Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Where I'll be going and who i'll be working with (CCS)

The parent organization:

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
CARE International is one of the world’s top three aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in 70 countries around the world and helping 48 million people each year to find routes out of poverty.
Our mission is to create lasting change in poor communities and we put money where it is needed most: more than 90 pence in every pound donated goes directly overseas. That’s one of the highest rates among all the UK aid agencies.
With more than 60 years’ practical and hands-on experience, our programmes tackle the deep-seated root causes of poverty, not just the consequences. Just two examples of the way we do this are helping farmers to grow their own food and helping people start small businesses.

The volunteer organization:

CARE Corps Abroad offers a unique opportunity for select groups of CARE supporters to visit our life-changing projects in person. You'll learn more about CARE's work to empower women and fight global poverty while getting firsthand experience at community service with our partner Cross-Cultural Solutions   To find out how your group can volunteer with CARE Corps Abroad, email or call 1-800-521-CARE. 

I'll be abbreviating Cross Cultural Solutions in my blog as 'CCS'

Our mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

At the local NGO level in Moshi, Tanzania, I am assigned by cross-cultural solutions, based on assessment of my profile, skills and educational background:

WEECE- Women’s Education and Economic Center, NGO- working towards women’s empowerment -

I still have no idea what they will be asking me what to do on the ground. I do know that WEECE has multiple divisions, one area is for health education (namely HIV/AIDS) , micro-finance, legal issues & administration, and teaching computers and/or craft skills.