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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Help us celebrate cultural diversity on the Isle of Man

Sadly, we won’t be able to run our Global Village on Tynwald Day this year due to the CoVID-19 pandemic but we would still like to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Isle of Man, if only in a virtual way!

We’re looking for people who live on the Island now but who were born or grew up in another country to tell us about a national holiday in that country.

We’d like to know what it celebrates, when it is held, what happens and how people celebrate it. Ideally we would like a short video or audio recording (just a couple of minutes at most and a smart phone recording would be fine) that we can share. If you have any photos we can use that would be great as well.

If you’re not able to record anything, then a small written description would be appreciated. Please get them to us by 28th June at the latest so we can upload for release on Tynwald Day.

For more information please click here.

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Get creative with the Global Goals!

We’ve just relaunched our It’s Not Fair! Global Goals creative competition for home schooling. This is a chance for young people (and their parents!) to reflect on one of the “People” Sustainable Development Goals and what life would be like if we achieved it. All the information, including useful resources, is on our It’s Not Fair! competition page of our website and there are lots of prizes. The closing date has now been extended to 10th July but feel free to send in entries at any time.

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Connecting generations for positive action on climate change

To celebrate Earth Day, the World’s Largest Lesson has come up with a great activity for children to link with their older relatives (remotely at the moment, of course) to reflect on climate change through generations. It’s a simple but effective way to draw out observations, connect with others and share positive action. Can be done any time, not just today!


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Documenting Covid-19

Daily life has changed drastically for most of us here in the Isle of Man at the moment but what’s it like in other countries around the world as they face the coronavirus pandemic?

We’re looking for stories from friends and families overseas to create a picture of how coronavirus is impacting everyone – what shared problems we face, what we’re missing most and what we’ll be looking forward to when life returns to “normal”. A picture and a post is fine – a short video clip even better!

Please share this with anyone you know who would be willing to get involved. They can either post on our Facebook page or email to info@owciom.org. Some questions to think about:

What is the current situation in your country/region?
How is this affecting daily life?
What is the greatest impact to you personally?
What do you miss doing the most?
Has there been anything positive or unexpected to come out of this for you?
Will you do anything differently when life returns to normal?

Coronavirus has shown us how interconnected and interdependent the world is – and how we are all facing this together. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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