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jessica valenti: Elizabeth Smart and Abstinence Only Education
If anyone is still holding on to the idea that abstinence only education isn’t all that bad, check out this quote from kidnapping and rape victim Elizabeth Smart:
Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run…
WWBOD, or more accurately for how I’m feeling at the moment, ‘what would anyone else do’ is how I am feeling about my 10 weeks volunteering in Zimbabwe. I have now swapped from being truly in denial to being nervous. I’m concerned I’ll have forgotten to pack something (I always do those things, so this is a legitimate fear!); I’m concerned about how useful I’ll be; and I’m concerned I’ll have my first feelings of homesickness. These are all the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure if I thought about it, there would be more!
On the other hand, reading about Zimbabwe’s progress with the millennium development goals makes me forget about all of the above. So it’s a mixed bag. Combine this motivation with the immense support I’ve received so far and I don’t really need to ask myself what anybody else would do.
6 days until it’s here!
P.S. My volunteering excursion has made me learn a number of things already, without having departed. This includes being able to take 2 x 23kg suitcases on Kenyan Airlines! Combine this with 10kg of hand luggage and that’s a whopping 56kg. Amazing. (Not that I’ll be doing so because I am weak and feeble and have no chance of lifting even half that.)
There’s 27 days until I leave for Zimbabwe (all procedural developments, aside) and, considering my exams finish this week, it’s soon time to step up the fundraising effort. Here’s some ways you can help:
- By spreading the link to this blog, particularly this post detailing why and what I am doing.
- Spreading and inviting those you know to this event.
- By posting/tweeting/facebooking my MyDonate page; posting on any relevant University groups, etc, would be amazingly helpful.
- Any donations you can make, however small, would be most gratefully received!
All donations help Progressio continue its work and give the chance to young volunteers, like me, to help contribute to sustainable development programmes in failed states.
Originally posted at: http://thevolunteerdiaries.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/ways-you-can-help/
If this is an original Banksy, I either (a) don’t get it; (b) it’s not as interesting as the rest are…
Zimbabwe currently faces a ‘triple threat’ of challenges: poverty and food insecurity, weakened human and material capacity of government, and high HIV and AIDS prevalence rates. Currently 20% of the population suffers with HIV/AIDS. The economic outlook in Zimbabwe, rather than progressing, has shown a steady decline in the past decade – particularly the past five. Here’s a snapshot:
- In 1995 Poverty Assessment Study Survery, 29% of the population were reported to live below the Food Poverty Line (FPL).
- In 2003: 58% lived below the Food Poverty Line. The Food Poverty line is this: a level of income at which people cannot meet their own basic needs.
- The total consumption poverty line increased from 55% to 72% in 2004.
- The impact of HIV/AIDS has had a devastating impact on the country.
- Zimbabwe also suffers from other challenges: decline in economic performance, low productivity in agriculture due to recurrent droughts and lack of outputs. All of which have resulted in high unemployment.
Funding for development programmes has dried up in Zimbabwe, worsening the situation; most charities only provide humanitarian assistance. Progressio is not one of these charities. It helps those in failed states with sustainable efforts that can continue long after we are there. Development programmes often don’t go to those most in need. I hope to be part of this change! It would be wonderful if you could help young volunteers, like me, continue this change by donating here. Any amount, no matter how small, will be a tremendous help.
Originally posted here: http://wp.me/p2sRlG-o.
Why I’m volunteering in Zimbabwe
What is the International Citizen Service (ICS)?
“Backed by the UK government, these are real development projects that will make a difference.”
From 2nd July-12th September, this summer, I will be volunteering in Zimbabwe on a government-run scheme called the International Citizen Service. The aim of the programme is for young people, aged 18-25, to volunteer in developing countries and work with regional charities.
The charity I am volunteering with is Progressio. Progressio believes in people-powered development: sending volunteers from the UK to work with regional charities in failed states to help and aid them change their lives. It currently works with three main areas in mind: gender issues, environmental issues, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
HIV/AIDS prevention is an issue that particularly motivates the work of Progressio in Zimbabwe. Currently 20% of the population suffers from HIV/AIDS. The programme for ICS Zimbabwe is something akin to as follows: developing databases for monitoring and evaluation; raising awareness on HIV/AIDS; assisting in product development for sustainable livelihood activities and facilitating Internet training. I hope to make my own positive contribution to this ongoing work! "
|- From my blog: http://thevolunteerdiaries.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/kicking-this-all-off/ |
Am I the only one who thinks Cristina saying Mer was no longer her person last week was a bit OOC?
This headline by Slate has really bothered me.
Court Docs: Martin Had Drugs in System; Shooting “Avoidable”
Those are the two early takeaways from hundreds of pages of evidence made public Thursday.
Ah, yes, he had traces of marijuana in his system — something that neither side has considered relevant to the current case, but which Slate decides to highlight anyway. These kinds of things really bother me — he took ‘drugs’ therefore he was ‘dangerous’ and killing him was okay? The defence realise its irrelevance; the reporter realises its irrelevance — so why does Slate decide to pick an inflammatory headline despite all of the above?
“Court Docs: Martin Had Drugs in System”
Olympics invasion planning
So alongside the carrier on the Thames, extra Typhoons deployed around the capital’s perimeter and SAMs on residential rooftops, London is just about ready to defend a small-scale invasion, launch one against France, or host an international sporting competition.
And, in my highly biased opinion, the blog is generally worth a read; my posts being the exception to that general rule.