S: AusAID By Sarah Officer
BC: * Lena Rogers works as a Community Development Officer and English Teacher in Cambodia. At first her students used to pretend not to understand her and they would laugh when she tried to speak the local language. Now they have gained respect for each other and Lena's students are excited at the prospect of learning enough English to gain employment in the booming tourist industry. | How Australian's help Australian's help AusAID by becoming volunteers. Volunteers don't get paid and are required to have professional experience in Education, Health, Transport, Communications, Energy Generation, Water Supply, Business, Agriculture, Banking or Financial Services. | * Australia responded quickly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Samoa in September 2009. 108 Australian emergency personnel performed life saving work and over 29 tons of emergency supplies, including tarps for shelter, water purification tablets, water containers and blankets were provided, helping to stop the spread of disease. Money was also given to rebuild homes, schools, roads, water and electricity in tsunami affected areas. | AusAID Projects
1: The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. AusAID aims to help developing countries in the Asia Pacific region, the MIddle East, and Africa reduce poverty and become more self-supporting. AusAID advises the Minister for Foreign Affairs on aid policies and represents Australia at international forums. AusAID plans and coordinates programs in developing countries and coordinates Australia's response to humanitarian disasters such as cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes. | AusAID
2: AusAID programs help fund things like schools, medical centres, training, roads, water, bridges, infrastructure, machinery and vaccination. Australian aid has helped countries reduce disease and develop and grow their populations. In Papua New Guinea more than 1.5 million children have been immunized against measles and polio. Training midwives and providing medicines to local health centres has reduced the number of women and babies who die during childbirth. The average life expectancy in developing countries has increased by 20 years over the last 40 years. AusAID programs have delivered clean water for millions of people. Having clean water helps to reduce the spread of diseases.
3: Funding of local schools and textbooks has helped people in developing countries learn to read and write. Australian aid also improves our regional security. AusAID helps governments in poor countries manage threats such as people trafficking, illicit drugs, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Australian's own economic and security interests are better protected because we're helping to build stronger communities and economies, and more stable governments. In disaster emergencies when communities are devastated by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, AusAID provides immediate support by giving money, food, shelter, water and sanitation. AusAID also gives money to help rebuild roads, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure.