In this issue:
• Main Story - ITB Coaching Group
• What's New? - Volunteer Co-ordinator & Marketing Manager
• Featured Projects - Gender Inequality & Conservation
• Latest News
• Downloads & Links
1st Cambodian Volunteers Arrive
In June 2011 our first group of volunteers arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They will work in an Orphanage for a number of weeks and symbolise the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership with local NGO's in Southeast Asia.
Instruments to be shipped for Music School in Moshi
Using a donation from a group of volunteers we have spent the last few months planning to establish a 'School of Music' in one of our partner Orphanages in Moshi, Tanzania.
Being advised by the founder of Walton's New School of Music we purchased a number of instruments including acoustic guitars of different sizes, a multi-function keyboard, junior drum kit, tin whistles, chime bars and small percussion instruments like bells and maracas. We also purchased accessories including guitar cases, spare strings and capos.
The instruments were provided at generous discounts by Waltons Music Store on Dublin's George's Street.
The instruments are now ready to be shipped and we expect them to arrive in Tanzania in late July.
The benefits of this project are many and we hope that the children of the Centre will benefit from learning music. We also hope to employ a local music teacher who can teach members of the public which may provide a source of income for the Orphanage. Once the School is established we can also place skilled volunteers who can help with teaching, writing and performing music.
ITB Coaching Group
This month a group of students from the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) volunteered in a number of Projects in Tanzania.
The group, consisting of 15 Sports Management & Coaching students, were joined by 3 others including Ronan Keaskin, their lecturer, who led the group. They spent 2 weeks on Placement in various TVP Projects.
While the group left Dublin on a Thursday they didn't arrive in Moshi until Saturday night due to a flight diversion and subsequesnt missed flights. This did not dampen their spirits however and they arrived full of enthusiasm for the work ahead.
The group worked mornings of the first week in KCOS where they constructed a Netball Court for the 300+ children in the Nursery. They also painted the Nursery and some even tried their hand at some teaching! After some lunch in town they spent afternoons using their qualifications and training coaching a local football team. This was the first time the team received a high standard of training from qualified coaches.
The Directors of this Sports Project have lofty aspirations and plan to expand the Project to include Volleyball, Athletics, Basketball and Rugby. Bearing this in mind the ITB group constructed a Volleyball Court thereby opening the Project to even more young people in Moshi.
The group provided resources to the Project including training cones and bibs plus a set of jerseys. The team won their next match 6 nil and thanked the training they'd received for the performance.
We hope that this signals the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership whereby students of Sports Science, Fitness and Coaching in Ireland can gain some valuable experience while providing a quality service to a remarkable initiative in Tanzania.
Photos of the above are available on our Facebook page while details on a Sports Coaching Placement are available on our website!
Do you want to fight poverty in the Developing World?
If you are interested in supporting our work and staying involved in International Development there are many ways to do this.
You can help us to recruit volunteers, make regular donations, sponsor specific Projects or hold fundraisers in your college, workplace or community.
More information on this can be found here!
For the first time TVP will have a Volunteer Co-Ordinator present throughout the summer. Ciara Byrne will spend 3 months in Tanzania managing our volunteers. We are delighted to have someone of Ciara's experience and qualifications on board and she has already proven to be a huge asset to the organisation.
Head Of Marketing
In addition to our Volunteer Co-Ordinator we are also happy to welcome our new Head Of Marketing, Abdul, to the organisation.
Abdul is originally from Somalia, East Africa and has a Degree in Business and Marketing. He is a welcome addition to the TVP staff.
Gender Inequality / Women's Project
This Project strives to educate and train local women who have little or no means of income. The women are taught English and Business/Marketing Principles while also learning how to tailor beautiful dresses, bags and even laptop cases!
These goods are sold in local shops, cafes and tourist haunts and provide a direct source of income for the women and the Project.
The Project will soon move to a new location and we plan to continually invest resources in this school for budding female local entreprenuers.
More info is available on our website which can be accessed through the link below.
Agriculture plays a vital role in the lives of many in sub-saharan Africa and the protection of arable land is of paramount importance.
We work with a Project that aims to conserve local natural water supplies in and around Kilimanjaro through the planting of trees. Some species of tree help to prevent soil erosion and by planting these trees we can combat deforestation and protect vulnerable land for local farmers who rely on it for their livelihood.
This Project is based in a wooded area just minutes from Moshi Town Centre where they also make paper using completely natural means!
See the link below for more on this Project.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore visits Tanzania
Last week the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore visited Tanzania where he reaffirmed Irelands commitment to providing overseas aid to the East African country.
He met with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and discussed a new initiative by all parties to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and children in the Developing World.
On the second day of his 3 day visit Mr. Gilmore was even made an honorary member of the Maasai tribe.
Ban Ki-moon Wins 2nd Term
The 192 member UN Assembly has unanimously backed current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for a second term which will see the South Korean remain in the position until 2016.
His outspoken support of protestors in the Arab Spring uprisings has gained him plaudits the world over.
Tanzanian Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Published
The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has published a paper on a strategy for reducing poverty in Tanzania.
The paper can be viewed online here.
Power Outages Continue
The supply of electricity in the towns and cities of Tanzania remains intermittent amid calls for a more diverse supply of power.
The much maligned national provider, TANESCO, relies heavily on hydropower which has suffered of late due to a lack of rain and changing climate.
Tokyo Exhibition for Young Artist
19 yeal old Chhoem Hay was abandoned by his mother when he was just 13 years old. The aspiring artist survived by begging and eating from rubbish bins and began selling his paintings in local markets in Siem Reap.
His earlier paintings depicted temples and scenes from the Khmer Rouge era while much of his work now reflects the poverty of street life in Siem Reap.
He has enrolled in the Small Arts School and is becoming a mush respected artist at home and abroad and his story is truly an inspiring one.
Downloads & Links
• Our Website
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• Conservation Project
• Women's Project
• Sports Coaching Project
• Walton's New School of Music
• Walton's Music Store