By Stephanie Brown, Marketing and Communication Manager CUFAEach year, through the Steve Birt Fund, CUFA offer a scholarship opportunity for a staff member of Traditional Credit Union (TCU) to attend the annual Development Education (DE) workshop. The 2013 DE, nick-named KIWIDE, will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in mid-November as a collaborative event between New Zealand Credit Union Foundation and CUFA. The 5 day professional development program will educate delegates on a number of key areas that are relevant to the Mutual movement in both Australia and worldwide. The Steve Birt Scholarship was established in memory of Steve Birt for his contribution to the Australian Mutual movement through Teachers Credit Union, now Teachers Mutual Bank. CUFA are proud to use the scholarship each year to fund a participant from Traditional Credit Union to attend the annual Development Education program. (more…)
By Stephanie Brown, Marketing and Communication Manager CUFACUFA were delighted to premiere How a chicken sent my children to school, at Mutuals 2013 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27 October 2013. If you missed it, you can view it now (click above). In late August/early September CUFA's Marketing and Communications Manager, Stephanie Brown, travelled to Cambodia for two weeks and spent a number of days in Koki Thom village collecting footage and information to help tell the story of Yuth, a successful Village Entrepreneur who is a chicken farmer in Kandal Province. "Having worked on the Village Entrepreneur project from the office in Sydney for two years, it was absolutely amazing to see the impact of the project on the ground. I often receive wonderful stories that come out of the field and I thought I knew the impact it was having on the lives the villagers and their families but nothing beats seeing it firsthand." Stephanie said of the experience. (more…)
By Stephanie Brown, Marketing and Communication Manager CUFACUFA's 2013 MAD Day was another great success with a number of Mutuals across Australia getting involved in the day that makes a difference. This year's event raised money for CUFA's Village Entrepreneur program with the aim of raising enough funds to support more villagers in need in Cambodia and Timor Leste. Funds are still being collected but thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of all the Mutuals involved, more Village Entrepreneurs are now receiving much needed support and are now on the road to sustainability. (more…)
Make a difference today!On October 17 2013 and throughout the month of October, Mutuals across Australia are getting together to celebrate the movement and help MAKE A DIFFERENCE to struggling communities in the Asia Pacific region.
If you can't hold an event this year, then don't panic! You can easily Make a Difference by hosting something on a later date in the year or contribute by:
- Liking and sharing us with your friends on Facebook or Twitter
- Making a donation to CUFA
- Becoming a Community Investor and helping a villager in Cambodia or Timor Leste break out of poverty www.ve.org.au
By Luse Tamani, OCCUL Secretariat Officer
Following months of preparations and planning the 2013 Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress co-hosted by OCCUL, CUFA, WOCCU and FSCUL drew to a close on Friday 27th September 2013 concluding three intense days of credit union business.
The 2013 Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress drew to a close for another year on the 27th of September. This annual event was yet another success thanks to the generous funding support received from AusAID, TISA (proud platinum sponsors) the 3 wonderful Gold Sponsors – FESALOS, Sterling Systems and Unit Trust of Fiji with FERN Software providing sponsorship for the Cultural Evening Program alongside contributions from Fiji Public Service and Fiji Nursing & Associates Credit Unions, who made it all possible.
By Stephanie Brown, Marketing and Communication Manager CUFA
On October 5, the world celebrated World Teacher’s Day, a UNESCO supported day that recognises the work of teachers, the world over in educating future generations. The theme for 2013 was “a call for teachers”. Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all. In mid-2013, CUFA’s Myanmar Teachers Project commenced with the mission to help students in poor communities in the Shan State of Myanmar get a quality education. CUFA’s Stephanie Brown shares a story of how the Teachers Project will change the lives of teachers and their students.
In a small community located in the Shan region of Myanmar, a teacher begins her lesson for the day. In a classroom consisting of students aged between 10 and 16 years old, she starts the day with a history lesson. The class, who are eager and interested in learning, listen attentively as they know they are lucky to be getting an education at all.
By Phearun Pove, Children’s Financial Literacy Coordinator CUFA
Each year, CUFA educates 12,000 children on the importance of saving for their future through the Children’s Financial Literacy program. With the program now entering its sixth year, preparations are in full swing for the school year ahead.
With the school year looming, CUFA’s Children’s Financial Literacy Project Officers have spent the holiday period preparing materials and teachers for the new school year. The Children’s Financial Literacy project started in 2008 and since then has educated close to 47,000 children thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of the Cambodian Leadership Challengers each year. Children, aged between 7 and 9 years old are taught, through the program, the merits of saving their money and setting financial goals for the future. The project aims give the children the knowledge and skills to achieve a financially sustainable future free from poverty.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a staff member of your Mutual to attend Development Education (DE) in beautiful New Zealand this coming November. The Development Education program is a professional development opportunity that is a must for anyone in the Mutual movement. It provides valuable insights into the Mutual industry the world over and builds skills and knowledge about this unique sector we’re all part of.
The opportunity includes an all-expenses paid trip for a staff member of a Mutual to attend KIWI DE in Auckland, New Zealand.
- Return flights to Auckland, New Zealand
- Registration to attend DE
- Accommodation in Fernz Lodge, Conference Centre located in Auckland New Zealand