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Help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
The current Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. As of mid-January, over 10,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Sierra Leone with over 3,000 people dying from the virus. It is rapidly spreading in Freetown with an estimated 50-100 new cases diagnosed each day.
Over the past few months, our Sierra Leone host partner, the We Yone Child Foundation, has been supporting slum communities in Freetown as they struggle to cope with the outbreak. WYCF's work includes hosting informational seminars, teaching proper sanitation and hand washing techniques, and giving out relief supplies to families under quarantine. In December, WYCF launched their Community Ebola Education program with a group of 10 community based organizations. Almost 40 community educators, including two social workers, have been trained to carryout house-to-house sensitisation to help educate over 5,000 people about the deadly virus.
>> Visit our CanadaHelps campaign page for more information and to make a donation to support the We Yone Child Foundation with their initiatives.
Project Spotlight: Support working children in Peru
For many children in the barrios surrounding Lima, working is part of life – a necessary and culturally acceptable way to help financially support their families. Children sell fruit, bread, water, or flour; or they work on a farm, seeding and harvesting. They often combine their work with their education by attending school during the week and working on the weekend. Our Peruvian host partner, IFEJANT, delivers essential programs and collaborates with other local organizations to provide educational and trades training opportunities for these working children.
You can head to Lima from July 4th – 18th as you build facilities for IFEJANT as part of an all-ages volunteer team. This may involve adding a third floor of classrooms to the Nassae school in order to accommodate increased enrollment or finishing a community centre that will provide space for the Prominats program, an initiative that provides business and skills training. This is an ideal trip for families or high school students.
>> Visit our Peru page for more details.
Join our 10th anniversary volunteer trip to Sri Lanka!
2015 marks a momentous milestone for Developing World Connections as we celebrate 10 years of sending volunteers to support poverty alleviating projects in the developing world. To commemorate this special year, we're sending a team to Sri Lanka to assist with a water irrigation project in the community of Ranna. This village is near our very first project site where DWC volunteers rebuilt homes after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami destroyed many coastal communities in Southeastern Asia. The project will help improve the livelihoods of 100 families in the area by irrigating their agricultural land. There will also anniversary celebrations during the trip which include Kandayan dancers and drummers, music, and fireworks.
The two week volunteer trip takes place from February 28th to March 14th and is being led by DWC board member and veteran team leader, Marcia Julian.
>> For more information, please visit our Sri Lanka webpage.
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Volunteer and work alongside local people and experience making a real and lasting difference. Help build hope and bring a sustainable future to those in the greatest need.
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