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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Jeunesse Canada Monde
4824 Cote des Neiges
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3V 1 64
Tel: (514) 342-6880

AIMS

To reinforce among young people their appreciation and understanding of their own country pius a desire to contribute to its development through its own resources and traditions.

To foster their understanding and acceptance of individuals and cultures with values different from their own.

To enable them to understand the realities of development in Canada and a developing country as well as the interdependence of people and nations.

METHODS

Groups of 7 Canadians and 7 participants from a developing country live for 3 months in communities from each country; they do volunteer work and development education researches on site. This experimental learning program involves 17-20 year olds in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

SUCCESSES

Development of an effective educational process in a non-formal setting. We have been able to attract more professional field staff in recent years. Continual improvement of the clarity of our educational objectives as well as the educational structures and tools which best facilitate their achievement. Improved ongoing dialogue with our exchange country counterparts.

FAILURES

Inability to plan programming on a 2-4 year basis, due to uncertainty of funding.

Lack of links and collaboration with other development organizations.

FUTURE PLANS

Increase our educational impact on Canadian communities.

Make our activities more atuned to the needs of our exchange country counterparts.

Evaluate more thoroughly participants and communities’ learning from the program.

HELP NEEDED

Any written resources or experiences related to development education and cross-cultural experiences.

Staff with experience in non-formal education, cross-cultural/developing countries situations and work with youth.

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Intercare,
49 Melton Road,
Leicester
Tel: (0533) 667326

AIMS

To interest people in this country in helping rural health workers in Africa, particularly African Religious Sisters who are in direct contact with the people. To salvage as much as possible of the £9½ million worth of medical drug samples which are unused in this country every year.

METHODS

We collect medical samples from doctors and hospitals all over Great Britain and sort, repackage and despatch parcels of suitable drugs free of charge to small medical units in Africa run by indigenous Sisters. We send suitable village health care handbooks as these become available to enable the Sisters to educate families in nutrition, hygiene and preventive medicine. We offer hospitality advice and friendship to any African Sister studying here.

SUCCESSES

Since 1974 we have sent £750,000 worth of carefully selected medical supplies to over 100 small medical units in rural Africa. This frees money to use on preventive work. We have sent 3,500 village health care books to village health workers in rural Africa.

FAILURES

We salvage only 10% of the valuable medical supplies which are wasted every year in this country. We have been unable to employ enough staff to process more medical supplies.

FUTURE PLANS

We do not wish to become large and lose the personal touch which is characteristic of our work but we now employ a co-ordinator to train volunteers in the processing of medical supplies as well as publicity work and thus increase considerably the services we can offer.

HELP NEEDED

People with skill in raising regular funds. Local volunteers to work under the coordinator to increase our effective output. We also need official collectors of medical supplies on a regular basis.

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Life Style Movement
c/o John West,
14 Clifford Road
Sheffield 9AQ
Tel: (0742) 550198

AIMS

To alert those of us in the rich nations to the threat which our present way of life poses for the survival of the human family.

To work to combat the injustice of extremes of wealth and poverty, the widespread pollution of our environment and the wasteful consumption of the world’s resources.

To bind ourselves in a common discipline, to live more simply so that all may simply live.

METHODS

We are a non-party-political, not specifically religious movement. Believing that change begins with the individual, we offer guidelines not rules. Members therefore work out for themselves how best to further our aims. Some meet regularly in small cells, for support and to plan action, or work as members of campaigning organisations or choose the difficult task of living more simply as individuals. All are committed to a less consuming lifestyle, seeking to enjoy and share what we have and to give freely of money, time and resources.

SUCCESSES

Horace Dammers, our founder, published Life Style: A Parable of Sharing. Some cells have prospered, some have formed small cooperatives to share health foods. Newsletters appear quarterly. Fact sheets have been produced on the Arms Race, Economics, Energy etc. Several conferences are held every year.

FAILURES

We are still too small to make much impact in effecting change and some members have felt isolated. We have not shared activities with other groups.

FUTURE PLANS

To produce fact sheets on development, conservation, unemployment and health, to promote discussion and understanding. To work more closely with kindred groups, especially the ‘Future in Our Hands’ movement.

HELP NEEDED

Publicity to expand, and writers to inspire wider collaboration.

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