Malawi: Volunteers reviving seedlings in Dunduzu Primary School

Working the field

Tuesday was glorious.

There was a sense of release and catharsis among the team today as the group, finally, were able to swap the tedium and frustration of planning for blisters and sunburn working out in the field.

Malawi: Think Green, Think Sapitwa!

The March – June placement is the second team of Progressio’s International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers to continue to lead on the project in Mulanje district under wildlife and Environmental society of Malawi (WESM) in partnership with Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT).

My story as a national Progressio ICS volunteer in Honduras

My name is Kenia Belinda Meza and I live in San Nicolás, Intibuca.

It all started suddenly when I and my team were invited, for the first time, to participate in a women’s football tournament in the community of Belén. We did very well and we won the tournament.

I did not know anyone in Jóvenes Liderando Cambios (JLC), a local organisation, but a group of young British volunteers in the community grabbed my attention. I was curious to ask and find out more about JLC, but did not have enough time at that moment, and I did not dare to approach the organisation.

Young people count

"The young panelist from the event on bringing the voices from young people is following me on twitter! I will facebook that straight away!"

This generation, having grown up with social media and a different vocabulary from the one that was in popular use less than 20 minutes ago (things change fast!), is excited. Being a participant at a UN conference and discovering New York is only one side of the coin. What excited the young delegates at this year's CSW most is the experience of their ideas and views being recognised and treated as important. 

Haiti: “May our country be reborn at last!”

Progressio welcomes a statement issued last month by the Jesuits of Haiti, to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

Four years on, despite all the international attention and billions in aid, the Jesuits’ statement outlines how “the hope that Haiti was finally going to know better days” has not been realised:

Haiti: How people are holding the government to account

Despite the fact that there are still some signs of the earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital city, nearly three and a half years ago, new buildings are going up everywhere and the sounds of drills and hammers provide an apt soundtrack everywhere we go. There is a sense of ordered chaos in Port au Prince, where the traffic jams last for miles and people hop on and off Tak-Taks that lurch from the pavement and back into the traffic with little notice, if any, given to other drivers.

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