Monthly Archives: September 2013

Love, War and Hate

One of our generous trustees, Marcus Fedder has graciously donated a vast number of copies of his recent Novel to COTM.

sarabande
His novel ‘Sarabande’ is a gripping love story in which deals with the conflict of the ties of family and homeland with the desire to forge a new life and the balance between hope and despair. It is a heart wrenching story of a young woman’s moral values and effort to maintain a pacifist view whilst being caught in the middle of a war that has hit her home town and killed many of her childhood friends. Through drawing parallels between great humanity and brutality, this book will most certainly leave you questioning your own principles and morality.

You can buy a brand new copy from us from only £5 by clicking here.

Big Challenges

Children of the Mekong is a young UK charity. We are grateful for all of our sponsors and volunteers and we appreciate any help we can get. We are always looking for new and passionate people to work with and provide flexible internship programmes too. Over the past summer, Alice interned for COTM. Now that her internship is over, we’ve asked Alice to do a short interview, reflecting on her time and work with the charity. If you’re interested in working with us, take a quick look!

 

How long have you been working with ‘Children of the Mekong’?
I worked for 3 months with COTM, from beginning of June to end of August 2013.

How did you hear about the charity?
I knew ‘Enfants du Mekong’ in Paris because it’s a big organisation in France. Then Eugenie Prouvost talked to me about the UK branch in London, COTM.

Why did you decide to intern with COTM over other, and possibly bigger charities?
As part of my studies, I had to complete an internship. I choose COTM because it’s a small charity facing big challenges. It means that there are important issues and a lot to do and to develop. Moreover, it’s located in London so I could improve my English. For these reasons it was very interesting for me.

What are you studying at the moment and how has working with COTM helped your course?
I’m doing a Master in Geopolitics and International Relations. COTM opened me up to a wider vision of international development and it is an illustration on how we can help building developing countries.

What was your role in the charity?
As any volunteer, I tried to give my best. I didn’t have one specific task but I participated in COTM’s Fundraising, Communication and Programs. For example, I helped developing projects such as Schools’ partnership, providing logistic support for events like British 10K, raising funds by identifying trusts and foundations and sending grants applications, creating the volunteers’ network, tools for Monitoring & Evaluation system…

What are you doing for the charity at the moment, now that your internship is over?
Since the end of my internship, I try to keep involved in COTM raising funds. I work from home -from France- on applications for funding and stay in touch with the Operations Manager.

Now that you are in France, will you be working with ‘Enfants du Mekong’?
‘Enfants du Mekong’ and COTM do not offer the same work conditions and challenges. Furthermore, COTM has many assets -a dynamic team of volunteers, an institutional environment well organised, a socio-economic framework very developed…- that’s why I would prefer staying in touch with the UK organisation.

What has been your favourite part of working with COTM?
Being involved in projects and events forCOTM has been a very exciting part of the work. It gives life to COTM’s mission; it increases its visibility and gives sense to our actions.

We wish you good luck with completing your degree, Alice!

If you’re interested in volunteering your time and skills to work with us, please feel free to contact us or send your CV to Amy :amy@childrenofthemekong.org .

 

For You And For Me, And The Entire Human Race

Our volunteers, Love Joshua Omoraiyewa wrote an essay to raise awareness on the millions of children who are not going to school in the world. We are pleased to share it with you!

Dear Vie,

How are you doing? You passed by me today. You looked absolutely gorgeous. Your tailored suit is amazing, it looked really perfect. The sun formed a halo around your head as you walked by, almost like a protective shield. We all stared in awe. I have always admired you. You are such a great inspiration. I say to my friends all the time ‘see Vie, I’ll grow up to be like him someday’. I want to walk like you, talk like; I want to have your charisma. I want to be you.  But I have a quarrel against you.

You never acknowledge my presence. Why I ask? I know we are not friends or family but I consider you part of my life. I look up to you. I always keep tabs on you, but don’t worry I’m not a stalker. I never change my spot, I am always at the same place, watching and waving at you as you walk by. Remember now? No? Ok, I wear this particular brown striped shirt and black trousers that have holes in time. The holes I consider customized designs just like the little brooch you always have on your shirts (we are so unique). I always tuck in the shirt, just like you Vie. Common!!!! You still can’t remember me? It’s me Vie, I’m always smiling especially when I see you because I know someday I’m going to be like you. Yes, I must. When I’m not watching you, then I’m admiring the school children as they get on and off buses. They all look so posh and cherubic, they are like a mini you Vie, they all have the potentials to be like you. I hope they realize this and do not throw away this opportunity.

Anyway, remember me now vie. I remember one day I tried to talk to you but you pushed me away like I was germ. But I understood that you don’t like to talk to strangers. When I told my mum, she said you did it because you don’t mix with people in the lower class, which is my class. I did not understand what she meant, I still don’t. I do not even go to school, how can I have a class? Even if I did, of course we can’t be in the same class. You’re much older. She smiled and said I thought like a child. I’m a child after all and adult talk sometimes is too complicated for me to understand.

Remember me now? I guess not. It’s not your fault. There are so many children like me Vie. Just the other day, I saw a boy who had the same customized holes I had and I thought to myself, ‘how would Vie recognize me now’. You won’t believe our numbers. We are in every street, every corner, and every bus station. We do not care about what we will eat or where we will eat. We just want to be like you, we want to go to school.

By Love Joshua Omoraiyewa

Love

 

Do you know that about 61 million primary school-age children around the world are not in school? Poor kids often can’t go to school because they need to work to help their families survive.

More than 70% of out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. (Source: worldbank.org)

Children of the Mekong help to train and educate these children in Southeast Asia. You can support by sponsoring a child or making a donation.

We understand that you cannot help the whole world, but you can start by helping one child at a time.

Let’s make the world a better place.