March 7th, 2014
Our Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (Niislel) Chapter created a training course in cosmetology for unemployed single mothers. Recognizing the need to help these young women gain the skills needed to begin a profession, the chapter chose to offer the training at no cost. A $1,500 PTPI Chapter Project Grant helped them to pay for the salary of the teachers as well as tuition for the young women.
Disadvantaged young women in Mongolia receive professional training with the help of PTPI’s Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Chapter
Classes began in October 2013 and ended in December. Ten students between the ages of 20-35 received training in hairdressing, manicures and pedicures, and massage. The graduates all found work in salons after completing the course.
Cosmetology training center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
One of the students who received training is G. Ganchimeg, a young woman whose parents died three years ago. She became responsible for raising her three siblings, ages 10, 12, and 16. The chapter, in partnership with PTPI’s Tainan, Taiwan Chapter, raised $6,000 in 2013 and used it to purchase a new yurt (ger) for the family, complete with furniture and other basic necessities. See a video of the Tainan Chapter’s visit to Mongolia and their joint work on YouTube.
PTPI’s Chapter Project Grants support cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. In 2013, a total of $25,000 was distributed for Chapter Project Grants. The first application deadline for 2014 was February 1. The second deadline is August 1. Visit the PTPI website for more information.
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February 28th, 2014
Question answered by Rebecca Nunn.
9. In Chapter 10, Mandela says, “There is little favorable to be said about poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do the same when you are poor.” Do you think this helped aid the creation of the ANC?
A phrase that struck me was one Mandela made when speaking of living in Alexandra Township: “In that first year, I learned more about poverty than I did in all my childhood in Qunu.” This was interesting to me because he often spoke of Qunu as a very rich and happy time of his life even though he lived in the country with very little. Life in Alexandra involved very close living quarters and Mandela had to travel by bus to get to his job at the law firm. He talks a lot of how acquaintances and family friends would help him by providing meals or money and how he wouldn’t have made it otherwise.
Once the first removal program started in Sophiatown, the protestors would meet in fields, basements or anywhere they would not be seen by the government. Many people lived in multi-family housing and government spies would regularly come by and search for ANC members or make sure they were following their ban or house arrest orders.
What seemed to really move the ANC along was whenever the police would arrest them after a rally or a meeting they would put them all in a large jail cell for days. This gave them time to talk about their next move and they would support one another. Even at Robben Island, the prisoners would sing songs in different dialects or would use code to talk to each other.
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February 26th, 2014
Question answered by Betsy Warfield.
8. Mandela states that, “newspapers were more valuable to political prisoners than gold or diamonds, more hungered for than food or tobacco; they were the most precious contraband on Robben Island. News was the intellectual raw material of the struggle. We were not allowed any news at all, and we craved it.” Given that each society is different and new trends are parts of our lives, what do you think you would crave uncontrollably if you were to be a prisoner on Robben Island?
After long thought and multiple scenarios in my head, I actually think I would have to agree with Mandela on the need for current news. Actually, I would probably say my phone because I would want to be connected through my Instagram, Facebook, and have access to all of my apps (9 of them being news apps), but that is obviously not an option.
Even when all of your normal daily routines are taken away or monitored, I do think news is the one thing I would crave uncontrollably. I always want to know what is going on and knowing does make you connected. When you feel connected, you still feel like you are a valuable part of this world and I think that is extremely important, especially if you are a freedom fighter and working to make the world in which you live in a better place.
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The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.