VFP, Gulu Walk, Fidelity Out of Sudan
Apr 16th, 2007 - 13:39:54
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I. Volunteers for Peace (VFP)
VFP is an organization based in the US that places volunteers with partner
organizations all around the world to do social, cultural, educational,
environmental, agricultural, etc projects for anywhere from 2 weeks to
several months. Even though it only places US volunteers, I encourage
anyone that wants to do volunteer work abroad to check out their website
(www.vfp.org ) to view a listing of the different
projects with different organizations in each country. Most of VFP's
partner organizations limit the number of US volunteers it will accept for
each project, as they want to leave volunteer positions open for others from
other countries, so if you're from another country and want to participate
in a particular project listed on the VFP website, you should contact the
partner organization that is hosting that project (the contact information
of the partner organization should be listed on the VFP website, but, if
not, then you can just type in the name of the organization in a search
engine, and you'll probably be able to find the contact information that
I'm signing up for a few programs that run from 15 July through 30 August.
I don't know where I'll be placed yet, but it'd be fun(ny) if I run into a
TIG-er in some distant land! If you sign up for any of the projects listed,
please let me know.
II. Gulu Walk
I remember back in the day when the folks from Gulu Walk would post on TIG!
Below is their latest press release. You can sign up to host a walk in your
city or connect with others nearby who are already organizing a walk.
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2007
GULUWALK DAY 2007 SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
'Save the Date' for the children of northern Uganda
GuluWalk 2007, a global one-day event focused on raising awareness and funds
for education, rehabilitation and youth support programs for the terrorized
children of northern Uganda is now set for Saturday, October 20.
The grassroots worldwide initiative is expected to take place in 100 cities
this year, including such notable sites as Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, New
York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Beijing and many more.
Last year GuluWalk was staged in 82 cities in 15 different countries, and
featured more than 30,000 participants, each one providing a voice for the
children of northern Uganda. The 2006 campaign raised over $500,000 for
programs for a generation of children being left behind.
With the fragile peace talks between the Ugandan Government and the Lord's
Resistance Army set to resume today, your voice matters more than ever.
Getting involved in GuluWalk is an excellent way to be heard and to make a
real difference in the lives of these abandoned children.
Click here for a list of cities that held a GuluWalk last year. If you would
like to get involved in a walk in 2007, or if you are interested in starting
a walk in another city, please contact:
Andrea McKinlay. GuluWalk Event Coordinator
andrea (at) guluwalk.com
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The plight of the children in northern Uganda sparked the idea for GuluWalk,
a 31-day night commute in support of these children. Every evening in July
of 2005, Adrian Bradbury and Kieran Hayward walked 12.5 kilometers into
downtown Toronto to sleep in front of city hall. At sunrise, after about
fours hours sleep, they made the trek home. Both men continued to work
full-time and attempted to maintain their usual daily routine, to mimic the
lifestyle endured by the Acholi children of northern Uganda.
What started as an attempt by two people to better understand the ordeal of
the children of northern Uganda, has now grown into an impassioned worldwide
movement for peace. For its success in 2006, GuluWalk was recognized by the
NonProfit Times -- a New York-based publication -- as one of the 'World's
Best Fundraisers' in its year-end review.
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For more information visit www.guluwalk.com
Todd Devlin, Communications Officer
Athletes for Africa & GuluWalk
todd (at) guluwalk.com
III. Fidelity Out of Sudan
In the US, there are a lot of student and community movements dedicated to
ending the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. One of the big campaigns now is getting
companies to divest from Sudan to put pressure on the Sudanese government to
commit to ending the conflict. (I don't know what I think of this campaign
yet, but I'm passing on the information anyway in case anyone's interested.)
One of the company-specific campaigns is called Fidelity Out of Sudan, where
'Fidelity' refers to 'Fidelity Investments.' You can view more information
at www.fidelityoutofsudan.net . There
are going to be a bunch of students from New York, USA and New Jersey, USA
protesting and handing out information to businesspeople on Wall Street in
New York's financial district on Tuesday 24 April. If you're interested in
this and want to organize a Sudan divestment campaign on your campus
(regardless of whether or not you're studying in the US), please let me know
and I'll get you in contact with people that know more about this/can help
Thanks, and keep posting,
ProteanArt (at) aol.com