- Jessica Stevens, Overseas Action Program Manager
In November, World Youth International launched its very first OAP TAFE program in Cambodia! We partnered with local organisation This Life Cambodia and the Central Institute of Technologyand sent a team of 15 to embark on an incredible adventure for 4 weeks. Our amazing team worked to construct a toilet block at Krobie Real Lower Secondary School just outside of Siem Reap.
In 2009, 30 years after the Khmer Rouge rule, Cambodia
still struggles to provide basic education for its people, especially
in rural and remote areas. As modern education has progressed slowly in
there is a severe shortage of schools and classrooms, particularly in
rural areas, which limits children's access to basic education. Poverty
forces children to forgo schooling to support their families and a
staggering 53.7% of Siem Reap's population lives below the poverty line.
immediate impact of the toilet block will be allowing girls to return
to and remain at school. It is reported that clean and available
toilets in secondary school encourages teenage girls who have reached
puberty to continue their education. This is particularly important as
UN studies have found that education of girls has had a greater impact
on health than medical, nutrition, water and sanitation interventions!
Other long term benefits of this project include educating children on
the importance of health and sanitation, and teaching the community
that good health leads to children attending school more regularly.
2009/10 WYI Gift Catalogue - A popular choice for Christmas Giving!!
- Lyn Pettman
The WYI Gift Catalogue has again proven popular for Christmas gift giving. The
October-December period resulted in the purchase of over $23,000 worth
of gift catalogue items, which will greatly benefit disadvantaged
Kenyan and Nepalese families and communities.Whilst
pre Christmas orders were a little lower than 2008 (perhaps not
unexpected given the economic climate in recent times) this is still a
wonderful result and we THANK YOU!
World Youth International is looking for several
dedicated volunteers to lead our Overseas Action Programs to Kenya and Peru starting in June 2010! The
Team Leader will take on a key role in managing a team of 6 - 12
volunteers and implementing several community development projects.
This is an amazing opportunity to have a hands on role in creating
positive change globally and facilitating a life changing experience
for a team of volunteers! For more information click here.
Changes within the office
There have been some further changes to our office structure over the last 2 months that we would like to share. Firstly, we would like to thank Natalie Reynolds who was employed as our Administration Officer for the last 12 months. Natalie was admired and respected by all of our office staff for her regular insights and amazing communication skills, she will be sadly missed. Furthermore, we are deeply saddened by the departure of Jess Roberts who was the Overseas Programs Manager for over 3 years. Jess has been unstoppable in her role as Overseas Action Program Manager and has been the backbone of WYI. We would like to thank Jess for further developing our overseas programs and for streamlining our marketing strategies in turn increasing our participant levels.
We have recently employed our new Overseas Action Program Manager, Ms Jessica Stevens (yep, another Jess!). Jessica has an extensive history with WYI and has an impressive academic record which we believe can be utilized to further develop our volunteer projects and selection processes. Alison Wells has been promoted to the role of Overseas Service Project Manager and we congratulate her on this appointment. Terry Hoey, one of the founding Hoey family members has rejoined WYI after taking a 2 year break to live and work in Bali, Indonesia with his wife and family. Terry will be handling administration, marketing and will understudy Ralph Hoey and train in the finance sector. Ralph Hoey has taken on the role of Operations Manager and is in charge of our organisation. We would like to welcome Mr Ben Shillito as a newly appointed Director to the Board of WYI. Ben has experience in marketing and business management. We would also like to welcome Mr Tom Doman as a honourary advisor on legal matters to our Board.
Farewell from Jess!
- Jess Roberts, Overseas Programs Manager
After 3 and a half years at the World Youth International office, I have decided to move on. Since completing my double degree in International Studies and Journalism in August, I have been considering my future career options. This week I began a new role as a Trainer in an organisation that offers personal leadership training to secondary school students in South Australia, and I am excited about pursuing this new direction. During my role at WYI, I was lucky enough to be involved in four Leadership Development Programs, and I also designed and facilitated the Team Leader training process over the last 2 years. I have loved this aspect of my role and want to expand my skills in this area. To read more click here.
Team Leader Announcement
It is our pleasure to announce that Kyla Raby will be the assistant team leader for our 5 week February OAP program to Cambodia! Congratulations Kyla!
Kyla has a long history with World Youth International and we are very excited to have her on board as an assistant team leader. Kyla's love for Cambodia stems from a trip in 2009 and she can't wait to get back! To learn all about Kyla click here.
Amazing experience for all in Nepal
Students from World Youth International's School in Nepal took part in a 4 day trip around Nepal to visit a number of important historical sites. The trip included a visit to Pokhara, Manakamana temple and Tansen Valley.
Click here to read some first hand accounts of the trip from 3 students.
New Outlet for 'Angels for Africa'
- Sallie of Millswood
The "Angels for Africa" group has been making leadlight gifts to raise money for the children of NyamasariaSchool in Kenya
for nearly 5 years now. They have made thousands of angels, stars,
mirrors, and hearts during this time. Two new classrooms and a library
(in progress) have been built and thousands of books have been posted
over during this time. A classroom from us means a teacher from the Kenyan
government and of course a smaller class size (maybe 70-80 now!) for
David and Tracey at UNLEY SHOE
REPAIRS AND GIFTWARE have made the generous decision to stock all these
items, as well as our latest gum leaf selection at COST PRICE! This
means that you can now buy your lovely leadlight gifts at their shop
(190B UNLEY ROAD
- right next to Unley Shopping Centre) and the Nyamasaria School
Project will receive all of the profits. You should take the
opportunity to have a look around now - they have a great selection of
gifts. Take your shoes too, for the best and cheapest shoe repairs in Adelaide! Thank you Tracey and Dave for your generous gesture.
still need more outlets for these lovely and inexpensive gifts -
schools and hospitals for example, so if anyone can help in this way
please contact me (Sallie) at Millswood on 8272 2723.
My Recent Trip to Nepal
- Ann Hoey
In September, my husband Ralph and I travelled to Nepal
to attend the 10th Anniversary of the WYI
School and share in their
celebrations. Our annual Founders Day was held on the 14th of September
to acknowledge the founder of WYI, our son Robert Hoey. It seemed like only
yesterday that we opened the doors to the school with just 22 students and here
we are today, 10 years later providing education and life skills to over 450
One of the highlights of the ceremony was when Ralph and I
unveiled a statue (bust) of Robert that now proudly overlooks our school
grounds. This was such a special tribute to our son and all of those who have
contributed so much of their time and energy to the development of our school.
Founders Day was very special with the children performing
lots of cultural dances and singing traditional songs. There was so much
excitement and pride gleaming out of their parent's eyes who watched on with
anticipation. After the event, many of the parents came over and introduced
themselves to me and shared their appreciation for all the sponsors who are
sponsoring their children. I openly accepted their acknowledgements on behalf
of all the sponsors.