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Office visits from project partners
Regular visits with our project partners - whether In-Country or Australian - are an important aspect of ongoing two-way communication with our project partners and keeping up to date. We look forward to visits from many of our project partners throughout the year - although we don't always have time to post them on our website but most are mentioned in our regular Members Update emails.
Update from Tacloban regarding J519 Centre for Change
If you wish to help support those at the Centre for Change, you can do so by giving a tax deductible donation at www.gdg.org.au/J519N (general) or www.gdg.org.au/J519B (reconstruction).
Update: 26 November, 5pm
This afternoon we held a meeting with Ps Chris Aiton and Ps Jim Cameron. They were in the Philippines at the project site in Burauen, Leyte last week and will return again on Thursday with a builder to properly assess the situation (rebuilding requirements, cost, source of supplies etc).
The rebuilding programme must be structured. We have had correspondence from so many of you wanting to help. What we would like you to do is to let Chris relate to you. Let us know what you can do and then he will coordinate it so that the rebuilding will go as efficiently as possible.
Of course we need funds to do the rebuilding and estimate the cost to be between $500,000 and $750,000. Your donation will really be appreciated. The infrastructure for significant reconstruction includes 15 buildings. Just to be helpful to you in your giving, we have opened J519B for donations specifically for the reconstruction: www.gdg.org.au/J519B
Update: 25 November, 2pm
Margaret has advised that she picked up boxes of relief on Friday (22/11) & has sent them to the Centre & local community. She is currently in Cebu where she has access to internet and will buy more needed to supplies for the relief and recovery efforts at the Centre (more tenting to cover roofs, mosquito nets and ladders).
Update: 22 November, 10:45am
Our partner organisation, ICM (J700N), has been able to supply Margaret and the Centre with 100 boxes of food assistance today which is 21,600 meals.
Updates on Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Situation
Updated: 27 November 2013, 11am
On Friday 8th November, 'Super Typhoon Haiyan' (the strongest typhoon in the region's recorded history) left devastation in its wake across the eastern provinces of the Philippines. Thousands are feared dead with thousands more missing, and hundreds of thousands left homeless without access to shelter, clean drinking water or food.
Make a tax deductible donation* to our Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal (Project J052N)
Global Development Group has a number of projects in the Philippines; we will be providing project updates here as they become available. At this stage communication is difficult due to the infrastructural damage caused by Haiyan.
- J342 (GDG Crossroads Development Assistance Project): Crossroads is a project partner who will be providing assistance to our Philippines’ projects impacted by the disaster. Currently a container of emergency goods is being loaded and sent to J700N ICM for tomorrow, with another shipment next week. They will also provide assistance to J519 Centre for Change with a supply of kitchen and hygiene kits and other relief items. There is a possibility for J342 to further assist the Centre for Change during the rebuilding stage.
- J357 (Joshua Care International): Sharon Del Valle and her JCI team are traveling to Leyte this afternoon to provide food parcels and medical assistance to the community. They are operating outside of the main port areas to communities with minimal access to the relief effort. They are traveling with people who are familiar with the area and have provided good vehicles to use.
- J519 (Centre for Change): Margaret Pashley has advised all are safe at the Centre based Tacloban. One child has been admitted to hospital. 4 houses have been spared. Significant rebuilding required at the project – damage done to skill training centre, admin building, 7 children’s homes, and main auditorium/school building.There is a need for builders and electricians. The centre has been able to purchase food supplies for the beneficiaries. They are now able to access Tacloban for additional supplies (rice). ICM (J700N) has been able to coordinate the delivery of 100 boxes of food assistance to the Centre - around 21,600 meals.
- J614N (Fresh Hope for Families Philippines): Dina Tuquero and Jane Tan have advised that casualty rate is very, very minimal. Only one staff and one beneficiary have families in the badly affected area.
- J700N (ICM Community Development Initiatives): Their teams have advised us that 3 project locations have been affected (Negros Occidental, northern Palawan and Panay) – the typhoon took the life of 1 of the kindergarten students participating in the project. The project has identified the need for emergency accommodation for 700 families whose homes are gone. Immediate needs are food, medication, and clean water. ICM is helping to assist other NGOs with food distribution – they have already given more than 1.4 million meals to partner NGOs who are primarily focused on Tacloban/Samar/Leyte (626,000 meals), Cebu (551,000 meals) and Panay 264,000 meals).
- J767 (Lapoc Development Project, Stage2): Paul Howells has advised they are not in the affected area and are all okay.
- J802N (WFP GDG Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] Emergency Relief Project): Global Development Group has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Australia for the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Emergency Relief Project. WFP is working closely with the Philippines government on relief efforts. Since 13th November, WFP has dispatched more than 4,000 metric tons of rice and 127 metric tons of high energy biscuits for distribution to beneficiaries – including those in isolated areas through airlifts, ferry services and trucks. 1,012 metric tons of relief and support supplies (tents, newborn kids, hygiene kits, mobile storage units, IT equipment) have been flown in to the Philippines from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots, managed by WFP, in Dubai (UAE), Subang (Malaysia) and Brindisi (Italy). The WFP-led Emergency Telecoms Cluster is providing shared IT services including internet connections, radio communications and printing facilities to around 1,000 humanitarian workers in 10 locations.
- J804 (Destiny Rescue Emergency Relief, Philippines): Global Development Group has partnered with Destiny Rescue in a new relief proejct in teh disaster zone that will assess vulnerable children & their families. More information to come.
You can also give to our general Typhoon Haiyan relief fund at www.gdg.org.au/TyphoonAppeal (or click the 'Donate Now' button above)
(*gifts over $2 with a preference for this appeal are tax deductible; any excess funds will be applied to other approved project activities. Map sourced from: The Australian at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/super-typhoon-haiyan-tears-philippines-apart/story-e6frg6so-1226756953316).
WFP Partnership for Haiyan Relief Effort - Families in the Philippines need your help!
Photos provided by WFP. © WFP /Anthong Chase Lim 2013. Used with the permission of the WFP.
As you read this, the Philippines is dealing with the catastrophic effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms to ever hit land. Just hours ago, we received the latest update from our WFP colleagues on the ground of the critical situation. There are millions of people who urgently need help and we only expect the numbers to rise.
After the Super Typhoon hit, WFP was operational immediately, setting up logistics pipelines to transport food and other relief items for the entire humanitarian community. Alongside our partners, we are ensuring that 2.5 million people will receive nutritious food. In these early stages of the emergency, we are providing High Energy Biscuits since they are easy to transport and need no cooking. As the emergency develops, we will move to general food distribution of rice, oil and beans.
In partnership with GDG, WFP have opened project J802N Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Emergency Relief, so Australians can make tax deductible donations for our EMOP. WFP needs over USD$80 million dollars to deliver live saving food and assistance for the next six months.
Please join WFP and GDG to stand beside the people of the Philippines. Without your support, we won't be able to reach the millions of people who urgently need our help. Donate now
Joshua Care International's "Christmas Dinner For A Cause" 2013
On Saturday 9th November, our project partners Joshua Care International held their annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner for Project J357 at Michael’s Oriental in Brisbane.
The event was attended by around 200 guests – including 5 Global Development Group staff members.
2013 ACFID Council
ACFID’s Council 2013 was held from 30th October – 1st November at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.
Global Development Group, as an active member of ACFID, sent seven representatives to participate in the event.
The Council brought together representatives from NGOs, government departments, universities and other sectors of the community to explore how the Australian development sector can assist people living in poverty and help them achieve long-term positive change.
The event included the first public address to the development sector by the Hon. Julie Bishop MP in her new role as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
International Grasslands Congress 2013
From the 15th to the 19th of September, several GDG project staff attended the International Grasslands Congress held in Sydney.
GDG was invited to sponsor the event, as the theme of the 2013 conference is “Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities” particularly focusing on smallholder farmers in the developing world.
GDG Monitoring Trip - Southern Tanzania - July 2013
In July, our East Africa team (Carey Westwood & Martha Waithaka), travelled from their Nairobi office to Njelela in neighbouring Tanzania to visit Project J768. The team travelled with the project’s Australian partners Les & Bronwyn Mutton.
GDG Monitoring Trip - Sri Lanka - June 2013
In June 2013, our Indian Subcontinent team monitored GDG projects in Sri Lanka for almost two weeks. The monitoring team included Samantha Robb (Project Officer - India, Sri Lanka and Nepal), Flora Chong (Assistant Project Officer), as well as MV and Leena Thomas (GDG India Representatives).
J759N Schools for Excellence - Duncan Ward Receives Award
Global Development Group would like to congratulate Duncan Ward (CEO of Classroom of Hope, GDG Australian Partner for project J759N Schools for Excellence) for winning the 2013 Talent Unleashed Impact Award on the 10th of May, presented by Sir Richard Branson.
GDG Monitoring Trip- Cambodia/Laos - February 2013
Geoff and Betty Armstrong and Lisa Low visited Cambodia in February. The first event was a get together with the Cambodian staff, Peta Thomas, Nigel and Debbie Doughan and Makara Kin.
The major event was a great network meeting with 60 Global Development Group partners present and a highlight was the Global Development Group World view – although we also had other great partner speakers
In-Country Representatives Conference - October 2012
This year GDG held its third In-Country Representatives Conference for members of the GDG team who work with GDG within their countries.
Over a couple of weeks the In-country and Australian representatives came to get on the ground training at the Brisbane office and then concluded the period with a three day intensive conference help by GDG.
Visit from Geoff Tooth (Australian High Commissioner for East Africa)
On Thursday 5th July 2012, GDG had a visit from Geoff Tooth the Australian High Commissioner for East Africa
From left to right: Sam Major, Geoff Armstrong, Betty Armstrong, Brenda Pearson, Geoff Tooth, Ofelia Luscombe