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CERES Global working with Women’s groups in India

Posted in Movements, Visions by ceres on August 14th, 2012

Women cooking pirchandikulum

Each year CERES Global spends 6 weeks in India and invites interested people to join us on a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. As a past participant explains, “I took away a sense of humanity of possibility, a beautiful sense of how big the world is”.

CERES Global works with communities and organisations in India to generate solutions that are community driven and meet the needs identified by members of the community. Project sustainability is a key aspect of successfully engaging with communities and projects are designed and implemented with these principles in mind.

We will be holding a number of information sessions for people interested in learning more about our trips and how they can get involved:

Information sessions
6.30pm 23rd August
6.30pm 20th September
6.30pm 18th October
6.30pm 8th November

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, crn Roberts and Stewart Streets, East Brunswick, VIC (enter via the Lee street gates). Please RSVP to the contacts below

For more information contact Sophie on – (03) 9389 0183 or ceresglobal@ceres.org.au
Or visit our website http://www.ceres.org.au/global

Our projects in India, often involve working with women’s groups. A past participant explains her experience:

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CERES Global: Travel with Purpose

Posted in Events, Seeking, Visions by ceres on May 2nd, 2012

3 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
24 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

CERES Global is offering the opportunity for students and professionals interested in areas of environment, sustainability, community development, global equity, health and education to travel to Indonesia in July this year and contribute to local village societies by sharing skills in a range of community engagement areas.

To find out more attend and Information Session

Thursday 3rd May 6.30pm
Thursday 24th May 6.30pm

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, Crn Roberts and Stewarts Streets, East Brunswick.

Alternatively, you can read more information below.

Background to CERES
CERES is an environmental community organisation in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It has become an icon of locally based education and action on environmental and social justice issues. CERES aims to create awareness and action on issues of environmental sustainability and social equity – engaging the community in the process and celebrating the diversity of cultures making up our local community and world.

Background to CERES Global
CERES Global is a project within CERES aiming to engage with the issue of global inequities and the well being of all people on the planet and the environments in which they live. CERES Global runs trips India, Indonesia and Arnhem Land with the aim to engage Australian people with the issues of developing countries whilst enjoying the richness of their cultures and the wisdoms they can add to our understanding of sustainable wellbeing. The trips are also valuable in establishing ongoing relationships and links between remote communities and the resources and skills of our part of the world.

Indonesia 1 – 17th July 2012
This cultural volunteer program offers interested people the opportunity to take part in a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. The aim of the trip is to harness connections and build cross cultural friendships, share ideas, skills and experiences, and create understanding between people from diverse backgrounds. Travellers will experience daily village life and work alongside community organisations implementing fresh approaches to sustainability and community development.

Most of our time in Indonesia will be spent working alongside the organisation Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

“Yum’s community based projects aim to provide a better standard of living for those families living in poverty. They work in a number of sectors including water and sanitation, agriculture and microcredit for women. YUM aims to create a foundation for long-term stability and growth by promoting cooperation between members of each community and show communities what can be achieved when they work together.” 

How participants can get involved:

  • English teaching (kindergarten to adult)
  • English teacher training
  • Organic/permaculture farming/training
  • Community Library activities
  • Environmental/outdoor education
  • Art, drama, dance, sport, music classes
  • Waste Education (project development and implementation with staff)
  • Maternal Health
  • Recycling program
  • Possibly – researching the implementation of hydro electricity generation (they already have the site and plans, but no funding or feasibility study)
  • Organise activities and workshops with the local community (mostly children) or with the YUM staff
  • Undertaking maintenance around the grounds

CERES provides a fully supported program including pre-trip information sessions and post-trip debriefs. We organise all internal transport, accommodation, and food and facilitate projects with the groups we visit. We will even help you raise funds to get over there.

Please note that there is a cost to participate in this program of $2000 including all internal food, accommodation and transport. This does not include flights to and from Indonesia.

How to express interest

To get involved and for more information please contact Sophie with your area of interest:

Email: ceresglobal@ceres.org.au

Phone: 03 9389 0183

Or visit our website: http://www.ceres.org.au/global/exchange/indonesia


CERES Global: India Travel Program 2011 Update

Posted in Events by ceres on September 30th, 2010

14 October , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
4 November , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

With our series of community engagement information sessions wrapped up it’s time to start planning our January trip to India. We have a group of enthusiastic people ready to embark on an exciting journey into rural India to share their skills and experience with local NGOs to help support grass roots projects. CERES Global has been working with local people and NGOs for the last six years to support the implementation of a variety of sustainable projects in rural India to benefit the environment and the local community. This January we will be working across all five community engagement areas (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women). Some of the work we will be doing will involve:

- documenting the lives of women who belong to a women’s group outside Pitchandikulum in South India;
– developing and trialling a health education program for young women in the tribal village of Pal in Central India;
– visiting a progressive kindergarten group that doubles as an environmental education and women’s support group in a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas.

There are still places available so if you are interested in finding out more about these projects or have an interest in another area of community engagement (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women) come along to one of our Information Sessions:

When: Thursday 14th October, Thursday 4th November

Where: Eco House, CERES Community Environment Park, Lee St, East Brunswick

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Indian snacks and chai will be provided from 6.30pm.

Please RSVP to Vanessa at ceresglobal@ceres.org.au or on 9389 0183. For more information please contact Vanessa or go to our website for more information www.ceres.org.au/global


CERES Global: A different way to travel!

Posted in Events by ceres on July 26th, 2010

CERES Global trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnemland embed people within village communities doing impressive environmental and community development work.  While absorbing local life and culture, travellers can also share their skills to strengthen the work of the host organisation and make an important contribution to greater global sustainability, equity and goodwill.  CERES Global is running free information sessions for the 2011 India Travel Program. Each session will focus on one of the five key areas of community engagement participants can experience while on a CERES Global trip to India.

Free Information Sessions :

Climate Action ++ Thurs 22 July 2010

Schools (English) ++ Thurs 5 August 2010

Women’s Self Help Groups ++ Thurs 19 August 2010

Health Programs ++ Thurs 26 August 2010

Environmental Education ++ Thurs 2 September 2010

All sessions 6pm – 8pm
CERES Van Raay Centre – Cnr Roberts and Stewart St, East Brunswick, VIC 3057

To RSVP or for more information contact: noel@ceres.org.au

For more information about the 2011 India Travel Programs  www.ceres.org.au