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HSF: What did our children do during their most recent school summer holidays?

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09Children here in Thailand have their school summer holidays for 2 months and a half from early March until mid May.  As usual, it is a long school break that every child anxiously looks forward to.  For the children HSF works with under our Family Rehabilitation & Family Preservation Program at Nakhon branch office, of whom around 600 of them are under HSF educational support, the social workers always encourage them to spend quality time during their school holidays on purposefully planned activities either the ones organized by HSF or others of their own interests.  In order for our colleagues working with children in other countries to get some ideas on what the children in Southern Thailand do during their school holidays, let us share with you some of the activities our children did during the most recent school summer holidays.

11This is what nud; 15, wrote on his diary: “Hello, my name is Nud.  I am a youth volunteer at HSF Learning Center for Children & Families in Tasala.  During this school summer holidays, I attended a training program on Potential Development of the Core Volunteers on Prevention, Warning & Rehabilitation of the Community in Crisis from Disaster for 7 days and 6 nights.  I learned about growing vegetables under the concept of sufficiency economy and practicing living in crisis.  I was very excited to practice on rock climbing, swimming across an island and living on an island with no facilities.  There were 2 activities that impressed me the most.  Firstly, it was to swim across the island.  Since I am not good at swimming, I had to swim about 500 meters to the island but I could swim only half way and reach the shore with help of my friends.  Secondly, it was the first aid on a case of a broken leg that I learned the basic treatment, which could apply to do at home.  For this training, I thought it was very useful.  I could spend useful times during school holidays. It created a rewarding experience in my lifetime, which could not find in the classroom.”  

“Our Water, Our Life”  HSF organized a field trip for a number of 20 children under our educational support from Ban Sa Bua, which is a fishing community in Tasala District, to Ban Khiriwong in Lan Saka District.  Khiriwong is the community on the mountain about 45 km far.  The children learned the way of life of Ban Khiriwong, the headwaters community with plentiful resources of forests and orchards.  Ban Khiriwong has been very well-known for the strengths of their villagers in helping to conserve the waterway that feeds them throughout the year. They gain an income from their fruit orchards as well as live a simple life according to the concept of sufficiency economy.  The children could gain knowledge of the importance of the waterway from upstream in the mountain to downstream in the village.  They were inspired to help caring for the nature because the water resource is a part of life.

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Benefits from the vegetable garden

Pak-bung and Kung-nang aged 11 years are twin sisters going up to 5th grade this new school year.  After school and at weekends, both help their mother selling vegetables at the market.  When they were studying in the 4th grade, the parents started giving them some extra money in addition to their daily pocket money for their help on selling the vegetables.  Since then, the girls have had savings in a bank.  Both want to earn money on their own.  Pak-bung said, “I will try to have savings up to 5,000 baht before finishing the 6th grade.”  Kung-nang said, “I want to have a lot of money in order to be able to study in the high level”.  Both sisters are members of HSF’s Kids Love Plants’ Club. During school holidays, they began growing young plants for selling such as eggplant and chili, etc.  Their grandfather raises cows so the children can also have manure for selling at 40-50 baht per a sack.  Their mother said, “I am very proud that my children developed the habit of saving, have goals in their life and can spend useful times. This is what they get apart from growing vegetables.  Growing vegetables, plants and trees does not only provide pleasure or food but also train the children to love nature and share things with other people. It is really worth on learning.”

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17As for Hasan, his grandmother said that growing vegetables could change Hasan’s behavior.  Previously, he dislikes doing housework and spent times only on watching TV.  He rarely had interaction with his family members.  After encouraging him to do the vegetable garden, Hasan likes and enjoys growing vegetables in various containers.  When arriving home from school, the very first thing he always does is to water his vegetable garden.  He also gains an income from selling the vegetables he grows.  He can have his own pocket money without asking from his grandmother.  He also saves some money in his piggy bank.

Time to do handicraft for our sponsors can be fun!

These beautiful artworks are made of paper in various forms such as hearts, flowers and butterflies, etc. that the children and parents did together during the school holidays with an intention to send to the sponsors in order to represent love and best wishes from all families under HSF program.

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HSF team

CWCN: Steps towards Child Rights Protection

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IMG_0015Child migration from rural to the urban areas in search of better life is a big issue of many developing countries. Likewise in Nepal also the issue is exceedingly prevalent.  There are several factors responsible for migration of children.  Exploring the grounds for what really drives children to migrate, several factors take centre stage. According to reports, family conflict, poverty, hope of better life appears to be the root causes. Lack of basic necessities such as education, health, recreation along with the lack of a secured and nurturing environment leads children to migrate. Unfortunately children landing in urban cities ended up either being domestic helper, abused in different ways and live in street. In Nepal majority of the children coming to Kathmandu capital of Nepal are from the neighboring districts like Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading. In this regards, CWCN has brought its locally-focused ‘Prevention Program’ to intervene in this issue.

The core of this initiative is to make the children not just to realize their problems but also capacitatingIMG_0136 them in to believing that any kind of problem can be solved by themselves at their own place. It is a program that has the objective to identify problems related to children in the local community and to solve those problems with the effort of the stakeholders and with the active participation and leadership of the children themselves via focal child club. Solving the problems of the children by the children themselves at the local level to prevent them from migrating and living more difficult life in cities is main purpose of the prevention program. This program is being conducting in a managed and systematic way in which we have formed focal club, each in Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha and Dhading. CWCN has been delivering various ability and skill enhancement trainings to these focal child clubs. It is quite understandable that the complete solution of children’s such problem is a big challenge. Yet, CWCN is aimed to capacitate such focal child club to intervene on problems of children and to help children via child to child approach.

Through this initiation of CWCN, we are expecting that Children will be attentive and aware about the current issues such as child marriage, sexual and other forms of abuse, and harmful effects of being on street, child labor, child rights exploitation and violence. They will be able to come front and take leadership to solve their own problems rather than running away from their home and villages. Likewise, problems of the children will be resolved at local level. CWCN hope with this initiative and action process of children migrating (from these districts) will be minimized.

CWCN team

WAF: Opportunity for Individuals and Organizations working for sustainable water, food and clean air

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WAF: Opportunity for Individuals and Organizations working for sustainable water, food and clean air

The Humanitarian Water, Air and Food (WAF) Award acknowledges and promotes outstanding individuals and organizations who are creating sustainable solutions to bring water, clean air and food to all.

It presents them with the WAF Award, and strives to give them the visibility they deserve to continue making this world a better place.

From April 22 to June 12, the call for application is open to any individual or organization developing and implementing breakthrough solutions for sustainable water, food and cleans air practices.

A committee of experts will select a short list of initiatives that best meet the selection criteria: sustainability, innovation, empowerment, scalability, replicability and social and environmental impact.

Then, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite project from the short list; share it with the world and gather support to make sure they win the WAF Award. You decide who the world celebrates this year!

By celebrating people and their solutions, we share with the world ideas that work and help turn them into best practices. By receiving recognition and support, these pioneers can carry on the wonderful work in bringing water, clean air and food to those who need them most. They become the models of best practices this world desperately needs.

Deadline: 12 June 2016

For more information: http://web.wafaward.org/call-for-applications/

USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is inviting applicants for USAID Global Health Challenges to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address the most pressing problems in global health.

It is to generate novel tools and approaches that accelerate and sustain improved health outcomes in developing countries.

Criteria for Consideration

  • Initial submissions are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data and resulting analysis.
  • The reputations of an organization, its past performance, the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria that may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges will be specified in each Addendum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

 Deadline: 13 April 2017

For more information:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282988

SARD: An award by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

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CONGRATULATIONS!! our friend, SARD, with an Award by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

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Embassy of Israel in India awarded a Mashav Grant to the project on “Ensuring better learning levels for all children through setting up Innovative teaching learning resource Bank” to the undersigned as a Mashav Alumni.

“This grant will add value in our current intervention with South Delhi Municipal Corporation on enhancing quality in their schools and bring reform in Delhi education initiatives. This grant would not have been possible without active support from all of you. We therefore seek your continued patronage in future too” said Mr. Sudhir Bhatnagar.

ASSEFA:40 acres of lands in a village enable to provide education for 600 children and livelihoods to 25 landless farmers

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ASSEFA has initiated appropriate social businesses using 40 acres of community lands at Pooriyampakkam village in Tamil Nadu to benefit both the local communities and support for their children education. The social businesses include production and marketing of organic vegetables, fruits and food materials, distribution of drinkable RO water to nearly 500 families every day, leasing out lands with animal sheds to landless farmers to rear 30 milch animals, 150 goats and 100 country chicken, renting of community halls for social functions and accommodations on pay basis for people who want to refresh themselves in pollution free environment and enjoy rural life style settings. The revenue generated from these businesses is used to meet the educational expenses of 600 children besides providing livelihood opportunities for 25 landless farmers/ families and supply quality food products /services to the local communities…

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RO Water Supply

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Dairying

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Community Dairy Plant

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Paddy cultivation

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Bandos Komar: Handover of community preschools in Punea Leu, Kandal Province, Cambodia

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Picture1At the end of 2015, Bandos Komar celebrated the phase-out and handover of preschools from Bandos Komar to commune council, district authority and community.

Bandos Komar supported 3 community preschools since 1998 with a total of 2411 children attended this community preschool; Bandos Komar also supported 2 primary schools since 2008 with a total of 8350 attended these primary schools. Moreover, Bandos Komar also supported 3 self-help groups and 3 rice banks to improve the income of community people and the benefit from self-help group and rice bank also contributed to support children’s breakfast at community preschool. During handover event, the chief of commune council committed itself to take over the responsibility of community preschool and community also pledged to mobilize the resource to support community preschool. The district education officer will continue to provide technical support to community preschool and the district authority will closely monitor the commitment of commune council and community whereas Bandos Komar will do spot check sometime in the future and conduct post evaluation after 3 years of handover to ensure the sustainability of the project.

The great achievement is thanks to support of Partage and sponsors. Bandos Komar would express profound thanks to Partage and Sponsors.

Global Fund for Women: Supporting Groups working to Advance the Human Rights of Women and Girls

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Global Fund for Women: Supporting Groups working to Advance the Human Rights of Women and Girls

The Global Fund for Women provides grants to women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls.

Focus Areas

  • Freedom from Violence
  • Economic & Political Equality
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health& Rights

Grants Information

The fund strengthens women-led groups based outside the United States by providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

Groups group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

  • It is based in a country outside the United States. We do not fund US-based organizations.
  • Its primary focus is advancing women’s equality and human rights, with these goals clearly reflected in its activities. Please note that groups whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • It is a group of women working together. We do not accept requests from individuals and do not fund projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (including scholarships).
  • It is governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or most of the leadership roles throughout the various decision-making levels of the group (including but not limited to the most senior decision-making levels).

Global Fund for Women does NOT fund the following:

  • Government entities
  • International organizations proposing projects with local partners
  • Political parties or election campaigns
  • Women’s branches/departments/projects of mixed genderorganizations

How to Apply

Applications for grants will open in August 2016

Interested applicants can apply via given website once the application for grants are open.

For more detail: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/apply-for-a-grant/#apply