From Aleksandr Mikhnevich Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus

Tuesday, April 26, 2011







April 26, 2011

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Belarusian Embassy let me convey my most cordial gratitude to those who by their involvement in the commemorative events marking the

25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster show their solidarity with the people of the Republic of Belarus severely affected by this manmade calamity.

Twenty five years have elapsed since the gruesome catastrophe of Chernobyl. However, the lowering of negative social and psychological consequences of the disaster remains a priority concern of the President and the Government of the Republic of Belarus.

International cooperation is a vital complement to the important long-term work.

In partnership with our friends from all over the world we can be much more effective in facilitating recovery and sustainable development in Chernobyl-affected communities.

In Belarus, we welcome every step aimed at restoring normal ways of life in the affected areas and see it as a key to minimizing the consequences of Chernobyl in the long-term context.

And today, on behalf of the Belarusian people and the Government of my country I would like to express sincere appreciation of the inavaluable support extended to Belarus.

We cannot stress enough the importance of UK charity endeavours to bring vital assistance and opportunity, every single one being a true gift of the friendly British people. Big or small, every charity is doing great things and this is highly appreciated.

It appears a great deal is shared by our two nations, generating compassion and eagerness to build a network of friendship across the countries, whatever the distance.

Being confident that Belarus and Britain have numerous prospects for lasting cooperation, I believe that the friendship between our two states and peoples will grow stronger.

I wish you, my dear friends, your relatives and beloved ones happiness and prosperity.

May God bless you all!

yours respectfully,

Aleksandr Mikhnevich

Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus

Cicero - Press Release Tunisia

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Actualités : Culture

Concours international Cicero de latin

Un hommage à la révolution tunisienne

Sous le patronage de A Ray of Hope, Unesco, Youth Ambassador for the culture of peace et de M.

Zaragoza, directeur de la fondation pour une culture de la Paix, la Tunisie de la révolution, pour la

deuxième année consécutive, va concourir le samedi 16 avril 2011 de 13h30 à 18h00, à l’Institut

supérieur des études littéraires et des sciences humaines, au concours Cicero de latin

La cinquième édition du concours international de latin réunit près de 500 étudiants venus de

France, d’Espagne, d’Australie, de la Principauté d’Andorre, d’Italie, du Royaume-Uni et, enfin,

depuis 2010, la Tunisie, seul pays arabe et africain à y participer.

Terre de brassage des cultures, de dialogue et d’ouverture, la Tunisie, profondément humaniste, a

réussi à concilier son héritage antique avec l’esprit moderne résolument tourné vers l’avenir. Ce

concours constitue une occasion propice pour la jeunesse tunisienne intimement patriote et

assoiffée de savoir qui surfe sur Internet et maîtrise les rouages de la machine de la high-tech de

rendre, par le biais de cette manifestation, un hommage très significatif à la plus belle des

révolutions, la nôtre, celle de la jeunesse tunisienne.

Le profil

L’épreuve de langue nécessite la maîtrise du latin. En revanche, l’épreuve de culture ne demande

pas une compétence spécifique en langue latine.

Le concours est ouvert à tout étudiant souhaitant s’inscrire individuellement. L’origine

géographique importe peu et le concours n’est pas réservé aux seuls(es) étudiants (es) de la

capitale. Les candidats peuvent participer, soit à l’épreuve de leur choix, soit aux deux épreuves. Il

convient impérativement de le signaler lors de l’inscription. L’épreuve de langue est d’une durée de

trois heures. Traduction avec dictionnaire d’un texte de prose, d’idées de la littérature latine ou

néolatine ayant une résonance moderne (réflexion sur la politique, la gouvernance, la citoyenneté,

la question de l’identité).

L’épreuve de culture est d’une durée d’une heure. Questionnaire sur le thème: «La légende des

Argonautes». Le questionnaire portera sur Jason et sur les principaux personnages qui lui sont liés

tout au long du voyage, à partir de la littérature, de l’iconographie traditionnelle et de la tradition

moderne du mythe.

Pout tout renseignement: Patrick Voisin (directeur du concours) concourseuropeen et à Tunis : Nadia Ghrandi :

NB. Lors de l’édition 2010, les candidats ont été récompensés par IGA Tunisie, Délégation Union

européenne, ENS Ulm Paris, Editions

Nepal - educational supplies for Metta Centre

Friday, April 08, 2011

India New Delhi - new library takes it first words !!! Well done Sujata and friends

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Project Hope Uganda Annual Report

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Project Hope - Uganda Annual Report for the Year April 2010 – March 2011
The year 2010 saw Project Hope – Uganda consolidate its support in education life-lines; and clean water provision to the 15,000 community members in the sub-county of Nangabo through:
- Extending educational opportunities to communities by funding member organizations (See Appendix 1 for a list of member organizations)
- Training young people in life enhancing skills
- Developing family learning skills and increasing on the number of, and improving facilitator skills
- Digging a dip water well and installation of Hydro Electric power

- Promoting net-working amongst member organizations to improve on management skills
Project Hope - Uganda directly supports the introduction of the powerful technique of family learning in Nangabo Sub-County, Wakiso District. With professional support and consultancy from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE, UK), Project Hope - Uganda has organized the introduction and expansion of the family learning technique. This is enabling parents and their children learn together within their family setting and community learning centers.

To support and grow friendships so that Project Hope – Uganda can empower 6 member organizations to successfully deliver a project to progress their educational objectives (this is double the previous year).

To involve one representative from four member organizations to actively participate in all quality assurance activities including: proposal reviews, implementation verifications and financial audits to build up their management skills.

To promote organizations forming partnerships with at least one member organization partnering with another organization with the objective of strengthening both organizations and be able to show at the end of the year how this has benefited their operations.

To provide documentation samples for evaluations, annual reports and accounts as examples of good practice and advise member organizations to prepare their own for use in communicating with funders.

In the year April 2010 – March 2011, among other things, we managed to achieve the following:

- We renewed our registration with the Non Governmental Organizations Board for the next 3 years. Our registration certificate number is S.5914/7517
- Member organizations managed to work together on a number of activities that sought to improve their management skills
- We stocked a community library with a over 100 books, a community resource center with over 250 books and a primary school book bank with over 320 books
- We refurbished an Early Childhood Care and Development Center play ground and play materials, and also provided them with play material
- Member organizations strengthen their partnership links throughout the network. Kabubbu Community Library kept all its doors and resources open to all the members of Project Hope – Uganda. Manyangwa Modern Primary School, Spire High School and Cambridge College have continued to work together to better the academic performance of their learners.
- We managed to dig and construct a 120 feet deep well for a school and surrounding community. This development provides safe drinking water to over 380 students and school staff and supports the lives of 40 households in the school’s host community.
- Through partnership with the National Institute of Adults in Continuing Education, we have managed the ongoing expansion of the Family Learning Technique of education in the community. We carried out refresher courses for family learning facilitators.
- An Adult Literacy Learner’s Training Manual was translated from the English language into the local language and now awaits publication
- We managed to get a community school connected with badly needed Hydro-electricity power to enhance the learning environment in that school.
- Through Community Action to Support the Survival of Orphans, Project Hope – Uganda carried out ‘Inspire the World’ project, a program that seeks to give life skills and an inspirational attitude to school children in the community we work in. This is an on-going project and in the year ending March 2011, we established 5 functional ‘Inspire the world Clubs’ in schools.
- We secured a public address system for a community school.

Many thanks to British Airways, A Ray of Hope, UNESCO Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace, St. Marks Nursery and Primary School, Fielding School and to all our other friends and supporters. You have made 2010 a year of success for Project Hope – Uganda and her member organizations. Your love and support have strengthened Project Hope - Uganda’s ability to empower communities. Be blessed.

Priorities for the next year:
- Working with member organizations to further empower them in proper management of their affairs
- Maximizing benefits from resources to the communities we support
- Further involvement of member organizations in all quality assurance activities
- Formation of more partnerships with other organizations
Appendix 1


Support by Project Hope - Uganda

Kabubbu Rural Community Library
Establishment of the Library, resourcing, full funding, project management, training and linking with other organisations in the same field.

Cambridge College and Spire High Schools
Donation of computers, sports materials, library materials, medals and certificates. Advice on development of a school library and training of students in basic computer literacy. Donation of a public address system

Manyangwa Primary School
Donation of scholastic materials and starting a joke book project to make a product to sell to raise money for a water pump.
Donated classroom and staffroom furniture,
Installed water reservoirs Installation of Hydro- electric power
Life skills training to both teachers and students

Community Parents Concern
Advice on establishment, planning, training, motivating and sourcing.
Provided family learning equipment

Community Action to Support the Survival of Orphans.
Donation of musical instruments, cultural exchange project with UK schools, prizes and certificates.
Skills development for the children to develop art-pieces with motivation skills for life
Sourcing market for the sale of the children’s products
Support in implement the inspire the world event

Early Childhood Care and Development Centre.
Donation of toys and other children’s play materials
Donation of weighing scales for the children and visiting to give encouragement.
Refurbishing the children’s play ground and materials

The Pigeons Youth Dance and Drama Against AIDS.
Donating scenery, Music, Dance and Drama materials, watching performances and helping them to develop first-class education packages through impact evaluation.
Management advice and support
Uganda Adult Learners Association
Co-ordinating a visit to the International Adult Learners Week in the UK, production of learners’ training manuals, giving advice on strategy and networking with other Ugandan organisations. Ensuring they conduct their operation with transparency to improve their relationship with funders. Translations of learners’ manual from English into Luganda readying it for publication in the local language.

Network for Peace-Building Initiatives
Co-ordinating a speaking tour of the UK. Advice on fundraising and professionalizing their proposition. Helping them to prioritise their activities, giving talks and fundraising on their behalf.

All organisations

Advice on applying for funds/communicating with funders, project planning/implementation, project evaluation/feedback. Structures for working together with transparency, account keeping and constructive problem resolution. Family learning promotion.

Affiliated to "A Ray of Hope UNESCO Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace"

India - Kashmir - Bashir - his children - Bashir write to A Ray of Hope

Friday, April 01, 2011

Nigeria - Medical supplies ready for delivery