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Life saving humanitarian training for low-income students

A project by: Polly Stephens

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Congrats! This project has reached its minimum needed of £500 and is going for its target of £2,000!
Financial support for advanced training for humanitarianism students from low-income backgrounds

Help students from low-income backgrounds access advanced humanitarianism training

The humanitarian aid sector has seen a 66% rise in the death and injury of its workers in recent years, and we've decided to do something about it.

We are a group of postgraduate students, studying in the Humanitarianism and Conflict Response Institute at The University of Manchester. In response to the rising risks of humanitarian aid work and the lack of practical skills available academically to deal with this we are collaborating with the organisation Sector-3 to develop and run a comprehensive safety and security course. We want all students on our course to be able to have the opportunity to take part, and develop practical skills essential to their safety in their future career.

The course will cover a wide range of issues and will be taught by an award-winning and experienced team of experts. In one intensive week, we will learn skills such as land and maritime-based search & rescue, advanced medical first aid, personal  and group security, and  deployment. We will also be taught how to notice and cope with the long term effects of hostile work environments.

This course will be enormously interesting but more importantly will  equip us as future humanitarian aid workers with the skills we might need to save our own lives or the lives of those we are working with. This is the first course of this kind to be run and the first to take place at The University of Manchester. It is also the first to be run  at an enormous discount. Given that courses of this kind are normally priced at £1800 a head; we have managed to secure it for £500 per student. While this is an amazing offer, it remains unattainable for some of the students from low-income backgrounds.

We need your help to make sure this incredible opportunity is open to all of our classmates. We are hoping to crowdfund places for four students who otherwise would not be able to access it. If this pilot scheme is successful, we hope it will continue to run and grow in size in future years, reaching more and more future aid workers as they enter the field.

Any money raised will be split equally among the four students being supported and used only to contribute towards (or hopefully fully fund) their course fees.

For more information about the course content and Sector-3 see: https://sites.google.com/sector-3.org/sector-3/home or contact either wwt@williamwthomson.co.uk or polly.08@live.com

Photo credit - Palestinian, International and Israeli activists protesting Israel's security Wall. - Protesters fleeing stun and gas grenades. Bilin, West Bank, Palestine. Image by William W Thomson.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

We are now a featured project on the Hubbub homepage!! Thanks to all our pledges so far and let's keep pushing for our target and beyond!!!

3 weeks, 5 days ago

Less than two weeks in and we've already raised enough for one full set of course fees! Thank you so much to all our supporters so far, we've been completely blown away by people's kindness and generosity. We'll keep sharing to push for our target so all four students can attend and access this amazing opportunity.

1 month ago

Hi all,

Our project has only been live for 6 days and we're already over half way to our minimum pledge amount! Thank you so much to all of our sponsors so far!

Also, we have been given the exciting opportunity by our course facilitator Sector-3 that any additional funds raised over our goal of £2,000 will only go towards course development but will also facilitate an internship at the organisation for one lucky course participant. If we manage to raise enough, the intern will also be offered a field visit!

This exciting additional opportunity will definitely be spurring us on to share our project and fundraising with as many people as possible!

1 month ago

A few minor updates in terms of contact details. www.sector-3.org is the best link to use for additional course information and my contact has said that he'd prefer to be contacted on wwt@sector-3.org than the original address given.

1 month ago

Thanks so much to our first 3 donors! We are near to our £250 matchfunding target. Once we reach that we'll have already reached enough to pay one set of course fees!

The first £250 donated to this project will be matched by The University of Manchester

Polly Stephens

generated 232 clicks and caused 8 donations totalling £270.00

Denise & Mark Johnson

generated 7 clicks and donated £70.00

Lynn Trillo

donated £250.00

1 anonymous donation of £5.00

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