DEC Coronavirus Appeal

Did you know there are no ventilators at all in Somalia and only 4 in South Sudan and 5 in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

The DEC Coronavirus Appeal, launched earlier this year, seeks to help the most vulnerable and marginalised communities around the world – many of whom are trying to deal with Covid-19 on top of conflict, natural disaster, poverty and malnutrition.

Our Isle of Man street appeal raised over £2,000 which went directly to the DEC to support the work they are doing. Overall the appeal has now raised some £27m but it remains open as countries struggle to contain the virus. You can read regular updates from the DEC here

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Join our Transatlantic Slave Trade guided walk around Peel

We’re offering a fantastic opportunity to join a guided walk with OWC Chair (and Blue Badge Guide!) Phil Craine around Peel to visit locations associated with the transatlantic slave trade.

Phil on a previous walk in Peel

We’ll be exploring how the Isle of Man played a crucial role in supplying cargoes, ships, captains and mariners, and we’ll also be considering slavery in the world today as well as racism on the Isle of Man.

The walk will take place on Saturday 28th November, starting at 2pm at Weatherglass Corner, Peel (corner of East Quay & Shore Road). Finish at the Cathedral by 4.30pm. This event is free of charge but please book by emailing Donations may be made if desired.

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One World Week compilation

Wondering what ideas people have to make the world a better place? We’ve compiled all the suggestions we received during One World Week here for you to browse!

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It’s One World Week!

One World Week logo and image

Welcome to One World Week, a time when we reflect on global issues that affect us all and how we can make a positive difference. This year we are asking a simple question: what is one idea that would make the world a better place?

We’ve asked lots of different people, groups and organisations this question and will be sharing some of their responses on our Facebook page here. But this is a conversation for everyone so please have a think with your friends, family or work colleagues about ideas you might have to make a better world for everyone. @oneworldweekUK

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OWCC Charity Showcase

It was great to see so many enthusastic students at our Meet the Charities Day yesterday. This is one of the most difficult parts of the Charity Challenge project – deciding which of the many wonderful charities they want to support!

Thanks to everyone came along, including the local charity representatives who gave up their time to come along and chat to the students, including Ruth from Hands of Hope who joined us virtually for live Q&As! Thanks also, as ever, to our sponsors AFD Software whose generous funding makes the whole thing possible.

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Poems for a better world

Sadly the One World Poetry Slam was unable to take place this year due to the restrictions around coronavirus. However we did throw open a challenge to Year 7 and 8 students to write a poem reflecting on their experiences in lockdown and whether they could find some positives to take forward when thinking about a better world for all. Click here to read the winning entries.

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Join us at the mini Global Village at Douglas Fun Day!

We couldn’t hold our usual Global Village at Tynwald Day this year but there’s still a chance to catch “Global Village Lite” at Douglas Fun Day Saturday 1st August.

Running from 1pm – 5pm on the playing fields at Nobles Park, we’ll be joined by Taste Africa, Johmel Foods, our friends from the Green Centre, UNAIOM, Christian Aid and the Rotary Club. We’ll also have the very popular storytelling tent there.

Do drop down and see us – there will be a Fairtrade hamper up for grabs in our Douglas-themed competition too so give it a try. Hope to see you there.

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DEC street collection this Saturday 25th July

We’re desperately looking for volunteers to help with a street collection in support of the DEC Coronavirus Appeal this Saturday 25th July.

We have permission to collect in Douglas, Ramsey, Port Erin, Castletown and Peel between 10am and 5pm. If you can help for an hour or so in any location please get in touch by calling 800464. Thank you

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DEC launches Coronavirus appeal

With cases of coronavirus now being found in Syria and gravediggers in Yemen struggling to keep up with demand, the Disasters Emergency Committee has today lauched an appeal to provide help to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world as they face Covid-19.

We have already seen the devastation the coronavirus pandemic has caused in wealthy economies. Poorer countries face dealing with coronavirus on top of other crises and will need help to limit the impact and try to contain the spread.

The Disasters Emergency Committee is made up of 14 leading UK aid and humanitarian organisations who come together at times of disaster or crisis to raise funds quickly and efficiently, in order to rapidly scale up their operations in the areas affected.

This appeal is currently targetting communities in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, as well as Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Money donated will:

  • provide families with clean water, soap and information on keeping themselves safe
  • provide frontline medical and aid workers with equipment and supplies to care for the vulnerable and sick
  • ensure families get enough food to prevent malnutrition, particularly amongst children

You can donate online at the DEC website by following the link below.

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Holiday! Cultural celebrations around the world

Tynwald Day is usually an unbelievably busy day for the One World Centre, with our Global Village in full swing at the Arboretum as part of the Manx National Day celebrations. It’s all a bit different this year but we are still celebrating cultural diversity in a virtual way with a look at some of the national holidays celebrated by the many other cultures represented in the Isle of Man. To start with, we’ve uploaded information for two very different countries – Chile and China – and we’ll be adding more locations in the coming days. Find out where you’d do a cueca and where you need to watch out for a Nian!

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