News from the Africa Scout Region
The Africa Scout region, through the Africa Regional Office has launched the Africa Scout web site.
The website contains information about the situation of Scouting in member countries, the organisational structure of the Africa Scout Region, the 10-Year Development Plan for Scouting in the Africa Region, communication and public relations strategies in the Region among other details. It gives a link to national websites for Scout Associations in the region where they exist, and also gives links to other important websites such as the World Organisation of the Scout Movement website.
Log on to the Africa Scout website today:
Help is still needed
Since the volcanic disaster struck in Goma causing destruction which included the destruction of the Goma Scouts Centre, the World Scout Bureau in Geneva and the Africa Scout office launched appeals for help to the Scouts of Goma.
There has been no major change to the situation described in our last month's iDespatch. The Scouts are still camping in temporary camps in the center of Goma. They have however been allocated a piece of land on which to rebuild their office and workshop. They will do this as soon as help is received.
We have started receiving help from various well wishers including individuals and Scout Associations to whom we are very grateful. We have been acknowledging such assistance individually to all those who have come forward to help.
We are still appealing for further help as the problem in Goma is far from over.
If you wish to help the Scouts of Goma, you can get in touch with the Africa Regional Office.
Peace Education 2001
Reverend Nelson Owono Oweng, a Scouter from Uganda is now a prestigious winner of the UNESCO Award for Peace Education 2001. Reverend Oweng obtained the prestigious award on the recommendation of the International Jury of Peace that met on 3rd and 4th of September 2001. The award is given to individuals or institutions for exceptional efforts on matters of peace education, promotion of peace, and the work done in resolving conflict through dialogue.
Reverend Oweng is very much a Scouter. He participated in various Scout activities such as workshops and seminars like the motar mesh construction workshop in Kenya in 1984, The International camp staff programme of the Boy Scouts of America in 1984, a woodbadge course, a Scout Leaders basic course all by the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, the Reverend did research on Scouting and citizenship for Uganda Scouts Association in March 1985. He was the Scout Commissioner for Kampala (Uganda) between 1984 and 1993 and he also served as the National Community Development Scout Commissioner between 1993 and 1994.
Get your Scout Association a flag pole
During the week leading to the Founders Day celebrations on 22nd February, the Africa Regional Office widely circulated a message to coincide with this day.
In the message, we indicated that the Africa Regional Office and the Nyeri local Scouts Association of the Kenya Scouts Association are working together to rehabilitate Baden Powell resting place in Nyeri, Kenya and to expand the facilities in the park adjacent to the grave known as the Baden Powell Park.
Together, we have developed a project proposal: the Baden Powell Memorial Project. The total cost for the project has been estimated at US Dollars 65,000.
We have invited National Scouts Associations to sponsor, among other things, a flag pole to be put up at the Baden Powell Park and on which their national flag could be hoisted on special Scout days. The cost of owning a flag pole is US Dollars 250.
We have started receiving responses, and Scout Associations are coming forward to own a flag pole.
You too, can participate in this worthy course, either by owning a flag pole for your association, or sending a contribution towards the project. Lord Baden Powell gave us Scouting which we value so much. We appeal to you to give a little back to help the Nyeri local Scouts Association ensure a dignified resting place for our Founder.
AIDS creating children orphans at an alarming rate.
The presence of parents in the lives of children and youth is crucial to their well-being and development. The lifetime chance of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth has been estimated at a sobering 1 in 13 in Sub-Saharan Africa (1995). The role of AIDS in creating children orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa is also alarming. For instance, in Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia, the estimated number of children orphaned since the onset of the AIDS pandemic exceeds one million in each country.
This information has been published in a data sheet by the Population Reference Bureau and Child Trends, in collaboration with UNICEF. It shows the progress made in selected areas of children's well being since the 1990 World children's Summit.
It also reveals that the unmet needs of children remain great, as do international disparities in how children are faring. More information can be obtained from the Population Reference Bureau website: http://www.prb.org
Scouts in Africa are making an effort, within available resources to contribute to the fight against the spread of AIDS. In our Africa Regional Bulletin which is currently circulating, we have focussed on Scout's response in the fight against AIDS in Africa.