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 DDE at the Global Centre

Spring Term Newsletter 2016

We had three very successful World at Lunch Specials this term. In January Oz Osborne talked about the impact of international companies like Coca Cola on the culture of tribal people and other indigenous groups in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Southern India. He also discussed the work of Tamwed, the charity he founded, which links communities in South India and SW England and support projects that benefit the neediest in Tamil Nadu.

Call the Midwife Tanzania was the title of Liz Moore’s talk in February and the name of the charity she founded to provide the basic necessities of life to the Maasai people living in a group of in the Mvomero area of Morogoro district, Tanzania, East Africa. Although their work started with help for mothers and babies, their projects have expanded to include food and water security, health, education for girls and microfinance for women. Their key philosophy is to work in partnership with the local people some of whom are now trained as birth attendants.

Our final session in March, by contrast, brought friends from Hikmat who spoke movingly about the stories they had uncovered concerning the involvement of overseas troops in WWI. Of particular interest were accounts of a relative from the Indian continent who had served in the army and of Chinese service men who died and are buried in Plymouth.

Peter Wingfield-Digby gave another of his excellent evenings in the Devon Globe Trotters series. This time he told us about his journeys and adventures in Brazil and Argentina accompanied by great photographs and anecdotes.  Our thanks to Bronwen and Stephen Lea for their kind hospitality and to those who came and contributed £205 towards the Food for Thought project.

March 19th was our Cycling Saturday which started in Exmouth at 2pm for the fundraising cycle ride to Dawlish. This was in aid of the building appeal for the residential hostel for Visually Impaired pupils at Katente West Primary School, in rural Mubende. Thanks to the hardy and intrepid folk who cycled and their sponsors – we exceeded the target of £1,000. In the evening, Viv Horton talked about her epic cycle ride from Anchorage to Mexico City – magnificent scenery but some scary roads in places.

In February, Elena Isayev (Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter) gave a talk entitled Migration, Borders and Refugees - Ancient and Modern. She contrasted out modern concepts of nationality and borders with the more open world of the past. She also reflected on her recent experiences of working with refugees in the West Bank.

We had two Global Book Club discussions this term. The 13th Labour of Hercules gave a disturbing insight into the chaotic nature of Greek governance and financial control showing how historic failures have led to the current crisis. The second book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs provided a powerful argument that decriminalising or legalising drugs would not lead to increased use and would greatly reduce the associated criminal activity.

DDE was involved in a busy schedule of events in Fairtrade Fortnight which focused this year on spices from Sri Lanka and South West India and included events for primary schools as well as talks for local Fairtrade groups. 

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