Closing Date Approaching

If Picture1you will be between 18 and 24 inclusive at the beginning of the trip and would like to apply for the “Who Else?” opportunity to support charitable work for four weeks in Malawi, Peru or Rwanda, applications need to be in by 1700 on Friday this week, 20th January.


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Who Else – Summer Expedition

If you are thinking of applying for the opportunity of going to Malawi, Rwanda or Peru this summer to work with children for a month, there is a chance to meet last year’s successful candidate on Thursday.  Emily Stephens will be at Ballakermeen High School at 1600 tomorrow (5th January).  She can let you know practical information like the vaccination process and what it was really like to be there.

Do come and join us!


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Who Else? – Summer Expedition

Emily in Malawi

Calling all adventurous young Manx people!

Are you interested in other cultures? Would you like to help children in South America or Africa?

The One World Centre is working with the Karsons Family Foundation and Quest Overseas to sponsor one young Manx person aged 18-24 to work with children in Peru, Rwanda or Malawi for a month during Summer 2017.

Full details with information about how to apply can be found here

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Refutree at Ronaldsway Airport

Treev2The refugee challenge has continued throughout the year and the Manx Government has not yet agreed to welcome any Syrians here.  Our contribution to the Save The Children Festival of Trees at the Airport features a Refutree.

We would like to thank the Isle of Man Coastguard Service and the Isle of Man Yacht Club for the loan of life jackets and buoyancy aids.

Please vote for the Refutree to encourage our Government to welcome refugees here. You can also sign the on-line petition.

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Thought for the Day for One World Week

This week 5 students from King Williams College prepared Thought for the Day for Manx Radio for One World Week on the Sustainable Development Goals.  They thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and you can listen to their Thoughts:

Serena Bennett

Sam Leeds

Jessica Brennan

Lilith Krauss

Emer Halton



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Sustainable Development Goals

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Have you ever wondered whether the world is a better place now than it was 40 years ago?  Will we ever be able to tell whether international aid has been any lasting use?  The Sustainable Development Goals set targets for 2030 and there are responsibilities for those of us who live in rich countries too.

You can learn more this Saturday, 29th, by enrolling for a workshop that will be held at the new DEFA training room in the old Forestry Offices next to the One World Centre.  It starts at 10:00 and will be finished by 16:00.  Helen Dennis from London will be leading the day with input from two local retired professors: Keith Lewin and Angela Little.  There is a small charge to cover lunch and refreshment breaks – £10 for adults; £5 for students.

Please let us know you would like to come by contacting us

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Fairtrade Sales for One World Week

PrintWhat better way to be part of One World Week than to enjoy Fairtrade food and drink and get some Christmas Shopping done early?

If you live in the south of the Island, then please go to St Columba’s church hall in Port Erin on Sunday 23rd October, 12:00-17:00

The same items will be available at the Cooill sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (27, 28 and 29th October) from 10:00 to 18:30.

As usual there will be a huge variety of Traidcraft and Tearfund goods.

Delicious homemade soup and bread lunches will be served at both venues from 12:00-14:00, with tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day in Port Erin.  Proceeds from the sale of refreshments in Port Erin will go to the Loreto Sisters working with deprived children and trafficked women in Albania.

Profits at the Cooill will go to support Ugandan orphans through “Do!” and the “Ugandan Child Development Fund as well as the Isle of Man Methodist Church Project which is providing an HIV/AIDs clinic in Sierra Leone.

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Students meet the charities as part of the One World Charity Challenge

Meet the charities dayOn  Wednesday last week some hundred students from six educational establishments came to St Ninian’s Church to meet representatives of the charities they could choose for this year’s One World Charity Challenge.  At 08:00 the following morning more than 20 groups were busy e-mailing their top choices, and now most have been allocated the charity that they will work closely with over the next few months.

Students will be learning about their charity, seeing how its work helps towards achieving the Global Goals and how it has an impact on the life of a young person.  They will be combining all this learning into a multimedia presentation, and will also be dreaming up some creative ways to raise funds for the charity.

If you would like a ticket for the finals in March, please contact us.

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Read all about us!

You can find out more about what we’ve been up to in our latest annual report here: OWC Annual Report 2015-16

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Thank you!

A big thank-you to all OWC supporters who turned up on Saturday 17th to the “Refugees Welcome” event on Douglas promenade.

It was a great success in that we got excellent coverage before and after the event in the newspapers;  many passers-by got to understand a lot more about the issues and the actual details of the request we are asking; we were able to show our support for the marches in London and other cities, and we launched the petition which so far has over 250 names on paper and 92 online. Amnesty International U.K. have taken a great interest in what we are doing and are planning to do an article on it in their next magazine.

We really need your help in keeping the momentum going over the next few weeks as we wait for the new government to settle in. PLEASE circulate the appeal among your contacts, groups & organisations to reach as many people as possible. The online petition is at  <>  It takes less than a minute: you only need to put your name & email and press “click”! There is no need to write a comment or sign up to the petition website.

If you would like copies of the fact sheet or the petition, please contact us.

lifejackets on railings

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