Questions raised by Garden's Elders

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Updated questions raised by Garden's Elders as of 20/10/2006

1.CLIMATE and LOCAL HEALTH:
At the moment, with the onset of the rains there is a lot of Garbage which I hope when I receive the digital camera, I will send the photos.

Question:
How can you help in that area and being aware of the cholera outbreaks?

2.THE LIBRARY NEEDS A COMPUTER.
On our part, we are trying to get the mini-library take off the ground with the little resources we have. I hope you are considering helping us with the computer.

Hi everybody,

Thank you for your kind words Rubyana!

I began searching for some examples of local orphanages, youth centers, charities, in Zambia. I thought it might be useful to know how they face the same problems, the Garden community has to confrunt.

Kasisi Children's Home, the largest orphanage in Zambia, is without doubt a remarkable place.
The website, http://www.kasisi.org, supplies extensive information about the activity of the children's home. It is very organized, containing special wings for babies, older girls, children infected with HIV/AIDS. It also shelters a house for street kids. Kasisi Children's Home also tries to help the children to find a job, or follow a higher education.

Children In Need Network is an association, formed in the early 90's, by several children organizations in Zambia. I decided to write about it, because it focuses on training programs, advocacy, community awareness campaigns. The CHIN member list contains numerous orphanges, youth centers, national organizations. The members of CHIN benefit from support with information, lobbying, training, assistance with their project. CHIN is also associated with several international organizations. In a later phase, perhaps the youth center in Garden could enlist the help oh CHIN, or join CHIN as an associate member. (Just a thought ! )

http://www.kasisi.org
http://www.chin.org.zm

Julie

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Greetings All Dear Neighbours,

I have had a chance to chat online with our Local Representative Mwenya recently.

One thing highlighted in the chat was a very keen interest in Literacy for the Children of Garden.

Garden has some premises, a kind of center, with a small play area, and a bigger grounds potentially available for play activities. These need work, but given that, there is some basis, for the creation of a Library, and where to run Literacy Programs, that seems great, and there should be no stopping us now researching on assisting Garden with Literacy and a Library.

This may well turn out to be one of our main first practical actions to implement here at Garden.

So the question is:

Anyone know of any successful -Literacy- projects in Africa that provide an example in success?

This could be first hand knowledge or insight gained from anywhere in the world through research on the Internet.

Please start to help in any way, tiny, small, or big, with this direction here towards a Center at Garden providing Literacy.

Thanks and Hope to Read any One, Some, Many of You soon Here!

Blessings,
Rubyana,
Facilitating YOUR Input here at Garden, for the Children of Garden

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Hi Rubyana,

Neighbours of Imhilen, Morocco, have collected hundreds of books for a local library. They will also have some useful links / examples, I guess. :-D

Pelle

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Hey Julie, and Everybody here in our cozy, and soon to be growing community here,

Julie, those look like great sites and they seem to be a very solid model for success.

You are so interesting; you say you decided to write for Children in Need Network-Zambia?! Can we see your article here?

-Better still, can we see an article here from you here for Garden?
:o)

Soon we will really need to get active. That means writing letters, sharing information and perspective with individuals and organizations that may have materials and expertise to share with Garden, and to do so, will need to understand what Garden is about, and what Garden will be about with their contributions.

Hey that is it:

What is Garden about?

And what will Garden BE about With YOUR HELP?

Julie, want to start us up here, with a write up with information we have so far, and in context of the above two questions. Do you think that's a good framework?

What will be needed for approaching individuals and organizations?
I'd say...

A Letter (and email)
An Article.

And anything anyone suggests!

Looks like you got the ability Julie, Please take it on!

Blessings, ;o) Rubyana

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Hi Pelle, This sounds Great.

And what's more,
it is working really well over in
Imhilen.

All people need to do, is contact people, shops, organisations that have books, or are interested in Africa and invite to donate!

It's a simple recipe and seems to work!

I will post on this in the other actions too!

Thank You!
Rubyana.

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THIS IS A LIST OF LINKS PROVIDED:

THANK YOU TO:

:-) Julie Iacob, Romania
:-) Emily, United States
:-) Azania from Kamenge

WE NEED SOMEONE TO LOOK AT THESE LINKS:

To:

EXTRACT ANY ACTUAL PERSON -ORGANISATION - DEPARTMENT- HELP AREA FOR ANYTHING THAT CAN BE APPROACHED FOR HELPING TO SOLVE:

GARDEN'S PRACTICAL NEEDS.

We are identifying Garden's practical needs, in terms of HOW YOU CAN HELP.
Any of these Websites may contain useful information as to any need identified.

1. Books.
2. Pens, Pads, Paper
3. Educational Board Games
4. Computer.
5. Life Empowerment Skills
6. Health Comcerns during Rainy Season.

Please Volunteer :-)

No use having a List of Links if these don't get
transformed into sites that led us to practical solutions.

Rubyana

GARDEN http://www.nabuur.com/

Find examples of successful social centres catering for youth in Africa

ORGANISATION LINK: SUMMARY: RESOURCES

Orphanage Africa http://www.oafrica.org/ Orphanage Africa is a non profit organisation dedicated to supporting orphans, women, young adults in Ghana. OAFRICA runs a children's home and community centre in the village of Ayeniah. The web site contains a description of how they came up with the idea, found a location and other administrative issues. I thought it might be helpful.{by Julie Iacob, Romania} {by Julie Iacob, Romania}
http://www.oafrica.org/index.php?id_pagina=157&id_nivell1=52

"Africa Bridge" www.africabridge.org "Africa Bridge" is a non-profit organisation. It supports various orphanages, children centers and it tries to facilitate the access to education. Its initiatives and programs focus on children and young people. It successfully operates children centers.{by Emily, United States} {by Emily, United States}

SOS Children http://sos-medical-centres.org/ SOS Children is the world’s largest orphan charity. They directly help 50,000 children in their family-based SOS Children's Villages in 125 countries around the world, including their 30 medical centers and 60 social centers in Africa. {by Julie Iacob, Romania} {by Julie Iacob, Romania}

Architects without Borders http://www.awb.iohome.net/ Architects without Borders is cited as helping Orphange Africa. So I looked at their site: Their Mission Statement includes: We support communities in developing visionary planning, leadership and self determination models upon which communities can define and achieve their own aspirations.

Room to Read http://www.roomtoread.org/newsletter/2006Q2/newsletter.html

Tapori http://www.tapori.org/site/Home.html Tapori is a worldwide network of children from all backgrounds whose motto is: "We want all children to have the same chances." All around the world children dream of a world where there’s no more poverty, where each child can live in peace and have friends. They don’t want to wait to be adults to take action.Tapori shares this dream and supports them in their actions against poverty and exclusion. {by Azania from Kamenge} funding document template

Street Child Rescue http://www.streetchildrescueghana.org
I found Street Child Rescue a very interesting web site. Though it is not an actual youth center, the Street Child Rescue program focuses on improving the education and ultimately the future of young people in Ghana. It provides counseling, sex education, training. Basically, it tries to offer guidance and advice to children and young people to make better choices in their future and not allow themselves to become corrupted by their environment, or their antourage. Perhaps, taking a look at their programs could help with raising awareness among the young people from Garden.
Street Child Rescue has some interesting ideas incorporated in their programs :
- they organize "meeting points" , places where children and teenagers can interract with eachother and make contact with the staff
- they make direct contact with the homeless children at the places where they sleep, or work
The photos are also very compelling. I think they reflect the success of the program inside the community. {by Julie Iacob, Romania}

Kasisi Children's Home
http://www.kasisi.org
The largest orphanage in Zambia, is without doubt a remarkable place.
The website, supplies extensive information about the activity of the children's home. It is very organized, containing special wings for babies, older girls, children infected with HIV/AIDS. It also shelters a house for street kids. Kasisi Children's Home also tries to help the children to find a job, or follow a higher education. {by Julie Iacob, Romania}

Children In Need Network
http://www.chin.org.zm
Children In Need Network is an association, formed in the early 90's, by several children organizations in Zambia. I decided to write about it, because it focuses on training programs, advocacy, community awareness campaigns. The CHIN member list contains numerous orphanges, youth centers, national organizations. The members of CHIN benefit from support with information, lobbying, training, assistance with their project. CHIN is also associated with several international organizations. In a later phase, perhaps the youth center in Garden could enlist the help oh CHIN, or join CHIN as an associate member. (Just a thought ! ) {by Julie Iacob, Romania}

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Updated questions raised by Garden's Elders as of 20/10/2006

1.CLIMATE and LOCAL HEALTH:
At the moment, with the onset of the rains there is a lot of Garbage which I hope when I receive the digital camera, I will send the photos.

Question:
How can you help in that area and being aware of the cholera outbreaks?

2.THE LIBRARY NEEDS A COMPUTER.
On our part, we are trying to get the mini-library take off the ground with the little resources we have. I hope you are considering helping us with the computer.

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16 Nov 2006, 10.37
SMALL POX AND BILHARZIA INFEST GARDEN

In the recent past, Garden Village was greeted with a grin smile by small pox and bilharzia. However, this is not the first time such an epidemic has rocked Garden. Over half of the children involved in our programmes at YOFOSO had reported cases of small pox. Besides that, almost a quarter of them had cases related to bilharzia. For small pox, we tried to approach the necessary authorities but this proved futile. AS for bilharzia, the team from KIDSAFE project visited us and gave the first dosages to some of our children. they promised to get back to us after a month but since September we have not yet seen them.
The agony we have in Garden is that despite being a highly densely populated compound, it has no single government clinic or hospital. Imagine 70,000 people without a clinic!!! The only clinics we have around are the private ones who have also in turn taken advantage of the situation to hike the fees and prices of the medicatiuons. Currently, we are struggling through YOFOSO, which has meagre resources to let this situation come under control..
Even though we go to these private clinics, it seems they don't get to the root cause of the pandemic for their interest is to make money as their business thrills. One may wonder why we haven't been to government hospitals or clinics? Well the agony is that after you walk to the nearest clinic which is located over 12 km from Garden, you end up being given a prescription of medicines you should buy hence you walk back to the drug shops in Garden. The cost of these drugs in most cases is beyond the reach of an average family in this area.
It is so disheartening to see small pox doing its rounds in the compound and be so hopeless in terms of helping fight the outbreak.
We thought of sharing this challenge with the neighbours in case one happens to share the same burden before and thence be able to offer the practical solution.

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Dear NABUUR Volunteers.

Today it's International Volunteer Day.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your dedication and invaluable support towards finding solutions.

The time and energy put forth into your volunteering work really make life changing differences for other people.

As NABUUR grows we are honored to work with passionate volunteers such as yourself, as you are the ones who make it happen.

NABUUR and all those involved celebrate you today, and we look forward to a long and continued collaboration.

It couldn't be done without you.

Warm regards,

Siegfried Woldhek

CEO NABUUR.com

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Thank You! :

A very good day to regain focus on Garden and Nabuur in the New Year!

Type and be read ALL VOLUNTEERS!
Celebrate yourselves on here!
Happy new Year EVERYBODY!!

I have been silent as your facilitator and must apologise: I have had a bad extended horrible bronchial flu and but have regained my strength now. I send love and blessings from Scotland, where we take NEW YEAR very seriously and take our time getting back into everyday things, we take at least till the 8th before things are normal again, so I am here early! Having said that all public festivities got cancelled here due to bad weather, we have winds you can lean onto like a wall and hail. And myself, I had a lung condition for the time, but now I feel grand!

And I am back and I hope you all and some great new volunteers will be soon too!
Happy New Year,
Blessings,

Let's make this a good year for Garden!

Type and be read ALL!

Happy new Year EVERYBODY!!

Rubyana--Facilitator

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Hi all at Garden, :lol:
sorry for the facilitators sickness of which it's God who has safely brought her back to site
All my regards go to the community members of Garden and l hope this new year will be ablessing to all of them.
l'm sorry for the delay in posting the books l had printed for the Garden.
l was interupted by heavy rains in mbale which destroyed my educational materials and some documents of which l had kept them together
so the catastrophe has pushed me back to the first step otherwise let me start again l will notify you in the new future
l do remain in love for whoever loves one an other
May God bless you all

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WHAT AN INSPIRATION!

Dear NAKHOKHO NORMAN EMMANUEL,

Greetings in the New Year.

I am sorry to hear about the problematic rain in mbale, Uganda. We here at Garden hope you are well.

Garden will be grateful of the books you are preparing all the more for the trials and tribulations you are experiencing in getting these ready for Garden.

What an inspiration you are, NAKHOKHO!!!
Neighbours, please take inspiration here!

Is 'a little rain' stopping YOU?

Nakhoko is active in the library initiative here at Garden, Nabuur, for Garden's kids!

Please, join in in the initiative of stocking Garden's Library to be with wonderful books that will help the children with LIFE SKILLS where their current environment conditions fails them so much!

Or join in any way you can in General Life Skills Empowerment and with Commitment to Children!

Thank You to Nakhokho for showing the way!

We look forward to Nakhokho's efforts coming together finally soon we do hope!

Neighbours! Garden needs you...

Blessings All,

Rubyana,
Facilitator

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