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Week ending: Saturday 2009 10 17


Location: Dhaka

On October 16th, ICA Bangladesh celebrated the completion of the NGO Affairs Bureau Registration and had a general monthly meeting. Sarawat, Forhad, Shipon, Fuad, Naimul, Nurul, Habib and Arshad were present. All of us also discussed how we could make the online meeting successful and agreed to hold the meeting on Sunday, October 25 at 6:30 pm in Bangladesh, 7:30 am in Toronto, and 10:30 pm in Sydney so that participants from three places could join the online meeting. ICA Bangladesh members will have access to several computers in the Pacific Inn Hotel. Jo and Wayne will host the meeting and facilitate along with Aziz. Maria and Richard are expected to participate from Sydney.

Mizan and Shamim visited Ghoramara on October 17th and inspected the school and other project activities. Ferose already brought books on Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Bangladesh to the ICA Office on October 15th and he distributed some complimentary copies to Professor Dr. Nazrul and Professor Dr. A I Mahbub Uddin Ahmed. Aziz is expecting to receive some copies to send to ICA International.

Habib, Nurul, Nasrin and Fuad are working on accounts and overseeing the street children project in Dhaka.

Staff           admin@ica-bangladesh.org


Location: Kathmandu

This week we had several meetings with Dave Robertson who is now working as a Volunteer Facilitator from Canada. He presented a few sessions on Design Thinking which ICA is going to organise as a public course. Mr. Stephen Murkens from MISEREOR visited ICA Nepal office this week. He came here to enquire about the financial status and other details about the partner organisation. Mr. Murkens was delighted to learn about our work in Nepal. He showed his satisfaction with ICA Nepal and expressed his full commitment. This week ICA Nepal also provided support of JYen 100,000 to ICA Japan as a contribution to manage the conference cost. ICA Nepal aims to lend more support to ICA Japan in the near future as we feel there is currently a difficulty to manage the conference expenses.

We are celebrating Depawali festival and our office will reopen on Wednesday.

Ram Raj Bhandari           ica@icanep.wlink.com.np


Location: Azpitia-Lima

The staff graduated another group of community leaders from their 3-week experience in AVANZA PERU in the Azpitia Training Center.  This was a wonderful group from six communities -- two from the Coast, 3 from the high Sierra, and one from Madre de Dios in the jungle or Selva. The interchange among the communities was remarkable and lead to some very clear and quite intense plans for implementation in the three months to come.  Members of our team will be visiting each place over the next four months or so for a couple of days in each location to give a boost to their implementation efforts, and to make sure that the communities give recognition to their new volunteer leaders.

Meanwhile, during the final week of this AP program, the staff was simultaneously scurrying around to prepare for three upcoming Implementation Program visits to communities from prior APs -- and feeling the intensity of our sold-out calendar currently running well into 2010.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

ICA International:

Location: Montréal

We have begun recruiting new interns/volunteers to assist us in grant research and communication and marketing initiatives. We also prepared and sent the quarterly staff report (July-Sept) to the Board (available on-line in the members section of the website).

We have been working on the new webpage for the Working Gifts program as well as on the data management side and legal requirements for the program (MOUs and service contracts).

The ToP facilitation course in French that ICA International will be hosting from Oct. 22 – 23 is confirmed. There has been ongoing work on the fundraising side for the School’s Program, new materials for the website have been developed and our initiative to find ongoing Spanish translators was successful.

Audra Renyl           arenyi@ica-international.org