Abusers and human traffickers work to isolate women by taking away their social support systems and their ability to earn an income. That’s why it’s so important to provide these women with a safe space to learn, build confidence, and heal. Through our new Human Rights Project in Bolivia, Projects Abroad is working in collaboration with the Sayariy Warmi centre in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to provide such a space.
Projects Abroad Conservation Project volunteers and the staff at Taricaya Ecological Reserve have been working to protect Peru’s critically endangered spectacled bear. After three successful bear rescues, in partnership with Animal Defenders International, Projects Abroad staff welcomed a fourth spectacled bear to the reserve in February 2017.
Projects Abroad launched a Disaster Relief Project in Nepal in June 2015, following the devastating earthquakes that hit the country in April and May of that year. In just 20 months after the project started, volunteers from around the world reached the goals set out by Projects Abroad: to rebuild classrooms for children affected by the earthquakes.
The Projects Abroad Micro-finance Project in Ghana will be moving from Akuapem Hills to Cape Coast in April 2017 to provide support to entrepreneurs at a leprosy camp and empower business women in a local fishing community.
Our volunteers in Ghana have been incredibly supportive of ‘Football Pitch Reading’, a new community-based project implemented in the Cape Coast region at the beginning of June. Through this initiative, volunteers teach the local children how to read at their weekly football practices.
With over a million study hours on platforms, trails, playbacks and mist nets, Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru has officially identified 478 species of bird in the reserve, with the final four species being added to their list in the last three weeks of July 2016.
Projects Abroad would like to announce that Greg Thomson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and assumed his role on 15 August 2016. Greg has succeeded Dr Peter Slowe, the company’s founder, who will remain in the company as the Executive Chair.
Volunteers on the Archaeology Project in Peru have recently begun excavation work at a new site in Cusco. Inkylltambo, a sector of the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, is into its third year of excavations, and Projects Abroad volunteers have been invited to take part on the dig. Volunteers began digging in mid-July after being granted a plot of land for excavation through an agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and excavations are expected to continue through October.
During July, Projects Abroad established a new International Development project in Togo. The aim of this project is to help combat social and economic issues hampering the country’s development, particularly in the field of human rights, political governance and public health.
Victor Lee, a Projects Abroad Physiotherapy volunteer, presented at the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in the Philippines on the establishment of a community-based Rehab and Disability Centre, the first of its kind in the northern part of Cebu island.
Sea Sorn, Base Manager and Field Coordinator at Projects Abroad’s Cambodia Diving & Marine Conservation project recently presented a talk at the Conservation Asia conference about 'ghost nets', discarded fishing nets that present a major threat to marine life.
Projects Abroad Argentina is set to welcome its first volunteers at the new Canine Therapy Project in Córdoba, this July. Fundación Jingles (The Jingles Foundation) is a privately run therapy centre, aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of its clients with the assistance of the 32 therapy dogs that live at the centre.
Projects Abroad is launching a Refugee Project in Italy to assist refugees and migrants as they reach the Italian coast after what has undoubtedly been a long and arduous journey from their home country.
It's been one year since volunteers on our Disaster Relief project in Nepal began rebuilding schools in the Kathmandu valley. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have built over 60 classrooms, enabling 1500 children to return to school.
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