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Friday
Jun292012

#reMEMBER Campaign Day 5

Hint: This institute is based out of the University of PEI in Charlottetown. They are concerned with all aspects of island life from culture and environment to the economy.

Any guesses?

The Basics: The Institute of Island Studies, UPEI is a research, education, and public policy institute. There's a 4-point mandate to the work they do...

  • To encourage a deep knowledge, understanding, and expression of Prince Edward Island;
  • To serve as a bridge between the University and Island communities;
  • To contribute to the formulation of public policy in Prince Edward Island;
  • To undertake comparative studies of Prince Edward Island and other islands.



WHY WE LOVE the INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES:

  • The institute is very much a trendsetter in a discipline that is emerging here and around the world
  • The institute has its own publishing arm, The Island Studies Press
  • They have an online library! Score!
  • The institute has made Island Studies an entire option with the choice to complete a Masters or a Bachelor minor in the discipline. UPEI is truly spearheading the way in this arena of study!

A photo from the Chilean island of Chiloe where some Island Studies interns have recently worked.

i want to spend more time with the Institute of Island Studies:

See who we featured yesterday.

Still not sure what this reMEMBER campaign business is all about?? Read this.

Have a great long weekend everyone! Thanks for all the support on this first week of our #reMEMBER Campaign!

P.S. Join the conversation on twitter @ACIC

Thursday
Jun282012

#reMEMBER Campaign Day 4 Cont'd

Hint: This member is a program as part of a leading institution in nursing studies...

Any guesses?



The Basics: The Centre of Nursing Studies International (CNSi) is a part of the Centre for Nursing Studies located in St.John's Newfoundland. This institution offers programs and degrees to those wishing to pursue studies in nursing. "CNSi has completed needs assessments, technical studies, development projects and program brokering in Bolivia, Chile, Dominica, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malawi, Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago."

WHY WE LOVE CSNi:

  • Instead of simply sending nurses to developing countries to serve, CNSi believes in educating local nurses and providing locals with an education to serve those around them. CNSi promotes sustainable solutions
  • Their work goes beyond nursing to management, training, and education
  • They believe in modern educational tools such as distance ed.
  • They are pursuing goals larger than themselves i.e. Millennium development goals in Health



i want to spend more time with CSNi:

  • Read about the work of CSNi in any of the 10 countries they educate in. Longer posts exist for Nicaragua and Guatemala

See who we featured just this morning!

Still not sure what this reMEMBER campaign business is all about?? Read this.

Join the conversation on twitter @ACIC

Thursday
Jun282012

#reMEMBER Campaign Day 4

Hint: This organization harnesses the power of volunteers in a radical way to bring about sustainable development. It uses such terms as '21st century volunteers' and talks of a '360 degree volunteer movement.'

Any idea of who this might be?

The Basics: Cuso International is an organization that works through volunteers. They work in 6 focus areas form health to education by assessing the greatest needs of communities around the world and creating strategic volunteer placements. This organization knows what they're doing...they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

"To say that foreign aid can be bad is not controversial. But to say that all aid is harmful risks throwing the baby out with the bathwater, along with malarial drugs, microcredit projects, schooling for girls, and sustainable farming techniques."Derek Evans, Executive Director of Cuso International.


WHY WE LOVE CUSO INTL':

  • Their 360 degree approach to volunteering. Volunteers "are people posted within their own country or from one developing nation to another.  We’ve even posted volunteers from developing nations to North America. We want to help build a truly global, 360 degree volunteer movement."
  • Volunteer placements are in a vast variety of skill areas meaning that volunteers receive great opportunities to learn and grow through their work with Cuso.
  • They've got a great media presence so you can find the latest Cuso news- here's everything from podcasts to twitter + facebook accounts.



i want to spend more time with Cuso:

Stay tuned today…we’re featuring another member later this afternoon!

See who we featured yesterday.

Still not sure what this reMEMBER campaign business is all about?? Read this.

Join the conversation on twitter @ACIC

Wednesday
Jun272012

#reMEMBER Campaign Day 3 Cont'd

Hint: This institute was established in 1984 + collaborates with various organizations in PEI. Their logo includes a large red C.

Can you guess who it is??



The Basics: The Cooper Institute is a development education centre that works with "grassroots organizations which are organized for positive and progressive social, economic, political, and cultural change...The primary focus of our work is education, community development, consultation, publication, and research. All of this is directed towards empowerment of groups, individuals, and communities." They have three main program areas which include livable income, food security, and cultural diversity & inclusion.





WHY WE LOVE the COOPER INSTITUTE:

  • They take a collaborative approach to all their work
  • They seek to serve a huge variety of groups such as farmers, fishers, church groups, Acadians, women and the list continues and is growing
  • The Cooper Institute makes an impact not just in PEI, but on a national + international level! Wow!
  • Founding member, Vince Murnaghan believed "in the power of oppressed and marginalized people to create social change"
  • They have a LENDING LIBRARY filled with great resources for the public to borrow

i want to spend more time with the COOPER INSTITUTE:



See who we featured this morning, yesterday AND the day before.

Still not sure what this reMEMBER campaign business is all about?? Read this.

Join the conversation on twitter @ACIC

Wednesday
Jun272012

#reMEMBER Campaign Day 3

Hint: This organization is our newest 'regular' member. Their work concentrates on the region of Bolivia.

Still not sure?

The Basics: The Ivar Mendez International Foundation seeks to remove "the barriers that separate Bolivian children from the potential of what they can become." Their mission is to "build human potential, leading to a better life and future in the Bolivian Andes." They currently operate 4 main programs: breakfast program, dental program, arts program, and a project called 'One Laptop per Child'.



Happily displaying their toothbrushes + toothpaste. Cavities are common amongst children and the town recently reached their first 100 children without cavities! Hurra![/caption]

WHY WE LOVE IMIF:

  • Their vision surpasses simply providing a child with breakfast or a toothbrush. They aim "for the children of Bolivia to become the agents of change for long term prosperity in their communities."
  • They believe that the children of Bolivia CAN become anything when they grow up...check out their CAN banners on their website.



i want to spend more time with IMIF:

“I am a true believer that what makes life worth living is the contribution to others. And it has to be a contribution to the people who need it most and have the least...I don’t see this as a very extraordinary thing. In my mind, once you realize the tremendous inequality in the world, the next logical step is to do something about it.”

- Dr. Mendez, founder of IMIF


Stay tuned today...we're featuring another member later this afternoon!

See who we featured yesterday AND the day before.

Still not sure what this reMEMBER campaign business is all about?? Read this.

Join the conversation on twitter @ACIC