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Click here for our featured 2014 volunteer trips

Rebuilding Rwanda: 20th anniversary of the genocide

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. During the approximate 100 day period from April 7 to mid-July, 1994, an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. This summer, you can honour the country's efforts to rebuild for a peaceful and sustainable future by contributing to a development project.

Join Team Leader, Michael Loeters, from July 12th - 26th, 2014, as you and your fellow teammates continue construction on the Covaga Innovation Centre in the rural village of Gashora located in the District of Bugesera, an area that was the epicentre of the genocide. This centre will provide economic opportunities for a cooperative of weavers as well as agricultural initiatives and environmental innovations. For more information about this all-ages short term volunteer experience, please visit our Rwanda webpage or contact our office.

30 homes rebuilt in the Philippines thanks to you!

Thanks to generous donors like you, we sent $8,251 to our Host Partner in the Philippines, Rise Above Foundation Cebu, to assist with Typhoon Haiyan relief and rebuilding efforts. Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it was known locally) wiped out or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept ashore in the Philippines on November 8th, 2013.

Rise Above reacted quickly to the disaster and immediately headed to Tabogon, a district on the east coast of Cebu Island approximately 90 kilometres northeast of Cebu City, to begin relief efforts. This area was hit hard and almost all of the homes in the 27 barangays (districts) of Tabogon were destroyed.

Using funds from our DWC typhoon relief fund and other donations, Rise Above created 325 aid packs and delivered them to families in two of the worst hit barangays in the area, Camoboan and Salag. These aid packs included canned goods, water, sleeping mats, bath soap, laundry soap, medicine, bandages, and tarps to be used for temporary shelters. After initial relief efforts, Rise Above started to rebuild homes for those identified as most in need: single mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities. In total, Rise Above completed 30 homes with plans for another 30 in the immediate future.

Project Spotlight: UNAKO Community Centre in Nepal

Developing World Connections is partnered with Creating Possibilities and Inter-cultural Women's Education Network (IWEN) to help build a community centre in Chainpur called UNAKO (It's Hers). This community centre will provide work and literacy programs for young women bought out of bonded labour. It will also be home to a computer training centre, two retail stores, and sewing machines for UNAKO scarf making. The project will also involve installing 36 solar panels that will provide 10kWs of solar capacity to the centre. We are currently looking for donations to help complete this project, which is referred to as Project Dignity since it will help restore self-worth for these formally enslaved women.

Click here to listen to U30 team leaders, Maddie Adams and Miles Marchand, speak about this project on CBC's radio program, Daybreak Kamloops

Click here to contribute to Project Dignity

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