December 2, 2019
Since 2017, the Perth-based organisation Development Together has been partnering with Seeds of Hope Integrated Ministries of Uganda (SHIM). They are a not-for-profit community-based organisation located in Eastern Uganda, primarily working in and around the town of Busia. SHIM’s goal is to endorse an
equal and sustainable transformation of marginalised people especially children, youth and women.
Essentially, they encourage vulnerable children to attend school by providing fees and scholastic materials, conduct financial education programs for women to set up small sustainable business, and teach sexual and reproductive health education to teenagers and young adults to encourage birth spacing and appropriate contraception.
July 18, 2019
Development Together is a Perth-based organisation that facilitates internship and work experience for university students and professionals to the developing world, where they work in partnership with local not-forprofit groups on community development projects.
For the past two years we have been partnering with the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies in Hanoi to identify rural villages in need of assistance to develop access to clean water. We have sent small groups of engineering and environment students to a remote village in the Da Bac region, around 3.5 hours drive west of Hanoi.
April 17, 2019
Karawara resident Calvin Kress may be humble about it, but he’s something of a hero to one Ugandan village. The Curtin engineering student recently arrived home after two months in Masufu in Eastern Uganda, where he and a small group of students transformed the fortunes of the township community. “I’m a third-year engineering student, and it’s recommended to us to do 48 hours of community service as part of it,” he said.
“I thought to myself that the best way to do that would be to go overseas and volunteer in a poor country. “That way I could get some hands-on experience while making a real difference to somewhere in the world where they need it.” Mr Kress joined a group of students with non-profit Development Together to travel to the region.
May 1, 2019
Lack of finances and access to proper sanitary products, as well as lack of information on reproductive health, means many girls and women resort to using unhygienic and ineffective materials to manage their periods, such as newspapers, pieces of foam mattresses, banana fibres and leaves. This can lead to health complications and discomfort, and prevents many girls and women from engaging in daily life.
Curtin commerce student Casey Hughes is helping to change the status quo. She spent eight weeks in Uganda developing a business plan to produce and distribute reusable sanitary pads to girls and women living in urban and rural Busia, a town that lies near the border between Uganda and Kenya.
February 25, 2019
CASEY Hughes, of Mandurah, has returned from an eight-week placement in Busia, Uganda, for Seeds of Ministry.
The Curtin University business student was involved in a reusable sanitary pad project.
Her role was to develop a sustainable business plan for selling and distributing affordable reusable sanitary pads, which aimed to empower women through employment opportunities, increase school attendance in girls, decrease the number of young girls getting married, decrease teenage pregnancy, and decrease death in childbirth.