|Community Development Programmes|
|Throughout the world many people give freely of
their time and skills to help those suffering hardship brought about by either war or
natural disasters. We, as travellers and tourists should be aware of these organisations
and help in some way. How many of us have been cocooned in an aluminium tube known as an
aircraft, and hurtled across lands at 10,000 meters or more, when below a war or famine
rages. How easy is it for us to order another drink, or refuse yet another meal.
This writer has gazed down upon the Balkans at war whilst skimming along the Adriatic coast, and looked down upon the desolate lands of Afghanistan whilst who knows how many are struggling below.
AID programmes that we can all be involved with can
be as far reaching and sophisticated as some shown on this page.
How do you volunteer? What are you looking for and what are community development programmes looking for? Read this.
We all need to be wary of the many traps set for well meaning foreigners! Many people who are keen to help people and animals, in less developed areas of the world, do so with good intentions. Sadly, many believe 'up front' what they are told and read. You must really investigate before you commit any money, or effort. Many of us believe that by by-passing NGO's you ensure more money gets to the local project. A good thought, but is this the reality? Yes an NGO uses a percentage of your donation for management costs, but in the end perhaps this ensures more of your personal contribution actually does benefit a project rather than the pimps who control the scams? Community Aid tourism has become a commodity. In Europe millionaires have been made from travel business offering 'Gap Year' packages with include the obligatory week at a project. Partypackers help absolve themselves with short periods of 'hands on' at community development projects. But do these, 'flit in flit out' experiences really help - read Tom Perry's article?
In Nepal many orphanages are
run as businesses. They are filled with children who have families,
but who are kept and used to bring in funding from foreigners.
Activists say many are not orphans and some end up as victims of
The Child Orphanage scam is alive and well in other parts of Asia. This fine piece of investigative journalism by Tom Perry brings detail to the surface. Download his article.
Recent Articles on
Volunteer tourism: Refreshing to see these insightful words from
the younger generations as they wake up to the falsehoods of many
'Gap Year' and 'Volunteer Excursions'.
Sadly animals have also become the a honey trap for well meaning westerners. One lady has brought this to our attention through one of Melbourne's local suburban newspapers. I can assure you this editor did not know this happened!
African Music Safari
Sri Lanka - Post Tsunami
Community Development Organisations supported by Passport Travel
Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) is a secular, non-profit NGO running projects to help break the cycle of poverty in the Battambang region of Cambodia. They provide practical, long-term support to some of Cambodia's most vulnerable people.
incorporated (fws) is a not-for-profit organisation: an Australian,
non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and
manages eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and
health facilities for vulnerable women and children in developing
First Foundation was established in 1999 to support and expand the
humanitarian work of Moira Kelly, AO.
We also supported the gECHO project (getting Every Child's Heart Okay) which was conducted by the Menzies School of Health Research. This screening project endeavoured to identify Aboriginal children in Northern Australia living with undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease.
Our Miracles Miles Program brings children to Australia from developing countries for life saving/life changing surgery. While they are in our care we provide a caring and homely environment at our Farm in Kimore where the children prepare for and recover from surgery. We endeavour to link visiting children to communities in Australia so that they can maintain their cultural indentity during their stay.
With the generous support of hospitals, surgeons and other medical and allied health practitioners who partner with us, children's lives are transformed.
Through our Between the Gaps program, we have provided ancillary medical assistance to disadvantaged Australian children. The Foundation has established collaborative relationships with other organisations with a view to enhancing programs that can set children on pathways to a better future.
BasicNeeds believes that mental health is a right, not a privilege. For millions of mentally ill people around the world, this is not the case. For them, mental illness is a world of poverty, stigma and isolation. BasicNeeds transforms lives by working with mentally ill people so that together, we can build a world that mentally ill people feel proud to live in.
Seen at the Melbourne Cultural Festival 2006
An uplifting performance by this 42 strong children's choir from a remote collection of Tanzanian villages. Support this group and help build their new school. Click here to view website.
An amazing story and an amazing result for struggling Sudan.
This web page writer has been to Sudan many years ago.
Established in 1972, the Barefoot
College is a non-government organisation that has been providing basic
services and solutions to problems in rural communities, with the
objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. These
‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorised into solar energy,
water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action,
communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development.
Zala a project of Zanzibar Island
This organisation was started and is still part managed by a friend of the owner of Passport Travel
Within many struggling societies financial empowerment to the woman can ensure an improvement in what seems to be an ever lasting circle of poverty. Support, both financially and with labour, of organisations targeted to this area does help.
International Women's Development Agency is an Australian based non-government organisation which undertakes projects in partnership with women from around the world, giving priority to working with women who suffer poverty and oppression.
The development which IWDA promotes is the equitable growth of people and communities, and the just distribution of basic resources and respect for human rights.
Projects supported by IWDA are devised and managed by the women who live and work in their communities which helps to ensure relevance and effectiveness to those women and their communities. IWDA projects will achieve at least one of three things:
* bring tangible socio-economic benefits to poor people
* provide women with definable and needed skills
* oppose injustice or exploitation of women.
IWDA is a member of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFO)
|No matter what you think
about Microsoft software you gotta like these comments by Bill
turned global healer Bill Gates has had some harsh words for Mark
Zuckerberg's plan to improve humanity's lot by expanding internet
access into the developing world.