News from 2017
Abusers and human traffickers work to isolate women by taking away their social support systems and their ability to earn an income. That’s why it’s so important to provide these women with a safe space to learn, build confidence, and heal. Through our new Human Rights Project in Bolivia, Projects Abroad is working in collaboration with the Sayariy Warmi centre in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to provide such a space.
Projects Abroad Conservation Project volunteers and the staff at Taricaya Ecological Reserve have been working to protect Peru’s critically endangered spectacled bear. After three successful bear rescues, in partnership with Animal Defenders International, Projects Abroad staff welcomed a fourth spectacled bear to the reserve in February 2017.
Projects Abroad launched a Disaster Relief Project in Nepal in June 2015, following the devastating earthquakes that hit the country in April and May of that year. In just 20 months after the project started, volunteers from around the world reached the goals set out by Projects Abroad: to rebuild classrooms for children affected by the earthquakes.
The Projects Abroad Micro-finance Project in Ghana will be moving from Akuapem Hills to Cape Coast in April 2017 to provide support to entrepreneurs at a leprosy camp and empower business women in a local fishing community.
The annual Projects Abroad Teacher Training Project in Peru, organised in conjunction with the Peruvian Ministry of Education, has gone from strength to strength, with the January 2017 intake attracting over 700 enrolments – 300 more than in previous years.
This past December marked 10 years since the Cochabanner became the official magazine published by the Projects Abroad Journalism project in Bolivia. The Cochabanner is the only free English-language publication in Cochabamba, and it has taken over a niche in the Cochabamba community among expats, English-language students, and locals simply looking to retain or improve their current language skills.