November 2012

Amizade Needs You in 2013

Amizade Needs You in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, we at Amizade would like to thank you for all the positive changes that you have helped bring about in our organization and throughout the world.

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IUP in Jamaica: I am a traveler

IUP in Jamaica: I am a traveler

As this trip comes to a close, I would like to take some time to share with all of you what I have learned from this amazing experience. I have done a lot in the little time that I had here in Jamaica. From jumping off of a forty foot cliff into a seemingly bottomless ocean to living with four of the greatest kids I could ever meet. But only one of those reasons was why I came here, the people.

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Amizade in India: Partner Organizations

Amizade in India: Partner Organizations

In my previous blog post I mentioned Visions Global Empowerment, Amizade’s on-site partner in India. I did not; however, describe Visions as an organization.

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Preparing classrooms for a new year of school in Jamaica

Preparing classrooms for a new year of school in Jamaica

Bring on the paint! 13 of us IUP students plus Galloway’s teachers and other community members split up between two classrooms to start painting the walls with fresh yellowish/cream paint. As we were dipping our paint brushes into the buckets of paint and splattering the walls and ourselves we realized how hard we were all working as a group, counting on one another for help.

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What do you think when you hear "India"?

What do you think when you hear "India"?

What comes to mind when you hear someone mention the word “India”? Do you think of unfamiliar settings? Strong religious influence? Spicy food? These were all things I conjured up in my personal pre-departure expectations of the country. I imagined a colorful landscape with crowded streets.

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UCLA Medical Program in the Amazon

UCLA Medical Program in the Amazon

This past July, six students from UCLA spent 10 days with Amizade Global Service-Learning and Amizade’s community partner, Fundação Esperança, traveling along the Trombetas river on a medical boat that provides health services to isolated communities.

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Amizade Earns Special Consultative Status with the UN!

Amizade Earns Special Consultative Status with the UN!

We are thrilled to announce that Amizade has been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) on July 27, 2012, making us the first nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh to receive the honor.

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Stories from Karagwe: Sikuelewi

Stories from Karagwe: Sikuelewi

Once upon a time, there was a traveller named Mzungu who visited Karagwe, Tanzania. Mzungu did not speak any Kiswahili, but he was full of questions about the area and was curious to explore. Upon arrival, he decided to take a day and tour the town and the surrounding mountains and villages. The landscape was amazing, nothing like he’d ever seen. The hillside sloped down into a river that snaked through the valley. Past the river, the green mountains rolled on into the horizon.

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Stories From Karagwe: The Search for Diamond

Stories From Karagwe: The Search for Diamond

All throughout intermediate and high school, I considered myself a concert rat. At least once a month my friends and I would head down to Mr. Smalls or Club Diesel, usually being the youngest people in the crowd, to see one of the many bands we were infatuated with. These venues usually consisted of shoving crowds, mosh-pits, and crowd surfers. I’ve had my fair share of crazy adventures to faraway shows and completely ridiculous happenings, but none of these memories compare to our recent quest for Tanzania Bongo-Flavor Pop-Sensation: Diamond!

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