Shipping Container Home for Orphans Inspires Environmental Awareness

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Located on a 26,000 square meter agricultural smallholding in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, the New Jerusalem Children’s Home aims “to become one of the best children’s homes in Africa in the provision of holistic and integrated quality care to orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatised, vulnerable and HIV positive children.” Founded in 2000 by two sisters, Anna and Phina Mojapelo, the current facilities include nurseries, dormitories, a communal kitchen and dining area, a crèche, a Montessori preschool, play area, and a permaculture vegetable garden.

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4D and A Architects worked with New Jerusalem to develop new housing and facilities and settled on the use of recycled shipping containers instead of the traditional brick and mortar option. In a heart-touching news story about the Home, broadcast by local news station, SABC, a reporter and cameramen visited after the first phase of the shipping container home project was completed.

The resulting structure is environmentally-friendly, after the architect, Sean Wall, and his team solved problems of waterproofing, the installation of a functional sanitation system, and providing for adequate insulation, while achieving a colorful, livable aesthetic and “environmentally pleasant” solution. The project was entirely funded by donations and houses thirty of the eighty children in the Home.

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The children who live here are mostly discarded at birth, and there was some resistance to the shipping container idea, as Anna and Phina were uncomfortable about putting abused and orphaned children in containers. However, the new structure has inspired the children into participating in keeping the area clean and recycling, even going so far as to call it a “five-star hotel.”

Adrienne Feldner, of organizational sponsor, Orange Babies, says, “I think it’s awful for the children to always be the recipients, to always be on the receiving end of charity and never to be in a position to give.” She says that the children’s involvement in the environmental concerns of the Home has “given them a sense of dignity.”

All developments of New Jerusalem are centered on the education of the children, as well as the protection of their environment.

If you are inspired to help the New Jerusalem Home to continue in their efforts, their website’s Get Involved page calls for volunteers, a wish list of needed items, and methods for donations. Orange Babies, a non-profit that sponsors New Jerusalem with food, medication, and baby things, accepts donations and sponsorships. The BackaBuddy website has a “donate now” button to facilitate online donations to specific causes, including the New Jerusalem Children’s Home.

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Affiliate Summit, Prestigious Affiliate and Search Engine Marketing Conference, Announces Call for Speakers for July 2006 Show in Orlando, Florida

Berkeley Heights, NJ (PRWEB) February 1, 2006

The Affiliate Summit Convention will be held July 9-11, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. The Affiliate Summit is presented by Shawn Collins and Missy Ward and provides the unique opportunity for affiliate marketing professionals to gather and learn from one another in a cooperative environment.

The goal of the Affiliate Summit is to create a learning environment and networking opportunity that facilitates the exchange of information about affiliate marketing issues.

Educational sessions at the Affiliate Summit will be in the following formats: debates, panel discussions, solo presentations, and roundtable discussions.

Affiliate Summit will have two tracks, one targeted to affiliates and the other to merchants, and is looking for presentations that will educate and inform attendees about online marketing issues directly relevant to affiliate marketers, especially presentations on the following topics:


Blogs & RSS

Datafeeds

Recruiting, Activating and Retaining Affiliates

Lead Generation

Badware

Affiliate Communication and Relationship Strategies

Segmentation of Affiliates

Search Engine Marketing

Legal Issues (fraud, CAN-SPAM, etc.)

Podcasting

Applying Adult and Gaming Strategies to Mainstream Affiliate Programs

Why Affiliates Pick Certain Programs

How to Get VIP Commissions from Merchants

Emerging Technology

Tools for Affiliates/Affiliate Managers

B2B Affiliate Marketing

Landing Pages

Site Usability

Search and Affiliate: Love/Hate Relationship

World of Mouth

Becoming a Super Affiliate

If you are interested in presenting on one of these topics or another topic relevant to affiliate marketers, Affiliate Summit welcomes your submission. Some attributes that will increase the chances of your proposal being accepted are: case studies with new, interesting data; nuts and bolts on how you do what you do; and advanced level content.

To submit a proposal, please visit http://www.affiliatesummit.com/speaker-details.shtml and complete the online application. Proposals will be accepted until February 28, 2006 – no proposals after that date will be considered.

It is important to note that all previous Affiliate Summit conferences have sold-out in advance. Presenting at Affiliate Summit is a worthwhile experience, providing you the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with others and giving you and your company industry recognition. A complimentary full-conference registration is available to speakers as well. Travel and hotel are not included.

For more information about the Affiliate Summit Conference, please visit http://www.AffiliateSummit.com. For up-to-date information about the affiliate marketing industry, subscribe to the Real Deal Newsletter – the Official Newsletter of Affiliate Summit at http://www.RealDealNewsletter.com

About Affiliate Summit, Inc.

Affiliate Summit, Inc. was founded by affiliate marketing industry veterans Shawn Collins and Missy Ward and serves the affiliate marketing professional community. For additional information about the conference, please visit http://www.affilatesummit.com or contact:

Missy Ward

407-786-9028

Shawn Collins

908-771-5574

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Pittcon 2012 Announces Annual Call for Papers — August 12, 2011 Deadline

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

The Pittcon Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for Pittcon 2012, which will be held March 11-15, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For full consideration, abstracts must be received by August 12, 2011. Abstracts may only be submitted electronically via the Technical Program link at pittcon.org.

The Program Committee is soliciting abstracts of original, previously unpublished findings in all areas of analytical chemistry, applied spectroscopy, life sciences, bioanalysis, and related disciplines such as, but not limited to: chromatography, electrochemistry, portable instruments, mass spectrometry, lab-on-a-chip, molecular spectroscopy, atomic spectroscopy, nanotechnology, biomedicine, neurochemistry, genomics, proteomics, forensics, informatics, pharmaceutical, metabolomics, environmental, polymer, and food science.

The review of abstracts will be completed by September 2011. Accepted papers will be grouped according to methodology or application as appropriate.

This year’s Program Chair, Joseph Grabowski, commented, “In addition to its diversity and high-caliber presentations, approximately 40% of the 2012 program will feature sessions on life sciences.” He further stated, “Orlando is the perfect venue for Pittcon. . .with the state’s growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, Florida has become the new hub for life sciences.”

For assistance or additional information, contact Becky Hackley, Pittcon program coordinator, by email to hackley(at)pittcon(dot)org or by phone at 800-825-3221 or 412-825-3220 ext. 219.

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Pittcon 2012 Announces Call for Topics for Conferee Networking Sessions; July 29, 2011 Deadline

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 09, 2011

Pittcon announced its annual Call for Topics for Conferee Networking Sessions for Pittcon 2012, which will be held March 11-15, 2012, in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. For full consideration, topics must be received by July 29, 2011. Suggestions for topics and facilitators may only be submitted electronically through the Conferee Networking section of the Pittcon website. The Pittcon Conferee Networking Committee will review the submitted topics, and selections will be completed by late August. Final session topics will be posted to the Pittcon website in October.

Conferee Networking Sessions, free to all registered attendees, provide an informal venue for a small group of 15 to 25 participants to openly discuss topics of mutual interest or solve problems specific to certain instrumentation or procedures.

There will be approximately 30 different facilitated Networking Sessions during Conference week. Topics and techniques for Conferee Networking Sessions in the past have included, but not limited to the following:

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