Report from ACORN Peru

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Informe Noviembre 2016

Por el presente hago llegar el informe de actividades

Realizados durante el mes de Noviembre 2016.

 

ACORN PERÚ, considerando el apoyo por las

Causa justa del pueblo; continuamos en la Campaña en Contra del

TPP y el TISA y no privatización del Agua,

Por los Derechos de las personas y el desarrollo de sus Pueblos.

 

Continúamos contribuyendo con nuestra participación en la educación

Y por Valores en colegios con los más pequeños.

Preparándonos para compartir fuera de Lima con los niños de nuestros Andes del

Perú.

 

En esta oportunidad estuvimos con miembros de FETRAMUNP

En la Movilización en Lima el 24 de Noviembre del 2016, que movilizó

A muchas personas de los diferentes departamentos del país, en respaldo a los Alcaldes y

Regidores solicitando el aumento de Presupuesto Del FONCOMUN.Presupuesto que fue programado en mayo del presente

Año de 1468 millones de soles y gracias a esta movilización se ha conseguido que sea de 1609 millones de soles.

Este 29 de Noviembre del 2016 el Ministro de Economía y Finanzas (MEF).

Preciso que se asignarán:

318 millones para Infraestructura Social y Productiva.

563 millones de soles para Proyectos de Saneamiento y Urbanismo,

412 millones de soles en el marco de incentivos de la Gestión municipal

316 millones de soles por concepto de otras transferencias.

POR LO QUE SIEMPRE DIREMOS Y RECORDAREMOS SIN LUCHAS, NO HAY

VICTORIAS”

“EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO”

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Libéria: Action des Riverains de la plantation de LAC, le 5 et 7 Octobre 2016

Marielle Roux Benchehboune

Au Libéria, pas d’école buissonnière, les riverains demandent des classes pour leurs enfants en chantant!

Plus de 450 riverains de la plantation agro-industrielle LAC, au Liberia, se sont mobilisés le 5 et 7 octobre dernier pour l’accès à l’école de l’entreprise, qui est la seule proche de chez eux.

Depuis la rentrée, près de 300 élèves venant des villages voisins de la plantation d’hévéas ont été refusés au sein des écoles de l’entreprise, alors qu’ils pouvaient jusqu’ici y suivre les cours. En effet, dans les accords signés avec les populations locales l’entreprise s’est engagée à compenser les pertes de terres subies par les villageois, notamment en donnant accès aux enfants des villageois aux écoles appartenant à l’entreprise. La direction de la LAC aurait donné l’ordre dans ses écoles de ne pas admettre les enfants des populations riveraines, prétextant cette année une soudaine ‘surpopulation’.

Les riverains et parents, organisés au sein de l’association LACDISTFAC, demandent l’accès immédiat aux classes pour les enfants de leurs villages. Pour faire entendre leur demande, ils ont organisé plusieurs actions la semaine dernière notamment des sit-ins, chants et concerts face aux écoles. La première a eu lieu le 5 octobre, à Nain Camp School. Très vite, la police est intervenue, confisquant l’appareil photo du seul journaliste présent et ordonnant ensuite à la foule de se disperser. Leur demande est renforcée par l’arrivée des gardes de sécurité de l’entreprise qui demandent aux porte-paroles d’arrêter leur action et leur promettent un rendez-vous avec la direction le lendemain.

Le jeudi 6 octobre, les représentants des riverains mobilisés sont donc allés rencontrer de bonne foi la direction pour faire valoir leur demande. Mais, la rencontre entre les représentants  et la direction, a été loin d’être une négociation pour résoudre les problèmes; plutôt, la direction n’a fait que ‘proposer’ une suite de menaces – arrestations, emprisonnement … –  pour convaincre les leaders d’arreter leur mobilisation.

Le jour suivant, le vendredi 7 octobre, les riverains de l’autre division de la plantation se sont joint aux premiers mobilisés, pour une nouvelle action devant la même école, suivant le même mode opératoire et avec une volonté renforcée suite à toutes ces menaces.

Suite à cela, la direction de l’entreprise s’est engagée, du bout des lèvres, à reprendre les élèves à partir du 2e semestre de l’année. Mais les parents demandent que leurs enfants puissent être ré-admis en classe immédiatement pour qu’ils ne prennent pas davantage de retard. La mobilisation continue donc, et de plus belle.

PS: On aurait bien aimé mettre plus de photos, mais comme indiqué au dessus, les caméras ont été confisquées et/ou le journaliste empêché de filmer!

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ACORN in Delhi Offers Alternatives to the “Sleep Mafia”

Check out the Chief Organizer Blog that features the work of ACORN in India for the homeless.

In addition to running our own shelters again, ACORN India also runs a rescue vehicle in Delhi.

It moves in the streets from 10 pm to 4 am and rescues homeless sleeping in open by bringing them to the nearest shelter.

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Homeless problem was featured in the New York Times on January 18th, 2016.

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Petition: Call on the next President of the World Bank to support a 5% cap on remittances fees

I join ACORN International and the Remittance Justice Campaign in demanding that any new candidate being considered as President of the World Bank commit to aggressively making all available efforts to achieve the World Bank and G-8 goal of stopping predatory pricing of remittances and reducing maximum costs for migrant workers and immigrants to no more than 5% for remittances.

Sign the petition >>

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Report from Bangalore December 2011

Weekly meetings at lingarajapuram, Mahadevapura and Ambedkar Nagar were held.

In Hebbal 6 meetings were held. The street vendors met the local Police Inspector to urge him to look in to the police constables harassing them for Haftha. The vendors got registered as Akhila Karnataka raithara mathu vyaparigala sahnga – Hebbal. The vendors also decided that they will contribute money to open a office in Hebbal. It was also decided that there will be some demonstration to urge the government to implement the National Hawkers policy.

In Yelahanka New town I had 1 meeting with the traders in yelahanka New town traders association.

Two meeting with the shivajinagar vendors was held. The vendors discussed about pressurizing the government to implement the National Hawkers policy in the state.

In K.R. Puram 8 meetings was held. On 17th Dec, the vendors took a protest march from the market to the State BJP unit to submit a memorandum to Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa the BJP State president. The vendors wore the gunny bags (bags used to packaging the vegetables and food grains for the purpose of transportation) as the dress and participated in the march. The memorandum was submitted to Mr. Nirmal Kumar Surana, Vice president BJP State unit and Subbaniah, President BJP BBMP unit received the memorandum and assured to look into the issue and get back to us with in a weeks time. The vendors walked a distance of 30 KM from the market at 9.00 Am to reach the party office at around 2.00 PM. On 18th and 19th of Dec, we had a meeting at the Local MLA’s house which the MAL had called and assured the vendors that the market will not be demolished and the commercial complex will not be built. Along with this he convened a press meet and clarified the press about the action taken in response of the protest. The thashildar along with officials of the BBMP, and other officials were present. He also assured the vendors that the facilities at the market place like toilet, drinking water will be provided. In the following meetings it was decided that the vendors will protest to get the National Hawkers policy implemented at the earliest.

I had a meeting with the farmers and the vendors in Hoskote. Here also the discussion was on putting pressure on the government to implement the National hawker’s policy.

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Photos from the BJP Protest December 17th, 2011

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REPORT ON THE EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS DAY

 

REPORT ON THE EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS DAY 

VENUE:                        St.Johns Catholic Church korogocho

DATE:                          6TH OCTOBER 2011-10-12

ATTENDANCE:             150 people

The process

The meeting started at 1000 hours with a word of prayer from the Imam of Korogocho Mosque.

Brief introduction by the participants followed.

Welcome remarks was made by Sammy Ndirangu. He urged all stakeholders to feel at home and be ready to actively participate to the day’s discussion whose theme was “Korogocho. A mirage or a reality; what’s the scene behind it”?

David Musungu took members through a brief over view of ACORN Kenya Trust field operations and a brief profiling. Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is an affiliate of ACORN International which was founded 43 years ago in North America by Wade Rathke as its chief organizer. The organizing drive took place in the low income and impoverished areas. Campaigns were carried around poor housing, medical cover for the low income earners, remittance and poor wages.

Other chapters are in Canada, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Peru, Czech, India, Italy, and Kenya. ACORN mode of organizing started in Kenya in 2009 in Korogocho specifically Kisumu Ndogo and Highrigde and the program was officially launched in 2010 by the chief organizer .While engaging the community myriad of issues came up among them, insecurity, water and sanitation, poor health, child abuse and wife battering, alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment and education.

Education was prioritized for immediate action.

In engaging these issues ACORN employs multi tactic and strategies, direct action and membership participation in policy and financing to achieve its goals and those of the community.

Sammy Ndirangu took participants through the key highlights of education status in korogocho by giving insights of the first base line report that was conducted in November 2010.

That korogocho has 34 schools only two are public managed by the City Council of Nairobi, these are Ngunyumu and Daniel Ngomboni primary schools. The rest are private and fall under informal schools. The total population of school going children was 11,317 almost a half of this number does not go to school. There are 340 teachers with only 182 trained. Only 5% of teachers in the informal schools are trained.

Korogocho has no secondary school and no polytechnic or any other tertiary collage to accommodate drop out cases.

The survey indicated that out of the total number of school going children 586 girls and 648 boys live under difficulty circumstances in terms of adequate meals and uniform. Children are forced to leave school early in order to scavenge in the Dandora dump site to make the ends meet. On the other hand young girls are encouraged by their parents/guardians to do prostitution to support their family.

Three quarters of the informal schools lack basic facilities for normal learning. Most of the structures used as classes are poorly constructed poor ventilation, poorly light, no playing grounds and toilets are shared with outsiders.

The survey further indicated that out of the total number of candidates who sit for the primary certificate of education, only 20% of them are able to advance to secondary school and 50% of the drop out of school later.

While this is happening there is bursary funding in form of devolved funds that can arrest the situation. Majority of parents do not know their existence and those who are aware cannot access it.

The second survey was conducted in February 2011 to get more data on the number of non going school children. More than 500 young people out of many others are willing to return to school should any opportunity arise; 70% of these young men and women are orphans while others are from single parent headed families. Out of 234 dropouts that were interviewed 8% had scored a mean grade B and above while 35% of them had scored above the averages mean score.

This high level of drop out was attributed to high level of poverty among the house holds while poor performance attributed to poor learning environment, lack of teaching and learning materials as well as lack of qualified teachers.

Reactions from the participants

Before reactions from stakeholders, there was an entertainment from St. Johns primary children and Ngunyumu primary schools who presented songs, poems and skits.

Stakeholders were argued to carefully look into education gaps that were highlighted in the report for a focused way forward.

Moving the discussion forward, a representative from an Organization called Kesho asserted that issues mentioned in the report are directly or indirectly related to education. He said that an educated and well informed community can easily address their concerns and interns instill peace within the community.

Other issues of concern that were raised included:-

  • Advocacy for parental sensitization and
  • Lobbying from the main stakeholders
  • Parents from korogocho don’t actively participate in supporting education and hence advocated for sensitization.
  • The community has been dis-empowered many by NGOs through handouts and lack of accountability and efficiency.
  • There is generalyl poor leadership
  • The community does not take education seriously and hardly make a follow up of their children in school and home.
  • There is enough space in Ngunyumu primary school and yet children opt to stay at home.
  • A campaign should be carried out for children to go to school.
  • Parents should also listen to their children to get and understand their concerns
  • Alcohol and hard drug abuse is also alarming in the area.
  • Many parents discourage their children for further education- and instead encourage them to engage in Jua kali (small scale business enterprises) sector.
  • Dandora dump site has negatively impacted on korogocho children. Most of them leave school to scavenge there.
  • Stake holders should come up with sustainable projects in education.
  • There should be a unity of purpose in education.
  • A strong need to make follow up in school by parents concerning the education of their children.
  • There is lack of continuity in most of the schools as a result of poor payments.

Recommendations from the stakeholders

  • To up grade the current schools in korogocho
  • The government and other stakeholders to support all primary schools including private and non formal in teaching and learning materials
  • Embark on training and refresher courses for all teachers in public and non formal schools.
  • To push the relevant ministries to establish a public secondary school in korogocho.
  • To establish a vocational training centre to nurture the talents of the youth.
  • Streamline the bursary funding process in order to reach and benefit the needy cases
  • Create more employment opportunities for the youth.
  • Initiate an education support kit to sponsor the bright children from poor families from Korogocho.

 Way forward

–          Establish an education committee to address aforementioned recommendations.

           The composition of the committee shall be drawn from the education stakeholders.

 

–          ACORN Kenya Trust to come up with a date for the stakeholders meeting.

 Vote of thanks was given by Pastor Paul Gathiru and a closing prayer said by the Bishop Wesonga from Kao la Tumaini Worship Center.

Guests were served refreshment and then left at their own pleasure at 20:00hours.

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ACORN KENYA TRUST

ACORN KENYA TRUST

OCTOBER 2011 PROGESSIVE REPORT             5/11/2011                                                                                                            

Membership recruitment      

The aftermath of the education campaign has strongly shown a great impact to the people of Korogocho, who have joined the organization in big numbers. Organizing has been overwhelming, in the area now that we are receiving members from all the eight villages who are freely willing to join the group. However we strongly feel that we need a supportive team of organizers to enable us reach out to these village groups in an easier way. We are not sure of how to go about it but we have key persons from each of our working villages of Kisumu dogo and Highridge who now understands the Acorn model of organizing. Actually for them, they would require just some in-depth skills and dynamics in organizing and all will be fine with them.

Thirty eight new members joined the Organization from different villages in the month of October.

VILLAGE

NEW MEMBERS

 

Highridge

10

Kisumu ndogo

8

Grogon B

6

Korogocho B

3

Grogon A

5

Korogocho A

2

Gitathuru

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

38

 

Dues collection

VILLAGE

NO.OF MEMBERS

TOTAL IN KSHS

 

Kisumu Ndogo

45

900

Highridge

60

1200

Other villages

38

760

TOTAL

250

2860

MEETINGS

W e have held several meeting in the last month but more of great significant is the evaluation meeting that was held on

 

DATE

VENUE

ATTENDANCE

ACTIVITY

VENUE

RESOLUTIONS/RESULTS

10/10/2011

ACORN

Offices

kariobangi

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Evaluation of the stakeholders education day

ACORN offices

Kariobangi

-The campaign was successful due to a good turn out

-Recommendations given by the stakeholders were realistic and encouraging

17/10/2011

ACORN offices

Kariobangi

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Planning for the way forward of the recommendations given during the stakeholders education day

ACORN offices

Kariobangi

-To open an account for the education pot kitty

-Members to start contributing to the account before appealing to other well wishers by the end of October 2011.

 

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

VILLAGE

DATE

VENUE

ATTENDANCE

AGENDA

Highridge

28/10/2011

Calvary church

  1.  

-Evaluation of the stakeholders education day

-Dues collection

Kisumu ndogo

29/10/2011

Big pen academy

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-Evaluation of the stakeholders education day

-Dues collection

Most of the schools in the area have been closely liaising with our office on important information regarding education status in the area. This is as result of the big campaign that we carried out in the area. In terms of the tangible outcome of the campaign we have also been getting a lot of positive feed backs from different personalities, encouraging us and our work in the area. Again from the recommendations brought out during the campaign day we strongly hope that come next year we will be able to get few bright pupils’ from the very poor families sponsored in their secondary education in the area.

Report by

Sammy and David

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Volunteer: Internship Opportunities

Paola Schifino

If you want to provide community service and even better can get credit or fulfill a requirement, ACORN International would love to be the place for you! Here are a couple of programs that are breaking ground with us already – get in touch right away if you’d like to add your school to the list.

George Brown College – Toronto: “George Brown College- School of Social and Community Services- Students seeking a Diploma in the Social or Community Services fields are able to take advantage of placement opportunities with ACORN International. Students will help with research, outreach and various other aspects of campaigns that ACORN is supporting.”

York University – School of Social Work – Toronto York has approved ACORN International as a placement location for students seeking either a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) or a Masters in Social Work (MSW) beginning the 2011-2012 school years. Students would help on outreach, communication, and research working with various immigrant communities in Toronto on the Remittance Justice Campaign.

Georgia State University School of Social Work – Atlanta A similar set of placements is being organized in a partnership between GSU in Atlanta and ACORN International on communities in Georgia.

Tufts University – EPIIC Program — Boston Beginning in 2008 we inaugurated a partnership offering opportunities for internships through the program with ACORN International as part of the global studies program at Tufts. One student spent the summer working as an organizer and research with ACORN India in Mumbai.

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Volunteer: Home-Based Research Assistance

It’s a big world, and when ACORN International is trying to tackle huge institutions like the banks and money transfer organizations, we need a lot of people plowing through a lot of documents, state and provincial rules in various countries, facts and figures, and processing the information country by country, including in places where we do not organize like the United Kingdom, Europe, and China. A good example of added talent in doing the great Remittance Justice Campaign reports was the labor of volunteer, Larry Ginsberg from Baltimore who waited through the state insurance and banking records vainly looking for signs of regulations in 32 of the United States. Jim Lynch working from a home computer in Little Rock managed to connect us to important information from bankers in Africa that filled in key gaps in our research.

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Volunteer: Club ACORN

Club de ACORN in Buenos Aires In 2005 energetic ACORN Argentina community organizers working in La Boca and Barrellas teamed with a number of young expats from the USA, UK, and Australia visiting Buenos Aires to create an after school enrichment program for ACORN members’ children. Monthly fundraisers organized through Facebook were used to purchase supplies and other tools for Club de ACORN. The program has now been reorganized in La Matanza, the mega-slum in the provincial outside of the city. Similar programs have been organized in other ACORN International cities in Latin America especially.

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Volunteer: Making Summer Special

Melanie Craxton of the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Rochester, New York, does not believe in letting a moment go to waste, so she wanted to make her summer count for something. She had spent time as an intern with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the past, and could see from the Remittance Justice Campaign that there were similarities as well as an interest by ACORN International in tackling the complexities of microfinance for our membership, evaluating the field, and even building tools to allow our members in the slums to be better “loan consumers.” In an exciting development to both Melanie and ACORN International, we are exchanging three months of a hot and humid New Orleans summer in 2011 for her skills and help in producing our research on microfinance which we will roll out in the fall of this year.

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