I had a voluntary experience that related with disaster recovery in May 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia when the earthquake killed many people and the most significant victim were the children that lost their parents and drop out of school. My photography friends and I worked together intensively with Bina Nusantara University Foundation to serve a nationwide community development volunteer in Bantul, Yogyakarta for 6 months. We became teachers for students aged 6 to 12 years in emergency tents and donated to rebuild the school. Our aim was eradicating children trauma post Jogja’s earthquake.
We all need good health and proper sanitation!
I'm Heidy Quah, 18 this year and my friends and I are a bunch of young people, passionate about living life to the fullest and making every single day count by putting others before ourselves, placing their needs before our own, touching lives and making a difference wherever we are, however we can and whenever we can. We believe in using our education to give the gift of education to those who can't have it. This is more than an idea, it is more than a project. It is our life, something we believe in; something we are investing our time and efforts into. Recently, we started volunteering as teachers at a Myanmar refugee school in Sungai Besi called Chin Children's Education Centre (CCEC). We’re into our 5th month of volunteering now and it has truly been an amazing, rewarding, priceless and humbling experience so far. The Chin Children's Education Centre (CCEC) is a school currently with 72 Myanmar refugee kids. The CCEC gives these kids their only opportunity to receive an education. UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has funded CCEC for 2 years under the SPF fund project, but just very recently, we found out from the headmaster of the school, Tin Kham, that the funding will stop in July 2012. CCEC needs funding urgently, otherwise these 72 children will lose the only school they have. These children are 4–16 years old. They are of refugee status, and hence they cannot attend any proper educational institutions such as government, private and international schools. The only form of schooling they get is from CCEC, where classes are conducted for 5 hours 5 days a week. You may have wondered where the older kids study: they don't. Very,very few of them get the golden opportunity to. The moment a kid reaches 17 years old, they neglect their education and work. Unskilled labor does not pay well: if they manage to find a job, they may earn RM20–30 a day, barely enough to support their family. And without an education, that is all they will be earning for the rest of their lives. The only way these children can escape their poverty is through education. Only through education can these kids learn skills that will help them competitively join the workforce. Only with knowledge can they secure jobs that pay well. These kids can barely read or write – they are unemployable! They are very underprivileged, but we can change that. We can give them the opportunity they deserve to change their lives, to break out of poverty. Having taught these kids ourselves, we know that they love learning. These kids value their education very highly. They know they're very lucky to be receiving an education – something they normally cannot afford – and hence they are very hardworking. They are always willing and attentive in class, and it breaks our hearts that their future may be robbed and bleak simply from lack of funds. In reality, running the centre only requires a mere RM1200 a month – less than the monthly salary of an average fresh graduate. The breakdown is RM400 for rental of the premises, RM240 for utilities, RM100 for telephone/internet, RM100 for stationery and the remaining RM360 for whatever else needed to run the school. Besides the volunteers, there are also 5 regular teachers – 2 are sponsored by UNHCR and 3 are hired. Every month, CCEC collects RM20 from each family to pay the salaries of the hired teachers. The fact is, the families of the children are simply too poor to support the centre, which is the greatest shame. We hope that the Malaysian public can provide to these children and help them get a proper education. Having taught and befriended these children, we really want the centre to stay open for these kids. We have seen the look of happiness when they are learning, their hunger for book knowledge as well as opportunities to back out of poverty, their grateful acceptance of our teaching skills and hope the centre has given to our young friends, and that is why we are asking politely yet desperately for any financial assistance you can give to CCEC. As college students, we have barely any money. But we contribute with our efforts, hoping that those who can give do give. Seeing how crucial funds are needed to run the school, the team is in the midst of planning and brainstorming several fund-raising projects, possibly a carnival that is tentatively planned to be held at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year. Donations as well as the funds raised during the carnival would be used to help in funding the school. We’re planning to get the kids involved in both planning and running the carnival as well, and it’ll be lovely if we could get the participation and cooperation of the public to join us for lucky draws, carnival games, bazaars as well as performances from the refugee kids.
J'ai participe au volontariat dans l'equipe international du Mouvement ATD Quatrieme Monde. Je suis benevole, on a fait ensemble bp. des choses comme p.ex. donner des l'aide juridique gratuitment pour les personnes pauvres ou sans abri, on mene des leccons de la lanque polonais pour les femmes d'un pays Afrique en Pologne ou des " street libraries" pour les enfants exclus sociales.Programme m'a donne beacoup d'energie et motivation pour aider pour les autres. Je conseille a chaque de faire qqchose pareille, parce que ce nous solidarise comme la societe aisni que comme d'etre humain.
la lutte contre la pauvreté en Afrique semble devenir comme un slogan, les décideur son incapable d'en venir en aide aux victimes qui meurt chaque jours a nos yeux, les guerres ne cesse d’arrêté dans tout les coin d’Afrique noire; nous espérons qu'après le sommet de rio l'Afrique trouvera une nouvelle face plein d’espoirs et des confiance.
Bonjour chers membres!
Pour lutter contre la faim et la pauvreté il faut promouvoir des projets intégrés:
par exemples en Afrique surtout où il y a assez d'espace: la terre; l'énergie: le soleil; de l'eau souterraine et l'eau de surface donc il faut qu'il ait de la volonté de masse pour l'agriculture et l'élevage puissent se développer et ensuite développer des industries de transformations des produits agricoles , laitiers et également des produits halieutiques mais surtout protéger l'environnement : maintenir nos cités très propres ensuite utiliser des matières premières biodégradables mais penser à utiliser des énergies renouvelables comme le solaire, l'éolienne et hybride;
DIOP Baba/Secrétaire Communautaire de la Collectivité Locale de Pire-Goureye
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I work for an international NGO organisation as a fundraiser in UK for over five years and shockes me to know that a lots of poeple realy are not concern about the need to eleviate poverty in third world countries. This is purely due to their ingnorance or the fact that they dont care. More importantly being an African (born and bread) I believe the poeple in all third world countries need more education on how to deal with this poverty. The power is in their hands(the third world countries) yet the west should be ready to help.
Many thanks Richard