Bairu Sium is wrorking in education in Tanzania- December 2011

I was so pleased to hear about Bairu's work in Tanzania in the last four months. He believes in and works in a collaborative way. Bairu is an educator of educator. Listen to his story.

Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during her visist in Tanzania in December 2011. Tanzania was celebrating its 50th anjniversay.

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Bairu Sium is working in education in Tanzania for 1 year- December 2011

I was so pleased to hear about Bairu's work in Tanzania in the last four months. He believes in and works in a collaborative way. Bairu is from Toronto and has recently retired. He served in Malawai with CIDA. He is now a teacher of teachers that serve about 31 schools near Lake Victoria. Listen to his story.

Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during her visit in Tanzania in December 2011. Tanzania was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Theodros Belew Shewarget, Southern Partner from Ethiopia

We were fortunate to host our southern partner Theodros Belew from Ethiopia for a week in Vancouver. Thedoros is the Director of teacher and education leader directorate in Ethiopia.

Access to education is increasing in Ethiopia; however the quality of education has not improved as much. Theodros explains how international volunteers contribute to the development of quality education, whether it is through training teachers, assisting with education policies or with developing curriculums.

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Shimpei Chihara served in Vietnam 2010-2011 as Organizational Development Advisor for HIV/AIDS

Shimpei Chihara volunteered in Hanoi, Vietnam as an Organization Development Advisor for a local NGO that worked towards HIV/AIDS prevention. Shimpei finished his 2 year project objectives in only one year. He quickly recognized that the transgender people of Hanoi were often unrepresented and as such, began a new project for the transgender people. With new funding, he started a self help group for transgender female where they had discussions, social activities as well as transgender fashion shows.

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Lorne Lewis served in Botswana from 1972 to 1975, training young mechanics

Lorne Lewis voluntered in Bostwana from 1972 to 1975. As an accomplished business man and mechanic in Victoria, he was sick and tired of the usual day to day life. After he sold his business, he decided he needed something new. Lewis moved to Bostwana for three years where he taught and trained young mechanics.

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Carly Bardikoff is in Rwanda as an education capacity builder- Podcast # 308

I met Carly at our In Country Training in Rwanda. We learned so much about the country, language, history, people and about the disability and education programs. Carly is from Toronto. Good luck on your assignment!

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Kigali Rwanda-PERSONS WITH PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITIES - Umeeda reporting Podcast #307

I am in Kigali Rwanda working as a fundraising advisor to 8 disability groups. I met Sam Badege and others that are members of NOUSPR is Kigali. They have a small social enterprise organization that makes and sells handicrafts to support their work. Please contact umeeda.switlo@cuso-vso.org if you wish to buy some of these crafts.

NOUSPR is comprised of a board of experts, who were elected by the people with psychosocial disabilities to represent their interests they are well informed and aware of their social needs.The leaders of NOUSPR are also well versed with the Rwandan culture, the bad history of human rights abuse and how people with the minority in general have been deprived of their human rights, in their own society. This experience has made the team raise the organization from mere dreams to, now with the membership of over 270. The spirit of volunteerism, with devotion and self sacrifice is currently shared by many among the members, caregivers and friends have been inspired by this spirit as well and have embraced it in their daily lives.The team also has a long history in the disability movement it has been registering successes in challenging and changing the Rwandan tradition of marginalizing people with psychosocial disabilities and in fighting stigma and discrimination. Many suffered after the 1994 genocide and are trying hard to recover.

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Vasile Klaassen served in Sierra Leone Sept, 2010 to Aug, 2011- Podcast # 306

Vasile volunteered in Kenema, the eastern portion of Sierra Leone as a rural engineer. She worked with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help improve the rice production for some of the poorest farmers in Sierra Leone and anticipates that the production of the rice will increase in the next three years. Though the project was successful, she says that that the most amazing aspect was to see younger people realize how they can benefit from the project and their eagerness to continue the work so their communities will benefit.

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Paul Grover served in Thailand 1978-1979 Podcast # 305

Paul volunteered his civil engineering skills for rural water supply projects in Northeast Thailand. Paul found that his biggest challenge was to work in Thai language. He met his wife at his placement, who was volunteering with the Peace Corps. He has returned to Thailand three times with his family and feels that it is most gratifying to go back and see people are still using the things you help them built, twenty to thirty years ago.

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Kasia Wilk served in Kenya 2010-2011 -Podcast #304

Kasia volunteered as a documentation advisor in a small town, 2 hours north of Nairobi. Her main roles included documenting files, organizing data, creating evaluation and monitoring tools, closing and starting up projects and other administrative tasks. Dissatisfied by the office work, Kasai felt that she needed to be more involved in the community. She became involved in the Dallas community, the slum community, where she worked with orphaned and vulnerable children.

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