Preparations underway for 1st Asia                           Operational Plan and the Global Action
Pacific Summit        ...
January 2009

Nanae notes she met such inspirational           Guides Association’s headquarters. The
Asia Pacific sisters...
January 2009

Around 400 Scouts and Guides, Bunnies,          out handmade red ribbons. They also
Cubs and Bulbuls from sc...
January 2009

through Seremban, Malaysia on 21                event. The Prime Minister’s wife, who
February 2009.        ...
January 2009

Farhana Azim was the Chief Guest. She           Singapore
noted the main focus was to raise               Si...
January 2009

Troop #115 of Taipei City Council played         leaders say’ held in August 2008 at
“eliminate mosquitoes” ...
January 2009

These were:                                      that has become an indispensable part
a) Health Centre to b...
January 2009

Programmes focused on capability                   2008 at Nam Xuang Lake in Vientiane.
building and interna...
January 2009

GGAM both at national level and within
the branches. The method used in                 During the four-day ...
January 2009

positions at GSJ. The new Board shows            The trainings began in the later part of
great diversity an...
January 2009

seek to further improve and make it a              2008 was the fourth year and final year
world-class centr...
January 2009

Movement. At the meeting, Permanent                 Pakistan participates in tree
Secretary of Ministry of H...
January 2009

purposes. It also prohibits the illegal          beautiful life we have, and if we are
manufacture, sale, di...
January 2009

trainers and special guest Yocko Odaira,          developed. Eight members have been
Chairman of Friends of ...
January 2009

Funded seminar opportunities at                   Health care professionals and others
Sangam               ...
January 2009

GAT badge curriculum
The GAT Badge curriculum is an activity           Asia Pacific focus
pack created to he...
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  1. 1. Preparations underway for 1st Asia Operational Plan and the Global Action Pacific Summit Theme. Two young women, Ashiya Saeed of This will also be an opportunity to look Maldives and Nanae Aida from Japan, back on various experiences, reconcile have joined the planning team of the those with the realities of today and be Asia Pacific Regional Summit which will prepared for the future, by considering be held from 11 to 14 November 2009 in necessary changes and ensuring the the Philippines. The team gathered in fundamental values are retained. It was the Philippines last February to plan the under this approach that it was decided Summit, to merge the Relentless Energy of Asia Pacific (R.E.A.P.) event with the Asia The Pacific summit. It is expected that planning Member Organizations will take home committee sound ideas and strategies that can includes: effectively deliver insights to their June respective associations. Cameron, Chairman, One of the highlights of the summit Normala programme will be the grand celebration Baharudin, of the 40th Anniversary of the Asia Pacific Asia Pacific region. Committee member, Aisha noted that the hospitality of the Mengfei Wu, president of Girl Scouts of the Asia Pacific Philippines was exemplary. She writes: Regional “I thank the Asia Pacific Regional Director, Ching Ching Wee-Ong, Asia committee and the summit planning Pacific Development Executive and committee members for giving me this Coordinator and Nanae Aida, Ashiya opportunity to be a part of this great Saeed, Mary Dawson, Gloria Echaluce event. It is certainly a very good as invited members from Japan, the experience. I acquired a lot of Maldives, New Zealand, and the knowledge and information within those Philippines respectively. three days. Most of all, it was a good eye opener for the Asia Pacific regional During the summit, it is expected to Conference 2010 in Maldives. I am harness and implement the best ideas excited and looking forward to the Asia relevant to the six core areas of Pacific summit in November and I hope WAGGGS work to include the and pray that the summit will be a great implementation of the Asia Pacific success.” 18 May 2009~11:12~MM R:Asia PacificPublication and PromotionLink News2009MayAsia Pacific Link News May20092COMMS2.doc
  2. 2. January 2009 Nanae notes she met such inspirational Guides Association’s headquarters. The Asia Pacific sisters in Girl Guiding and Association’s training commissioner, Girl Scouting that are diverse in Dayang Hajah Noraini binti Ibrahim, in ethnicity, religion, age, and culture, yet her speech, explained that the Thinking the same in heart. She says: “Thanks to Day’s theme was linked to the new the experienced team mates, I learned a WAGGGS Global Action theme girls lot to work on planning events on worldwide say “together we can change international level and decision-making our world”. It encourages young girls that are useful not only in Girl Scouting and women to make a commitment to but also I could use in my career. This change the world around them for the AP Summit will be the very first one held better as well as confirm WAGGGS’ in our region. I believe that like the commitment to the United Nations different colours of a kaleidoscope, girls Millennium Development Goals. and women with different backgrounds joining this summit will make wonderful Cambodia shapes and colors together! Understanding, discussing, sharing our The Girl Guides past, today and future, and thinking in Association of individual, country, region, and world Cambodia level will surely help each one of us (GGAC) growing stronger as a region, as Member celebrated Organizations, and as individuals. Come Thinking Day and join us in the colorful Philippines!” on 22 February in six provinces. In Phnom Penh there were about 250 members of GGAC, 30 participants from World Thinking Day NGOs and Ministries along with parents and participants from the National celebrations Association of Cambodian Scouts. The participants have donated US$150 to the Girl Guides and Girl scouts all over the WAGGGS Thinking Day Fund. Asia Pacific Region organized activities under this year’s World Thinking Day India theme: girls worldwide say “stop the East Mumbai Suburban district of spread of AIDS, malaria and other Maharashtra state Bharat Scouts and diseases”. You can find a summary of Guides (India) celebrated World Thinking some of the stories here. day along with over 700 Guides and Congratulations and many thanks to all Scouts. They had camp craft, essay the associations for raising money for writing, drawing and campfire World Thinking Day. interschool competitions. The elimination rounds were held on 7 February and the Brunei finals took place on 22 February. All the office bearers, leaders and local Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah supporters actively participated in the Masna, President of Brunei Darussalam activities. Girl Guides Association attended their A session was Thinking Day celebrations. The also run on association held a Thinking Day quiz AIDS which focused on the understanding and awareness knowledge of contagious diseases. with activities Several primary schools’ Brownie packs from the took part in the event. Her Royal WAGGGS HIV Highness Princess Hajah Masna and AIDS Training Toolkit, followed by a presented certificates of participation slide show. Participants departed with and prizes to the quiz’s participants. To two red ribbons each, one for commemorate the day, a Rambutan tree themselves and the other one to give it was planted in the compound of the Girl to their friends or family after. 2
  3. 3. January 2009 Around 400 Scouts and Guides, Bunnies, out handmade red ribbons. They also Cubs and Bulbuls from schools across received media coverage. Troop 21 of Karnataka took part in various events on Saitama Council held a workshop on Thinking Day. The day-long programme HIV/AIDS. They used illustrations to consisted in activities such as drawing encourage the participants to have a and painting on the theme ‘Nature and better understanding of HIV/AIDS. Troop Healthy Living’, a quiz on Scouting and 10 and 3 of Yamaguchi Council did a Guiding and many other games. joint play based on their knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Malaria. For the World Approximately 365 Scouts and Guides Thinking Day Fund, they studied the cost and 20 Rangers of National Integration to prevent Malaria beforehand and they Camp attended celebrations at the collected funds to reach the required National Youth Complex, Gadpuri, India. amount. Special guests included Smt. Pusplata Jain and Shri L.M. Jain, National Malaysia Commissioner. Shri B.K. Bahuguna, Director Bharat Scouts and Guides and Girl Guides Association Malaysia decided the International Commissioner of to take a step further in celebrating Australia were also present. The World Thinking Day 2009 by launching participants presented a colourful the HIV/AIDS Awareness Project. More cultural programme and enjoyed a than 300 Guiders and guests attended speech contest on the Thinking Day the official launch of the project at The theme. Royal Lake Club at Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. Datin Zalillah During the event Thinking Day was bte Mohd Taib, Chief Commissioner of written on the ground in sand decorated Girl Guides Association of Malaysia was in different colours and guests and there to witness the launch by the participants placed lit candles on it. A Honorable Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy banner of 100 years of Scouting was Minister of Federal Territory, Malaysia. placed and signed by special guests. Shri L.M. Jain, National Commissioner In this project, Girl Guides Association addressed all participants and noted that Malaysia (PPPM) have collaborated with only Scouts and Guides can spread the the Pink Triangle Foundation, a non- message of peace throughout India. The government, non-profit and community theme of the centenary is ‘Peace and based organization that specially caters, Solidarity’. supports and cares for people who are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. The Japan Pink Triangle Foundation is also supported by the Malaysian AIDS Girl Scouts of Council and the Malaysian Ministry of Japan Health. A series of training programmes conducted an will be conducted for the Girl Guides. advocacy campaign on “The main objective of this joint venture HIV/AIDS, is to increase awareness on HIV and Malaria and AIDS among members of PPPM. We other want to train a pool of young women so diseases. that they can be more proactive in Various programmes were run handling global issues and things throughout Japan. These included relating to young women,” the Shizuoka Council, where seven troops in Association’s Chief Commissioner Datin Mishima and Tagata District had a Zalillah bte Mohd Taib said during the campaign on the same day. They campaign launch. worked in cooperation with a local railway company. They appealed on the More than 1,500 Girl Guides and leaders importance of fighting against HIV/AIDS took part in a five-kilometre walk and Malaria at various stations, handing 3
  4. 4. January 2009 through Seremban, Malaysia on 21 event. The Prime Minister’s wife, who February 2009. was the guest of honour at the Penang celebration, was accompanied by the The aim of association’s Chief Commissioner Datin the walk Zalillah Mohd Taib and Penang Girl was to raise Guides Association (PGGA) President awareness Datin Seri Su Hashim on the ride. There among the were also 20 Girl Guides on bicycles and community 15 leaders on trishaws accompanying on issues the jeep to meet the girls. The related to Association is attempting to enter the HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Malaysian Book of Records for the The State Girl Guides Association patron longest human chain through the line- Raja Datin Seri Salbiah Tengku up, which stretched along Jalan Mesjid Nujumudin also attended the event. The Negeri, Scotland Road, Macalister Road, girls were flagged off by the Chief Peel Avenue, Pangkor Road, Jalan Sultan Minister of Negeri Sembilan from his Ahmad Shah and Farquhar Street. official residence and the President of the Association who walked together At the closing ceremony of the with the girls from all over the state celebration the RM3,000 collected by the carrying placards and banners on the Penang Girl Guides through a walkathon theme. were handed over to two welfare organizations - Pure Lotus Hospice of Throughout the 7 kilometre journey, Compassion and the Handicapped participants stopped and talked to Children’s Association in Bukit Mertajam. bystanders, handing out pamphlets on Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah also handed the prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria and over a donation of aluminium can-ring dengue. The girls’ voices were heard and tabs collected by the association to the they made a great impact based on the Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. theme. The event was made possible through support from the state Health Over 2,000 Girl Guides from 200 schools Department, which provided some of the in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, also came materials for distribution. together for an annual meeting at the Taman Desa Water Park. The aim of the The walk event was to foster closer ties among ended with an Guides from different backgrounds as exhibition on well as to promote inter-school relations. HIV/AIDS and The Girl Guides had a wonderful time other splashing. The event also helped the diseases at Association to raise its profile with the state Girl articles appearing in the press. Guides headquarters in Seremban. The Pakistan association raised approximately RM600.00 for Thinking Day. The Guides of ICT More than 2,500 Girl Guides, Rangers branch, and Brownies from schools in Penang, Pakistan, Malaysia observed Thinking Day with a held a very special “line-up”. They lined the 8 funfair to kilometre route of a jeep ride which took mark World Girl Guides Association of Malaysia Thinking Day. Samina Shahid Rafi, President Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah President of Pakistan Girl Guides from Convent Green Lane (CGL) to St Association ICT Branch attended the Xavier’s Institution (SXI) during the event and the National Commissioner Penang state-level celebration of the Pakistan Girl Guides Association, Mrs. 4
  5. 5. January 2009 Farhana Azim was the Chief Guest. She Singapore noted the main focus was to raise Singapore awareness on Malaria, HIV/AIDS and held their other contagious diseases, and to Thinking highlight that prevention was the best Day way to avoid such diseases. celebration on 21 Participants were also reminded of the February at importance of keeping the environment the Singapore Indoor Stadium. clean and washing hands before eating. Their Patron, Mrs S R Nathan, and their Senior and junior Guides from various President, Mrs Joy Balakrishnan together schools and colleges of ICT branch with 7,000 past and present members, arranged activity stalls at the funfair. Girl Guides and adult Leaders from Awareness stalls were also arranged by Australia, UK, USA, Taiwan and Malaysia National TB Control and Prime Minister joined in the celebrations. Girl Guides Programme to Control Hepatitis to raise Singapore (GGS) showed their support students’ awareness regarding these for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games diseases and to inform them about by introducing the Singapore 2010 YOG preventive measures. Interest Patch – a new initiative by GGS to encourage its members to participate Pakistan Girl and contribute to the success of Guides Singapore 2010. Association’s Sindh Branch– Girl Guides Singapore also unveiled its Ismaili District revamped website. The site, organized a www.girlguides.org.sg is designed in one day direct response to GGS’ survey into what residential their members really want. Visitors to camp to the site will find the new look to be more celebrate Thinking Day with 140 senior friendly, interactive and full of helpful Guides and leaders. The theme was information. divided into three sub camps and each one had a very interactive session on Solomon Islands the issue of Malaria, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. The interactive sessions Approximately 200 members attended were conducted by the expert speakers Thinking Day Celebrations organized by from Aga Khan Health Services, Solomon Islands Girl Guides Association. Pakistan. A session on advocacy was They collected around US$500.00 for the also conducted with the help of WAGGGS Thinking Day Fund. WAGGGS Advocacy toolkit. Taiwan Later senior Guides prepared short Taiwan Girl awareness sessions on the three Scouts held themes, which were very well enjoyed various by the participants and inculcated the activities spirit of learning by sharing amongst the focusing on young girls. The entire day was the World celebrated by thinking about millions of Thinking Day girls and young women who suffer from Theme 2009. the diseases and what these senior Troop #50 of Guides can do to save the world from Kaohsiung City Council sold handmade the diseases. The day was also filled cookies for Thinking Day. Brownies wore with fun as girls were engaged in red ribbons and distributed leaflets to cooking and other fun activities. buyers and passers-by to promote the concept of HIV/AIDS prevention. 5
  6. 6. January 2009 Troop #115 of Taipei City Council played leaders say’ held in August 2008 at “eliminate mosquitoes” game and Togakushi Girl Scout Centre, to develop discussed environmental protection and themselves as a leader as well as a Girl cleaning. Scout, to build a wider network within young leaders and to identify their role Many troops also conducted the “Money, facing 90th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of money, money” survey which helped Japan. girls to identify what money means to them. The first event in 2008 was planned by young leaders who attended WAGGGS' seminars. WAGGGS’ goals Pakistan runs seminar on “Guides face Challenges of life”. Goal 1 – Leadership More than 150 Development rural and urban Girl Guides Japan runs trainer qualification from different companies From 10 to attended a 12 January one-day 2009, Girl seminar on 24 February 2009. The Scouts of participants presented role–plays and Japan held a dramatization of existing attitudes and Trainer practices amongst the different sections Qualification of the society affecting family life, health session in issues and growing uncertainty in Tokyo. Eighteen people from ten economic situation due to inflation and Councils from all over Japan participated unemployment. in the session and shared an exciting time. All the participants gained a The Girl Guides projected the strength deeper understanding on Girl Scouting they get from the values of Girl Guiding, and their educational programme while depicted in the Promise and Laws and they raised awareness on the meaning how these bring about a positive change to work as a trainer. They also in the girls in facing all challenges of life. reaffirmed that it was important to develop better leaders. Pakistan runs camp for women’s empowerment Girl Scouts of Japan introduced a new Trainer system in April to provide more Ten girls from five different colleges of opportunities to be qualified as a trainer Lahore worked with a group of 30 young and develop Japanese Girl Scouting. girls and women of Karbath in a service camp from 24 to 31 December 2008. Young Leaders' Forum held by Japan The objective was to identify the areas for which a self–sustained project could More than 80 be launched to address ‘Improvement in Japanese Mother and Child Health’ and enhancing young leaders ‘Family Income’. gathered in Shizuoka from The participants through door-to-door 20 to 22 March contact and activity-based interaction 2009 at the with 30 to 40 mothers and adolescent Young Leaders' girls, were able to select two projects Forum. They share what they learned which they could carry out with the and thought at the first Young Leaders' locally supported leadership and senior Gathering named ‘Japanese young Guides. 6
  7. 7. January 2009 These were: that has become an indispensable part a) Health Centre to be managed in the of youth development. house of a village woman and services of qualified medical and paramedical staff Dr. Marietta L. Tumaneng, Schools through a young leader whose mother is Division Superintendent and GSP Council working in the relevant department. President-Cagayan Chapter, prepared a b) A skills Development Centre in a series of activities for the campers private home to be managed by a local geared to mould and strengthen their trainer, girl employed against funds values and become strong individuals. generated from nominal training fees from participants. Equipment to be Update on workshop and camp run provided by the Punjab Literacy by Taiwan Resource Centre. On 14 Pakistan reconstructs Guide House February Muzaferabad 2009 Girl Scouts of Girls of Muzaferabad got their Guide Taiwan held House back. The construction work of the Annual the State Guide House at Muzaferabad Trainers has been completed and the building has Advanced been handed over to the Azad Jammu Workshop 2009 with the participation of Kashmir Branch of Pakistan Girl Guides 80 trainers from across Taiwan. The Association. Guide House activities were workshop covered a variety of topics initiated on 12 December 2008. including WAGGGS Global Action Theme, the UN Millennium Development Goals The Guide House was completely as well as World Thinking Day 2009 destroyed during the Earthquake in 2005 focusing on HIV/AIDS and other and the activities had been carried out in diseases which influence children tents since that date. extensively. Through learning and sharing, all participants built a good The State Guide House was rebuilt at a understanding of HIV/AIDS and also cost of Rupees. 2,424,000. The approval developed methods on promoting for the construction was granted by the Thinking Day fundraising for supporting National Relief Cell and the amount was WAGGGS health projects. Ms. Lin, Hsu- contributed by the Guides of Jen, Adviser of Taipei City Council was Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, NWFP, ICT, invited to give a presentation to share AJK, Northern Areas and Member her perspectives which inspired Organizations of WAGGGS. participants to have active and positive attitude towards life. During the session 4,000 young girls join 49th Girl of sub district gathering, trainers Scouts Philippines encampment developed their sub district working plans and initiated regular meetings for More than 4,000 young campers further cooperation and idea participated in the four-day camping exchanging. activities in observance of the 49th Girl Scout of the Philippines Provincial Girl Scouts of Encampment held at Brgy. Bayo, Iguig, Taiwan also Cagayan recently. held a two- day Juvenile Governor Alvaro 'Bong' Antonio, inspired Leadership the campers to be one in body and one Camp from 21 voice to mould the youth towards the to 22 January development of the society. In his at Girl Scouts message read by his daughter and Center. Executive Assistant Criselda Antonio, Ninety Brownies and elementary school Gov. Antonio said GSP is an institution students attended this camp. 7
  8. 8. January 2009 Programmes focused on capability 2008 at Nam Xuang Lake in Vientiane. building and international vision The objectives of this activity were to development. The tests of two provide knowledge of the importance Proficiency Badge works of collection and and value of water, to learn the process hostess were also carried out to of how to preserve water and to develop encourage participants to share their awareness in protecting the value of interests and learn from others. water for living things. A total of 27 girls Community Exploration was arranged on and 19 leaders and IV staff participated the second day with support from local in this activity. governmental units. By taking part in the camp, participants developed their There was also a Girl Guide and Boy leadership skills and became more Scout reunion night on 21 December confident and independent. 2008. Twenty-five former Girl Guides and Boy Scouts attended this reunion in Girl Guides of Thailand lend a Vientiane meeting up for the first time helping hand since 1955. The night was filled with joy, laughter and singing. From September to December Goal 2 – Strong and 2008 the Girl Guides Growing Member Association of Organizations Thailand (GGAT) took part in Malaysia launches mineral water International Volunteers (IV)-Japan’s new project entitled ‘Empowerment of On 7 November 2008 Girl Education Activities for Secondary Guides Association of School Girls’. Thirty high school girls and Malaysia’s (GGAM) mineral 10 leaders participated in the First Aid water was launched by training programme on 11 October 2008 their Deputy President, with the support of a trainer from GGAT. Her Royal Highness The training included basic first aid, Tengku Puan Pahang, dressing, bandaging, CPR, and how to Tunku Hajjah Azizah treat insect bites. Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Almutawakkil Alallah The Chairman of training, head of Sultan Iskandar at a fundraising dinner. Guiding activities and some other trainers also ran a life skills training for This mineral water project is the 27 girls aged 14-21 on 19 December brainchild of their Chief Commissioner, 2008. These groups of girls came to Datin Zalillah Mohd. Taib and is under train for four months at the IV-Japan the care of Commissioner for Finance vocational training centre on areas such and Fundraising and her committee. as cooking, hairdressing and dress- making and were able to go back to This is the first time GGAM launched its their local community and earn a living. own mineral water. The objectives of The activities included knowing oneself, this project are: decision-making, time management, • To generate income for GGAM on a team-work and leadership training. IV- long term basis Japan also provided training on other • To bring income to GGAM’s branches subjects such as drug abuse, rope works • To upgrade the image of GGAM as and handicrafts, etc. well as to promote GGAM through the sales of the mineral water Another activity implemented was on the topic of environmental conservation: The sales of the first batch of mineral ‘Water is Life’, held on 20 December water have already made a profit for 8
  9. 9. January 2009 GGAM both at national level and within the branches. The method used in During the four-day visit, participants selling the water ensures that all parties visited the Yongxing Relief Community enjoy profit while maintaining the lowest at Mianyang, an orphanage in Zitong price for the product. First of all, GGAM County, Beichuan Secondary School, will purchase the mineral water from the Leigu Town Lower-secondary School, selected supplier and proceed with and the Beichuan Hope School. selling the products to branches with Members distributed 3,300 jackets, minimal but satisfactory profit. The 2,000 quilts, more than 6,000 knitted branches will then sell to its members at scarves, 460 trousers, 10 sets reference an affordable price. books, and boxes of stationery. Another 2,500 jackets and 500 quilts were GGAM’s mineral water is now entering prepared for them before the Chinese its third phase. At the moment, the New Year. mineral water is not opened to the mass market or public. However, there is an An exchange ongoing effort in acquiring major programme companies and supermarkets to market was also the water. arranged for Girl Guides GGAM encourages its members to and students consider the mineral water as their in Beichuan beverage of choice whether at home, at Secondary work or at play, in the hope that GGAM’s School and mineral water will soon become a widely Leigu Town Lower-secondary School. consumed product among members and Although the programme was brief, Girl consumers alike. Guides felt that the students were tough, optimistic, vigorous, contented – elements that girls from Hong Kong Members of Hong Kong Girl Guides should learn. Association hold visit to Sichuan earthquake affected area In addition to this service project, the Association also committed a donation to In response to a bridge project in Sichuan which is the earthquake expected to be completed by the end of in Sichuan the August 2009. Twenty-five Girl Guides Hong Kong Girl will be recruited to participate in the Guides construction work. Association organized a New Board elected for Japan charity concert in August 2008. They raised about 2 million HK Dollars to New Board members of Girl Scouts of support the affected regions and the Japan were elected for the period 2009- victims. Girl Guides were also 2011. The new President will be Teruko encouraged to make knitted scarves and Wada, who served as a vice-President to collect stationery for the victims. from 2006-2008. New vice-Presidents will be Reiko Koga and Junko Syuzui. A service project in Sichuan was Minori Yuda was elected as the new subsequently organized from 20 to 23 International Commissioner. December 2008 with more than 100 participants including 70 Girl Guides, 18 There were 11 new Board Members in Guiders and adult leaders, and 14 non- total, one of whom was in her twenties uniformed members. A supporting team and three members were in their with vice-President, Sir David Akers- thirties. The new President and new Jones GBM JP, and Chief Commissioner, International Commissioner are both in Mrs Delia Pei BBS JP, also joined the their thirties and younger than those visiting group. who have previously served in these 9
  10. 10. January 2009 positions at GSJ. The new Board shows The trainings began in the later part of great diversity and will start their work the year and the policy proved in May 2009. successful as membership of Junior Guides increased by 1,231, Girl Guides Pakistan holds Executive Committee by 1,394, and senior Guides by 823 and and Annual Council Meeting Guiders by 213. Pakistan Girl Guides Association’s Philippines Training Centre Executive Committee and Annual Council celebrates golden anniversary meetings were held on 27 and 28 February 2009 respectively, at National The 50th anniversary of Ating Tahanan, Headquarters Islamabad. Delegations the national programme and training from all seven branches of Pakistan Girl centre of the Girl Scouts of the Guides Association (PGGA) participated Philippines (GSP) in Baguio City, is a in the meetings. Estimated budget for celebration of a success story of the year 2009-10 was approved during partnership between the Girls Scouts the executive committee meeting. and the Baguio community. In Sub-Committee meetings, members This was the brief yet meaningful analyzed the progress of different statement of GSP Communication departments of the PGGA and forwarded Chairman Amelita Dayrit-Go following their suggestions to the Executive the announcement of the Golden Committee and annual Council Anniversary Adventure on 17=20 respectively. In these meetings February 2009 to mark the occasion. recommendations and decisions of the More than 130 delegates from all regions sub-committees were thoroughly of the country arrived for the discussed and policy decisions were celebration. made about Constitution, Training, Programme, Publications, Public The four-day activity included pine tree Relations, young Leaders/senior Guides and flower planting, interactive bamboo and International Guiding. The national instrument workshop, fellowship night Training Plan for the year 2009 was also featuring the rendition of the song approved. “Halina sa Ating Tahanan”, masquerade, eco-cultural visits, team building Mrs. Nuzhat Aamir, the International activities, International Friendship Commissioner of Pakistan Girl Guides Exchange and DX (Infex) Contest, World Association presented the International Thinking Day Ceremony and adventure Annual Report of the Association. At the challenges. closing ceremony shields and awards were conferred upon the Guides and One of the highlights of the event was Guide Companies showing outstanding the historical exhibits and video performance presentation featuring the evolution of Ating Tahanan. Pakistan Sindh Branch membership increase GSP National President Mrs Teresita Choa is grateful to the people of Baguio The membership of Pakistan Girl Guides particularly to Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Association Sindh Branch increased by Jr. for continuously supporting GSP 3,661 Guides and Guiders in 2008. endeavours to help the community. The Sindh Executive Committee in 2008 Choa is also the Chairman of Friends of resolved to give free of cost trefoil Ating Tahanan, an auxiliary arm which badges, programme cards and provides assistance, contacts and funds handbooks to Guiders and Guides of for the programmes and maintenance of rural areas and small towns, to the Girl Scout training centre. Baguio encourage more girls to join the Girl Scout Council President Amparo Movement. Rimas and Esther Alvarado, Ating Tahanan Director said Ating Tahanan will 10
  11. 11. January 2009 seek to further improve and make it a 2008 was the fourth year and final year world-class centre someday. for Peace Pack Project II, which started in 2005. Many congratulations to Japan for this successful project. Goal 3 - The Voice of Girls and Young Malaysia launches HIV/Aids Campaign Women In line with the Thinking Day theme ‘We Australia runs clean up campaign can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases’, the Girl Guides THE 2nd Mona Vale Girl Guides were Association of Malaysia has launched a among thousands of volunteers cleaning HIV/Aids awareness campaign in their local area as part of ‘Clean Up collaboration with the PT Foundation. A Australia Day’. The Guides and their series of training programmes will be families focussed their attention on the conducted for the Girl Guides. The Basin at Mona Vale, having previously Association plans to train a pool of cleaned an area at Bayview. young women so that they can be more proactive in handling global issues Japan raises relief money for related to young women. The training Australia programme will be held at the Grand Continental Hotel from 19 to 21 March Girl Scouts of Japan raised 1,434.94AUD 2009. as relief money for Girl Guides Australia Incorporated. This money was raised to Maldives Girl Guides in need of support the Girl Guides who were building and funding support victims of the bushfire and floods in Victoria and Northern Queensland. Mariam Waheeda, Chief Commissioner of Maldives Girl Guide Association has said Peace Pack Project II run by Japan the Association desperately needs funding to implement the association’s From 14 various programmes. to 20 March, Speaking at the 2008 Annual General the fourth Assembly, she also expressed an urgent delegation need for a suitable building to run the of the Association and provide training to Girl Peace Guides. She said that due to lack of such Pack space, various programmes were on project halt. She noted the biggest obstacle to visited Myanmar refugee camps in Maldivian Girl Guides taking part in Thailand. They delivered Peace Packs various overseas programmes was a lack sent by Japanese Girl Scouts. In each of adequate funding. Peace Pack, it was included a message from Japan. The Chief Commissioner highlighted the environmental protection programme as They also had a time to exchange with a huge success. She also noted that 609 refugees where they met many children. members participated in various The delegation brought back a wonderful programmes conducted during the past souvenir. They set up “Dream Post” at year. camp which was a mailbox that refugee children can send their letters to During the Annual General meeting Japanese friends. They received warrants, long service awards, Asia countless letters. The delegation plans to Pacific Badge and certificates were deliver the letters to Girl Scouts from all distributed to Guiders and over Japan when they return to Japan. Commissioners for their service to the 11
  12. 12. January 2009 Movement. At the meeting, Permanent Pakistan participates in tree Secretary of Ministry of Health and planting campaign Family Ms. Mazeena Jameel spoke on ways they can protect children from More than 400 senior Guides and 250 sexual abuse. The annual report and Girl Guides from Pakistan participated in budget report were read out. The guest a public tree plantation on 11 February of honour at the meeting was first lady, 2009 to protect the environment. The Chief Guide Laila Ali who was a Guide. event was organized by the Capital She was the first patron to wear the Development Authority Islamabad uniform. (Pakistan) at Islamabad Express Highway. Mrs. Fehmida Mirza, the Pakistan celebrates World TB Day Honorable Speaker National Assembly was the chief guest on the occasion. Pakistan Girl Guide Association ICT branch celebrated World Tuberculosis Pakistan takes part in International (TB) Day on 18 March 2009. The Women’s Day Ministry of Health under its National TB Control Programme (NTP) organized an International advocacy event with youth and key Women’s Day stakeholders with the collaboration of was Pakistan Girl Guides Association at celebrated on National Arts Gallery. The theme of the 6 March 2009 programme was “contributing together at Serena to Control TB” and “TB say Najat Hotel Noujawanu kay sath”. Islamabad (Pakistan). Various NGOs organized stalls with information, During the event Guides participated in posters, photographs, handicrafts etc. different activities and won the quiz Pakistan Girl Guides Association, ICT competition. Minister of Health, Mir Aijaz branch organized its awareness stall on Jakhrani was the chief guest of the Girl Guiding. event. Trainers and staff of PGGA shared information with visitors regarding their He said Guiding work. “engaging young people Lawmakers act to keep Girl Scouts made this state-owned in the Philippines day even more The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), important as after 68 years of existence, has been youth are the declared as a government owned and future of our country and can play a controlled corporation, whose main pivotal role in the fight against TB.” He purpose is to inculcate “patriotism and also appreciated the efforts of young nationalism” in youth. The House volunteers for putting their efforts in the committee on government enterprises World TB Day activities. Shields and and privatization approved for floor certificates were awarded to the winners deliberation the bill, seeking to institute and participants. the GSP Charter and stop its privatization. The bill is now up for This programme was very informative plenary debate to hear those who want and Pakistan Girl Guides Association will to push for the privatization of the GSP continue to share the knowledge with because the House panel has already different institutions in collaboration with rejected its privatization. the National TB Control Programme. The bill provides that all donations made to the GSP shall be exempt from donor’s tax and shall be deducted from the gross income of the donor for income tax 12
  13. 13. January 2009 purposes. It also prohibits the illegal beautiful life we have, and if we are manufacture, sale, distribution and use careless, our lives will become like this of the Girls Scouts’ uniforms and butterfly that can no longer fly. paraphernalia. Sri Lanka runs breastfeeding week Sri Lanka launches HIV/AIDS Booklet From 15 to 19 September In October 2007, four senior Guides had 2008 Sri Lanka the opportunity to attend the 4th Asia Girl Guides Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Association Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSH) held organized a in Hyderabad, India. It was an exciting, Breast Feeding educational experience which broadened Week as part of their outlook in many areas. their educational programme for rural women. They selected an Uva Province Some of the topics discussed were area to conduct the programme. Gifts sexual behaviour among the young: risk were collected such as nearly new baby and protective factors, achieving sexual clothes from our Girl Guide friends. reproductive health and rights, young people in difficult situations. The A total of 52 pregnant mothers sessions were based on several surveys participated in the first Programme conducted by the countries in the Asia entitled “Pregnant Mother’s Day” on 18 Pacific Region. The methods used to October 2008 in Hindagla Estate. The collect data and different approaches Girl Guides prepared lunch for these were discussed. This enabled the women. Another 84 participants participants to understand the situations attended the second programme entitled in the other countries. They also “Breast Feeding Mother’s Day” on 19 highlighted the importance of September 2008. The second understanding sexual health and programme was funded by Unilever Ltd HIV/AIDS. They also had the opportunity Company. This year Family Planning to meet people from different countries. Association came and carried out a They had the privilege of meeting Dr. session on relaxation for Breast Feeding Sujatha Samarakoon, a leading Mother’s as well as for Pregnant venereologist from Sri Lanka. Dr Mothers. Samarakoon requested that they write a booklet on HIV/AIDS for the youth in Seminar on Development of Girl their country. Guiding and Girl Scouting in the 21st Century run by Taiwan On their return, they decided to share the knowledge gained at the conference Girl Scouts and started work on the book “Sundara of Taiwan Jeevithayak” with the help of Ms. was Uthpala De Zoysa. privileged to welcome Areas covered include what HIV/AIDS is, Members of the reality of the myths and beliefs in Asia Pacific getting the virus, how they can prevent Committee getting HIV and how to prevent it from to Seminar on Development of Girl spreading. Guiding and Girl Scouting in the 21st Century in conjunction with the 40th The book cover is in colour with Asia Pacific Committee Meeting held in butterflies and shows the beauty of life, Taipei, Taiwan from 28 March to 1 April. vibrant and care free. On the second page “... eya araksha karaganima obe The Seminar, attended by members of vagakimai” has a butterfly with a Asia PacificCommittee, local Chief damaged wing. If we do not value the Commissioners, Board Members, 13
  14. 14. January 2009 trainers and special guest Yocko Odaira, developed. Eight members have been Chairman of Friends of Asia Pacific nominated for the Provincial Steering WAGGGS, provided GST with a Committee for the Asia Pacific Region, wonderful opportunity to have direct one member to be decided. The next input into the development of Girl CONGO meeting will be held in Vienna Guiding/Girl Scouting. They also shared between 16-21 November 2009 (exact with and learn from the Members of Asia date to be decided). Pacific Committee about Asia Pacific Operational Plan 2009-2011 as well as The Board Meeting was held in parallel issues that girls and young women are with the launching of the Asia Regional facing today. Committee. Approximately 25 participants from various international WAGGGS represented at CONGO NGOs attended the meeting. This is the Board Meeting first time that CONGO hosted outside the three centres of New York, Geneva, Ms. Valaikorn Phromyothi (Nuj), and Austria. During the Board Meeting WAGGGS ECOSOC Liaison Person discussions were held and it concluded (WELP), represented WAGGGS at the with a great success for the CONGO Board Meeting and Launch of establishment of the Asia Regional CONGO’s Asia Regional Committee Committee. hosted at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok from 23 to 25 February 2009. World Centres The Conference of Non-Governmental update Organizations in Consultative WAGGGS Advocacy Seminar on Relationship with the United Nations Women’s issues at Sangam (CoNGO) is an independent, Sangam hosted international, non-profit membership the advocacy association of non-government seminar from 3 to organizations (NGOs), that facilitates the 9 March 2009 participation of NGOs in United Nations encompassing debates and decisions. It was founded in International 1948 and is active at the major UN women’s day. centres of New York, Geneva, and Participants from Vienna. Its major objective is to ensure India, Sweden, Maldives, Zimbabwe and the presence of NGOs in exchanges Argentina, developed skills in advocacy among the world’s governments and while gaining knowledge and experience United Nations agencies on issues of of a global issues which women and girls global concern. face today. They visited Sangam’s community partners “Maher”, which The launching of means mother’s home, to learn about CONGO’s Asia the work being done in rural India, and Regional share their own experiences with Committee was participants from other regions of the held at Asian world. The topic was used as a Institute of foundation for understanding WAGGGS’ Technology (AIT) three key advocacy words – educate, do, in Bangkok on 25 February. This has speak. They created an advocacy plan enhanced CONGO to be a global rooted for work with their Member Organization in all regions representing voices of back home. people and civil societies. The Launch of CONGO Asia Regional Committee placed importance on WAGGGS as WAGGGS is committed to seeing exchange programmes being 14
  15. 15. January 2009 Funded seminar opportunities at Health care professionals and others Sangam with an interest in the field will share skills and knowledge with Sangam’s Sangam has received some funds community partners. In addition, through the World Foundation (USA) to participants will learn about the ancient assist young women from around the legacy of Indian medicine and modern world to attend seminars and community facilities through visits to holistic healing action events at the World Centre during centres and neighbourhood hospitals. 2009. Take this opportunity to enjoy the diversity of Pune and exploring cultural Scholarships cover the event fee and sites and colourful markets. travel grants cover travel costs (up to £800) related to attending an event. Applicants apply directly to Sangam and These funds are designated to serve must have the support of their underrepresented Member Organizations respective National Organization. Travel in each region. funds are reimbursable to the National Organization, not to individual Scholarship eligible events include: participants. Discover Your Potential III (10 For general information and the days), from 7 to 16 August; Learn scholarship application form about how gender, wealth and language Sangam please visit Sangam’s website: influence education in India as you www.sangamworldcentre.org participate in a community action project with local schools. Visit a variety of schools and educational NGOs to New resources experience the challenges of educating India’s millions of children who speak 18 online different official languages. Discover how school-based Guiding and Scouting The Centenary works in India, share international Celebration Day educational resources that WAGGGS Activity pack and offers, while also exploring Indian the Global Action culture through spirituality and the arts. Theme Badge curriculum are WAGGGS Advocacy Seminar II: now available to WLDP (7 days), from 13 to 18 download from September; Develop skills in advocacy the WAGGGS while gaining knowledge and experience website. of a global issue which faces women and girls today in India. Visit our community The Centenary partners to learn about the work being Celebration done in India, and share your own activity pack is experiences with participants from other the first of three, regions of the world. Use the topic as a one each year, which will provide ideas foundation for understanding WAGGGS’ for different age groups to celebrate the three key advocacy words – educate, do, centenary. This one includes activities speak. Create an advocacy plan to put and suggestions on how to incorporate into place and prepare to work with your the ‘Plant’ theme in the celebrations of Member Organization back home. 10 April 2010. Discover Your Potential IV (10 Download our new Centenary days), from 21 to 30 November; Celebration activity pack and start Work with local social organizations on a planning for 10 April 2010! Let us know community action project aiming to how you plan to celebrate by emailing provide medical care and health centenary@wagggsworld.org education to disadvantaged people. 15
  16. 16. January 2009 GAT badge curriculum The GAT Badge curriculum is an activity Asia Pacific focus pack created to help children and young people learn about the Millennium Announcements Development Goals (MDGs) then take action on the issues that affect them and New President of Korean National their communities. Containing over 100 Council of Women activities set across three levels (Basic, Advanced and Specialist), Member Dr. JungSook Kim, Organizations are encouraged to choose National President, specific activities for each MDG. Girl Scouts of Korea has been elected as The GAT MO Guidelines are designed to the 17th President support Member Organizations’ work as of Korean National they plan the implementation of the Council of Women Global Action Theme. which takes an active part in the work to elevate the social status of Friends of Asia women. The inauguration was held on 16 February 2009 at Korea Press Centre Pacific WAGGGS where more than 500 people came to congratulate the new President and her Gathering held in Malaysia coordinating team of KNCW. A Gathering Dr. JungSook Kim noted: “I would of Friends deeply appreciate all the people here of Asia and devote myself to promote the social Pacific status of women in Korea as well as to WAGGS be the voice of girls and young women”. (Malaysia) was held International Scout and Guide from 26 Fellowship Gathering, Malaysia February to 1 March 2009 at Kuantan, Malaysia. This was an excellently The International Scout and Guide organized, informative and friendly Fellowship, made up of Trefoil, Baden- occasion. Amongst the Friends attending Powell and St Georges Guilds around the there were a number that experienced world, are holding a Regional Gathering Guiding for their first time. The group in Malaysia from 16 to 21 July 2009. consisted of 70 Malaysians, 11 Koreans This gathering is being held to foster and two Australians. The programme new and improve existing networks in included batik painting, visiting silk the Region, to review projects and areas weaving, a cooking school and an of support that we could contribute to, in orphanage, as well as a special partnership with WAGGGS. Membership Ceremony and Dinner at The event is opened to other interested the Royal Palace. Trefoil Guilds and WAGGGS members who are not part of the ISGF with a view Future events being planned are to strengthening even more the Australia (a dinner on 3 September) and resources that can be made available to the Philippines (an event around 14 WAGGGS Asia Pacific Region. Spouses November to share in the celebration of and partners are welcome. A half day of 40 years of Asia Pacific Region). These meetings will be held then the remainder events always inspire new memberships of the time is for activities and or membership upgrades, thus providing networking. Come and see what they increased funds to assist the work of the are about. Asia Pacific Region. Visit www.freewebs.com/fofsag/aprgathe ring2009.htm or www.isgf.org 16

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