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1%CLUB

An ecofriendly solution for ground water pollution by human faeces

Non polluting ecosan toilet

De 1%CLUB is a Dutch online marketplace for development projects. The projects are small and concrete.One asks only 1% of people’s time or money to invest in projects of one’s own choice from a list of ‘project owners’. So far only Dutch ‘owners’ could ask for support through the 1%CLUB’s website (see link attached). From January 1 foreign based organizations (NGOs and CBO’s) are invited to directly apply for 1% support.

AMAIDI is going to apply for funds for an ecosan toilet for its own project: AMAIDI Child Care Center in the slums of Cuddalore Old Town in Tamil Nadu. In addition to fundraise activities currently undertaken by Miriam and Lisanne van Zwol and Machteld Wit from the Netherlands, members of the Dutch Support Group of our CCC. The current toilet is not only insufficient for the 15 children and staff, it also pollutes the ground water close to the center. An ecosan toilet will keep the faeces not only separated from the soil (catching it in an above ground  container), it turns it into compost, usable for the (future) vegetable garden. The advantages for the children and staff from there on are obvious!

Join us by checking in the website of the 1%CLUB. After 1 Jan the international website will be operation. Be sure to come back by then and give as much as you can.

We hope for the best,

Regards,

Camille & Jansi

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Unaterra Project

AMAIDI is entering in a new partnership with an Italian organization called Unaterra Project, based in Ginestra in the province of Potenza in the south, with Fabrizio Caputo as CEO.

In a nutshell: the aim of Unaterra Project is the implementation of sustainable development projects in the developing world. To achieve this aim Unaterra supports local communities with integrated projects in the energy conservation- and development sectors. Their methodology is designed to cover all phases of a project from identifying potential investors to working with the local beneficiaries.

Unaterra Project is located in Ginestra

Potenza, home province of Unaterra Project

Unaterra  focuses on three main themes: sustainable development projects, climate change and international volunteering. One month ago Unaterra approached AMAIDI with a request to join their global network. Their aim is to provide a human resource platform for local NGO’s through sending out expert volunteers and to create a network of people eager to work for local sustainable development.

AMAIDI hopes to tap into the Italian volunteering market through its alliance with Unaterra. Contacts with Unaterra through Fabrizio are warm and promising.

Filed under: international volunteers, needs, new partner, professionals, projects, sending organization, voluntary work, worldvolunteer, ,

New Partners

AMAIDI regularly receives requests from Indian NGOs to join our partner network. We recently admitted two new partners: a small orphanage in Thiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu) and an NGO, focussing on Tribal welfare activities, in the State of Orissa. It is our policy to visit potential partners that have sent us an application to join AMAIDI and to assess ‘at situ’ what the organization’s needs are that could be matched with coming volunteers; and to ascertain that the potential partner will well receive, guide and in other ways help the volunteer in adjusting to India (if not already gone through at AMAIDI) and to his/her work assignment.  We do ask a lot of our partners in terms of guidance, as from feedback we learned that ‘guidance is everything’.  

Filed under: new partner, projects, voluntary work

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