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Week ending: Saturday 2010 03 13

BANGLADESH:

Location: Dhaka

Zaki and Saiduzzaman worked on a schedule and field work plan for the Bagerhat OHSCP project. Zaki spoke with SSRC about the terrorism project, which is now close to completing the approval process. Mizan, Manik, and Habib achieved the final authorizations for the GHORAMARA project in Chandpur. Jahangir is busy facilitating the Life Skills Development class for the SCP students. Zaki, Jahangir, and Yahia are looking for a new office space, and Habib is researching accounting software and the purchase of a new computer to streamline our office work. Zaki and Jahangir finalized our accounts from January and February. Aziz had a Skype-meeting with Maria and Richard on March 13 where they discussed our action plan and fundraising. They also discussed a further online action plan meeting in April. ICA Australia decided to support ICA Bangladesh for its ICAI dues payment and partial administrative support.

Zaki           admin@ica-bangladesh.org

ICA ASSOCIATES INC. (Canada)

Location: Canada

Duncan Holmes facilitated the first in a series of workshops with Ontario Council for International Cooperation.

Jo Nelson facilitated workshops with schools in York region, Peel region and Kitchener Waterloo. She also spent nearly a week working with the James Bay Cree in their governance model. She led a community consultation with the northernmost community.

John Miller left for Korea where he taught 2 courses and talked with colleagues there about ICA's future in Korea.

Bill Staples taught Group Facilitation to a full house in our Toronto training centre.

Bill, Duncan Holmes and Jerry Mings taught our Human Development course to a full group.

Wayne Nelson continued work with two task forces working on Virtual Facilitation.

Wayne Nelson           wnelson@ica-associates.ca

NEPAL:

Location: Nepal

Last week ICA Nepal was very busy, conducting Social Artistry Leadership training in various parts of the country. Janet Sanders, the international trainer of this approach, is now in Nepal for a 5-week program. She has facilitated training sessions in Janakpur and Inaruwa, and on March 13 visited a number of women’s cooperatives in Central Nepal and shared with the members. Many Nepalese organizations, including women’s cooperatives, have launched micro projects with the support of the Jean Houston Foundation. On March 19 and 20, Nepalese facilitators and Janet will facilitate Social Artistry Leadership training for new participants. In its central office, ICA Nepal and ICA Associates are conducting 6 different types of training, in which more than 130 people are participating.

Tatwa P. Timsina           ica@icanep.wlink.com.np

PERU:

Location: Lima and Azpitia

This week we completed a 2-week Leadership Formation Program in Azpitia for 17 communities focused on the production of livestock. This more specialized form of our standard AVANZA PERU program was designed especially for the communities around Chincha where we have provided recovery work since the 2007 earthquake. This group of leaders was young and enthusiastic and represents for us a new beginning; youth are choosing to continue their lives in the rural sector rather than migrating to the cities as has been the pattern for many decades. We anticipate this trend accelerating as the realities of climate change make it necessary for all of us to simplify our lives. For many, life in the rural sectors is now more attractive and secure.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

TAIWAN:

Location: Seoul Korea

Larry Philbrook of ICA Taiwan is now in Singapore, along with John Miller of ICA Associates and David Buwalda, an ICA Canada Volunteer. We are working with a Korean firm called ORP to spread facilitation and community development work, and have so far completed a Facilitative Leadership Program, where we had 13 participants, and an Advanced Facilitation Tools workshop, in which 16 participated. It has been a great experience to work with these facilitators. We also met with Park Yung Chul and Park Si Won, ICA colleagues of the past.  Park Yung Chul continues the tradition of ICA Korea and wants to explore a remerging of the missions of ICA Korea with ICA globally. This evening we will explore with ORP how we intend to move forward with facilitation and community development work and are excited to see what unfolds.

Larry Philbrook           Larry@icatw.com

ICA International:

Location: Montreal

Renée continued her efforts in fundraising for the School Program and helped with other general communications and office management tasks. Chelsea researched possible fundraising opportunities for ICA International in Montreal.
Michael began preparing for the upcoming meeting in Chicago hosted by ICA USA. He was invited to participate in the event to share his thinking on ICA USA’s international programming and will be attending thanks to support from ICA Canada and ICA USA.
We prepared and submitted a video and blog to Grassroots.org, where ICA will be featured as the Organization of the Month. Grassroots provides nonprofit organizations with free valuable technologies and resources to increase their efficiency and productivity.

Staff           info@ica-international.org