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Ideas For Action

Issue 96

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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Canadian Hunger Foundation
323 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada, KIN 7Z2
Telephone: (613) 237-0180

AIMS
To assist developing countries in rural development, helping communities in those countries help themselves.

To involve the public in the task of putting improved methods of food production, preservation and processing in the hands of developing countries on a self-help basis.

To emphasize the use and development of technologies appropriate to local objectives.

METHODS
We work together with local grass-roots associations. They identify their own needs, resources and aspirations and make a contribution in cash or in kind. Projects haveincluded increasing the milk productivity of herds by cross-breeding, expanding irrigation with locally made well-drilling equipment, improving produce marketing and distribution through cooperatively-run stores and increasing rice-processing capacity with more effective drying and hulling machines and better storage. We are also active in development education for Canadians and seek funds from the private sector and from various levels of government.

SUCCESSES
A project in Kenya stores and serves piped water over 200 square miles to 160,000 people for agricultural and domestic use. Cross-breeding in India has meant higher milk yield and improved standards for one-cow families.

FAILURES
A hydroponics unit in the Dominican Republic meant to increase vegetable production - imported fertilizers became too expensive. Alternatives have not been found.

FUTURE PLANS
Regional Volunteer Committees will be created. A second volume of our Handbook on Appropriate Technology (in three languages) will be published soon. We shall support a long-term Agricultural Reconstruction Programme in the Dominican Republic (80% of whose agriculture was recently destroyed by hurricanes).

HELP NEEDED
We need active members and contacts, research, services and opinions from those experienced in all areas pertaining to food, agriculture and appropriate technology.

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New Zealand Catholic Commission for Evangelization Justice and Development
P.0. Box 2450, Christchurch
New Zealand

AIMS
To promote justice and human development by working with and for the poor and oppressed in New Zealand and overseas.

To collaborate with others in exposing causes of injustice and oppression.

To educate and challenge the Church about its expressed yet often theoretical commitment to justice, development and peace.

METHODS
There is a small national secretariat, national executive, regional committees and local groups. Local groups are usually 'specialist' in character. For example, one city has seven such groups: Womens', Local Justice, International Justice, Peace, Mission, Projects and Education.

The Education group provides programmes for secondary schools and church groups. The emphasis is on justice, demonstrating how this is at the heart of the teachings of our religion.

The Commission funds projects, local and overseas, and works with the National Council of Churches to sponsor visits from overseas activists and teachers.

We co-operate with local peace and anti-apartheid groups by:-

- solidarity in actions, (e.g. marches and demonstrations),

- assistance with finance. We work closely with other aid and development agencies.

Resources for development are shared through participation in Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific.

The Commission often has a voiceindebates on serious issues, contributing through media discussion, submissions to government and dissemination of pertinent information.

SUCCESSES
The 'partnership' concept is taking root. There is growing understanding of the links between justice issues at home and overseas. The awareness of peace issues is gathering momentum. The vitality and durability of local groups gives hope.

FAILURES
Communication with many Church people is difficult. We need to translate the idealism and vision into creative actions and involve others.

FUTURE PLANS
To put more emphasis on factual analysis of our society.

To try to learn from the Maori people in our land with the hope of creating a more human, caring and just society.

HELP NEEDED
Simply, more people to become involved, share our vision and work with us.

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Third World Publications
151 Stratford Road
Birmingham B111 RD
Telephone: 021-773 6572

AIMS
To make materials from and about the Third World available in order to create a greater awareness of the issues involved. To reverse the information flow from the West to the Third World. To support Third World publishers by distributing their books in the West.

METHODS
We promote and distribute books and pamphlets both from and about the Third World on a wholesale basis (mainly by representing publications to bookshops throughout the UK), and by mail order to libraries, organisations, individuals and overseas customers. Our catalogue is available free on request.

Thud World Publications is run as a co-operative by a staff of four full-time workers, plus part-time workers and volunteers.

SUCCESSES
Third World Publications was set up in 1972 and increases the number of publications sold each year by at least 25 per cent. We have helped increase the interest in Third World issues by offering a unique range of publications to people with very varied interests and involvements.

We have succeeded in increasing the range of Third World materials accepted by book-sellers (including pamphlets), from the alternative bookshop through to the major outlets such as Foyles, Dillons, Hudsons and W. H. Smith. We have found markets for many publications that would not otherwise have been imported or distributed in the UK.

FAILURES
We are unable to advertise and promote our services as widely as we would like due to a shortage of funds. We have tried in the past to aim at too many markets given our limited resources.

FUTURE PLANS
To concentrate on getting the books into bookshops and libraries. To identify more closely the markets we are aiming at. To increase the number of Third World and UK publishers we represent.

HELP NEEDED
Please notify us of books and pamphlets you recommend we should consider for distribution in the UK.

Order development and Third World books and pamphlets through local bookshops and libraries to show that the demand exists.

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