Community development

Community development trainer in Kenya

News abroad:

Our Cert IV in Community Culture trainer, Deevah Melendez-Morales has been volunteering for the Mama Anns Odede Health Centre in Western Kenya, home of the Lou tribes of Kenya (as well as Obama’s’ fathers tribe).  Deevah has been developing project scopes , a draft Strategic Plan and an international online fundraising campaign for the village hospital and Maternal Child Health program.  The Odede Health Centre just opened its doors in March through the financial sponsorship of Australian and other international volunteers.

deevah mama and babies

Deevah’s connection to Western Kenya goes back to 1997 when she first arrived in the village of Mutumbu  on a 6 month volunteer stint working as an English teacher, and hosted by her friend Fred Mito, who is the founder and  now Director of the Mama Anns Community Health Centre.

Deevah has been staying with Fred’s family of 15, mainly young girls to whom she teaches yoga and goes on daily excursions  exploring the many lovely trails around the village of Yala where she has been based for the past 6 weeks. The next stop for Deevah is  Rwanda, Ethiopia, Turkey , Europe , NY , Puerto Rico and then back to Queensland in November!

Creating Links Students:

– Graduating Student, Lee-Ann Dawson is currently working on a Buskers Competition as part of the Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival.

– Our Cert IV in Community Culture student, Toni Allayilis-Hepi entertained the crowds at Woodford Folk Festival with her ‘Las Fridas’ troupe, inspired by the exotic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The humorous troupe of singing Senoritas created her beautiful and iconic self-portraits awash with colourful swirling skirts, Spanish vocal harmonies and Latina hot blooded madcap antics.

Toni Las Fridas 1

Toni Las Fridas 2