New Internationalist

Ideas For Action

Issue 121

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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Parivar Seva Sanstha

Parivar Seva Sanstha
AIMO House, 1-E/11 Jhandewalan Ext, New Delhi 11055, India
Tel: New Delhi 520 235

AIMS

To awaken within the Indian woman an awareness of her right to control the number of pregnancies she has and the consequent size of her family.

To provide a full range of family planning services, including surgical contraception and abortion, regardless of caste, creed or economic status

METHODS

In Northern India the Society’s seven Marie Stopes Family Planning Clinics are promoted through an aggressive social marketing programme with advertising in the press, the cinema and hoardings etc. A comprehensive information, education and communications project takes our message to the community using puppet shows. street theatre and songs about planned families and the effects of excessive population growth. In the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh we hold family planning’ camps’ into which we integrate the activities of other broad-based development agencies.

SUCCESSES

The above has been accomplished in just three years since our registration as an Indian Voluntary Agency in 1979. We have now firmly established ourselves as a caring family planning organisation which is respected by both the population at large and the Government of India

FAILURES

The expansion of our rural extension programme has been slow due to inadequate donor support for this aspect of our programme.

FUTURE PLANS

A first trimester abortion training programme for registered medical practitioners is to be launched later this year. We are investigating the possibilities of establishing a contraceptive social marketing project in Uttar Pradesh. In due course we hope to establish a Family Planning Training Programme to include simulation games and teachers information packs.

HELP NEEDED

We desperately need volunteers to show support for our cause. We are keen to receive suggestions from interested individuals and agencies with ideas for innovative family planning programmes.

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Canadian Save the Children Fund

Canadian Save the Children Fund
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400. Toronto, Ontario M55 2W3, Canada
Tel: (416) 960 3190

AIMS

To help children regardless of race, religion or political status.

To provide technical and financial aid to developing countries.

To initiate community programs in developing countries that can improve the quality of child care, education, nutrition, preventive medicine, housing and agriculture.

To help Canadian Indians through community programs and university scholarships.

METHODS

CANSAVE cooperates with agencies with which it has existing relationships to help evolve integrated community-based programs from traditional child welfare programs.

CANSAVE initiates projects through the appointment of a Field Director to plan, assess community’ needs, select projects, train local leaders, evaluate programs and create community organisations that will provide ongoing support

SUCCESSES

Three major programs have been initiated in the past four years. Accomplishments in Haiti include a portable water system, community farming and nutrition centre. In St Lucia and Grenada autonomous community-based organizations have evolved from traditional child welfare programs. In Nicaragua 350 children were helped through the ‘Chavalito’ program for abused/abandoned children and expansion now includes day care, a goat farm, a brick factory’ and participation in a reconstruction project to rebuild homes and schools destroyed by hurricanes. In Upper Volta extensive groundwork has been laid in the Ziou

region for water projects and preventive medicine.

FAILURES

Premature involvement in the Nicaragua program. Sectoral programming proved an ineffective method of development Consequently an integrated methodology is being developed.

FUTURE PLANS

Consolidation of international programming will allow for more efficient use of funds. This will be achieved through termination or phasing Out of some programs and by focusing attention on existing programs to encourage them to develop and expand.

HELP NEEDED

CAN SAVE has a unique volunteer network of 5,000 Canadians. Volunteers and staff working together raise over 54 million a year. We welcome your involvement.

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World Runners

World Runners
41 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4D1.

AIMS

To communicate through jogging, running and competing that the end of world hunger is an idea whose time has come.

To create an environment that supports individuals who choose to do something about ending world hunger.

To enroll dedicated athletes to be in the forefront of the fight against malnutrition and starvation worldvvide.

METHOD

By wearing the distinctive World Runners T-shirt vest with its ’End World Hunger’ logo, its message becomes an increasingly familiar sight at events and marathons.

A co-ordinating committee sets the targets and agrees which organisations will benefit from the sponsorship of individual runners.

SUCCESSES

Over one million US dollars raised world-wide for organisations concerned with ending starvation. Four hundred UK members have raised over £30,000.

World Runners completed the 1981 London Marathon, raising £8,600 for Somalia and East Africa relief. World Runners from several countries completed the Paris Marathon in aid of Oxfam, the Hunger Project, and other organisations. £7,600 was raised for Action Aid by World Runners competing in the 1981 New York Marathon. and 86 World Runners completed the London Marathon last year and were individually sponsored.

FAILURES

While recognising that only governments and international agencies can meet human need on the massive scale needed, they will only’ act as fast as the people they’ represent move them. In spite of encouragement, approval and support from many quarters. World Runners has not yet made the impact of which it is capable.

FUTURE PLANS

To extend World Runners into every’ town and county in the UK. To see that it becomes a part of every sports centre, club and athletics association in the country. To promote fund raising activities and sponsorship for hunger organisations. charities and educational bodies dealing with Third World problems.

HELP NEEDED

Volunteers to become Area Representatives. People, whether athletes or not, to enroll members, arrange meetings, and to plan local activities. Life membership £7.

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