Archives for April 2014

Community Mobilization Training | June 11th-13th, 2014 in Fort Collins, Co.

 

When: June 11 – 13, 2014
Where: Fort Collins, Colorado
Format: In-Person

Course Description

What turns a group of individuals into an organization or social movement.  This course will explore the structural, social, and  psychological barriers inhibit or prevent individuals and groups from getting involved and working together for change.  Examine the definition of community mobilization as both an initial and ongoing process central to any community and social change effort that seeks to build support and participation of individuals, groups, and institutions to work towards a common goal or vision. Learn from the theories and methods of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, whose work has guided some of the most successful development and education programs around the globe, including the Orangi Pilot Project in Pakistan, The NAAM movement in Burkina Faso, and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, among others.

This course will explore the process of mobilizing communities from within the framework of Grassroots Support Organizations (GSOs).

“A subset of NGOs has decided to move beyond social service provision and invest in initiatives that build the human and financial resources of impoverished communities. Focusing on diverse issues—from health and the environment to political mobilization and microenterprises—these NGOs share a common approach to the communities with which they work: They foster the long-term empowerment of impoverished populations by assisting them in decision making and the mobilization of resources and political power. This core approach is what defines these development NGOs as grassroots support organizations.”

— Boglio Martinez, Rafael A. 2008. “Grassroots Support Organizations and Transformative Practices” in Journal of Community Practice, Vol. 16(3).

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the the basic philosophy and basic principles of community mobilization and grassroots support organizing.
  • Assess a community’s capacity for collective action  at the macro, micro, structural and cognitive levels.
  • Employ basic methods to “map” the social and political organization of a community and identify issues that inspire action.
  • Begin a process to transform community tension into focused action.

Logistics

Tuition covers facility expenses, equipment, course materials, and trainer fees. Participants are responsible for travel, room and board during the duration of the training. Participants should plan to arrive in Fort Collins, Colorado June 10th and depart after 4:30 pm Friday, June 13th.

Registration

Tuition: $500

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Register by phone: +1 970-237-3002 Ext. 504

* Continuing Education Units(CEUs) from CSU are available upon request for additional $50.

 

Impactful Online Training for Stakeholders from Different Locations

Village Earth’s Sustainable Community Development Certificate program is a great way to train different stakeholders who may not all be in the same area, but need to be working on the same page.  For example, we have had organizations and private companies send groups through our certificate program which included local community members, company employees, NGO staff, and local government officials.  This is a great way to make sure everyone in your project group is working from the same development philosophy, using the same terminology, and can come to consensus on project design and M&E plans.  Especially if staff and local people are located in different countries, it is a great way to train everyone together while saving on transportation and in-person training costs.  And studies show, knowledge is gained and retained just as effectively from online training as it is from in-person training.

Now registering for courses that begin next week, April 25, at Duke University!  To explore training your group, please visit our Sustainable Community Development Certificate Online Training page. 

Book a Night (or more) With Village Earth Affiliate “Earth Tipi” on the Pine Ridge Reservation

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Earth Tipi is working to create accessible, sustainable housing and food sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They recently created this listing for a tipi near their headquarters on the Pine Ridge Reservation on the home-sharing website “AirBnB.com” What a great way you can learn more about Earth Tipi while also helping to support it.

This 16′ tipi purchased new this year! Ample space for up to 5 adults in sleeping bags. 2 twin sized beds are available. In this case only room for only 2 adults. 8 mi to Wounded Knee Massacre Site. Central location to explore Pine Ridge & Badlands.

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The Space
How many times have you had the opportunity to sleep in a tipi on an indian reservation? Deer and coyote are often spotted crossing the site. We are also immediately adjacent to horse pastures on all sides. We are also home to a sustainable homestead model site and education center. Tours are available of our cob/strawbale hybrid home as well as our light straw clay office.

Guest Access
There are currently solar showers and composting toilets on site. We may be adding private showers and toilets for the tipi site but currently these amenities are shared with our campers. There is a covered picnic area for eating and in case of rain during the day. There is an outdoor kitchen that is primarily for group use but, use can be arranged for tipi renters if arrangements are made in advance (hours may be specific/limited)

Interaction with Guests
We live on site and are available to answer questions about the area.

The Neighborhood
We are centrally located on the reservation. If you are coming to tour the area ours is a great spot to start off. Wounded Knee Massacre site and museum are just 8 miles away. We are 2.5 miles from a convenience store and just 3.5 miles from Betty’s Kitchen a local favorite restaurant.

Getting around
There is a reservation shuttle service that operates within the boundaries of the reservation. This is an easy and economical way to see the entire reservation. Stops 2-3 times per day at Pinky’s store in Manderson (2.5 miles on the paved road).

Update from Empowering Youth Cambodia – Student Profile Video | Humans of Phnom Penh

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Cambodians have their own New Year holiday on April 13th which is the biggest holiday of the year, and next week the city of Phnom Penh will be quiet as people head to their families’ villages. Many EYC staff and students will be headed to their ‘homelands’ to welcome in the year of the horse and relax during the hottest month of the year (averaging 94°F / 34°C).

As EYC enters its 9th year we can see constant improvements in the maturity of our work and the abilities of our team.  We thank all of our donors who make our life-changing work possible, and assure you that our 620 students get significant benefits each week from our programs. We are happy to show you a great 5 minute video about one student’s life, Ratha: http://eycambodia.org/about/students/

Humans of Phnom Penh: A Photoblog

A group of EYC students have started an interesting photoblog on Facebook calledHumans of Phnom Penh. It gives an insight into the daily lives of some of the capital’s residents through photography and short interviews and it was inspired by a similar blog, Humans of New York. Each student chooses individuals they meet in the city and who they find interesting to include in the project. Phnom Penh through Cambodian eyes. The blog is in Khmer and in English, take a look:
https://www.facebook.com/HoPPCambodia
Also, read the story about Humans of Phnom Penh in The Phnom Penh Post.

Happy Khmer New Year to everybody and thank you for all your support. Don’t forget April 16th!

50% Off Appropriate Technology Library – Now Until Earth Day (April 22nd.)

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The most comprehensive, compact, and cost effective appropriate technology and sustainable living resource in the world! The AT Library contains the full text and images from over 1050 of the best books dealing with all areas of do-it-yourself technology. Portable and easy to use on 28 CDs or 2 DVDs. The AT Library is currently in use in sustainable development projects in over 74 countries worldwide. It’s like a portable internet of appropriate technology solutions!

Here’s What Customers Have To Say:

The AT Library has been a great resource for us in teaching in all of these areas. We could never have brought all of these resources with us in a printed form, but thanks to the AT Library we had information readily available.

– Lance & Debra Sprick, Life Resource Foundation, Iligan City, Philippines

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Or call +1-970-237-3002 ext. 504 for more information or to order your library using a credit card over the telephone. Click here for a Complete list of Books in the Appropriate Technology Library

Get a 50% Match on All Donations to Empowering Youth Cambodia April 16th.

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Exciting news!  We are happy to share that GlobalGiving is hosting a Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day on April 16th.  Here are the terms and conditions of the campaign, with matching funds provided by Microsoft:

Terms and Conditions

  • The Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day will begin April 16th, 2014 at 12:00:01 PM (noon) EDT and will end April 17th, 2014, at 11:59:59 AM EDT, or when matching funds run out.
  • There are $100,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft.
  • Matching is applied at 50% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project/microproject.
  • The project or micoproject that has the most unique donors on Microsoft YouthSpark’s Bonus Day will receive an additional $10,000 from Microsoft.

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