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Entries in community development (15)
We may have despised them at times but overall most of us are probably very thankful to our teachers. They have, after all, helped us get to where we are now. All over the world, teachers shape students and the future generation!
Volunteering at the local food shelter or RSPCA, which is very noble and helps your community. But once you are ready to leave home and travel, you can still volunteer and help out across the world. Whether in a community or with wildlife, or even putting your teaching or medical skills to work, there is always someone who will embrace it and be grateful for your help.
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest nations (Marcus, 2001) but also one of the richest in terms of biodiversity (Harper et al., 2007). With a high level of endemic plants and vertebrates living in Malagasy forests, they are a conservation priority (Myers et al., 2000).
Concluding the road trip as the definitive way of travel, Frontier has recently established three new road trip projects that involve learning about the culture of a country whilst on the road with volunteering.
Frontier’s Tanzania Wildlife Tracking and Community Adventure Project in DEFRA’s Darwin Initiative Newsletter
Into the Wild is very pleased to announce that Frontier’s Wildlife Tracking and Community Adventure Project out in Tanzania has been given special recognition in DEFRA’S Darwin Initiative Newsletter. Out on the project our volunteers have been helping local communities preserve their wildlife corridors and playing an integral role in wildlife conservation.
On Monday we told you all about the fantastic work going on in Costa Rica. Today we move away from Central America and into the South Pacific, home to the idyllic islands of Fiji and the Frontier Marine Conservation and Diving project. Read all about our work here, and find out why it’s one of our most popular project destinations.
It was back in May when we first heard of the new drug ‘rust’ making a name for itself in South America and in particular around the Brazil-Peru border. The drug was reported to be twice as strong as crack and sold for a fifth of the price. However recent news from Rio has shed light on the wave of crack-cocaine addiction that is taking hold of much of the city; ripping apart families and spreading violence. “Rust” is no longer the biggest threat.
Rio is actually one of the last places in Brazil to be seized by crack addiction with many of the city’s dealers refusing to sell the drug in the past due to the effects it has on addicts. The epidemic in Brazil stretches from remote Amazon towns to many of the wealthy regions in the south and south-east. According to press reports the police in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco have confiscated a quantity of 6.8 million rocks so far this year.
“Crack is a crime against people, a crime against our youth and a crime against Brazil.” These were the words of the current President Dilma Rousseff in a campaign video before her election win last year. With a £155 million ant-crack strategy in the works including a scheme whereby 15,000 health agents would be trained to deal with users, the federal government of Brazil is on the warpath.
“Crack is terrible. It just makes people kill, rob and destroy other people’s families…” Said an addict detained by police after a raid in the Morro do Cajueiro favela. “…I was taking drugs. Your money runs out and you still want to smoke some more, so you go on to the streets to steal, beg, it’s dog eat dog – either you make it work or you die trying.”
The cracolandias are the open-air drugs markets that are now raided on a weekly basis by police after a public outcry over the volume of crack usage prompted more action. The addicts who are detained by the police are forced to undergo a compulsory detox in a rehab centre.
“I believe that out of every 100 addicts, five will hear the word and manage not to use crack anymore. That is a victory. Society is lost. Society thinks these people have no future. In saving five lives we are victorious.” Stated Claudio Ferreira; a preacher and critic of the compulsory detox system. He believes that the only way for the addicts to recover is via the power of Christ and prayer.
If you want to find out how you can make a difference to communities in parts of the world affected by drugs, poverty or disease then visit the Frontier website and find out more about our community development projects. You could spend your gap year teaching in community centres and schools in Brazil and have a positive impact on children that are directly affected by these terrible occurrences.
As many would agree books not only create an imaginary world for us to escape to, they are also a fundamental tool in education. To end this week’s theme on travel writing we'll explain how Frontier volunteers can help to spread the benefits of reading materials to under-privileged parts of the world.
One way in which poverty can be reduced, or better yet eradicated, is through education. Whilst young people in Britain have a wealth of learning opportunities at their doorstep, impoverished children in underdeveloped countries do not. Frontier is helping pave the way towards solving the lack of learning resources in underdeveloped regions by supporting a new initiative that aims to enhance Tanzania’s education system through book-borrowing.
The scheme will construct a lending library that will store available books for schools to borrow. Frontier will be supporting this scheme by encouraging their volunteers to bring along a book or two to donate to the initiative en-route to their projects in Tanzania. The reading materials collected will then be distributed to different schools across the region with institutions being able to use the books for one term. Once term ends the participating schools will return the copies to the lending library and subsequently receive a different set.
The benefits of this initiative are abundant. Firstly this scheme would provide education institutions with exposure to a wider variety of teaching resources, which they currently lack. Secondly the scheme will ensure that books are being used and not being sold. Students will be given access to a range of reading materials, improving their analytical thinking, and increasing their English vocabulary and writing skills as a result.
Desired books to be donated will include children’s books, teaching resources; text books, and adolescent novels. So if you are planning on volunteering abroad with Frontier, specifically to Tanzania, take some books from your shelf and change a child’s life.
By Nancy Bukasa