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New #ShareTheMeal app helping to eradicate hunger

A few months ago, when I told my peers that I would be spending the summer volunteering at a hunger-fighting non-profit organization, a number of questions came up in conversation……

Was I going to Sub-Saharan Africa or South East Asia? Would I be at an orphanage or a hospital? Were the people I’d be working with religious or secular? My response, that I would be living in Berlin, volunteering in an office, and working on the marketing team, took many people by surprise.

See more at https://goo.gl/YgJ2nj

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Best practise transfer between Sri Lanka and Australia help build a 190 bed Cancer home

Jetha Devapura, a Sri Lankan Australian, had a vision to transfer best practice health care from Australia to Sri Lanka. He established the CCC Foundation (Courage, Compassion, Commitment), a Not For Profit organisation, to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and technology between Australia and Sri Lanka in the field of paediatric oncology care.

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (now the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Royal Childrens Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne partnered with the Foundation to provide training to medical staff at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) In Maharagama, Sri Lanka.

This best practice transfer was the first of its kind between the hospitals.

See more at goo.gl/NFup4E

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Bait dog, Mr Beau Jangles, saved and rehabilitated

Suspected bait dog, Mr Beau Jangles, is just one of the animals who has been saved from being put to sleep by The #Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary. ‘He is battle scarred and has got some complex issues, but is now calm and at peace in the Sanctuary’, said Joy Keys the founder of The Sanctuary.

The sanctuary provides ‘forever homes’ for domestic, farm and wildlife animals. Most have behavioural issues, are aggressive, old, disabled and scared of humans; the list goes on. Their 150 animals include dogs, cats, pigs, sheep, horses, farm birds, emus and even a seagull!

Read more at https://goo.gl/U5cbvH

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Citizen driven program helping reforest Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka being a tropical island located in the Indian Ocean, has been home to a varied number of animals and plants for millions of years. In fact Sri Lanka is a bio-diversity hotspot. But, over the past 200 years or so, deforestation has become a critical threat to the island’s bio-diversity. Every year Sri Lanka is losing 3500 hectares of its forest cover due to logging, agriculture, colonisation and illegal exploitation.

Reforest Sri Lanka, a citizen driven non-profit society has stepped forward to take on the challenge of reforesting the natural habitats of the country back to its ancient glory. Under the leadership and guidance of Achala Arunalu, Reforest Sri Lanka is an organisation founded by a group of MBA in IT students from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Starting from May 2016, they have set up an ambitious milestone of planting 84,000 trees by May 2017

Read more at goo.gl/rJWYAz
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Conservation leads to rural community development

A two year rural development and joint conservation pilot scheme, in Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra and the West Coast National Park, South Africa, have seen major potential benefits for rural communities as well as continued gains for conservation.

The CEOs of South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Green Fund, have recently announced the findings of the two-year pilot that has demonstrated conservation as a growing and value-adding sector within rural development.

See more at http://goo.gl/XyMims
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“Nothing is permanent – Everything is subject to change”

My journey started in 2007 with a bowl of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) at a food court in George Street, Sydney, very close to my then workplace at the New South Wales Ombudsman’s Office. The people who operated the small shop over time became firm friends of mine and eventually words turned to an Orphanage in their home city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)…

Later that same year I found myself volunteering at Truyen Tinh Orphange in Saigon for 5 weeks and then again for yet another 5 weeks in 2008. In 2009 I worked for 2 months as a consultant for a street childrens program in Hanoi called Koto and at that time decided I would call Vietnam home. Vietnam is a very hot, polluted, and seemingly always dusty place but the nature of the people is something I had not experienced elsewhere, the friendship and warmth, honesty and willingness to give without thought of receiving was the primary reason I chose to stay. If you live your life in good conduct what you require will come your way, in this life, or the next.


Read more at http://goo.gl/6IakMQ
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 “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
- African Proverb.

Since leaving my home country at the age of fourteen I've been able to travel and experience numerous countries and cultures. Through those journeys in different parts of the globe, I became obsessed with one question……….. 

See more of this volunteer story by Royce Chan at http://goo.gl/e8HbGH

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#WFP stories part 1: How I became an international aid worker: Suvrat Bafna

Ever wondered who is responsible for making sure WFP’s food is full of the right nutrients? Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger but it affects many more people than we often realise. Suvrat Bafna tells us about life as a WFP food technologist in Ethiopia, where he is tackling malnutrition, one food type at a time… See more at http://goo.gl/7NvBv3

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Free haircuts and shaves to the Australian homeless just one of the 11,557 projects supported by Grill’d

During December, ‘#ChristmasMatters’ took over the #LocalMatters platform in #Grill’d restaurants to connect with local community groups who are tackling youth homelessness. Alongside burgers, chips and bon bons, Grill’d provided #freehaircuts and #shaves, as well as laundry for the #homeless across cities in Australia.

See more at http://goo.gl/yNUVSa
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