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Why kids in SE Asia need your support

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Why we are supporting Child’s Dream…

We both care about children – Chris works with vulnerable young people and children in crisis, Liz volunteered for a charity called Home Start which supports families with children under 5.  So we are both passionate about supporting children and their families, to give them the confidence, knowledge and belief that they can improve their situation or make changes in their lives.

Sustainability

We both want to work with a charity whose projects are sustainable… ‘give a man a fish and he can feed his family for a day, teach a man to fish and he can feed his family for a lifetime’. Child’s Dream goes one step further than that and works with the communities to find out what they need…is fishing the best option? Do you even want to fish? The projects provide infrastructure, community development and resources, building both sustainable school structures and lasting relationships with the villagers. The communities are actively involved and ultimately have ownership of the projects, with a vested interest in their survival.

Risks to children in Southeast Asia

In the UK we are very aware of the suffering of children in Africa and it’s easy to forget that there are other children in the world who live in equal poverty. South East Asia is one of the poorest places for a child to grow up. The risks children face include child trafficking, being force into the sex industry, forced resettlement or displacement, as well as a lack of basic healthcare and clean water, often living in families surviving on just a few dollars a day.

Despite the vast array of 24hr news channels and newspapers online, there is very limited coverage or reportage about this region and the lives of the people who live here. No one hears much about the lives of children living in Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Burma or Vietnam. No one tells their stories.

Globalisation – cheap goods and cheap labour

Here in the UK we enjoy buying cheap products from linen shirts to DVD players that cost just £30, we expect to eat a wide variety of food all year round from king prawns to mangos.  What we forget or don’t know is that many of the foods and products that we want, come from South East Asia and the people who grow, produce and manufacture these things for the west, live in poverty. There is a human cost, if not a retail cost!

Whilst globalisation has benefited some, it has also led to a change in the way of life for many. With increased urbanisation and industrial development, people are under pressure to go to the cities to earn more money, moving away from their families and working and living under harsh conditions. As few are very well educated, the only option open to them is factory work, manufacturing items or processing food mostly for export. Even the governments in this region focus on the development of natural resources for export, not on the development of communities.

Surely we can’t just keep taking? Surely it’s time to give something back?

Education and a future

Education is key to the children in this region. Whilst some may consider the idea of Europeans arriving in countries and prescribing education as the answer, as arrogant or may argue that it undermines their way of life – subsistence farming and agriculture – we don’t believe this to be true or fair. Their way of life has already been undermined and changed forever by the impact of globalisation and urbanisation, by our demand for cheap goods and cheap labour, and their governments’ policies on trade and export. If farming is no longer a long term option, then education will give children a chance to learn skills and equip them with knowledge to understand the world they are growing up in. Education gives people choices, the children may have little in terms money, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have aspirations to grow up and do something interesting with their lives, or at the very least earn enough money to be able to support their families.

Education and a school environment also provides stability, where perhaps there is little elsewhere in their lives. It gives children self-esteem and self-belief, empowering them to learn and grow with confidence. School isn’t just about learning, it is a place to find  out who you are and what you can do, you may be musical or artistic, or good at sport, good with other children; a place where people listen to you and share with you.  Why should we deny any child access to education, everyone deserves the choice and the chance to become who they really are.

Child’s Dream are giving children and their families that choice.

To make a donation please visit:  http://childsdream.org/donate/ and let us know too so we can add you to our grand total.  We really value your support, thanks!

Why we are supporting Child’s Dream…

We both care about children – Chris works with vulnerable young people and children in crisis, Liz volunteers for a charity called Home Start which supports families with children under 5. So we are both passionate about supporting children and their families, to give them the confidence, knowledge and belief that they can improve their situation or make changes in their lives.

Sustainability

We both want to work with a charity whose projects are sustainable… ‘give a man a fish and he can feed his family for a day, teach a man to fish and he can feed his family for a lifetime’. Child’s Dream goes one step further than that and works with the communities to find out what they need…is fishing the best option? Do you even want to fish? The projects provide infrastructure, community development and resources, building both sustainable school structures and lasting relationships with the villagers. The communities are actively involved and ultimately have ownership of the projects, with a vested interest in their survival.

Risks to children in Southeast Asia

In the UK we are very aware of the suffering of children in Africa and it’s easy to forget that there are other children in the world who live in equal poverty. South East Asia is one of the poorest places for a child to grow up. The risks children face include child trafficking, being force into the sex industry, forced resettlement or displacement, as well as a lack of basic healthcare and clean water, often living in families surviving on just a few dollars a day.

Despite the vast array of 24hr news channels and newspapers online, there is very limited coverage or reportage about this region and the lives of the people who live here. No one hears much about the lives of children living in Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Burma or Vietnam. No one tells their stories.

Globalisation – cheap goods and cheap labour

Here in the UK we enjoy buying cheap products from linen shirts to DVD players that cost just £30, we expect to eat a wide variety of food all year round from king prawns to mangos.  What we forget or don’t know is that many of the foods and products that we want, come from South East Asia and the people who grow, produce and manufacture these things for the west, live in poverty. There is a human cost, if not a retail cost!

Whilst globalisation has benefited some, it has also led to a change in the way of life for many. With increased urbanisation and industrial development, people are under pressure to go to the cities to earn more money, moving away from their families and working and living under harsh conditions. As few are very well educated, the only option open to them is factory work, manufacturing items or processing food mostly for export. Even the governments in this region focus on the development of natural resources for export, not on the development of communities.

Surely we can’t just keep taking? Surely it’s time to give something back?

Education and a future

Education is key to the children in this region. Whilst some may consider the idea of Europeans arriving in countries and prescribing education as the answer, as arrogant or may argue that it undermines their way of life – subsistence farming and agriculture – we don’t believe this to be true or fair. Their way of life has already been undermined and changed forever by the impact of globalisation and urbanisation, by our demand for cheap goods and cheap labour, and their governments’ policies on trade and export. If farming is no longer a long term option, then education will give children a chance to learn skills and equip them with knowledge to understand the world they are growing up in. Education gives people choices, the children may have little in terms money, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have aspirations to grow up and do something interesting with their lives, or at the very least earn enough money to be able to support their families.

Education and a school environment also provides stability, where perhaps there is little elsewhere in their lives. It gives children self-esteem and self-belief, empowering them to learn and grow with confidence. School isn’t just about learning, it is a place to find  out who you are and what you can do, you may be musical or artistic, or good at sport, good with other children; a place where people listen to you and share with you.  Why should we deny any child access to education, everyone deserves the choice and the chance to become who they really are.

Child’s Dream are giving children and their families that choice.

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Oeufs for Bikeabout!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Benjamin and Edward, from Middleham School, both keep hens, and they came up with the idea of having an ‘oeuf’ stall at their class ‘French Cafe’ on Tuesday.  They particularly wanted to raise money for Bikeabout as they have been following our blog in class.
They did it all themselves – from the initial concept of the idea to collecting the eggs, bringing them all into school, organising for boxes and making posters for their stall.  They set it all out and sold ALL the eggs they had.   They counted all their money and from selling 54 eggs, they made £20.26.
We just want to say a big THANK YOU to both boys for supporting us and Child’s Dream. They are very inspiring and we appreciate all their efforts and hard work. What a great idea, well done boys!!

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Stop Press

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

If you are following our journey via the blog and enjoying it, then perhaps you might like to spread the word.

We have written a press release and sent it out, however it would be useful for us if you could send it to some local papers, magazines or websites that would be interested in hearing our story.

The more people that hear about what we are doing, the greater chance we have of reaching our target of £20k, to build a school in SE Asia for underpriviliged children.

Perhaps you could start your email with “I’ve been following this couple’s journey for the last year and have really enjoyed it, I thought your readers might like this too!”.

http://www.bikeabout.co.uk/pressrelease_oct2010.shtml

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7000km & two donations in 24 hours!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We’ve cycled 7000kms and we’ve just recieved £150 in donations for Child’s Dream! Huge thanks to Sarah and Jon for sponsoring us. Thanks also to Jorrit and Nicky for their donation and a fantastic blog post about our trip!

Made In Thailand

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Compromise

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Taking the train from Yogyakarta to Jakarta.

It was a strange for me to actually accept this would be the first substantial non bike part of the journey, apart from the planes over the sea.  I knew that it was inevitable but I had hoped that it would never come. In life there is always compromise and this was one of them.  When I had come up with the idea of cycling around the world I was looking to do it with someone, rather than do a solo trip.  After Liz and I got together she was willing to come with me, but was less concerned with a purist bike-only trip and not willing to spend years in the saddle.  So Bikeabout – New Zealand to England was born and we agreed we had the option to take buses, boats, trains, planes and camels if needed, and be back in time to have babies before old age creeps in.  I often worried that some people might see this as cheating and would be less willing to support us and the charity, and I also wanted to prove to myself that I could cycle all the way.

Contemplation on the matter has eased my conscience.  Firstly we never said it would be bike only. Secondly given the choice between leaving Liz and cycling alone or doing a slower, shorter trip with Liz there was little thinking time needed.

Anyone who thinks this is a cop out then spend 3 years saving enough money to put a deposit on a small house or flat, then instead of buying a house, buy a bike and use the rest of the money to cycle most of the way around the world.  At the same time try to run a marketing campaign that will raise £20,000 to build a school.  If you think this sounds a little hard or you’ve not got the time or money, then it might be easier to donate here!

Sorry for the rant, but I wanted to get it of my chest and I feel a lot better now.  Love to all those that support us!

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