Wednesday 26 November 2014

Time runs

Hi everyone,

Time goes so quickly. Now I am here for more than a month and I am really getting used to it. I have learned so much about CADFA and how their links work, have met a lot of interesting people and slowly I  am getting  to know about this huge city.

On Thursday we had the UN Children's Day celebration. There was a talk from Sir Vincent Fean about his time as a Consul General in Jerusalem. For me it was very interesting, because he opened a new view for me and gave me an idea of what his position was about. Coincidentally, the 20th November is his birthday like mine. Nandita was so nice to get a cake for us and everyone sang Happy Birthday. I was touched.


Thursday 20 November 2014

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Hi CADFA friends!

25 years ago, 20 of November 1989 governments worlwide promised all children the same rights  in UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention everybody knows with the name CRC and change the understanding of childen's rights, because they start to be seen legally as members of society .

These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from. The Convention of the Rights of the Child is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history. UK signed it in 1990, and it came into UK law in 1992.

Article 6.
1. States Parties recognize that every child has the ineherent right to life.
2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

CADFA wants celebrate this important day with a big event, because we think the CRC is an internacional document to fight for the rights of the child and protect them around the world.

Emilio Sanchez.


Tuesday 18 November 2014

Exhibition Saturday

Last Saturday, 15th November 2014, the EVS Volunteers in London went to demonstrate in front of the  Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street (Westminster)
In this famous street there were different groups supporting Palestine, demonstrating about the situation there.

Emilio and Dunja, tried to get  signatures  for a  CADFA petition and talked with people about our charity and our next event on 20th November (UN Children's Day) Some of them were members and had met CADFA before, because they are involved in different organisations or movements in London to support Palestine.

Now, you can see a photo report which they made about this day.


Thursday 13 November 2014

Learning fast with CADFA

Hello Cadfa friends!

The time is going so fast. I can remember when I started in October! and now I can go to the universities, schools, community centres and I am not lost on the way. I think Cadfa offers the opportunity to meet other projects, charities or social organisations here in London and I am so lucky to have the opportunity to get to know about them.

When we were at SOAS I felt really well. We are creating links with them because we want to make some activities in the university when the Palestinian people are here, work on blogs, etc. We also want to involve new people from the universities to do projects and activities with us to promote Human Rights in London.
On the next day, I was at Maria Fidelis School and it was really cool, because we started a new 'Lunch Club' with some people who are studying there. They are really interested in doing activities about the situation in Palestine and being involved in our school's exchange in the future. I think I will have a really good time with them during this year.
On Friday, I visited the Calthorpe Project with Dunja my co-worker and it was really nice to see the work which they are doing at the community centre. They have a garden project  and they plant and eat these plants! It was really interesting! I could taste a flower called 'nasturtium'  and also I was really surprised when I met the girls who are involved in the project because a lot of them were speaking in Spainsh and it was like  being at home.

Thinking about all these things that I did just in a month, I am really happy about my time here, because I think I will learn a lot of things, I will meet a lot of people and I will have more skills to be involve in a beautiful London life.

Emilio Sanchez.

Thursday 6 November 2014

Student Twinning Links

To make a book with people in the other part of the world (Palestine) its the best example to twinning links. Students started in 2011 taking pictures about the differences to freedom in London and Palestine although they were living far apart from each other. They had decided to be in contact for a long time sending pictures, talking, and discussing about editing a book in London. And they started a very important project.

The "Twining links Project" creates a lot of material, such as books, leaflets, blogs, websites, and campaigns.
The groups in Palestine and the groups in London create different campaigns about student life in Palestine under occupation. For example a street campaign and petitions (Adam & Johar) This and visits from Palestinian students help to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine, this is the best way to reach people who are unaware. The main universities involved are Al Quds University, in Palestine, SOAS, UCL and Middlesex in London.

Student life in the Al Quds University is very different from student life in London. The Seperation Wall around West Bank seperates Jerusalem from the campus of the Al Quds University, so many students have a long and difficult journey to their University. Also tear gas is common in their student life and this causes disruption of their education. This is one of the reasons why student links have been established.

Dunja &  Emilio

Tuesday 4 November 2014

EVS Training week

I really loved the EVS Training week. It was from  28th October to 31st October. In these 4 days I met a lot of other EVS volunteers from all over the world. Before I arrived in Derby, I thought I would just meet volunteers from Europe, but I was surprised, because there was also a girl from Egypt and two guys from Palestine. I found out, that the EVS project is not only between  EU countries, it's just important that one EU country is involved in the exchange. So this is why there were also people from Egypt and Palestine.

These 4 days were very long and intensive, in a positive way. We had programmes from the morning till the evening and spoke about our responsibilities as an EVS volunteer, British culture and many other topics. At every free minute most of the volunteers took the chance to exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences. For me this was very helpful, I am more motivated and now I feel more prepared for the next month.

On Thursday our group of about 40 people separated into  a lot of small groups of 4 or 5 people. Every group was given a country from the UK, for example Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales.  We were given Scotland and my group discussed which part of Scotland we wanted to present to the other volunteers, so we get an understanding of the UK and get more motivated to travel around. We didn't agree on the part of Scotland we wanted to choose, so we decided to talk about the Highlands and Edinburgh. I was so fascinated with the Highlands. There are so many things to do and I wish to go there one day. 

In the evenings, after the dinner, the volunteers would get together and get to know each other better. We talked, shared stories, laughed and had a lot of fun together. So I can say I got to know really nice people and made good friends. Hopefully, there will be another EVS Training week and we see each other a second time.