Newsletter - December 2019
Love Without BoundariesImproving the access of children to nutritious food not only improves their concentration at school but also increases awareness of healthy eating habits and opens pathways for further education in agriculture-related industries.
We are excited to be partnering with Love Without Boundaries (LWB) who are seeking to help exceptionally vulnerable children from the Poi Pet area of Cambodia by providing them with foster care & schooling in a rural setting away from the bad influences of the Poi Pet border town. LWB's school serves children from preschool to Grade 3 and also has a nursery facility for younger children. Tragically, many school-age children were being left in charge of younger siblings for extended periods while parents went in search of work, and they brought them along to school so that not much learning was happening in the classrooms. Thanks to LWB, any young child in the village can now be brought to their Sibling School to receive nutritious food and care in an effort to eradicate malnutrition and, hence, stop the growth stunting currently seen in the children. Children in the school are provided with a breakfast at school each morning if they want one. Each child is also served a nutritional hot lunch cooked onsite by LWB cooks each Monday to Friday. Many children have several helpings as they will not be fed at home - their parents come home too late to provide a meal.
We are delighted to partner with LWB in establishing a range of food production activities on the school grounds, not only to lower their monthly costs but to provide fresh, nutritious food for the children as well as create educational activities.
Keeping Girls in School
We are thrilled to be Keeping Girls in School! .
In the Congo:
Daily hardships put pressure on impoverished children to leave school in order to find extra income for their families. Girls in particular are overlooked when it comes to education, often being put to work at diamond mines as pickers, sellers, cooks or sex workers. In partnership with the AusCongo Network, our project is strengthening a small community through agricultural initiatives with a long-term goal of lifting families out of poverty so their girls no longer need to earn an income and can take their rightful place in the school room.
In the Solomons:
Girls in the Solomons who are lucky enough to finish high school rarely have the chance to pursue tertiary education. This is a country where, across more than 900 islands, there are only two trained doctors for every 10,000 people. In partnership with the Solomon Islands Education Project, we are boosting the critical shortage of healthcare workers by training nurses at the SI National University. These young nurses will promote health care, bring new lives into the world and heal the sick in remote Clinics where they have full responsibility for patient care, including obstetrics and A & E.
In Papua New Guinea:
Girls and women living in rural communities in PNG have little opportunity to access education, skills-training and employment opportunities. They also lack access to safe birthing. That's why we are especially thrilled to partner with World Hope International in supporting 72 local women as they train to become Village Birth Attendants; learning the basics of health & nutrition, the importance of clean water, and, of course, mother and baby health during pregnancy, birth and aftercare (including contraception).
In response to the question, "Does menstruation really affect school attendance for girls?" a specialist NGO working exclusively on problems associated with menstruation in the developing world replied,
"Yes. In the developing world, menstruation is the number one reason why girls miss school. On average, girls will miss two to four days of school per month, because they are unable to purchase pads during their period. This adds up to an entire month of school missed each year. As girls grow older, it greatly increases their chances of dropping out of school or performing below par." (FEMME International, 2013)
For this reason we are excited to support Create / Impact's efforts of placing locally-made reusable menstrual pads into the hands of rural students. These pads are made for women, by women in Ethiopia —using locally sourced materials, close to 100 women have been employed and trained, and between them they have provided close to a million girls in Ethiopia with sanitary pads.
Staying Warm in Mongolia
Mongolia Care is doing an amazing job, transforming the lives of released prisoners. Their cow herd has recently grown from 10 to 19 and now their manure is being used to make these fuel blocks! This new form of heating is being explored as a possibility for keeping their chicken sheds warm over the cold winter.
Under the fearless leadership of Otgaa, Mongolia Care works alongside police, politicians, social welfare agencies and prison authorities to reduce domestic violence rates and restore dignified livelihoods to the ex-prisoner community. Life skills' workshops equip / mentor ex-prisoners through the restoration process, providing them with skills essential for gainful employment upon their release. Targeted prevention through advocacy / awareness is another key used to reduce crime and manage recidivism.