Originally posted at: http://www.karigradygrossman.com/wordpress/
Re-posted by permission of SSI
Written By Kari Grady Grossman, Director of Sustainable Schools International
We started in a school with 50 kids sitting on logs in a dilapidated dirt hut, in a village called Chrauk Tiek where no one had ever finished sixth grade. Five years since Sustainable Schools International was conceived to tackle the problem of sustainable rural education in Cambodia, we are now operating in five rural schools with over 2,000 primary and secondary students, and 28 Leadership Academy students from these very same villages in high school and college. The first college graduate is back in his village working and the second will be joining him this year. Most importantly, that first school at Chrauk Tiek is generating enough income to pay 25% of the school budget we provide, within the next five years we expect it to operate without us – in other words, our first Sustainable School.
We could never have gotten this far without the help of an amazing organization called Village Earth and it’s director, Dave Bartecchi. We’d struggled for several years with our vision of a sustainable school, often banging our heads against the wall as we confronted problem after problem with social conflict among the villagers, teachers, principals and students we were trying to help. We tried a community owned, low tech cooking fuel business to support the school and it failed. We found out that you can’t have a community business or any community owned institution without a coherent community. Since community ownership is a basic tenet of sustainability, this was a big obstacle to our mission.
In Cambodia, where 30 years of civil war have wreaked havoc on people’s honesty, trust and solidarity, we knew we had to start there in order to pull the community together, but we didn’t know how. After taking a community development course with Village Earth, we knew the theory of social change we had to apply, but the Cambodian staff struggled with how to dot it. Their work in the village faced complex challenges daily that felt overwhelming. We needed help that was specific to our situation.
So we went back to Village Earth and asked for a private workshop for our staff. With our Cambodian program director and our first college graduate from the village holed up in a room with Dave Bartecchi for a week, we peeled back the layers of the problems and examined them. We didn’t mess with academic theory because our Cambodian staff didn’t have the education to process it. Dave held that in his head and used it to guide us through questions for five straight days. At the beginning our problem tree looked like a vast web of roots and tentacles and by the end we had a neat and simple set of School Success Logic Models that everyone could understand.
Those Logic Models are great communication devices. They hang in every rural school where we work, in our Leadership Academy in Phnom Penh and have been shared numerous times with government education officials. We refer to them on a daily basis. They have made the way so much clearer for our staff it enables their decision making process to focus and spend money on things that really matter, in the order they are most effective. As a result they have now built a coherent team of parents, teachers, principals and students across multiple schools around the sustainable school vision. With this critical mass of, dare I say it – empowerment – our impact has begun to accelerate.
I highly recommend the Village Earth sustainable development workshop program to any organization that faces the social conflict we face, but be forewarned, it may make you more successful that you are ready for. Our new challenge is growing our organization to keep up with the demand for our school success program!
It was a great year and we would like to thank all of our supporters for contributing to our success!
Just as the cold was subsiding and the warmth came we started the installation of a rocket mass heater. We were joined by community members and others to learn about the process! The bench is now complete and keeping the home office warm while being a great inspiration to others who would like to build an efficient wood heater for their homes.
Thanks to your support and through collaboration with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation we were able to plant five new fruit tree orchards throughout Pine Ridge Reservation and gave away 100 fruit trees to community members for a total of 300 apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot and peach trees planted. Thank you also to Audubon, Fargo, North Dakota for collaborating to apply for and win the TogetherGreen Volunteers Day grant which supported associated costs.
The first orchard was planted at Red Cloud School. Red Cloud serves approximately 400 Kindergarten through High School students. There were 32 trees planted with the help of the 9th and 10th grade sciences classes. Next up was Lakota Hope in White Clay, NE located on the southern most border of the reservation. We are very excited about this location as there is a nursing home currently under construction right across the street. Lakota Hope has committed to serving the 82 elderly residents that will occupy the new space as well as serve the Pine Ridge community. At Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation located at Sharps Corner in the Porcupine District we planted 15 trees to add to the permaculture food forest they started there last year. There were also 20 trees planted at the Oglala Lakota College at Piya Wiconi . These trees will be part of a study to determine best planting practices for our area. Lastly, at Little Wound School in Kyle 82 trees were planted. Little Wound serves approximately 1000 pre-school – high school students as well as young parents working towards their G.E.D’s.
We welcomed the Ave Maria Church from Parker, CO. They were here to help welcome a new member to our family the same day she arrived. ChetanWin Sylvie was born in the light straw clay office on June 26! Here she is at four months to with a great view of the home office that we started last year!
It was great to partner with Re-Member this year on our garden! They sent wonderful volunteers each week on Mondays and Tuesdays through September and made sure the garden was a great success! Earth Tipi and Re-Member shared the produce. Re-Member gave their produce to the comment and we used our share to feed ourselves, volunteers and to put on canning workshops!
We welcomed two church groups. They brought supplies, materials and professional labor to assist the Zaitz family in Wounded Knee towards finishing a home project they started in 2011. Over $2500 in materials was donated and approximately 870 hours were donated to the family. Projects completed were wiring, plumbing, drywall, flooring and more!
Thanks to two Americorps NCCC teams who came in July and August we completed a number of projects around the homestead that really add to the site. The bench for the rocket mass heater we started in April was completed and a marked trail complete with detailed brochure describing local herbs and foods along the trail. Other projects we could not have completed without the help of Americorps was the organizing of our storage trailer, new fencing along the border (materials donated by Ave Maria Church), a chicken coup, plastering on the outside of the home office, grey water system improvements and garden gate replacement to name a few!
It was also great to see the folks from the William Penn House again! They came for a week with their youth group and helped alongside the first Americorps NCCC team.
We were happy to welcome the Wolf Creek School 8th grade class for a jam making and canning workshop. The class of 5 enjoyed making chokecherry jam and each took home a jar for their families.
Exciting things are being planned for next year including a collaboration with Will Allen of GrowingPower (http://www.growingpower.org). We are always looking for support both financial and volunteer. If you would like to support us with a donation please visit us on our website http://www.earthtipi.org or use the donation page through Village Earth http://villageearth.org/global-affiliates/earthtipi .
If you or your group would like to join us next summer please email us!
Thanks again for your interest and support!
With Kind Regards,
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Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) provides medical care at each of EYC’s 4 schools in poor communities, otherwise known as slums (i.e. residents do not hold land titles). Students in the schools are provided a basic but holistic set of health services including regular health and hygiene training, weekly medical clinics at each school, referrals for serious cases that can’t be treated in the clinics, and dental care. Additionally, the people in the community receive health services including family planning training and long term birth control, medical treatment, and de-worming treatment every 6 months.
EYC started in 2006 providing education and leadership development for young people. The services made a difference and are still much appreciated by the community, but the founder Drew McDowell was constantly confronted with illnesses in the students and their families. For EYC’s first 3 years they were unable to do much beyond taking kids with serious problems to a clinic or hospital, as well as some to a private dentist. “Kids were constantly getting sick, and we weren’t doing much to address it. Our team was good at inspiring and training young people, but when people got sick, and sometimes it was serious, we felt pretty helpless” said Drew.
As the medical NGO One-2-One started to form and partner with EYC, they were able to provide a whole new level of support for students and their families. Not surprisingly, the costs to provide health services started to rise, and EYC had to reign in expenses. Once a monthly budget was established, the team in EYC was able to work to support the health programs, establish partnerships, train volunteers from the communities, and the results were impressive. So impressive, it is hard to summarize or understand without seeing it firsthand; sick people being treated, cavities being filled (smiles returned), behaviors changed and hygiene improved, a new generation that understands reproductive health, woman in control of their bodies, and real care being shown to people who are in a tough situation. Each week there is a line of people waiting to see the medical team, there are tuk tuks full of kids going to the dentist, and there are trained young people on the ground to educate and help in all kinds of situations.
In 2012 EYC (with help from our partners) accomplished ;
2,515 Patient-visits with a doctor.
1,152 Patient-visits to a dentist.
73 Women received long term birth control (IUD or implant).
While the road to improving the health of a community is not an easy one, these results along with a continued health education message will affect long term changes in the communities EYC works.
In October, Maloca organized a successful fundraising campaign that supported more than 100 indigenous women from the Ecuadorian Amazon to walk to Quito and protest against the destruction of the rainforest by oil exploitation and against the constant violation of indigenous peoples’ human and territorial rights.
Maloca will start supporting a cultural preservation project in Brazil. This project is initiated by and will benefit the Kamayura people from Xingu Indigenous Park. The project’s aim is to provide the community with the equipment necessary to record their culture and traditions and create a digital archive of their culture, thus preserving it with the help of modern technology for future generations. By involving the youth in this project, they will learn more about their own culture and their past, they will grow to appreciate it more, and they will learn how to research and record their traditions using modern technology. The Kamayura decided this is a good way to keep, value and share their culture. This project will be a model to follow by other ethnicities living in the Xingu Indigenous Park.
This project has been accepted by Global Giving: http://www.
Meadowlark Jivin will be bringing the soul, funk and that certain je ne sais quoi that they’re known for on Friday November 8 at the Bas Bleu in Fort Collins! The concert will be sponsored by Village Earth and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards their efforts to support indigenous organizations worldwide. Also Freedonia Brewery one of N. Colorado’s up and coming breweries will be serving up their award winning German style lagers for the event. With impeccable acoustics, and an intimate setting that puts the music first, the evening will be an auspicious chance to see Meadowlark Jivin in their element.
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Today, in the United States, much of Latin American and the Caribbean, people are celebrating the holiday of Columbus Day. In the United States, it’s even recognized as a Federal Holiday. The story of Christopher Columbus is woven into the mythical imagination of Americans at a very young age as the hero who defied his critics and great odds to “discover” America. It’s a narrative that is very central to the American dream and the promise of this county. Yet, despite the centrality of this story to the origin myth of the United States, the average person would be appalled by the true story of Christopher Columbus which is more a story of unfettered greed and brutality than that of a noble explorer. No historian has been more successful and correcting the popular understanding of Columbus than the late historian Howard Zinn. His bestselling book “A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present” uses Columbus’ own writings and first-person accounts to tell a story very different from the one most children learn in grade school. Below is an entry from Columbus’ log as quoted in Zinn’s book.
They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
– Quoted in Zinn, Howard (2005). A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present. Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Columbus made good on his promise to subjugate the people’s of Arawak. According to a first-hand account by the priest Bartolome De Las Casas, also quoted in Zinn 2005, “there were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over three million people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it….”.
As an ally with Indigenous peoples and their organizations, Village Earth is part of the growing movement to transform “Columbus Day” into “Indigenous People’s Day.” You can join us by educating your friends and family about the truth of Christopher Columbus but more importantly, you can help contemporize this day by educating yourself and others about the current and ongoing subjugation of Indigenous Peoples around the globe and by taking an affirmative stand by joining them in their struggle as an ally.
Part of our mission at Village Earth is to help create these kinds of connections. Through our Global Affiliate Program, we serve as bridge for innovative indigenous-led and allied organizations from around the world – connecting them to people with passion, time and resources. Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by supporting one of these organizations today.
From 9-11h December 2013, Forum for Community Change and Development (FOFCOD) will hold the 1st Juba Gender based violence Human Rights Film Festival to mark the sixteen days of activism against Gender Based violence and mark international Human rights Day. The festival will screen 9 Gender based violence human rights related films and will be followed by often passionate and emotional discussions about women’s rights and how to report violence against women. One of the key functions of the festival will be to foster healthier inter-gender relationships by getting people to reflect on why they conduct themselves the way they do. The festival is a crucial awareness raising endeavour entwined with the message that violence has no place in the modern world and that it is a criminal violation of human rights. The idea is to use film as a teaching tool towards deconstructing masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia. The festival is to help redefine strength and masculinity by establishing new socio-cultural norms for boys and men that do not rely on violence and discrimination. After each screening a public debate will be held on the topic related to the film screened. The festival is expected to receive about 2000 visitors and a lot of national and international media attention. The Juba gender based violence film festival is aimed at increasing the levels of public responsiveness to the perpetual problem in the country. It’s aimed at affirming that gender based violence is not just a women’s issue and that men and women must operate in partnership in order to eradicate it. The occasion is an opportunity for the public to engage in open discussions about the menace that many often find thorny to talk about. Its time to abandon the conventionally used methods that only give voice to the experts with little attention being given to people with lived experiences and encounters. Its time we listened to the perpetrators of gender based violence so as to determine interventions that work. Its time to share the trauma with the victims and listen to their stories without the prejudice that goes with such events in real life settings.
Gender based violence is a matter that affects large sections of the South Sudan society yet often a taboo topic. It is on the lips of all and sundry yet its remedy remains largely shrouded in mystery as silence, discrimination, victimization, trauma and suffering continue to antagonize its victims. We recognize that there are diverse strategies in place trying to address gender based violence and discrimination. While most interventions usually use exceptional data on the intensity of gender based violence and also explain how victims can seek out remedy through the law, very few interventions cross-examine the assorted fundamental socio economic and even political factors that amplify gender based violence, stigmatization and the discrimination that go with it
In South Sudan, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a very serious problem. Information available indicates that defilement is amongst the top crimes in over 70% of counties the country. For instance in a report by the Yei County Probation officer & Police Child &Family Protection Office (CFPO) indicate that on average 75 GBV related cases are reported & handled every month. The CFPO indicate that rape & defilement was the second leading crime of GBV nature registering 30 cases per month. In the war-torn South Sudan SGBV is even more common. A study conducted in Yei County in 2012 by Forum for Community change and Development found that rape, attempted rape and forced marriage were common. In IDP camps, return areas, settlements and refugee hosting areas, domestic violence (wife battering) is always quoted as the most common form of gender violence followed by defilement and forced and early marriages. In South Sudan IDPs Camps which has about 15,000 refugees, there were 399 reported cases of domestic violence, 156 cases of defilement, 15 cases of forced marriage 37 cases of early marriage, 37 cases of marital rape and 5 cases of rape reported over a period of one year, between July 2011 and June 2012. There is no single day that passes without some form of GBV reported on radio in South Sudan. Some of the stories are appalling. There are cases where parents, mainly fathers, have been reported to have defiled their own children. High levels of domestic violence are reported in IDPs and Refugee Settlements. There are increasing incidences of women being killed by their partners in gender related violence.
The Juba gender based violence film festival is aimed at increasing the levels of public responsiveness to the perpetual problem in the country. It’s aimed at affirming that gender based violence is not just a women’s issue and that men and women must operate in partnership in order to eradicate it. The occasion is an opportunity for the public to engage in open discussions about the menace that many often find thorny to talk about. Its time to abandon the conventionally used methods that only give voice to the experts with little attention being given to people with lived experiences and encounters. Its time we listened to the perpetrators of gender based violence so as to determine interventions that work. Its time to share the trauma with the victims and listen to their stories without the prejudice that goes with such events in real life settings.
One of the key functions of the festival will be to foster healthier inter-gender relationships by getting people to reflect on why they conduct themselves the way they do. The festival is a crucial awareness raising endeavor entwined with the message that violence has no place in the modern world and that it is a criminal violation of human rights. The idea is to use film as a teaching tool towards deconstructing masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia. The festival is to help redefine strength and masculinity by establishing new socio-cultural norms for boys and men that do not rely on violence and domination.
MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE OKOLAKICIYE
(KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO NATION ORGANIZATION)
This report covers June 2013 through September 2013. Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a pasture/home for members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them. Below is a summary of our activities for this period.
Two Wakanyeja (sacred beings – children) at the Children’s Camp 2013
June 2013 – we implemented a partnership with the Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization which is described as an “international school of global citizenship”, 13 students and 2 chaperones came and assisted Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization with scraping tipi poles that are used for the ceremonies including the Sundance ceremony and the children/youth camps. Did you know the Lakota word for “tipi pole” is “tushu”? Did you know that each pole represents a Lakota value, e.g., the first pole at the door of the tipi represents “Waunsila”, the Lakota term for “compassion”. This value is a reminder to have compassion for all who enter your home, feed them, clothe them if needed and be kind to them.
Students Shoulder to Shoulder participants in Tipi Pole Scraping Project
Tony and Lew showed the students how to scrape the Tipi Poles
The students also assisted with the fencing project for the buffalo pasture. They were exposed to cultural speakers and activities throughout the week. This international organization sends teams of youth to various communities around the globe to assist with community development and as a cultural exchange. Their assistance to the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation community was greatly appreciated and their respectfulness was also appreciated.
Mila Yatan Pika Ti Okiju Wakan Ceremonial Grounds Sunset First Day
June 2013 – Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization helped with sponsoring the annual Mila Yatan Pika Tiokiju Wakan Wi Wayang Wacipi, a very important ceremony where people make offerings and sacrifice for the future generations. Above is photo of the tipis at the ceremony (the youth from the Students Shoulder to Shoulder camp contributed to us being able to use the poles for the tipis you see in the photo).
August 31- September 2, 2013: A children’s healing camp was held on these dates on the grounds of the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) in Porcupine, SD. Approximately 30 children participated with their adult relatives and guardians. Many of them received a Lakota spirit name, Lakota traditional healing, Lakota equine assisted activities, a swimming trip and a huge birthday party for all of them. The children’s ages ranged from 2 years to 12 years of age. When asked what they liked the most about the camp, they drew pictures or related that they liked sleeping in the tipis, the Inipi (purification lodge ceremony) and the swimming. We were blessed with many volunteer relatives that assisted with setting up the tipis, chaperoning the children, providing activities, cooking/food preparation, taking down the tipis and assisting with the traditional healing ceremonies. We say a special Wopila (a big thank you) to the Tunkasila (grandfathers) and Uncis (grandmothers) of the spirit world for blessing this camp and the children and to their Interpreters Ohitiya Najin (Stands Brave – Roy Dennis Stone), Hmuya Mani (Walks with a Roaring – Richard Two Dogs) and Wicahpi Koyag Mani (Wears the Star Walking – Richard Moves Camp) and to all the volunteers and donors to the camp. Without all of your help, this camp would not have been possible.
Wakanyeja Woapiye Wicoti (Children’s Healing Camp) 2013
Children and Mentors at Healing Camp with the sacred Horse Relatives, Porcupine, SD 2013
Future Events and Plans
We plan on assisting with a Koskalaka Wicayuwita Pi (Young Men’s Gathering) camp in which boys and young men, ages 11-18, will gather to learn Lakota traditional teachings about becoming or being a man from their older male relatives and mentors. Some of the activities include Lakota values teachings, honoring relationships, greeting the Morning Star, Lakota traditional healing and receiving a Lakota spirit name if they don’t have one and would like one. This camp will be held on October 31-November 2, 2013.
We continue to observe the spiritual calendar, the next sacred site visit is on October 15, 2013 to Pte Ta Tiopa (Doorway of the Buffalo) near Buffalo Gap, SD in the sacred Black Hills. This is the time when the buffalo return to the sacred Black Hills and when we (humans) know to make spiritual offerings. The spiritual calendar was taught to us (Lakota people) by the Pte Oyate (buffalo nation) and to whom we continue to honor and care for.
We also plan to sponsor a Historical Trauma and Healing conference on October 11-12, 2013 (see www.knifebuffalonation.org for conference information). Our fencing project will continue as the weather permits. We continue to work toward maintaining the pasture for our relatives the buffalo and honoring the relationship we have with them.
For more information, contact us at:
Telephone: 605-441-2914 or 605-407-0091
or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates
We extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who have supported our efforts whether financially, physically or spiritually. Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance. We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and their teachings – protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever comes. Lila Wopila Tanka!! (We thank you all very much). We ask you the general public, our friends and relatives, what you think we should do to expand our work so that others can learn from the teachings of the buffalo nation? We are very interested in hearing from you!
Knife Chief Buffalo Pasture, February 2013
For five days, 70 indigenous women from Ecuador’s Amazon will walk from the rainforest town of Puyo to the capital Quito. Their journey will begin on October 12th. The women will walk through Shell, Rio Negro, Ambato, Banos, Latacugna, arriving in Quito on October 17th. These determined women, from the Zapara, Waorani, Shwar, Achuar, and Kichua nations, will walk 240 kilometers, from the Amazon lowlands to 9,350 feet high in the Andes.
These women will walk to Quito to protest against oil, mining and other destructive projects currently under development on their territory, to demand that their human rights be respected, including the right to free, prior and informed consent . Extractive industry projects affect the rainforest, on which the livelihoods of these women depends. They find themselves unable to feed their family by cultivating contaminated land or by having their land taken away. Most projects ignore indigenous women’s rights to participation and their voice is not heard. Extractive activities divide communities and weaken their social structure making them more vulnerable, while destroying the environment on which communities depend for survival.They will demand from the government to respect their rights, their territories and to consider the “life plans” (Planes de Vida) that their communities have developed in a collaborative way.
On October 10 and 11, Shwar, Huaorani, Zapara, Achuar, Kichwa women will participate in Puyo in a general meeting “Mujeres en Vigila por la Vida” (Women Protecting Life), followed by the walk to Quito.
What these women need is logistical support for the walk: money for food and lodging along the 5 day walk. These women have the ideas, the courage and their fight, however they lack resources.
Let’s help these women get to Quito and enable them to make their voice heard. Let’s be with them every kilometer along the way, let’s feed them and let’s get them a place to sleep, this way we will enable them to defend their territory, rights and future.
Follow the Women’s Walk on Maloca’s website: http://malocacommunities.org/
The Knife Chief Buffalo Nation is happy to announce the launch of a new opportunity to guest to visit and camp on our buffalo pasture near the community of quiet Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Guests can now book our campsite using AirBnB.com a global site that connects travelers with unique accommodations all around the globe. See our listing below or view it at AirBnB.
Oyate Woakipa Ta Woospe
Historical Trauma: Impact and Healing
October 11-12, 2013
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD
Benefit Conference for the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation)
Presenters: Hmuya Mani (Richard Two Dogs,), Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart and others
Historical Trauma—”the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations, resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide. The effects of historical trauma include: unsettled emotional trauma, depression, high mortality rates, high rates of alcohol abuse, significant problems of child abuse and domestic violence” (http://historicaltrauma.com/). This two day workshop will show how historical trauma has impacted Lakota and indigenous peoples and how we can integrate healing from historical trauma into our families, schools, programs and communities. Registration and Lodging information attached.
Conference Fee: $300.00
Make Checks of Money Orders Payable to Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization and send to:
Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization
PO Box 294
Porcupine, SD 57772
There is a block of rooms reserved at the conference hotel Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn at the rate of $131.00/night + tax. Mention the “Historical Trauma Healing Conference” when making the reservations, telephone number 605-348-4000. Reservation Deadline September 25th, 2013.
During a trip to Brazil in the summer of 2013 Maloca consolidated relations with an indigenous community in Xingu, in the state of Mato Grosso. Discussions with community members and leaders revealed areas of various future collaborations between Maloca and the community, like cultural preservation, food security, and education.
The team from Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) has been distributing scholarship applications and meeting with enthusiastic recent high school graduates who are committed to a university education. EYC has a large pool of students who just graduated high school in their 4 community centers around poor areas of Phnom Penh and hope to help at least 8 enter university. According to Drew McDowell, EYC Country Manager, the first meeting is listening to what kind of work they think they want to do, and helping them choose a major. Next, the local staff can discuss the schools that seem the best for them.
The students come from families whose education was disrupted by war, so their parents really value education and what it brings. The families generally have limited resources for guiding them in their education while the EYC staff have graduated university in the last 5 years and keep abreast of what is happening in higher education in Phnom Penh.
EYC has helped over 25 students to attend university, and continues to work with them throughout their university studies with medical and dental care, life skills training, job and internship placement, English and computer training and more.
Cambodian universities mostly start in October and the amount of students they will be able to help will depend on what they can raise through the end of September. Make a donation to EYC’s scholarship program.
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngâti Awa and Ngâti Porou) is a Professor of Education and Mâori Development and Pro Vice Chancellor Mâori at The University of Waikato/Te Whare Wânanga o Waikato. Professor Tuhiwai Smith is known internationally as a researcher, educator and public speaker on issues related to Indigenous education, development and research methodology. Her critically acclaimed book, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, transformed the fields of educational research and critical epistemology. This lecture is brought to you by CSU”s Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication Studies, Native American Cultural Center and Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.
Village Earth Global Affiliate Tasunke Wakan (medicine horse) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota will host a children’s camp August 29-Sept. 2 2013 at their building near the community of Porcupine. The camp is focused on youth aged 7-12, who have experienced trauma, loss and/or grief. Children will experience learning, fun and healing activities.
Tasunke Wakan is a Lakota-run grassroots organization on Pine Ridge. The goals of the organization are:
- To revitalize and implement the Lakota language through education and practice.
- To strengthen the cultural identity of the Lakota Oyate through linking Lakota Philosophy with the Lakota language.
- To empower the Lakota Tiwahe (families) in reclaiming their Lakota identity, through integrating the Lakota Customary, Natural, and Spiritual law within the educational process.
- To provide education training and assistance regarding cultural competency.
You can learn more about this important organization and donate at www.tasunkewakan.org.
Follow their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wakanyejapawicayapi