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Sponsorship Suggestions for the Reconstruction Project

Children & young people/social

1. Children's centre in Cambodia
    Sponsorship of education of a Cambodian child

2. Social exclusion in Moldova and Mongolia:
    Skateboards & protective equipment
    Drawing & painting sets
    �25 - �100
    �50 - �150

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
    Rural-urban exchange for a class
    PC for a Mongolian school, including software

Children & young people/environment

5. New environmental education project in India�6,000

6. Improving existing environmental education project in India:
    Organic dairy herd
    Organic egg production
    Plant propagation
    School groups
    Small museum
    Neam trees


7. Environmental project in the Amazon rainforest: 
Animal release: Jaguar
Macaw or other large bird
Monkeys / small mammals
Transferring farming techniques to community: Coffee plants
Snail breeding

Human rights

8. Human rights projects in rural Ghana�600


9. Medical assistance in Sri Lanka & Ghana
    Portable ventilators for Sri Lanka
    Blood culture analyzer for Sri Lanka
    Cardiac monitors for Sri Lanka and Ghana
    Defibrillators for Sri Lanka and Ghana
    Sterilizers for Ghana
    River blindness clinic in Ghana
    Village clinic in India

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1. Children's Centre in Cambodia


About Us, Our Associate Charity - Children's Centre in Cambodia

There would be a further option to sponsor a Cambodian child's education and welfare at �3,000 a year.

We are keen to create our own children's centre in Cambodia for fifteen orphaned or abandoned boys and girls in the first instance. Our Director for Cambodia, Simon Petro, is a past director of an orphanage and has a great deal of relevant experience.

Our aim is to develop a children's home and children's support project which uses our unique resource, our volunteers, as fully as possible. Thus our care volunteers supported by local staff will look after the domestic needs of the children and our teaching volunteers and local schools will support their education.

We would like to develop a building which is currently available on about an acre of village land in a rural area some 50 kilometres from Phnom Penh. We will design, furnish and equip it to high safety standards with careful and secure staff selection. It would also be a fun centre, as much like a home as possible with attractive bedrooms, plenty of toys and study-space, a hygienic kitchen with good-quality food and pleasant living and dining spaces, which would be shared between the children and the volunteers. In the first instance, we would rather develop a model home for a few children where volunteers can really contribute than just hand out basic support to larger numbers, because this approach would make better use of our resources. We would hope to expand in due course.

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

�25 to �1,000

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Toys and facilities for street-children in Mongolia

Moldova and Mongolia have in common that they have made a long and painful transition from communism to capitalism. In this process, an under-class has developed, the children of those who could not adapt to the new systems, the abandoned children of prostitutes and of families who simply could not afford to look after them and the children of parents who died of AIDS or were incapable for one reason or another of giving their children the care they needed.

The result has been full orphanages and abandoned street-children - albeit next to increasing prosperity of the population as a whole. Whilst other charities and NGOs provide emergency aid for street-children and other bigger organizations try to solve the wider problem of social exclusion, Projects Abroad aims - with its care volunteers - to provide those extras which simply make life a little better for poor children and youths day-by-day:

  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 wherever possible. We liaise with the relevant organization 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 extra fun.

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3. Ghana Football project


About Us, Our Associate Charity - Ghana Football project

This is an opportunity to create opportunities for talented young West African footballers to realize their full potential by providing high-quality scouting and training within Ghana and creating a link with a club in Moldova which will then give the players access to European football.

Projects Abroad is working with the Oyarifa training organization who have a facility on the outskirts of Accra. At present, they do try to train up potential talent - and Projects Abroad sports volunteers help out. The first problem is that the young footballers themselves need a small amount of personal sponsorship so they can have food, accommodation and football boots 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, the latter through an arrangement in Moldova - a club near Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, will provide three month trials and access to European scouting.

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;
  3. sponsor 5 selected places for 3 months in Moldova;
  4. supervise training and scouting in Moldova.

If successful, this programme could be expanded. Projects Abroad will provide sports volunteers to assist in Ghana and in Moldova - we have offices in both countries - and we will provide business volunteers to help manage the arrangements in Moldova, giving attention to each individual case.

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4. Science books and PCs for Mongolia

�220 to �1,650

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Science books and PCs for Mongolia

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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5. Sponsoring a new environmental project education in India


See 6., below

6. Sponsoring specific activities in environmental education in India

�25 to �650

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Environmental education in India

Projects Abroad has established a small model farm in Rajapalayam in the far south of India. Volunteers work on the organic production of herbs and other plants of medicinal value. We use vermiculture to produce a viable organic crop and to produce an organic base for tree-planting as part of our "village-greening" project, which is also carried out in conjunction with village schools. Our model farm is frequently visited by groups of schoolchildren who are given organic plants to put around their homes or play-areas and given a basic introduction to organic methods. This is particularly relevant at a time for this kind of project when the over-use of insecticides and inappropriate veterinary treatments for cattle has led to a great deal of environmental damage and the virtual extinction of vultures and many birds of prey.

Sponsorship is sought for a number of ways of involving more schoolchildren, local farmers and volunteers in our work:

  1. we would like to develop a small dairy herd to provide pure fresh milk to local communities - at present only watered or powdered milk is available; (�650)
  2. we would like to introduce organic egg production; (�250)
  3. we would like to start a plant propagation project; (�300)
  4. we would like to organize more groups of schoolchildren to visit our model farm and the nearby squirrel sanctuary; (�150 for a day out for 30 children)
  5. we would like to establish a small museum of natural remedies - seeds, flowers, stems, roots and so on - all explained and labelled; (�300)
  6. we would like to plant additional neam trees in villages and by roadsides (�25 each)

These developments would enable us to create a local focus for organic farming and for environmental education.

Projects Abroad would now also like to take this whole environmental educational project one big stage further by acquiring a full-size farm - at present we have only two fields - and by developing it into an attractive environmental education centre for schools across the region. The idea is that children will spend a few days living in and around the farm and working on it, supervised by carers and specialized teachers, including our care and community volunteers and our teaching volunteers. The aim is to develop a full-scale well-equipped learning centre with classrooms and resources (internet, library and so on) to relate what the children see in the fields around them to wider environmental issues. We will not need our own accommodation - interested local schools have offered to help with this. �6,000 sponsorship is sought to get this project off the ground.

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7. Rainforest study centre

�250 to �5,100

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Rainforest study centre

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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8. Human rights projects in Ghana

�600 per project

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Human rights projects 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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9. Medical assistance in Sri Lanka and Ghana

�220 to �14,800

About Us, Our Associate Charity - Medical assistance in Sri Lanka

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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