Bolivian Autism Training Need

As a continuation of phase 2 of the Autism project, NCPOA is planning an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) training in the three cities of Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Sucre during June 2014. We need to raise $12,000 total for transportation costs between USA and Bolivia and in-country. At this time we are targeting raising $1,000 towards these expenses from the public and our membership.
 

Bolivia Floods Relief Campaign

Bolivia has seen the worst flooding in years, with an estimated 58,000 families affected, including 80% of the indigenous people living in the lowlands of the Amazonian forest.  At least 56 people have been killed.

In response to this tragedy, North Carolina Partners is undertaking a special fund campaign to raise $2,500 towards supporting the volunteer rescue organizations that played such a critical role during the emergency.

Please consider making a donation of $25 or more. One hundred percent of your donation after paypal fees will go to Bolivia and your gift is fully tax deductible.

To make a donation via credit card, simply go to the Donate section on the left hand side of our webpage, enter an amount and click the 'proceed to paypal' button. You will have the opportunity to enter a comment and you may say 'flood relief' or a statement to that effect indicating that your donation is to be used for the flood relief.

Of course if you prefer, you may also make a donation via check made out to 'North Carolina Partners of the Americas' and sent to P.O. Box 28221, Raleigh, North Carolina  27611.

We thank you for your support during this time of need.

Cochabamba Environment & Natural Resources Chair Visits North Carolina

NC/Bolivia Partners hosted Jose Miguel Valdivia, a young architect and environmental activist from Cochabamba, Bolivia in September. He visited numerous environmental organizations in the Triangle area to exchange best practices in preserving natural areas.

He gave a well-attended speech at Duke University titled "A Green Building Emergency," cosponsored by the Working Group for Environment in Latin America and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke, UNC, and NC State. The talk detailed the severe water problems facing Cochabamba due to poorly planned development.

Mr. Valdivia is the president of the Cochabamba Society of Landscape Architects, and he was able to give another speech and make some great connections at the NC State College of Design with local Partners member and landscape architect Rodney Swink.

He met with new and prospective Partners members, including a group of Bolivia Peace Corps Volunteers led by Erin Shown, to socialize and encourage others to get involved in the partnership. Lee Moore also hosted him for a roundtable discussion at the Paradise Garden Project which opened at a Durham art gallery.

Finally, he got to visit several prominent green building projects, the Duke Lemur Center, and much more. He says he loved North Carolina and got a range of new ideas for his work back home. A million thanks to the many Partners members who volunteered to host Jose Miguel and show him what North Carolina has to offer!

North Carolina Participants Selected for American Youth Leadership Program

As part of the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), North Carolina will send 4 youth and 1 adult mentor to Washington, DC then Paraguay from July 16-August 13, 2013. Participants were selected from Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, and the Washington, DC metro area.

New Member Travels to Bolivia to Speak on Green Building

Cochabamba Colegio de Arquitectos conference

One of the newest members of NC-Bolivia Partners, Darren Legge, traveled to Bolivia in May and June to deliver a series of conferences on green building. Speaking at five universities and the Cochabamba Institute of Architects, Darren reached over 750 people with his training titled "Residential Green Building Science, Programs, and Tools." He also spoke with government officials, environmental NGOs, and local media to discuss opportunities for promoting sustainable development on a large scale.

 

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