by Carmel Lawry, Palms volunteer at Holy Family Care Centre, South Africa Tsephiso came to Holy Family at 7 years of age as she and her siblings had been neglected and abandoned. Her older sister was caring for her and her siblings, and they all suffered from malnutrition. Tsephiso’s mother was impoverished and did not […]
Volunteer Carmel Lawry recently returned to her placement in Holy Family Care Centre, South Africa, after a brief “break” of study, work and exams in Australia to enhance her health qualifications. She provides another update of life for the community -and the young- of Ofcolaco: I have been back in Ofcolaco for 2 weeks and […]
Now in the final months of their placements in Lusaka, Zambia, Emma and Stephen Yates have contributed on two fronts to the Palms Vision. Stephen, a Senior MO, gives his account of the challenges faced by a fledgling referral hospital team -including fears should the Ebola epidemic spread- while Emma speaks of her experience assisting […]
With the recent Soccer World Cup we have seen again much debate on the relationship between sport, commercialism and mass media. Many of us would like to get back to basics and just enjoy play for its own sake! Ian Gray, at IT professional recently returned from Atabae, Timor Leste, gives his report of such […]
Holy Family Centre in Ofcolaco, Limpopo Privince, South Africa is hosting two Palms Volunteers -Carmel Lawry, an experienced health care professional from Melbourne, and Louisa Cataldo, a passionate teacher and musician from Sydney. Working on different ‘front lines’ both women are helping to rebuild life and hope in a region devastated by poverty, abuse, civil […]
Emma and Stephen Yates share their story of observing the local ways and taking the time to consider their decisions. Sometimes this involves following local rules around gender and sometimes demonstrating an alternative.
Stephen and Emma Yates explain what their roles as a volunteer doctor and gender justice advocate entail.
In September we had the very satisfying experience of running basic health training for local villagers. This was rewarding for us because the participants came with so much goodwill, laughter and enthusiasm.
Communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific are asking us for volunteers in 2013.
Can you help us by sharing the following requests at work, in your industry or union journal, in your parish newsletter, or through social media?
In our latest Youtube video, three Palms volunteers speak about why volunteering is important and why people should volunteer with Palms Australia.
The opportunity to take time out to volunteer was something we could not say no to. I had been part of an Encounter Group visit to Timor-Leste in 2010 and came home to Australia full of the possibilities. It was only a matter of time for all of the jigsaw pieces to fit together!
This infographic provides an interesting insight into what a single volunteer can contribute to their hosts over 12 months.
The Safe Motherhood outreach program has reduced the number of maternal deaths in the villages. My role has been to help improve the quality of nursing care in the hospital, assist with the management of pharmaceutical supplies and to provide support for the Administrator in the management of this complex range of services.
The boy looked a lot better today, albeit still with some pallor and severe malaria, but I think he will continue to improve. I remembered thinking yesterday that this one success of saving that child’s life would make my trip here all worthwhile.