[Pauline, our Students Rebuild representative from our
partner, Global Nomads Group, reports on the latest news from her trip
“In a mission for Students Rebuild, I arrived in Somalia less than a week ago to learn more the youth supported by CARE through the One Million Bones challenge. I was very excited to come here and was not disappointed one bit!
As you may know Somalia has been characterized by an ongoing civil war for 21 years. This has led to a generation of youth with no access to education and no opportunities for the future. To support those young people, CARE Somalia has implemented numerous programs from literacy to vocational training and computing.
My colleagues and I came to the region of Puntland to visit CARE and meet young people of Somalia. And a lot happened! We met with the passionate staff, learned about their work, filmed the youth (so that you can learn more!), held interviews, created a virtual dialogue (interactive video conference) between Somali and American youth and enjoyed the Somali culture throughout. The food is amazing by the way.
For example, I learned that these projects target three types of youth qualified by CARE as most vulnerable:
- Nomads getting away from poverty and potential famine
- Displaced people fleeing the conflict in South Central Somalia
- Urban youth fearing escalating unemployment and the threat of piracy
YOUR involvement in the Students
Rebuild One Million Bones challenge, 250 youth will have access to an
education they would not have been able to access otherwise – that is pretty
good news to start the weekend, if you ask me!”
[In June, 2013, one million handmade bones will cover the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—a massive art installation and visual petition against humanitarian crises. The One Million Bones challenge is mobilizing students worldwide to make bones as a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors of ongoing conflict in places like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Every handmade bone generates $1 from the Bezos Family Foundation for CARE’s work in these regions. Become one in a million—take the challenge today!]