Throughout the SDP, SERVE will run Shared Advocacy Campaigns on the issues on HIV and AIDS, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the role of the voluntary sector and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). They are focused on raising awareness, critical thinking and active citizenship among the general public to contribute towards a movement for change in favour of the MDGs and contributing to the Post-2015 MDG agenda.
In 2012, SERVE rolled out an advocacy campaign on HIV/Aids, with the aim of engaging individuals on the topic and raising awareness, critical thinking and active citizenship among our network of volunteers. SERVE believes that volunteers have the ability to be the best advocates for the issues they’ve seen while on placement. Volunteers have a role to play in meeting the MDGs, and they engage in critical discussion and participatory learning during development education workshops during preparation, throughout their placement and upon their return.
SERVE rolled out various elements of a campaign around HIV/Aids in 2012, including:
The Redemptorist Church in Tacloban has been providing a vital lifeline of shelter, support, and vital relief supplies for two and a half thousand people daily since the typhoon has struck. The basic aid relief supplies of food, water and medicines are the still the major need. A medical mission is also operating out of the church grounds. Daily container shipments of relief supplies are making their way from Cebu to Tacloban through your support. Your support has been making a real impact where it is needed. Please continue to support and share this urgent appeal.
Chris O’ Donoghue of SERVE is currently working alongside the Redemptorist Centre for Social and Ecological Concerns (ReCSEC) in the Philippines in this relief effort. Describing the situation, he writes in his blog of the difficulty in trying to comprehend the destruction that has occurred as a result of the Typhoon.
A group of fifteen students and five teachers from Colaiste Cois Life, Dublin, have returned from their immersion project in South Africa and Mozambique. The group spent two weeks with SERVE’s partners Tapologo, Tsholofelo and Young Africa, volunteering with development projects and learning about development issues facing young people in Southern Africa. The ambassador to Mozambique,Ruairí de Búrca, visited the group in Beira and said that ‘it is gratifying that through the work of SERVE and volunteers such as those from Colaiste Cois Life… that Ireland can play its part in supporting their work.’