Archived PCAP World News
North American Tour:
PCAP partners participated in a Regional Holistic Conference
held at the Eco Farm in St. Louis, Quebec, Canada from
September 27-28. The neighboring community has already built
a straw bale house and are growing canola crops as a bio
fuel. Local restaurants in St. Louis have agreed to use the
canola oil and then donate the used oil back to the
community for use in their diesel driven vehicles.
partial view of PCAP partner's Eco Farm in St. Louis,
Quebec, site of Regional Conference, Sept. 27-28.
PCAP mobilization drive was held from October 10-15 in
Asheville, North Carolina that included presentations on
Global Warming and PCAP activities around the world.
Following the tour of the PCAP Global Coordinator in various
European countries, new projects were identified and ongoing
projects were evaluated and monitored.
partners in Poland at the Ananda Puttabhumi Ecological Farm
conducted their 18th Annual Ecological Festival from July
16-21. The varied program included hikes up the
Karkonosi National Park,
picking produce from the organic garden, cultural dances
from around the world and workshops on environmental
awareness. Efforts are underway to create a committee that
will register PCAP in Poland.
Ananda Puttabhumi's Organic Garden of zucchini, green beans
Another Ecological Festival was held at Ananda Vipassa
Ecological Farm, near Verona. The 5 day program was well
attended in spite of the fact that in August most Italians
can only be found at the beach! PCAP volunteers donated
resource materials that can be used to finance some PCAP
Participants reveling in Vegetarian Cooking Class at the
first Eco Festival
Rights and Eco activists attended a PCAP workshop given in
Central London entitled, "Neohumanism: A Response to the
Consumer Culture". At the workshop, Gemma Ashford presented
her dog sanctuary project which she is undertaking in
Sangklaburi, Thailand (northwest Thailand near the Myanmar
border) with the cooperation of PCAP.
Animal Sanctuary Thailand
three day workshop on Community Organizing was sponsored by
PCAP for career volunteers at the Basic Training Centre (BTC)
in Ydrefors, Sweden from June 26-28. PCAP Croatia Executive
M. Medic was the main trainer. It is envisioned that the
volunteers currently on a 3 year course in BTC will be able
to utilize the workshop exercises for practical field work
upon their graduation.
Community Organizing Workshop, Ydrefors, Sweden
Through its partner organizations,
PCAP has been exploring a few possible projects to undertake
in several countries in Sub-Sahara Africa.
In South Africa, the Orange Farm Community Service Project
has a one million tree seedling nursery
which supplies seedlings to schools in Gauteng Province.
In Durban, South Africa, PCAP developed an Environmental
Education syllabus for school
children, called Yogi Guides. The syllabus is a practical
course linking the themes of
health, hygiene and ecology for primary schoolers. Its first
envisioned for January, 2009 in the Richmond Primary School.
In Mombasa, Kenya PCAP's local partner is advocating to stop
the hunting of monkeys by Korean sailors who dock at the
port city and kill the animals for food.
A Secondary School of PCAP's partners in Kangemi, Nairobi, Kenya
has attracted the attention
of the Ministry of Environment and Local Resources through
their ornamental and vegetable
gardens which dot the school premises as part of its
for the upper grades.
Some of the vegetables from
Kangemi High School's Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya
PCAP has launched a feasibility study for an afforestation
project at the Mafi-Zongo dam
in North Tongu District, Volta Region, Ghana. PCAP would
work through AMURT Ghana
who have facilitated a community driven project that
provides water for 26 villages in the
District through its 100 cu. m. water reservoir. The
afforestation project would protect the
catchment area of the dam with thousands of trees that would
help to prevent encroachment by farmers, fishermen and
hunters so that the
optimal water level in the dam would remain.
A partial view of Mafi-Zongo
Dam, North Tongu District, Ghana
PCAP is exploring feasibility of starting eco-tourism near
the site of the Mafi-Zongo dam. A ten minute boat trip along
the Volta River reaches the Tshekshepko sacred forest the
site of the eco-tourist activities.
The view of the Volta River
from Tshekshepko Forest Island, Ghana
PCAP joined hands with the Vegetarian Association of Ghana
in a one day workshop
for 300 participants highlighting the benefits of
vegetarianism from the environmental and health
In Lome, Togo PCAP has linked with AMURT Togo to develop a 7
acre organic garden
that is projected to provide organic vegetables for the many
restaurants in the capital city.
PCAP's partners in front of
their 7 acre organic garden in Lome, Togo
Following the completion of his work for sister
organization, AMURT, the PCAP Global Coordinator began
working full time for PCAP activities.
He participated in a 3
day environmental education workshop for 700 students in De
Britto College, Yogyakarta with the theme of "Global
Warming", along with 2 other locally based green NGO's. The
students have taken up plans to familiarize their citizens
of the issues of global warming through an upcoming photo
exhibit at Indonesia's oldest university, Gajah Madah on the
occasion of Earth Day, April 22. He also presented a paper
on, "Neohumanism and the Consumer Culture" to students and
staff at the University of Atma Jaya, Yogyakarta, at an
international seminar entitled, "Culture as the Root of
Attitudes in Shaping Relations Between Humanity and Nature".
With funds from the
Lanesra Foundation, Philippines, PCAP sponsored a 3 week
training in organic composting for 75 farmers in Wonolelo
village, Yogyakarta. The enthusiastic farmers easily
exceeded their production targets. They plan to convert
their entire village of 301 farmer into organic farming
within 5 years. PCAP will continue its activities in
this village with a view to introducing similar earth
friendly agricultural methods that would enable farmers to
earn better returns for their produce.
PCAP's new posters and
T-shirts were distributed and sold in SE Asia PCAP chapters
in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
PCAP along with 2
other local NGO's in a three day Global Warming
Yogyakarta's largest High School.
University Seminar on February 16, Yogyakarta
PCAP volunteer Jemma has recently been taking in sick dogs
in her small home in Sangklaburi where she works for the
Neohumanist Foundation’s Primary School.
The puppies were cured from distemper after being rescued from the street last week. With her care
they have regained almost normal weight and strength. Jemma
is also caring for dogs with cancer. She as been taking the dogs
for chemotherapy in the district hospital about 160 kms.
away. They will need about six treatments before they will
Jemma plans to construct a small dog sanctuary within the
compound of the Primary School that can house up to 30
street dogs. Once they are cured of their diseases they can
either be sent back to the streets or look for a loving
Donations to construct the dog sanctuary are welcome. The
cost estimate is about $US6,000.
Thai Organic Farm hosted a one day Organic Day where PCAP's
Global Coordinator gave PowerPoint presentations
relating organic food to a healthy body/mind and a healthy
follow up visit to a chain of organic food outlets called
Lemon Farm benefited staff members interested to improve
their personal lifestyles through the organic/yoga way.
Some of the participants in
the Organic Day at Thai Organic Farm, Rathaburi, Thailand
Farmers participating in
PCAP's organic compost training in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In collaboration with local partners, Ang Makata and the
barangay council of San Rafael, Rizal, PCAP conducted an
environmental forum and clean up drive. Members of Maharlika
Social Service Volunteers, Sanguniang Kabataan and Kayrupa
Youth Organization participated in the clean up of a 1.5 km.
stretch of the Wawa River in Rizal Province, Luzon.
With volunteers at Wawa River
clean up drive and enviro forum
The weekly fur protests continued in front of Nordstroms
fur shop with PCAP showing passersby a video of the Chinese
fur farm. A letter to the editor of the Estacada newspaper
described the Chinese fur industry and urged readers not to
buy fur. PCAP was also involved in an educational outreach
program to encourage shoppers to get their pets from local
animal shelters instead of pet stores or breeders.
PCAP adopted rabbits
from an owner who was advertising them as "free, ready for
butchering". A local dog rights organization called POPPA
will spay and neuter the rabbits for free. PCAP is building
a habitat for the rabbits where they can run and dig in a
safe, natural environment.
Animal Aid is donating some food to the PCAP
sanctuary. PCAP has applied to PETCO for animal feed
and project support.
Two of the recently adopted
rabbits at Out to Pasture PCAP Sanctuary in Portland, USA.
One of the horses being cared for.
PCAP registered in Croatia in 2001 and in the first three
years laid the groundwork for its current activities.
Starting by giving lectures and seminars on environmental
issues in the Karlovac library PCAP gradually built up a
base of local volunteers. At the same time it began to
create a network of environmental NGO’s through monthly
meetings in their office to address issues related to
Karlovac county. Twelve affiliate NGO’s work with PCAP today
on environmental issues related to Karlovac county and the
PCAP’s first service work was to provide care and
protection to dogs crammed into Karlovac’s small and
unhygienic government managed dog sanctuary in 2003. PCAP
volunteers found homes for 70% of the dogs in the asylum by
organizing a mass public awareness campaign about the plight
of the dogs in the asylum and asking dog lovers to adopt a
PCAP’s second project was launched in 2003. It was an
afforestation project to spruce up parts of Karlovac city
that had very few trees or green areas. With a grant from various organizations such as USAID, the Soros
Foundation and the Academy for Educational Development, PCAP
mobilized the local forestry department, private companies
and partner NGO’s to plant trees in various parts of the
city. Children’s playgrounds and newer portions of the
city were selected. A local public company assessed and
identified the sites for the trees to be planted, liaised
with the stakeholders and selected the types of trees, while
PCAP did the fundraising to support the project. Four meter
tall, 7 year old trees were planted that could withstand the
challenges of weather or human interference. Almost none of
the trees planted by PCAP were vandalized or destroyed
unlike the ones planted by the local forestry department who
regularly lose 60% of their trees to vandalism. The trees
were left alone due to PCAP’s public awareness campaign that
included door to door visits about the value and necessity
PCAP founded a partnership with Momentum, a community
Foundation based in Zagreb whose purpose is to fundraise for
environmental projects and disburse funds to projects that
upgrade the environmental quality of life in Croatia.
Momentum receives the proposals from the 12 member NGO
network of which PCAP is a member. This year Momentum
approved 8 of 11 proposals.
PCAP hired its first paid employee in 2005. Its second
office opened this year in Samobor. It now employs 8 staff
(four full time and four part time) as its work has expanded
in recent months.
PCAP received a grant from the National
Foundation for Civil Society Development to teach children
how to build bird houses and care for the birds of their
area. Three hundred children ages 12-14 years from 4 schools
in Zagreb County participate in this environmental education
project which is expected to continue for three years. The
project re-introduces technical skills to junior high school
students which has been absent from the national education
curriculum for the past 15 years and combines that with
knowledge of biology and environmental protection. Three
PCAP staff are employed in this project. Not only do the
children build the bird houses but they are responsible to
provide them their daily food ration, observe their nesting
patterns, record their visits, identify the types of birds,
and track their movements. All of this data is forwarded to
the National Ornithology Institute.
PCAP coordinated 45 partner organizations to present a
five year strategic plan for sustainable development based
on Local Agenda 21 from the UN Earth Summits. The six month
project resulted in a 100 page book that was handed over to
Karlovac government covering three areas, namely: waste
management, urban planning and landscaping.
Last year PCAP initiated the Partnership for Environment
group to introduce eco-friendly practices in the Croatian
military. Joining hands with local NGO’s nationwide and
together with the Helsinki Watch Committee the Partnership
has put forward different points for environmental
protection and preservation of natural heritage. The
suggestions of PCAP were brought up in the Croatian
Parliament and now eco-friendly practices are soon to be
introduced in the Ministry of Defense. This initiative is in
conjunction with similar moves by Italian ands Slovenian
NGO’s who are monitoring NATO bases in their countries.
The state Forest Dept. decided to take out of economic
exploitation 13 hectares of forest at Petrova Gora in
Central Croatia, and to give it to PCAP for the purposes of
plants and animal protection, nature conservation, education
and research for a period of 10 years.
The pioneering work of PCAP in Croatia is a source of
inspiration for all animal and plant lovers the world over.
It is hoped that other PCAP chapters will take up the
challenge to do something concrete however small to protect
animals and plants in their local area and contribute to a
more humane and compassionate world.
The PCAP Global Coordinator has introduced eco-friendly features in the three new
kindergartens built by PCAP’s sister organization, AMURT following the devastating earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia that killed 6,200 people and destroyed 1751 schools in May, 2006.
The schools are using bamboo as an integral structural building component, in an effort to popularize fast growing, locally available and eco-friendly bamboo as a viable building material. Supported by successful experiments using bamboo in house and school structures and bridges in South America, India and China, the introduction of bamboo in our
kindergartens has the full support of the leading civil engineering faculty at the University of Gajah Madah in Indonesia. Tests have proven the bamboo structures to be earthquake resistant. We even utilized bamboo as the internal material for the wall of the children’s bathrooms, instead of the traditional clay brick.
The kindergartens also employ bio-filters to cleanse the effluent from the hand basin waste that is then re-cycled in the fish ponds. Our storage tanks can hold up to 7000 cu. Liters of rainwater and is used for irrigation of the garden and playground.
constructed kindergarten in Semoya Village
in Yogyakarta, that incorporates
such as bamboo columns
and trusses as part of its
construction—a first of its kind in
Ananda Nagar, India
For the past 6 years, PCAP Central has been maintaining a
deer sanctuary at its global headquarters in Ananda Nagar,
West Bengal, India. From four deer the population has now
increased to 18 deer who are fed a daily diet of grains and
horse gram and are regularly attended to by veterinary
doctors in Ananda Nagar. If you wish to assist in caring for
these deer please contact: shubhatmananda at hotmail.com
Norway PCAP member Ingrid Sollai has been taking care of
stray and injured animals for the past 10 years as an
extension of her holistic lifestyle practices. In her house
can be found stray dogs and cats living harmoniously under
one roof. Ingrid recounted the story of an injured cuckoo
bird who regained its strength after feeding on the grains
left by Ingrid at the corner of her apartment. The cuckoo
would return weekly at the time of uplifting devotional
music as if to enjoy the subtle vibrations there. Ingrid
regularly supports the Animals Asia movement which seeks to
end the cruel practice of moon bear farming found in China
PCAP volunteers got together at the annual summer conference
near Alzey, Germany to share experiences and plan new
actions for PCAP in the months ahead. Representatives from
England, Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Hungary attended the
meeting and have taken targets ranging from information
dissemination campaigns to tree planting and environmental
education programs in schools in their respective countries.
The Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary managed by Kit
and John Collins in Portland, Oregon has been a
refuge for abandoned or stray animals since it
opened 3 years ago. Recently the sanctuary welcomed
two more feral cats and three more rabbits to add to
their ever expanding animal family. Kit and John
planted 81 blueberry bushes as a future source of
income for the sanctuary. The sanctuary recently
trimmed the teeth of one of the rabbits and
de-wormed the two horses as part of monthly
maintenance of their animal family.
in human: hi, we are Raymond, Ramone and
Raoul, all adopted from the St Helens Pig Sanctuary
On the public front, PCAP Portland has been at the
forefront of a 3 year protest in front of Schumacher Fur
Company in the city centre which has attracted the attention
of national animal rights organizations like PETA and HSUS.
The fur store owners are suing the city of Portland for not
providing more police at the protests. They claim to have
lost 2 million dollars in sales. PCAP has been involved in
ongoing protests at Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as
against the dog and cat fur trade in China and the rabbit
slaughterhouse practices in the USA. PCAP has linked up with
In Defense of Animals group and regularly attends the City
Council meetings to raise the awareness of various animal
rights issues in their city. Their letter to the editor of
the Estacada newspaper of Portland was published regarding
the environmental impact of factory farming. PCAP
participated in the May Vegfest in their city with photos of
the sanctuary, leaflets and the selling of vegan dog
biscuits as a fundraiser.
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