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North American Tour:
New 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.

A partial view of PCAP partner's Eco Farm in St. Louis, Quebec, site of Regional Conference, Sept. 27-28.

A 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.

European Tour:
Following the tour of the PCAP Global Coordinator in various European countries, new projects were identified and ongoing projects were evaluated and monitored.

PCAP's 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 Sudety mountain in 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 and squash

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 projects.

Participants reveling in Vegetarian Cooking Class at the first Eco Festival

Animal 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.

Baan Unrak Animal Sanctuary Thailand

A 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 Board member, 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

Africa Tour:

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 implementation is
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 agricultural curriculum
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 perspectives.

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

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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 workshop at
 Yogyakarta's largest High School.

Atma Jaya 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 be cured.
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 owner.
Donations to construct the dog sanctuary are welcome. The cost estimate is about $US6,000.

The 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 planet.

A 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

Portland, USA:
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.

Another organization 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 Portland's website
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 entire country.
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 dog.
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 of trees.
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.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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.







A PCAP constructed kindergarten in Semoya Village
in Yogyakarta, that incorporates eco-friendly features
such as bamboo columns and trusses as part of its
permanent construction—a first of its kind in Indonesia

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 and Vietnam.

PCAP Europe
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.
Portland, USA

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.
   PCAP Portland's website
Oink! or 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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