Archive for December, 2009

Music mad Robert helps young beat the blues

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Founder of Ireland NPO Blastbeat Education Robert Stephenson was the special guest at GliPub’s special opening report in August. Introduced by event co-ordinator Akiyuki Minami, Mr Stephenson spoke at length about youth culture and how his organisation interact and help the young.

Environmental retail experts Patagonia at the 4th Meeting Report of GliPub

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Mr. Kenji Shino and Ms. Etsuko Nakanishi who are in charge of environment issues at the Japan branch of US outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia were welcomed as guest speakers for the 4th GliPub@Nezu earlier this year. Patagonia has managed to successfully balance environment and business issues for more than 50 years and is a favourite with outdoor lovers worldwide.

Tamwed aid flood disaster in the Nilgiris

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Long-standing GLI supporter Oz Osborne’sTamwed recently launched a year-long project with two partner NGOs, one of which is based in the Nilgiri Hills, to help communities prepare for the effect of climate change and work with government departments on issues such as deforestation. Soon after the project was launched, a huge storm devastated the Nilgiris. 43 people are known to have died and thousands suffered from damaged homes and property. The clearance of forest for the growing of tea meant that whole hillsides were converted into mud that slipped down the hillsides. Due to the changing pattern of weather and the monsoon season, this was the first rain for a year in some areas

Indian green lessons for the west

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Ahead of the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen there’s a lot of anger in India about the West’s pressure on it to sign up to emissions cuts. The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder travelled to India’s most industrialised state, Gujarat, to see at first hand some very effective – if homegrown – attempts at tapping renewable energy.

Honey you can earn me a dime!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Bee stings can treat knee and joint pains and ‘apitherapy’ is popular in Africa”

MADURAI, INDIA: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has begun to train the mentally ill patients in honey extraction.

A group of 10 residents of the Chellamuthu Gardens at Alagarkoil here, which is run for those with mental health problems by M. S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, has already been imparted preliminary training with 10 bee colonies installed at the site.

November Newsmail

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Newsmail November 2009

Here’s the latest news in brief from GLI. To read any of these stories in full visit and if you want to sign up as a Networker click on ‘Get Involved’.

News from MS Chellamuthu Trust

Madurai, India-based MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation (MSCT&RF) celebrated World Mental Health Day in October by publishing this plan to help alleviate and cope with metal illness.

News from FOHRD, India
The High Court of Tamil Nadu has given a landmark order directing the lower judiciary and police officials to treat the apprehended prostitutes as victims of trafficking and they should not be penalised and sent to prison. Instead they have to be sent to rehabilitation/protective homes run either by government or NGOs.

Tree cheers!
An Indian civil servant, SM Raju, has come up with a novel way of providing employment to millions of poor in the eastern state of Bihar. His campaign to encourage people to plant trees effectively addresses two burning issues of the world: global warming and shrinking job opportunities.

TME spells AIDS help
Thare Machi Education was formerly known as the Starfish Initiative but due to confusion with several other charities we reverted to the name that was originally registered with the Charity Commission. Thare Machi means starfish in an Indian language. Why starfish? – because of a story I heard in Uganda about a young girl walking along a beautiful beach and the tide was going out and thousands of starfish were left dying. She went along and threw them back into the water.

Christmas concert for Kids for Kids
A candlelit Christmas concert organised by Kids for Kids takes place on Thursday December 10. Venue is St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey and the event, which features The Fanfare Trumpeters of HM Grenadier Guards and aims to raise money for children in Darfur, Sudan, starts at 7pm.

TAMWED November newsletter highlights
Highlights from TAMWED’s November newsletter include the sad news that Chair Gill Gorbutt has died after a long illness. Gill was hugely popular and actively involved with many community projects. She will be missed by many of those who referred to her for sensible and thoughtful advice