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This past December marked 10 years since the Cochabanner became the official magazine published by the Projects Abroad Journalism project in Bolivia. The Cochabanner is the only free English-language publication in Cochabamba, and it has taken over a niche in the Cochabamba community among expats, English-language students, and locals simply looking to retain or improve their current language skills.
News from 2016
FM4 Paso Libre, a Projects Abroad International Development project partner in Guadalajara, Mexico, held an inauguration on 8 December 2016 to celebrate the opening of new dormitories as part of the organisation’s migrant shelter in the city. In preparation for the opening, Projects Abroad volunteers and staff spent the weekend before cleaning up the space where the dormitories were constructed.
Arie Anton van Oostveen, a former volunteer from the Netherlands, has donated €14,000 to the day care centre in Prejmer, Romania, where he participated on a Teaching project in 2010. His donation, handed over in September 2016, makes it possible to hire extra staff members, buy new educational supplies for the children and gives an additional group of children the care and support they need.
Projects Abroad Maasai Community Village Project volunteers and staff in Tanzania took up the challenge to help provide permanent housing for teachers at a local primary school in Esere Village. After overcoming many obstacles and a difficult construction process they handed over the keys at a ceremony on 29 September 2016.
Ashtan Davis, a familiar face at the Projects Abroad Surfing Project in South Africa, has been selected for the 2016 Stance World Adaptive Surfing Champs!
Annie Doran, a medical volunteer from Ireland, recently donated seven medical aid kits to Projects Abroad partner organisations in Nanyuki, Kenya. These kits were handed over at a medical outreach session, where staff members were taught how to do CPR, correctly approach patients, assess vital signs and apply safety procedures for first aiders.
Projects Abroad would like to announce that Greg Thomson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and assumed his role on 15 August 2016. Greg has succeeded Dr Peter Slowe, the company’s founder, who will remain in the company as the Executive Chair.
Our volunteers in Ghana have been incredibly supportive of ‘Football Pitch Reading’, a new community-based project implemented in the Cape Coast region at the beginning of June. Through this initiative, volunteers teach the local children how to read at their weekly football practices.
Volunteers on the Archaeology Project in Peru have recently begun excavation work at a new site in Cusco. Inkylltambo, a sector of the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, is into its third year of excavations, and Projects Abroad volunteers have been invited to take part on the dig. Volunteers began digging in mid-July after being granted a plot of land for excavation through an agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and excavations are expected to continue through October.
With over a million study hours on platforms, trails, playbacks and mist nets, Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru has officially identified 478 species of bird in the reserve, with the final four species being added to their list in the last three weeks of July 2016.
During July, Projects Abroad established a new International Development project in Togo. The aim of this project is to help combat social and economic issues hampering the country’s development, particularly in the field of human rights, political governance and public health.
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