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Community News

Ukraine Orphanage’s scholarship program reaches 500 milestone

On the 15th August 2014, Universal Aid for Children (UAC) Ukraine has graduated their 500th student from their Scholarship program in Odessa.

‘I achieved my main goal – I finished studying and got a diploma and now have a profession I always dreamed about,’ said Vyacheslav Miroshnichenko, a recent graduate.

WFP Distributes Food During Ceasefire In Gaza

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has taken advantage of a five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation in violence and to move food stocks into position around the Gaza Strip.

Five lion cubs born to captive bred mothers, now living independently in a semi wild reserve

Give Giving a Go can exclusively report that two captive bred lion prides, living in a semi wild environment in Zimbabwe, have successfully produced five second generation cubs, which are now being raised independently by the pride without any human contact.

‘It is an exciting time; the first born cub is now two years old, so is classed as an independent member of the pride and she is thriving and acting like any wild-born lion’, said Helen Rennie, the Development Coordinator.

The success is part of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion breeding project which aims to successfully release captive bred lions into the African Safari. The project has four stages of implementation and is currently nestled nicely at stage two. ‘When they are old enough, these cubs - and others like them born into the program - will be reintroduced into appropriate national parks and reserves’, continued Helen Rennie.

Disadvantage dunked at London Youth Games, by Greenhouse Charity U16 Girl’s Basketball team

Platanos U16 girl’s School Basketball team have been inspired to claim bronze with a 30 point win in this years London Youth Games, held on the 24th March 2014.

‘The London Youth Games run alongside the National Schools Competition and determines who’s the best in London. They certainly worked hard, playing some of the best basketball I’ve seen all season! They played aggressively, attacked the basket strongly and most importantly worked together as a team’, said a delighted Greenhouse Head Coach, Jenny Ridgway

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3 new classrooms during a 3 year plan, has seen school enrolments and exam pass rates improve in Uganda

Kahara Primary School, in West Uganda, has seen vast improvements in their education program, thanks to a 2011 three year infrastructure plan by Build Africa.

“We have attracted parents and attendance has improved from 256 to 386 because the new classes have space for the students to work. And we have new desks. They can’t cheat now!” said Christopher, the Headmaster of Kahara Primary School.

Cows in school

... Yes, I did say Cows in School

I'm no cow expert. I can tell the difference between a cow and, say, a horse, but when it comes to a cow and another cow I haven't got a clue.

To me cows produce milk, moo, occasionally jump over the moon and that's about it. Although even if I were an expert I doubt I'd be able to give a rational explanation for the behaviour of the Sri Lankan cow. Although even if I were an expert I doubt I'd be able to give a rational explanation for the behaviour of the Sri Lankan cow.

Health drive finally eradicating Polio in India

Give Giving a Go can exclusively reveal that 172 million children have been vaccinated by more than 2.5 million vaccinators during a national "Polio Sunday drive" and ‘if no new cases of Polio are recorded by the end of 2013, then India will be officially considered polio-free’, said Roshanak Taghavi, correspondent for Johns Hopkins University's International Reporting Project.

‘Teams were stationed first at booths and then travelled for five days around the country, administering vaccines door-to-door throughout city slums, housing projects, and rural villages. They even administered vaccines at bus stops, train stations, and cultural festivals’, continued Roshanak.

Stunted growth due to under nutrition is slowly being eradicated, but not for long.

Stunted growth, which is linked to children’s nutrition, is slowly being eradicated thanks to a current UNICEF initiative in developing countries, and is hoped that the project success is to be accelerated.

‘Our evidence of the progress that is being achieved shows that now is the time to accelerate it”, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in the recent report ‘Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress’ 

UNICEF who has projects in 190 countries and territories to help: children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence, through health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS, has been running this program for over 10 years. It aims to help the health and lives of children under the age of five who suffer from stunted growth. “Stunting can kill opportunities in life for a child and kill opportunities for development of a nation,” continued Anthony Lake. 

Sub-Saharan African countries are prospering from $90 million food security implementations

A $90 million, five year (2011–16) intervention program, in 11 African countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, is seeing positive results in the local community.

‘Since I joined the Field Farmer School introduced by ActionAid, I can now sell spinach and cowpea leaves once every week at the vegetable market. I make an average of 600 Kenyan Shillings [A$7.50]. From the proceeds I have managed to purchase three rabbits for 1000 Kenyan Shillings [A$12.50]. I now contribute to household income and my children no longer go hungry’, said Susan Apua a farmer from Kenya.  

This is just one example of the work that is being completed by The Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES), which is a partnership between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), ten Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) and their Africa-based partners. 

Marine conservation in India, engenders pup birth of the extraordinary Whale Shark.

A whale shark pup has been rescued at a marine conservation area in Gujarat, India, indicating that whale sharks are now reproducing in this recently protected area.

"It's exciting for us to notice the presence of a whale shark pup as this indicates that whale sharks feel at home and are comfortable breeding here on the shores on Gujarat", said Alka Talwar, Head of Community Development at Tata Chemicals, which is also involved with the conservation project.

Local fisherman, Mohan Beem Solanki reported that the recent whale shark pup was found in the nets of a fishing trawler off Sutrapada coast in Junagadh district, with a spokesperson from Tata Group highlighting that, ’the rescued whale shark was around 60cm long, which is the expected size of a month or two-month-old pup’.

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Isolation and vulnerability, successfully being challenged

Volunteer Sue Anderson, has helped Deborah White reconnect with her local community in New South Wales, Australia, thanks to an initiative to help combat isolation and vulnerability.

“MATES (the program initiative) has led to a huge change in my life and the weekly outings with Sue have allowed me to rebuild my self esteem”, said Debora White.

The MATES program was established by Red Cross in 1986. It aims to help ‘reconnect socially isolated people to their local communities’, reported Project Officer, Kerry Curd. “Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and may include people with a mental or physical illness, people who have been or who are homeless, and the frail and elderly”, continued Kerry. 

Health/Education News

Citizen driven program helping reforest Sri Lanka

Citizen driven program helping reforest Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka being a tropical island located in the Indian Ocean, has been home to a varied number of animals and plants for millions of years. In fact Sri Lanka is a bio-diversity hotspot. But, over the past 200 years...

Conservation News

Conservation leads to rural community development

Conservation leads to rural community development

A two year rural development and joint conservation pilot scheme, in Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra and the West Coast National Park, South Africa, have seen major potential benefits for rural communities as well as continued gains for conservation.

Community/Construction News

Mangroves put down their roots

Mangroves put down their roots

Over the past 30 years, half of the worlds’ mangrove population has been eradicated, but a combined mangrove rehabilitation project across Asia is helping to restore lost populations.

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