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Sponsorship Suggestions for the Projects Abroad Foundation

Children & young people/social

1. Children’s centre in Cambodia
    Sponsorship of education of a Cambodian child
£30,000
    £3,000
2. Social exclusion in Mongolia:
Toys £25 - £100
Bicycles £50 - £150
Skateboards & protective equipment £60
Drawing & painting sets £25

Children & young people/sport

3. Football project for Ghanaians £30,000

Children & young people/education

4. Educational resources in Mongolia:
Science books for a class £220
Rural-urban exchange for a class £800
PC for a Mongolian school, including software £1,650

Environment

5. Environmental project in the Amazon rainforest:
Animal release:
Jaguar £5,100
Ocelot £3,100
Anaconda £850
Macaw or other large bird £350
Monkeys / small mammals
£250
Transferring farming techniques to community:
Coffee plants £750
Snail breeding
£300

Human rights

6. Human rights projects in rural Ghana £600

Medical

7. Medical assistance in Sri Lanka & Ghana
Portable ventilators for Sri Lanka £1,600
Blood culture analyzer for Sri Lanka £8,200
Cardiac monitors for Sri Lanka and Ghana £220
Defibrillators for Sri Lanka and Ghana £1,350
Sterilizers for Ghana £4,200
River blindness clinic in Ghana £14,800
Village clinic in India £5,600

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CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE / SOCIAL

1. Children’s Centre in Cambodia

£30,000

Volunteer and child in Cambodia

Another option would be to sponsor a Cambodian child’s education and welfare at £3,000 a year. With this contribution, we will be able to create a stable home environment for fifteen orphaned or abandoned children. Volunteers contribute to the sustainability of this project by donating their time on Care and Teaching programmes, designed to assist these children with getting an education and experiencing what it is like to be cared for and loved.

Our goal is to purchase some land in a rural area outside Phnom Penh. We would like to design and construct a building, which is currently available, furnish it and equip it to high safety standards with trusted and experienced staff. This building will not only be a home to these children, but it would also serve as a fun centre, with attractive bedrooms, plenty of toys and study-space, a kitchen where good-quality food will be served, and pleasant living and dining spaces, which would be shared between the children and the volunteers.

We prefer to start this project with a few children, at first, and then gradually expand it to provide more children with a loving home and support.

2.Toys and facilities for street-children and socially excluded youths in Mongolia

£25 to £1,000

Volunteer and child in Mongolia

Mongolia has made a long and painful transition from a communist to capitalist country. In this process of this transition, a huge discrepancy in social class developed and the children of those who could not adapt to the new systems were incapable, for one reason or another, of giving their children the care they needed.

The result has been, over capacitated orphanages and abandoned street-children in contrast to the increasing prosperity of the population as a whole. Whilst other charities and NGOs provide emergency aid for street-children and other bigger organisations try to solve the wider problem of social exclusion, Projects Abroad aims – together with its care volunteers – to provide these children with recreational necessities to make their life fun.

  1. Toys (£25 to £100);
  2. Bicycles (£50 to £150);
  3. Skateboards and protective equipment (£60);
  4. Access to table-tennis and pool tables (£20 per child or youth);
  5. Drawing and painting sets (£25 each).

Projects Abroad medical volunteers, along with local nurses, also help deal with minor wounds and arrange treatment for more serious conditions where possible. We liaise with the relevant organisations when a child or youth needs clothes or shelter. The main purpose of this sponsorship would really just be to try to make sure that they have a bit of fun.

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CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE / SPORT

3. Ghana Football project

£30,000

Our football project in Ghana

This is a chance to create opportunities for talented young west-African football players to realise their full potential by providing high-quality scouting and training within Ghana.

Projects Abroad works with an organisation called, Oyarifa, who has a training facility on the outskirts of Accra. At present, Oyarifa trains up young talented football players – and Projects Abroad sports volunteers help out. Realising your dream as a football player takes a lot of commitment, hard work and support, especially financially. These young talents depend on sponsorship that provides them with daily meals, accommodation and football gear, without having to take on draining low-paid work which also can make their attendance sporadic.

The second problem is that Oyarifa is dependent on unreliable and occasionally abusive links to Europe because they have no formal European links. Projects Abroad with sponsorship will be able to solve both of these problems, the former through careful provision of home stays and pocket-money.

Sponsorship of £30,000 will enable Projects Abroad to:

  1. sponsor up to 30 talented Ghanaian children to train at Oyarifa
  2. improve the pitch and other facilities at Oyarifa

If successful, this programme could be expanded. Projects Abroad will provide sports volunteers to assist in Ghana.

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CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE / EDUCATION

4. Science books and PCs for Mongolia

£220 to £1,650

Volunteer teaching in a Mongolian school

Projects Abroad currently works with nine schools in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Whilst schools in Mongolia have benefited from a supply of used language textbooks and other material from foreign charities and NGOs, the fact is that out-of-date IT equipment and out-of-date science texts, which have been contributed in considerable numbers, are of little value. At Projects Abroad we would like to support our partner-schools by helping with new texts and equipment. In the case of IT equipment, Projects Abroad will supply volunteers for training and we will pay for maintenance, but software must be bought and properly licensed.

If this sponsorship is successful, the plan is to extend the scheme into other parts of Mongolia. For this we will use the existing system by which Ulaanbaatar schools have mutual visiting arrangements with schools in rural nomadic areas in the Terelj area and also in small settlements in rural Mongolia in the Chiobalsan area. Our teaching volunteers and nomad projects volunteers will assist with implementation. A lack of infrastructure in many places will make IT inaccessible but sponsors can support exchange visits with schools in Ulaanbaatar. New science books at an appropriate level will always be usable and welcome.

Science textbooks are on average £220 for a class. A PC with all the necessary software is £1,650. A rural-urban exchange visit for one class is £800.

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ENVIRONMENT

5. Rainforest study centre

£250 to £5,100

Our Conservation & Environment project in Peru

Projects Abroad owns a lodge in the Peruvian Amazon, accessible only by boat down the Rio Madre de Dios, a tributary of the Amazon, from the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. It accommodates 32 volunteers. Volunteers and specially trained staff carry out a wide range of biodiversity studies, operate an animal release programme, and run an experimental farm to look at the viability of alternative crops to rice – rice is planted a lot by local people and it produces only just enough money for food and severely damages the rainforest.

The animal release programme is one of the few officially permitted by the Peruvian government. We receive many unwanted pets from Puerto Maldonado ranging from small birds and snakes to ocelots and jaguars. We have now completed our second monkey enclosure for two young white-bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth chamek) which had been maltreated; this group now numbers five which greatly increases their chances of survival on release. We have also received a young jaguar cub (Panthera onca); the two month old female was weak and it was touch and go for a while as she refused to drink the vitamin-rich milk we prepared; in a last ditch effort we tried a chicken broth with small pieces of meat, which seems to be working; she is currently housed in a nursery cage where her health is closely monitored and she is fed three times a day. The other recent addition to the programme was a juvenile common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus boliviensis) which has to be housed separately in another new enclosure. We have also recently released a pair of scarlet macaws (Ara macao), a brown agouti (Dasyprocta variegata), a young paca (Agouti paca) and a Southern Amazon red squirrel (Sciurus spadiceus).

The problem is that we are going to have to give up some of this work unless we can have further support. Keeping the jaguar until its eventual release will cost £3,850 for a new large and secure enclosure, £900 for food and £350 for veterinary visits. The totals for various rescues vary but sponsorship as follows would be appreciated:

  1. £5,100 for a jaguar
  2. £3,100 for an ocelot
  3. £850 for an anaconda
  4. £350 for a larger bird (macaws etc)
  5. £250 for a small mammal (squirrels, small monkeys etc)

We also run an experimental farm and there are important projects we are running with local indigenous farmers:

  1. we are preparing coffee plants which can be grown in a sustainable way in a rainforest environment; to sponsor fifty coffee plants for a local farmer costs £750;
  2. we have an experimental edible snail farm; sponsoring a snail farm for local farmer, including pond-work and pipe-work would cost £300.

These projects will help in very direct and practical ways to sustain the Amazon rainforest in southern Peru.

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HUMAN RIGHTS

6. Human rights projects in Ghana

£600 per project

Human Rights office in Ghana

Projects Abroad works in partnership with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative for Africa, which is based in Accra, Ghana. The Initiative is headed by Nana Oye Lithur, an internationally distinguished Ghanaian lawyer.

Projects Abroad law interns work on a variety of projects under Nana Oye Lithur’s supervision. These have recently included disability rights, women’s rights, the arrest and maltreatment of prostitutes, police harassment of taxi drivers, prison conditions and a whole variety of issues. The interns take statements, do research, and write articles, support letters and so on. Our idea is to expand this work in Ghana and to start it in Liberia (the remit of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative does not just cover the Commonwealth but all of Africa – even though it has only tiny resources).

The projects which we would like to have sponsored in Ghana at £600 each consist of the following:

  1. the creation of a joint and mutually supportive team of Projects Abroad law interns and Ghanaian law students from Kwame Nkrumah University in Accra, Ghana; this will involve careful selection of participants and a series of carefully structured joint seminars; (about £100)
  2. planning and carrying out a visit to a selected rural area with a programme for informing local people about their rights; villagers, who are often illiterate, will have practical presentations about their rights with intelligible materials relevant to their real day-by-day life; (about £500 for travel, materials etc).

This will be a big step forward for human rights education in Ghana. At the same time, foreign law interns with Projects Abroad and Ghanaian law students working together will have a real benefit, combining knowledge of the realities on the ground and of Ghanaian law and culture with a specific interest in the universal aspects of human rights law.

Sponsorship is also sought for the expansion of the human rights initiative to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Liberia is newly democratized and the capital is safe for law interns.

We would hope to send five interns in the first instance to work alongside Semantics E King jr, who fled Liberia during the civil war there because he was a journalist who exposed human rights abuses. From a refugee camp in Accra, Ghana, Semantics King edited The Vision which played a major part in keeping the Liberian refugee community focused on the return home and eventual reconstruction. He is just returning from a scholarship year in the United States, and Projects Abroad would like to sponsor a co-operative effort between Nana Oye Lithur (above) and Semantics King to develop human rights education in Liberia with the help of Projects Abroad volunteers. The current stage of development of Liberian democracy makes this initiative particularly timely.

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MEDICAL

7. Medical assistance in Sri Lanka and Ghana

£220 to £14,800

Volunteer working in a Sri Lankan hospital

Projects Abroad runs medical projects in many countries around the world. Student volunteers learn in hospitals and clinics about the issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment in the developing world and they contribute whatever they can, according to the level they may have reached in their studies.

In Sri Lanka, we work at four major hospitals along the coast south of Colombo as well as a number of smaller rural clinics. We would like to support the rural clinics with portable ventilators, cardiac monitors and defibrillators, as well as a blood culture analyzer which will itself be located at one of the main hospitals where we work and also used for its own in-patients.

In Ghana, we also work at a number of major hospitals in Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Koforidua. Recently, we have also sent trainee dentists to the Central Regional Hospital where there is a need for additional dental sterilization equipment. In the past, we have also played a part in locally organized mobile river blindness clinics but these have ceased due to lack of funds and sponsorship for these would be very much welcomed. They make a real difference, especially around the shores of Lake Volta where the 15-day clinics visit up to 80 villages and can treat up to 1,200 people.

In India, we are establishing what we hope will be the first of several village clinics, staffed by our own volunteers, by a visiting doctor and by a full-time nurse. These clinics act as primary care centres in villages where no such facility has previously existed. Their particular importance lies in the fact that villagers will have free treatment immediately available and will therefore be less inclined to wait until they are seriously ill before seeking treatment when they have practically no alternative, as often happens at the moment. This culture of waiting until you can wait no longer really damages the health of many villagers in South India where we work; a village clinic would at least make a start at changing this health-damaging approach.

Projects Abroad will be able to ensure that donor funds would go directly and wholly to meet an agreed medical objective in every case. Here is a selected list of medical work that needs sponsorship at the time of writing – where specific equipment is mentioned, requirements may of course change over time and the amounts include transport and installation:

  1. £1,600 each for portable ventilators (Sri Lanka)
  2. £8,200 for a blood culture analyzer (Sri Lanka)
  3. £220 each for cardiac monitors (Sri Lanka and Ghana)
  4. £1,350 each for defibrillators (Sri Lanka and Ghana)
  5. £4,200 for sterilizers for dentistry (Ghana)
  6. £14,800 for organising a river blindness clinic (Ghana)
  7. £5,600 for equipping a village clinic (India)

Each of these kinds of sponsorship would make a specific, visible and measurable difference to the lives of ordinary people in the countries concerned.

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