Hungary - Melanie and Girl Guides visit Hungary

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Three years ago, Ruth Riggs,( GirlGuide and Rangers leader) and I had just talked about the possibility of taking Guides and Rangers, from Stoke-on-Trent, out to Hungary to the poor villages, to experience the poverty, at. It was suggested that maybe the girls could interact with the children, and do some activities with them. Music and dance, games and sport is always the best introduction to our children in underprivileged villages in Hungary and Romania. August 10th this year was the planned date.

The girls were excited and apprehensive at the same time. Ruths husband Liam, drove one of the 3 cars that we hired, to take us from Budapest, up to the Romanian Borders.

Dani and Kati Beri, the Pastors of the local village Church, recieved them with open arms and a very warm welcome. Hungarian hospitality is first class, and the girls enjoyed eating true Hungarian Goulash on their arrival.

On the way, I took the girls to Bag, to see Ishtvan and David, and the people in the little village under the mountain. There we did a little programme of singing and dancing, and head, shoulders, knees, and toes, went down great

The next stop was in Hadjunnanas, to meet my friend Balasz, who works with special needs children. They were camping in a park area, and we were asked to join them. There were children in wheel chairs, and some of the bigger children had autism, and all them from very poor homes. There were a lot of Romany children. The parents were not allowed in, and waited all day outside on the grass. No Roma allowed. Once again the girls did their, head shoulders, knees and toes. I did a sketch about 3 men with disabilities. We ate together, potatoes, and paprika, and onion, it was delicious(fenom).....washed down with peach juice.

The weather was extremely hot, and the air was void of oxygen, or so it seemed. We continued up to Nyirbeltek, where we arrived around about 8.30pm..

The Girls had their first experience of another world, and another culture, and of a people who love with passion, regardless of their financial status, and living conditions.

Bulgaria - Snejana's logo for A Ray of Hope for September

Nigeria - Resource Sharing Network from Anu

Friday, August 27, 2010

We hope to intimate you of our students' progress thus far. Remember, that this year:
-We did pair over 30 SSS 3students with Young Professionals

-We sponsored tutorial classes of two Mentees

-We bought the 2010 GCE form for 21disadvantaged students! etc
Now, that the WAEC results' out....

A Mentee got this result....English C5; Maths B2; Physics C4; Chemistry C6; Biology D7; Agric B3.

2 others secred admission into higher institution of their choice
But, We're Still Counting....and, we just want to say.....THANK YOU for your support!!

Belarus - Thank you to Graham

Thank you to Graham for his most generous support of  "mega footballs" destined for Special School for Diagnostics and Development, Belarus and one other location yet to be determined.

Nigeria Mentor/Mentee from Anu

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

20+ Ways to be a Great Mentor

1. Commit to at least one year with your mentee

2. Demonstrate to your mentee that you are consistent, dependable, and trustworthy

3. Consistently act in ways that are ethical to earn the trust of your mentee

4. Know the mission of your mentoring provider organization

5. Always follow the guidelines of your mentoring provider organization

6. Value the diverse economic, cultural, and religious traits of your mentee

7. Maintain regular contact with your mentoring provider organization to ensure effective mentoring practices

8. Have fun with your mentee as you learn together – mentoring should not be all work and no play

9. Do not criticize the staff or faculty of your mentoring provider organization in front of your mentee

10. Do less talking and more listening so your mentee can share his/her thoughts

11. Do not make inappropriate remarks about your mentee’s family

12. Be a positive role model in both word and deed

13. Never engage in inappropriate physical contact with your mentee

14. Maintain a cheerful and positive attitude with your mentee

15. Support community efforts to encourage volunteerism

16. Never violate the law or organizational codes of conduct

17. Keep conversations confidential between you and your mentee

18. Be an advisor, not a preacher

19. Be a sympathetic listener, not a psychologist

20. Be a friend, not a surrogate parent

21. Talk to a teacher, counselor, or the mentoring provider organization if your mentee has problems you cannot help with

22. Refrain from profanity or other inappropriate speech

23. Know that “thank you” may come in the form of a hug or a smile instead of words

Nigeria A Ray of Hope's Ray and Hope well and happy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Nigeria - Resource Sharing Network


This is to remind you of our need for Volunteer Youth Mentors.

It doesn't matter if you have 'failed' before in making your promises true to mentoring a child. Here comes another opportunity to give it a fair trial and your Mentee would appreciate you for it.

For we never know the impact we have on others sometimes until much later in their life and sometimes we never know we made that impact.

Young people need real Role Models in times like these. . . . They need US.

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." -B. Disraeli

Applications on Request to
Resource Sharing Network: Youth Mentoring
Every best wish

Nigeria - Resource Sharing Network

Monday, August 02, 2010

Dear All,

We are still committed to the cause of assisting the less priviledge youths through the mentoring scheme and sponsorhip programme. Once again, thank you for your committments, efforts, sponsorship and thank you for sharing your time with us. We appreciate YOU immensely. And, to our MENTORS on the waiting-list. We thank YOU for your patience, thank you very much.

Please note that Our Next Mentoring Edition shall be in two parts.

Special Edition

This mentoring cycle is for a period of ONE MONTH. And, Our objective is to reach out to the unreached Mentees in our previous cycles. We want everychild to experience what it feels to have a Mentor, a Guide and a Friend. Should you be interested in this Special Mentoring Edition, and should you be interested in mentoring a child just for ONE MONTH, please do not hesitate to call or send us a mail. This cycle commences in NOVEMBER, 2010. WE ARE REACHING OUT TO 10 EX-STUDENTS AND SO, WE'D NEED 10 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AS MENTORS, PLEASE.

Regular Mentoring Cycle:

This takes the normal 9months duration of mentoring. Unlike the Special Edition, the Mentees are SSS 3 students who will be writing the next WAEC/NECO exams. WE ARE REACHING OUT TO 30 STUDENTS AND SO, WE'D NEED 30 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AS MENTORS, PLEASE.

Mentoring a child takes unflinching and relentless courage. Courage to see the need. Courage to make a decisive action. Courage to show up. - John Sowers

"While mentoring does require time and vulnerability, the biggest key is intentionality."