A social service project for the upliftment of the rural poor began in Malka village in Eastern Ananda Nagar some 6 months ago. A school with 25 children and a daily nutrition program for 150 villagers is preparing the groundwork for PCAP to co-create a long term development project that is ecologically friendly and will meet the socio-economic needs of the community. Already a comprehensive survey is being carried out in the 12 hamlets of the Malka village to accurately ascertain the needs of the local peasants and how PCAP may play a partnership role in their upliftment.
Apart from the school, feeding program and agricultural activity being performed in Malka, an innovative environmentally friendly building technology has been introduced to the villagers by an overseas PCAP volunteer. The structure made from 90% soil and 10% cement took only three weeks to build with the labour of 5 villagers. It remains cool in the hot summer months and warm in the cold winter months. With costs approximately 50% less than conventional structures the dome is a revolutionary building technology that is cheap, easy and environmentally sustainable.
PCAP also participated in the recent World Social Forum 2004 held in Mumbai.
Croatia chapter has been very busy of late. They formed an environmental network with 7 other local NGO’s, called Green Network in the city of Karlovac (pop. 60,000) where most of the PCAP work has been done over the past three years. The NGO’s are now meeting regularly in PCAP’s office to coordinate ecology plans for the area which include establishing a sanctuary for stray dogs and cats. PCAP volunteers completed an afforestation activity planting 200 trees and 150 flowers and shrubs in the town with the ongoing assistance of the Mayor’s office and several local businesses. T-Shirts and posters were printed as part of PCAP’s save the animals and plants awareness campaign. On the International Day of Animal protection PCAP distributed leaflets and sought public support for its campaign to adopt stray dogs from a local asylum. As part of their social service activities, PCAP organized with a local riding club free ride on horses for handicapped children. Croatia national TV highlighted PCAP’s stall and activities for 5 minutes on the national news. Fundraising is going ahead to establish a fully equipped PCAP office with one paid part time employee (photo right).
South East Asia
The Sectorial PCAP Secretary has printed PCAP leaflets and a PCAP brochure to promote PCAP activities throughout Southeast Asia. He has also compiled useful notes of PCAP extracted from the notes of the late Farm Secretary Dada Asiimananda.
The head of PCAP Australasia staged a play on animal protection with children in front of a large gathering of eco-spiritualists near Melbourne recently.
With the efforts of several local volunteers the Nepal chapter of PCAP has been initiated. The 10 member club plans a variety of PCAP activities once their registration is approved.
The PCAP Secretary for the Far East has undertaken a public awareness campaign to stamp out the dog farms strewn across the country. With the dogs badly maltreated and forced to live under tortuous conditions before their final death for food, the campaign is gaining many adherents in the capital Seoul and large cities.
The PCAP Secretary published and distributed the first issue of the Far East Asia PCAP newsletter for members and sympathizers of PCAP.
Care of Stray Cats and Dogs
PCAP volunteers show their compassion to cats and dogs by providing them with shelters in the big cities.
In Tel Aviv, Israel a cat shelter for 75 cats has been running for the past three years.
In Bangkok, Thailand a PCAP volunteer cares for 25 cats in her home
In Porto Alegre, Brazil another shelter for 70 stray street dogs keeps them fed, sheltered and cared for.
In Tucuman, Argentina a local PCAP volunteer feeds and nurses on a weekly basis about 55 stray dogs in the city.