Raleigh International in 2018

19th December 2018
Season's Greetings from Raleigh International

Post by Raleigh International Chief Executive, Stacey Adams

As we near the end of 2018, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of our activities and achievements from the year.

National youth exchange programme: We launched an exciting new national youth programme, called Exchange for Campaigns, Empowerment, and Leadership (ExCEL), funded by Norwegian government body NOREC. 14 alumni from the Raleigh societies of Tanzania, Nepal, and Nicaragua are taking part in this exchange programme, learning how to design and develop a campaign that will inspire young people to lead the way in the fight against climate change. The group spent time training in Norway, before heading to Tanzania and then on to Nepal to understand more about rural communities’ resilience to climate change. Vivek Adhikari from the Raleigh Nepal Society explains what they are doing in Nepal in this blog post.

Impact report: Our impact in 2017 was brought to life through a newly designed impact report and accompanying video, narrated by Raleigh alumna and Youth Advisory Group member, Jaskirat Mann. The report shows that 3,795 young people from 34 countries helped change the lives of more than 50,000 people in 2017.

Partnerships: We continued our impactful partnership with BNP Paribas (Suisse). Together, we have delivered safe, clean drinking water to 1,164 people; improved access to sanitation and hygiene for 922 people; and their employees have helped train 54 youth entrepreneurs.

We welcomed four new corporate partners: McCann Worldgroup UK, Chadwick Textiles, Gripple and GAIA Insights, who are supporting youth advocacy campaigning, reforestation, and step-change innovation in youth-led, health-focused social enterprise. With the assistance of employees from Google EMEA, we completed our first-ever pilot skills-based volunteering programme, providing digital skills training to youth entrepreneurs.

Our legacy in Malaysian Borneo: The final Raleigh Borneo expedition took place this year. Over the past three decades, working both in peninsula Malaysia and Sabah, on the island of Borneo, more than 6,516 volunteers have taken part in 71 Expeditions, reaching 28,573 people in Sabah alone. Our water and sanitation projects have helped provide more than 16,000 people with safe, clean and reliable drinking water and improved sanitation facilities. Over 6,000 trees have been planted and 22 green enterprises have been established. Though we no longer have direct operations in Borneo, we will work closely with Raleigh Malaysia (the newly combined Raleigh Sabah Society and Raleigh Kuala Lumpur Support Group), supporting them to continue creating lasting change and embedding the Raleigh legacy through their volunteering.

International Citizen Service (ICS): A contract extension from the Department for International Development (DFID) to VSO, enabled Raleigh to deliver more fantastic ICS water, sanitation and livelihoods work in Nepal and Tanzania. Under the current contract, we will continue delivering this work through to the end of the summer 2019. DFID have expressed interest in funding further ICS programmes, but the process and the timing of any formal decision is still unclear.

Raleigh returns to Costa Rica: Civil unrest in Nicaragua led us to relocate our Central America Expeditions back to Costa Rica, where we have long-standing relationships with rural and indigenous communities. Volunteers in Costa Rica have been making great progress on projects there, such as building a new school cafeteria in an indigenous community which will enable students to access to free school meals funded by the Costa Rican government – something they previously missed out on due to a lack of adequate facilities.

Asian societies collaborate in Shanghai: In October, Raleigh China hosted the annual Raleigh Asia Regional Conference in Shanghai, where Raleigh National Societies from across Asia came together, with guests from Bermuda and Raleigh International. The conference provides a fantastic opportunity for society members to share and learn from one another. It facilitates knowledge and best practice sharing, networking and a chance to find ways to support one another. Events like these truly showcase the Raleigh’s global legacy. Read more about the event in this blog post.

Raleigh’s Together in Business Network: Our responsible business network for alumni, has gone from strength to strength with three events this year hosted at the offices of Arup, Santander and Raleigh’s head office, bringing together 120 alumni to create connections to create lasting change in business.

None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support from our dedicated and inspirational volunteers, alumni, staff and partners. Thank you all for everything you do to empower young people to create lasting change around the world.