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It would not be possible to achieve our objectives with out the generous support and hospitality from the following organisations and their staff who are sponsoring the Three Journeys Round project.  Sponsors may not associate their brand with Save the Children or Motivation.  

 

We APPRECIATE it and we THANK YOU.

The current economic environment in many countries, including Oman, is challenging.

 

Young people need to be more productive, take responsibility and lead the way for a sustainable future.

Outward Bound Oman/ Tahaddi project has been set up to use the desert, mountains and seas

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of Oman to develop key life skills through challenging outdoor journeys in a unique learning environment.

Courses are designed to build confidence, increase self-awareness and promote new levels of responsibility and environmental respect whilst encouraging young people to involve them in community service.

Launched in 2009 by The Minister of Education, we are proud that Oman remains the first and only country in the Arabic speaking world to have an Outward Bound operation, reflecting the importance His Majesty’s government places on preparing young people for the future.

“Whilst the world was a very different place in 1941 when Outward Bound was founded in the UK, the reason it continues to grow today in more than 31 countries is because it is so relevant to the needs of society.”

His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, Patron, OBO

Mark Evans is the General Manager of Outward Bound Oman and has lived in the Arabian Gulf for 21 years, 12 of those in Oman.  He was awarded the MBE in 2011 for his work in using expeditions to promote greater cultural understanding between young people from the Arab and western world (see www.universityofthedesert.com).

Using the powerful silence of the Arabian Desert each winter sees a series of 5-day desert journeys with 18 young people, all identified as future leaders and opinion formers gather for each journey, half from the Middle East region, and half from elsewhere.  Connecting Cultures has been cited by the UN Alliance of Civilisations as one of the world’s leading civil society initiatives, and is endorsed by the
Director General of UNESCO.

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The OBO Desert Centre will be Oman’s first totally sustainable building powered by renewables (solar) when it is finished about May 2017.

 

We are looking forward to having Peter at Jebel Akdhar to share stories with groups of Omani young people sitting around the campfire.

In Bangladesh there is little awareness of disability, its causes and consequences.  Many traditional views prevail, especially in rural settings.  Disability is often seen as a curse from God, inflicted as retribution for the sins of the disabled person's parents.  Many believe that disability is infectious.  Treatment for spinal injuries and other disabling conditions is often based on superstitious methods and performed by untrained village doctors in settings, which are neither hygienic nor appropriate.  Children rarely mix with disabled friends.

Founded in 1979 in response to the desperate need for services for spinal injured patients, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) has now developed into an internationally respected organisation.

CRP promotes an environment where all girls and boys, women and men with disabilities have equal access to health, rehabilitation, education, employment, the physical environment and information.

Peter will be visiting CRP-Savar, the head office located about 12 miles from Dhaka and occupying approximately 13 acres of land.  CRP has been operating this Centre since 1990.  Its offices, together with the main medical departments, service units; hospital and operating facilities are located here and Peter is looking forward to meeting with CRP’s Founder and Coordinator, Dr. Valerie Taylor.

The medical services include two theatres carrying out spinal operations supported a full range of therapies and rehabilitation services including social welfare, counselling, vocational training and a sports unit.

The assistive devices and technologies department sees a wide range of disabilities especially children with club feet, congenital disabilities and teenagers that have been affected by Polio as a child, and spinal cord injuries.   Many of the amputations of the lower limb are due to the high incident of road traffic accidents and accidents at work due to the appalling health and safety at work record the country has.  Motivation has provided ongoing support and training for Special Seating Department staff since the establishment of the department.

Other services include a range of income generating activities and education.  CRP has a strong commitment to training which plays a vital role in strengthening and developing healthcare services in Bangladesh.

CRP focuses on a holistic approach to rehabilitation, recognising that all aspects of the rehabilitation process are vital for its success.

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Mulu is a UNESCO World Heritage site – ‘a simply stunning legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations’.

 

Here in the heart of wondrous Borneo, the rainforest is amazing.  In the humid heat, plant life flourishes everywhere.  Many thousands of species of ferns, mosses and flowering plants along with thousands of species of fungi thrive in this complex habitat.  This is home to many fauna species from the world’s smallest mammal, the Savi’s Pigmy Shrew, to some of the largest insects on Earth, and the air is rich with the perfume of 170 species of wild orchids.

The Sarawak Government has committed to developing world-leading conservation practices protecting Mulu’s biodiversity and high quality nature-based tourism activities to support Mulu’s integrated community.

It has taken about 60m years of geological activity to create.

Unique underground cave environments with the passages twisting their way through the mountains; opening into some of the largest, beautiful chambers in the world.  The geology of alluvial clays, sandstone and limestone formations, produces dozens of niches and specialist environments for both plants and animals.

Vertical cliffs and incredibly steep slopes ranging from just 50m above sea level to the peaks of Gunung Mulu at 2,377m.   Jagged limestone pinnacles spear out of the lush green canopy.

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Whether you are looking for a tranquil escape in the rainforest, the physical challenge of trekking summits and climbing through expansive cave systems or perhaps somewhere in between, Mulu will tantalize your senses and leave you wanting to discover more.

Experience 5-star luxury in a lush tropical rainforest with the enchanting Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa— just five minutes from the Park.  Discover Mulu’s collection of rare birds, wildlife and exotic plants and the world-famous Mulu Caves.  Then relax in luxury.

Welcome to the Gunung Mulu World Heritage Area.

The school system in the Dominican Republic produces the lowest educational outcomes in Latin America, and more than 50% of children in the country live in families that survive on less than $2 per family member per day.  Source: The State of Children & Youth in the Dominican Republic, UNICEF 2012.

The DREAM Project is providing quality education for over 7,000 youth ages 3-24 in the Dominican Republic, affecting the lives of over 10,000 community members.  They believe that quality, early and continuing education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty and change destinies - learning changes lives!

The mission of the DREAM project is to run inclusive, sustainable education programs for children and youth in the Dominican Republic that can be replicated throughout impoverished global communities.

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Michael Robinson, co-founder of One Pebble and his team are in Haiti serving orphans and providing meals to those in need.

One Pebble is an online investment broker/dealer that puts each investment toward companies “doing good in the world.” 

 

Their social impact-investing tool makes it possible for you to give ‘every dollar a purpose’.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the least developed yet most densely populated countries in the Western Hemisphere.  There is 20% employment in Haiti, however that is defined.  So many people are just surviving with all sorts of ‘self-made’ jobs.

Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest

percentage of orphans of any country

in the Western Hemisphere.

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AND this Austin-based start-up donates 50% of each investment fee to a charity of the user’s choice.  Invest, and make a difference in the world at the same time.