and the environment has been nothing but beautiful.



After entering the gates of the Children’s home, I was anxious to meet the children. We walked in to the main room after touring the city. The glow in the children’s eyes brought a smile to my face. I froze for a second waiting to see who would approach me first. To my surprise, the children were not shy at all. Their command of the English language was exceptional as well. We interacted and I soon not only realized their love for education but the governments influence on education as well. Against the stereotype, the Ethiopian government puts a strong emphasis on education because they believe that it is the ...

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Ethiopia Report – By Rayyan Pirani
Ethiopia Report – By Rayyan Pirani

IT Centre Certificates   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Another bunch of graduates collected their certificates from Projects Abroad’s Mawala IT Centre. Arnaud, Tom, Laura and Martin were there to give the honours. Arnaud and Tom have been working hard at the IT Centre over the past couple of months, teaching the children basic Word, Xcel and internet skills which they can use for life. We would like to thank the boys and teacher Kaushalya for their hard work once again!


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IT Centre Certificates
IT Centre Certificates

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!
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
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
Volunteer’s donation to ‘Rainbows Educare’ Care Project

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