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UN Youth Australia Delegates Get a Taste for the United Nations in Action

United Nations Youth Australia delegates recently returned from an amazing trip to Timor Leste, brushing shoulders with President Ramos Horta and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and supporting the Encouragement House in Maliana.

13 travellers had the trip of a lifetime last month, the first of a series of visits planned to the Encouragement House, to provide financial support to the rural boarding house. Destination Dreaming donated a percentage of the group’s program cost to construct an outdoor shelter at the Encouragement House, which was constructed by local builders during the visit. Read more

We All Must Act in Response to the East Africa Famine

This Friday we are posting a plea for support and commitment to address the worst drought in 60 years in Africa. Our media’s preoccupation with phone hacking and interest rates has resulted in too many Australian’s lacking awareness of the famine in the Horne of Africa. The UN estimates that more than 12 million people need urgent help, tens of thousands have already died and hundreds of thousands more risk starvation.

Please donate to one of the aid organisations working to provide aid in Africa (including UNICEF, World Food Programme, World Vision, Red Cross, Oxfam, Action Aid, Save the Children)and raise awareness amongst friends and family to generate collective action. We all have the power to make a difference.

Dreaming Project Milestone! Fijian Village School Approved and Teacher Funding Secured

Destination Dreaming received some extremely exciting news in our inbox this week. Nasivikoso Village, home to our longest partnership in Fiji, is now one step closer to their own primary school.

Currently, the village’s children must walk for almost two hours to attend school at a neighbouring village, a journey which becomes dangerous and often impassable in the wet season. We are thrilled to report that after 18 months of negotiation, the Fijian Ministry of Education has this week approved the establishment of a school in Nasivikoso and funding for a teacher. Read more

Dreaming Project Success! Funding Secured for Clean Drinking Water System in Fiji

After 14 months of lobbying for funding and assistance, Destination Dreaming has been advised that the Rotary Pacific Water Foundation has approved our proposal for funding for a water project in Fiji. The grant is to provide access to clean drinking water for the remote village of Nasivikoso in the highlands of Vitu Levu, Fiji. The grant includes all piping, fittings, water tanks, professional tradesperson, as well as construction and maintenance training of the system for local villagers. The grant will also provide material to thoroughly clean and secure the water source (natural spring) for the village and protect against waterborne diseases. The work is expected to be finished on the 24th of June 2011 and will be officially commissioned the following week. Read more

Samoan Adventure, Culture and Rugby for 23 Melbourne High Students

Talofa Lava,

Over 11 nights and 12 days during the school holidays, 23 Melbourne High School students, two teachers/Rugby Managers, one very brave parent, an inspirational Rugby/Life Coach and a very lucky Destination Dreaming Expedition Leader travelled to Samoa. The school group travelled on a 12-day Destination Dreaming Sports/Service tour to experience a combination of adventure, culture, education and sport. Read more

Destination Dreaming Staff Are Flat Out For the Month of April!

Highlights include:

Melbourne High School students are heading to Jabiru on a cross-cultural/community service expedition, led by Expedition Manager Kalen Schloss. Stay tuned for an expedition report later this month.

Program Manager Kate Miller is leading a 4-week vocational training and life skills program for young Aboriginal women from Mornington Island in outback QLD.

Program Coordinator Clint Miller is touring Samoa with the Melbourne High School Rugby team. The inaugral tour will see the boys meet the Samoan Prime Minister, as well as playing against local schools and working in rural and coastal villages.

Keeping the dream alive…

Battening Down the Hatches in Samoa’s capital

Destination Dreaming Program Staff Kate and Clint Miller have been greeted in Samoa by torrential rain, demolished sea walls and more flooding.

Thinking we’d escaped the floods in Australia, we arrived into Apia where locals were experiencing their worst day of flooding for the year and preparing for the onslaught of Cyclone Wilma. En route to our first meeting, we drove through water up to the van doors, and rain so heavy that we were at a loss as to what the country-side looked like.

As conditions worsened, it was evident that we would find ourselves stranded in Apia in less than inspiring lodging. For five days, we have explored the small city, venturing down the road from the Pacific Blue hotel- a flooded dirt road, dodging pigs, chickens and mud filled pot holes. Thank goodness for the excellent local Indian restaurant at the end of the street, as it’s been slim picking with many of the local businesses boarded up in preparation for the cyclone. The paneer tikka masala is certainly something to write home about. Read more

Destination Dreaming facilitates Life in Action program, in partnership with Community Solutions

Earlier this month, Destination Dreaming facilitated the inaugural Life in Action program for Sunshine Coast youth. Organised in partnership with local community services organisation Community Solutions, the program targeted youth experiencing domestic violence.

Destination Dreaming staff, Kate and Clint Miller, designed the four-day outdoor adventure and life skills program that was funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation. The program provides an opportunity for young people to experience the outdoors and interact with their peers, through activities such as surf awareness, body boarding, team challenges and ropes courses. Read more

Destination Dreaming’s Program Manager Kate Miller’s adventure in Maasailand, Kenya

Kate has returned from a trip leading the UNESCO Observatory Maasai Cultural Village Project for OzQuest.

The project team spent two weeks alongside the Maasai Community Concern and Networking organisation (MACCONET) in the Rift Valley, led by Kate, MACCONET Director Emmanuel Parsimei and UNESCO Observatory Director Lindy Joubert. The team spent time engaging in Maasai culture, including attending church, a goat slaughter, a performance by the dance group and shopping at the local market.
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