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The Passing of Jockin Amputham and the formation of the Asian Community Development Fund
From Somsook: I have very sad news to share today that our great friend “Jockin Arputham” President of Shack Dwellers International has passed away early morning Oct 13. Jockin is a Guru, a leader, a teacher, community organizer, inspirer and greatest change makers for housing and development by poor people themselves in India Asia and the world. It’s a great lost to all urban poor federations SDI ACHR UPCA and all housing development communities around the world On behalf of ACHR we would like to share with you all our deep condolence and believe his strong will and spirit to make all changes possible by people especially poor people organizations will be achieved and progressed
Indonesia -Tsunami Donations
Dear ALL FRIENDS, We would like to announce that ACHR support Our Indonesian Friends raising funds to build temporary housing for the victims of Indonesia’s Earthquake and Tsunami. Today, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, the death toll from the quake and tsunami has risen to 1,558, on Friday, October 5th. Thousands were injured and tens of thousands - possibly hundreds of thousands - displaced from their homes and in need of emergency assistance. More than 70,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on September 28, launching waves of up to six-metres high that slammed into Sulawesi at 800 kilometres per hour.
New Year Greetings and ACHR Update
Dear friends, Now that the rush and the hubbub of the holidays is behind us, and the onslaught of new imperatives has yet to knock us over, it seems a good moment to pause, and send everyone our warmest New Year’s greetings from the ACHR secretariat in Bangkok, and to tell you all a wee bit about what’s been happening with ACHR. FIRST, SOME NEWS FROM THE ACHR OFFICE IN BANGKOK: Somsook tells everyone she’s slowing down, and although she does spend less time in the office, she continues to travel a great deal, link with groups, visit communities and cultivate new possibilities on many levels, and also puts in a lot of time and energy into her work in Thailand. Maurice has retired to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, but continues to help with the ACHR website, while Minh Chau has taken on the lion’s share of coordinating ACHR’s various programs and projects and being the key communicator. Nat has gone to part-time, to give herself more time to cook her fiery southern Thai curries, but she and Chai continue to manage all of ACHR’s logistics and finances, and keep everything going. And after a dryish two-year sabbatical in Portland, Oregon, where he missed everyone and everything terribly, Tom returned to Bangkok in September 2017 and is back at his old desk, gradually getting back into the ACHR swim of things. More News : News of theist Year; and What’s coming in 2018
Community Finance in Five Asian Countries
Community Finance in Five Asian Countries A final report on the study, prepared by the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights : June 2017 A study carried out by 5 national groups in the ACHR network, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. This report presents the findings of a two-year study of community finance systems that are operated by the urban poor in five Asian countries, with support from their partner organisations. These five groups are the principal national urban poor organisations in their respective countries, and their community savings and funds - and other community- driven development initiatives - have all grown to national scale. The study was conceived as an opportunity to look in more detail at the different models of community finance these important groups have developed, in their very different given national contexts, and to compare their various aspects, draw out some key elements and lessons and see how these people-driven finance systems can be strengthened and brought into the formal finance and development structures in their countries.Comments on the study will be published soon.
An Innovative, Collaborative, Creative, Citywide Process
An Innovative, Collaborative, Creative, Citywide Process Citywide development of Chumsaeng city before and after Co-Create City Workshop Chumsaeng, a city in northern central part of Thailand, with population of 9,000. This city is considered to be a small town which exemplifies situations of many other city in Thailand. Read more and view the video of this creative workshop.
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