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Fancy a holiday in beautiful Madeira?

 

As we prepare to celebrate our 21st birthday, Maria Landure (2004 HATW volunteer in Kaliyangile, Zambia) has kindly offered a week for up to 4 people in her beautiful Madeira holiday apartment,  at a time of your choosing.

   

View over Funchal from the balcony

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Normally available at £300+ per week, we are auctioning it in support of the work of HATW with children in Africa and India. 

This is a silent auction, register your bid now HERE

The winner will be the highest bidder on Saturday 8 August at 4pm

Bidding starts at £99

Good luck!

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Financing for Development

 

Woman walking on a dirt track

Last week, governments from across the world met at the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to agree a framework to finance the future sustainable development agenda. On the penultimate day of the conference, an agreement was reached and the ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda‘ was adopted on 16 July.

Does the final outcome document live up to our hopes? Does it mark a real turning point in the fight to eradicate global poverty and tackle inequality and climate change? Certainly the first condition – agreeing on a financing framework – has been met. But the deal agreed is just a first step. FFD3 has definitely asked the right questions – how do we mobilise enough high quality resources to finance sustainable development and how do we tackle the underlying systemic issues that restrict countries’ ability to finance a sustainable future. In the long negotiation process commitments were largely lost and ambitions decreased. There was a  focus on voluntary action and promises rather than commitments and concrete deliverables.

In some areas, the narrative has moved in the right direction: Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) has been moved higher up the agenda – recognising that, for developing countries, tax is one of the most sustainable and predictable sources of income for financing their own development. Equally, the Action Agenda contains language on effectiveness and transparency for all financial flows, and could be a starting point for discussions around accountability mechanisms for the private sector. But these undoubtedly important ideas lack specific commitments and concrete next steps to turn them into action. Promises made in other areas, such as global aid targets, international tax cooperation, and systemic issues remain too weak, and civil society organisations (CSOs) have noted with concern the over-emphasis placed on the role of the private sector.

In Financing the Future, Bond’s Financing for Development Group outlined UK Civil Society’s key asks for Addis – on a range of FFD issues – calling on the UK government to show leadership on tax and aid specifically. Again, in terms of what has been agreed, the results are mixed.

Encouragingly, tax is a central part of the FFD agenda – recognising the central role taxes play in achieving sustainable development, and the resources developing countries lose through tax evasion, tax avoidance and illicit financial flows. However, agreements achieved fall short on tackling the core obstacles like tax transparency and miss the public reporting requirement. Most notably, international tax reform didn’t really happen. There is no new international tax body to address the current problems of legitimacy and representation. These are issues we will now need to address in the future.

The UK has been a strong performer on aid  –  Britain became the first G7 country to meet the UN target of spending 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA). And in March this year the UK was first among its peers again when it enshrined in law its commitment to the UN development spending goal.it was the first G7 country to reach the target of spending 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA) and to enshrine its commitment to this spending goal in law. Strong leadership was needed to encourage others to step up, but, despite some movement in this direction by other EU member states, the final outcome – lacking specific timetables and implementation requirements – suggests we would be foolish to hope for real progress on aid quantity in the next few years at least. Similarly, while the Agenda acknowledges development effectiveness as a requirement for the quality of finance, it falls short on commiting to clear and time-bound plans to implement effectiveness commitments and applying key principles to all sources of finance, both public and private.

Luckily, Addis is just the first step. Success will be measured by turning promising words into ambitious action. The UK needs to strengthen the results achieved at FFD3 with initiatives at the national level that go beyond the promises made in Addis, and clear implementation plans for meeting targets. We haven’t quite achieved a turning point for sustainable development, yet. We need to live up to our ambitions by strengthening the results, and providing clear deliverables when we review action in one year at the UN Economic and Social Council. We can still be the generation that ends extreme poverty.

Author: Mareen Buschmann, Policy Advisor, Bond

Date: 21 Jul 2015

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New Life Centre Update

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The New Life Centre School is ten years old this year and in that time has grown from 35 children to 450. The children in this district of West Bengal are exceptionally lucky to have Alindra Naskar, the Principal of the school living in their community, as this means that they can have a good education.

“Education is the birthright of every child” Alindra says. He never turns a child away, no matter how little the parents can pay. This area is beautiful as you can see, for its simplicity and rural life, but the other side of that is low employment and very low wages for menial work. As the parents of the school are on the whole uneducated their income is poor, but this does not mean that they undervalue education for their children, as shown by the school roll.

The main areas of employment are fisheries and brick factories, but the majority of the parents of the school live from hand to mouth, working in local shops and fields for very little pay.

For that reason the Sponsorship scheme in the school is vital to supplement the fees that are collected. Every parent makes some contribution, no matter how small, as people do not appreciate what is free according to Alindra; but it is essential that the next generation is given a chance, an opportunity to rise above the subsistence level of their parents.

Please help us raise these children’s expectations!

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The Buildings in 2015

 

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Ready for a challenging walk?

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A 19 mile sponsored walk along the beautiful, rugged north coast of the island of Jersey on Sunday 13 September. Proceeds support Hands Around The World Jersey projects in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

The walk starts St Catherine’s breakwater between 08.00 and 09.00 and ends near the racecourse at Grosnez. It is expected that participants will take between 4 to 10 hours to complete.

Registration fee of £10 applies (includes free T-shirt or baseball cap). Registration forms can be obtained from Mike Haden, Walk Organiser, email: mikehaden2@hotmail.com; telephone 07797 787149 or post: c/o Les Deux Ruelles, Le Feuguerel, St Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1FT.

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Update from Kaliyangile, Zambia

 

By Chris Barrell – HANDS AROUND THE WORLD Project Co-ordinator

A large pile of harvested Maize

A large pile of harvested Maize
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I write this update from Zambia having just visited the project at Chisamba.

In addition to their tailoring classes the students are busy with other activities.

They are all involved in the agricultural side of the project gaining useful life skills. At this time the maize is being harvested – as predicted the centre has beaten the poor rains and gathered more produce than last year. Arrangements are being made to collect the piles of maize from the fields and bring them to the centre, where the seeds will be removed from the cobs. It is hoped that, if funding can be found, a grinding machine can be bought to continue the process of producing the flour. Such a machine will also provide a further source of income for the project.

The first honey is now due for harvesting and the students are keen to be involved in the practical work of turning the honeycomb into jars of honey and beeswax candles. The forestry commission is keen to join forces with Kaliyangile to provide comprehensive training.

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Bee hives in situ
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A sow at Kaliyangile

A sow at Kaliyangile
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Lots of Tomatoes

Lots of Tomatoes
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Attending Chisamba Show

Attending Chisamba Show
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Two or three of the cows are ‘in calf’ and it is expected that milking will recommence in October or November.

An additional area has been set aside to grow vegetables and a heavy crop of tomatoes will be ripe very shortly.

Together with the pigs, fish and poultry there is a wide range of agricultural experiences for the students to encounter.

The computer classes are very popular. The main challenge at the moment is acquiring some more equipment.

We are very grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement!

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Training underprivileged young people in Kenya

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Stephen

Nigel Sampson, our project co-ordinator, writes:

Things are progressing well at Paluoc Carpentry workshop. They are beginning to establish a reputation for good training: which means that students pass their exams and the workshop produces reliable workers. Recruitment is getting easier.

Needless to say the record is not a perfect one;

Stephen (above) is the first born in a family of two children. One boy and one girl. His education stopped at standard four. His mother died when he was ten years old. He lives with an aunt who has a small business in second hand clothes. His father repairs shoes.
He has thrived at the workshop. His attendance is very good. He took his grade 3 exams last year and passed. He is now learning how to make different types of furniture.

Then there is Jackline, below: She is the fourth in a family of nine children. Six of the children in their family have died. She is married with four children. Her husband is a mechanic.
She is a very committed trainee and has done a lot of practical joinery work. She is a candidate for this year’s examination, at the same time as being a full time mother of four. She has every prospect of passing, and her success has led to a second female trainee joining the workshop.

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Jackline

Another trainee who sat and passed his exams after time at the workshop was David (bottom). His attendance was irregular and he was unreliable and continues to be so still.
His background may help explain: He was the fifth born in a family of nine children, he left primary school in class five. Both parents are alive. The mother helps people with small jobs like washing clothes. The father is mentally disturbed and is unable to do any work.

The workshop is doing a good job with the sort of youngsters who need a second chance. Long may it continue!

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David

 

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A life-changing Afternoon

Chris Barrell writes from Monze, Zambia:
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In August 2003 I spent an afternoon with Mrs. Sianga who at the time was a nurse working in “Home based care”. This meant visiting patients dying as a result of AIDS. She had no anti-viral drugs, just a few paracetemol tablets and some comforting words.
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She took me to see some of her patients. Although I had been in Monze for a week or two, this was the first time that I had entered a house of one the poorer residents. Typically the houses comprise a single room made of bricks – sometimes the houses use ‘burnt’ bricks and other houses are made of simple mud bricks. The houses have no electricity or running water.
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For me it was a humbling experience but one which made me feel very privileged. The people I saw were all dying – some very close to death. Yet, I was welcomed into their houses and was able to understand a little more about the huge challenges they had been facing. I remember that one lady was waiting for her young daughter (her carer) to return with a little sugar that she was begging from neighbours to go with her mother’s maize porridge.
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That afternoon changed my life! I think it was the experience of meeting these people, of their amazing generosity in sharing their lives in such vulnerable circumstances, that made me want to share my life with the people of Zambia.
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I was talking to a friend from church the other day. He spent some time in Zambia in the 70s during a gap year after university. He was saying that he would love to return. He wondered what happened to some of the people he spent time with. I am fortunate that because of my regular trips, I have been able to maintain contact with many people – some who I met in 2003. People such as Jennipher’s daughter Sandra who is a nurse in Livingstone, Diven, whose many adventures over the years have kept me busy, and many others who will greet me again when I return in June!
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Mrs.Sianga also became attached to the families of her clients. I don’t know what happened to the young girl who was looking for sugar. Her mother will have died within a short time of my visit. I am sure Mrs. Sianga didn’t forget her. Maybe she became a student at PIZZ School – like so many of the children of those patients.
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Fortunately anti-viral drugs are now available, there are still huge numbers of deaths from AIDS related diseases, but there is some hope.
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I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share my life with the people of Monze. Mrs. Sianga has dedicated her life to some of the most vulnerable people in the area and deserves every help she can get. PIZZ School is reliant on the funds that Hands Around the World can raise and obtaining sufficient donations is becoming difficult.
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The more people who are willing to engage with the project, the better the chances are to ensure the long term future and development of PIZZ School.

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Life after training at Siriba VTC Uganda

By Hugo Mason – HANDS AROUND THE WORLD Project Co-ordinator

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Bosco making a bed in his rented workshop

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There is a great need for the vocational training centre (vtc) at Siriba as so many of the young people in this area have no skills or training in anything at all and so the future for them is very bleak.
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I have been to the town of Bweyale some 2km away to talk to some of the young people who have successfully found work. Not surprisingly, most local people are aware of the activities of the vtc and were able to direct me to former students who have now found work. I’d like you to meet 2 of them:

Bosco is aged 27 and started his own joinery business some two years after a full time course at the vtc. Although he is busy he is finding it difficult to earn enough to pay himself a modest wage after paying rent for his workshop. He is planning to go into partnership in order to share overheads and promote himself.

Then there is Susan, a 28 year old single mother. She also took a full time course and is now self employed doing tailoring jobs within the local community. She usually earns £1 per day and is always smiling! She pays rent for her sewing machine as she has been unable to save the £50 necessary to buy a second hand one.

Without our help these young people would simply not have a job at all. So the vtc not only helps the local economy but it also greatly increases the self esteem of many young people like Bosco and Susan. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

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Susan working at Bweyale market for £1 per day

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Our Hands

What’s in a name?

In August we celebrate a great birthday and that made me think of the name with which our charity is christened – HANDS Around the World. A truly wonderful name.

Over the past 21 years our HANDS have reached around the world to change the lives of many thousands of children. Your HANDS have held ours – offering us support and enabling us to carry out our work.

I will be sharing some reflections on HANDS during the next couple of months, most of this time I will spend shaking hands with the people of Zambia!

We would love you to join your hands with ours and demonstrate that our HANDS really are all around the world.

Please share this post to show your support and like our page – perhaps you would like to add a picture of your hand. How far do our HANDS reach out? Can we get all around the world by 8th August?

You can follow me in Zambia and see many more hands on my blog – Our Man in Monze.

Thank you very much (Twalumba Kapati),

Chris Barrell

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