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.
Victor Lee, a Projects Abroad Physiotherapy volunteer, presented at the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in the Philippines on the establishment of a community-based Rehab and Disability Centre, the first of its kind in the northern part of Cebu island.
Sea Sorn, Base Manager and Field Coordinator at Projects Abroad’s Cambodia Diving & Marine Conservation project recently presented a talk at the Conservation Asia conference about 'ghost nets', discarded fishing nets that present a major threat to marine life.
Projects Abroad Argentina is set to welcome its first volunteers at the new Canine Therapy Project in Córdoba, this July. Fundación Jingles (The Jingles Foundation) is a privately run therapy centre, aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of its clients with the assistance of the 32 therapy dogs that live at the centre.
A Projects Abroad volunteer from Belgium recently raised money towards a clothing donation for over one hundred talibé children in Saint Louis, Senegal.
Projects Abroad is launching a Refugee Project in Italy to assist refugees and migrants as they reach the Italian coast after what has undoubtedly been a long and arduous journey from their home country.
It's been one year since volunteers on our Disaster Relief project in Nepal began rebuilding schools in the Kathmandu valley. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have built over 60 classrooms, enabling 1500 children to return to school.
Care volunteers in Andasibe, Madagascar helped to provide a local school with clean drinking water. The volunteers built brick and cement stoves on the premises, which will be used to boil water for the next day. The tap water in the area is often unsafe to drink, and the students run the risk of suffering stomach aches and digestive problems.
Projects Abroad Human Rights volunteers in Córdoba help homeless couple to receive disability pension from Argentine government
Volunteers give local schoolchildren an opportunity to interact with native English speakers while gaining valuable hands-on experience leading classes and communicating across linguistic and cultural barriers.
Alice Bowman, a former Projects Abroad volunteer, won the Volunteering category at the Young Scot Awards, which took place in Edinburgh on 27 April 2016.
To mark World Book Day this year, Projects Abroad will be holding events in nine destinations to promote literacy and highlight the importance of reading and writing for children.
As of April 2016, our African Savannah Conservation project in Kenya has been transferred from the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy to the Soysambu Conservancy.
Julie McDonald, who recently completed an MA in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney, was one of the first volunteers at the project.
Projects Abroad Disaster Relief volunteers started building work on their sixth school building in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Projects Abroad Conservation staff and volunteers take part in the annual Meso-American Bat Survey held across Central America, including Barra Honda National Park.
Students attending Yelebe Fana and Berhane Zare, two schools in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, will start 2016 with access to 250 new books, thanks to a donation by Projects Abroad volunteers and staff in November 2015.
During the early hours of 8 December 2015, the Projects Abroad Conservation team, along with government officials, police and Animal Defenders International (ADI), raided an informal zoo in Sandia, a mountainous region of Peru, and successfully rescued 13 animals from atrocious conditions.