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She was always strong, now…

her-storyDear Melvin:
When you took action on Care2, you stood with thousands of others who want to Inspire Change. All through the month of March the Canadian Hunger Foundation is celebrating women around the world the incredible difference they can make towards ending world hunger and poverty, when they are empowered with the right tools, resources and training.

Toyba is one of those remarkable women. She was always strong, she possesses an inner strength that pulled her and her young family through some incredibly challenging times, but now she’s been empowered to use her strength. And she’s dramatically changing her family’s future.toybahanks to generous, caring Canadians, she received a gift of chickens and training from CHF on how to best care for them.

Her story of change and success is inspiring. Toyba is now producing 28 to 35 eggs a week from her 10 chickens. That’s roughly 6 times the 2-5 eggs she was producing before your help; enough for her and her family to eat half and sell the rest every week for a profit. With the additional income she is able to afford clothes for her children, save for tougher days, and buy the cooking ingredients she can’t produce herself.

By making a gift today, you will inspire your own change and give a woman like Toyba the chance to change her life forever.

Plus every dollar you give will be matched at least 3:1 by the Canadian Government – putting even more seeds, tools, livestock, and know-how into the hands of a woman today.

Your gift of $20 plus the $60 match from the Government of Canada will translate into $80 of life-changing support for a woman today! $80 becomes $320. $320 turns into $1,280. And so on.

Our solutions are sustainable and developed with the communities we work in – each solution is customized for the women we are working with to ensure we meet their needs. You can be a part of this special change by making a donation to support CHF’s work today.unnamedP.S. For more empowering success stories like Toyba’s connect with us on Facebook. We’d love to hear about the powerful women in your life.unnamed

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March 8th is International Women’s Day!

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Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”. 

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This year, International Women’s Day was commemorated at UN headquarters in New York on 7 March, on the eve of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, (10-21 March). See invitation.

Participants included: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; and Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board, among other dignitaries.

Speeches and messages

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#HeforShe campaign UN Women also launched #HeforShe – a new equality branding campaign, in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls. Check it out!

About IWD

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Learn more about International women’s Day

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Getting by with a little help from friends…and a tractor

A tractor to call their ownphoto10227 Teamwork. That’s all it took for a group of youth in Sierra Leone to successfully launch their careers. Together, they joined a Plan-supported Village Savings and Loans group and began investing in their future. Next, the entrepreneurial youth group rented land from the local authorities to harvest crops, like cassava and rice and, when the season changes, yams and potatoes. But the group took a profitable turn when they used their group savings to purchase a tractor, a rice thrasher and two taxis.
Thanks to the new tractor, crop yields increased immediately. So too did the demand for the tractor itself. The group began renting their tractor to local farmers and land owners. They even provided the paid labour to operate the tractor, too! Business was booming. To keep up, the group hired local community members to help plant and harvest their crops. They paid their new employees using their collective savings.

Everyone involved in the farm project pose together in a group photo.
Everyone involved in the farm project pose together in a group photo.
Since the youth group began their farming project, group members have increased their savings and used the money to support their families. Incredibly, members have even begun loaning funds to community members in need. The group’s next purchase will be a vehicle to transport their crops to the market. But their long-term goal is to set-up a small shop so they can sell their goods year round, and launch a training program to help local youth learn about farming. Though their future exploits remain unclear, one thing is for sure: these youth are role models on and off the job. Their work is impacting the entire community, all thanks to a little teamwork.
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Ratify Child Soldiers Treaty

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universal-declaration-of-human-rights1Representative of Pakistan to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon
Representative of Liberia to the U.N. H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara
Representative of Zambia to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Lazarous Kapambwe
Representative of Estonia to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga
Representative of Cameroon to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Tommo Monthe
Representative of Nauru to the U.N. H.E. Mrs. Marlene Moses
Representative of Nigeria to the U.N. H.E. Mrs. Joy Ogwu
Representative of Lebanon to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Nawaf Salam
Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the U.N. H.E. João Soares Da Gama
Representative of Dominican Republic to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Héctor Virgilio Alcántara Mejía

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge your government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Child soldiers are fighting in at least 14 armed conflicts around the world. They are often recruited through force or deception, and exposed to horrific violence. They may begin as messengers or porters, but too often end up on the front lines of combat. Some are forced to commit atrocities and many girls are sexually exploited. They are denied an education and robbed of their childhood. Many do not survive.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol. This important treaty, which has been ratified by 144 countries around the world, prohibits the forced recruitment of children under the age of 18 or their participation in hostilities. However, to date your country has not yet ratified the optional protocol.

I respectfully ask you to use your influence to ensure that your government ratifies the optional protocol as soon as possible in order to make clear its firm commitment to end the use of child soldiers.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Terry KInden
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Gatineau, J8Z1S4
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International Day of the Girl.

5th International Day of the Girl 

canada header“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11. It is a day dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world

girl powerCanadians recognize how important girls are to our future. That’s because Canadians believe that every girl deserves an equal start in life and the chance to grow to her full potential. That equality starts with clean water, healthy food and a safe place to live. It starts with education, support from the community and freedom from violence.
Together, we can create these conditions for girls across the globe. We can show them that gender equality is, not just possible, but necessary. Our future depends on it.

Girls, claim your place!

Girls are a force felt around the world!

Girls today bring their passion, courage and new ideas to all that they do, creating positive change throughout their communities. They are leading the way as students, entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and proving that you are never too young to shape the future and improve the lives of others.

By teaching girls to stand up for themselves and for gender equality, we can make sure that girls today continue to take the world by storm. continue reading »»»»»»
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The Issue

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child, early and forced  marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential.

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child, early and forced marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls. continue reading »»»»»»

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To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on October 11, girls across Canada and around the world, raised their voices to speak up for their right to equal opportunities. They challenged their local and national leaders to support girls’ empowerment because #GirlsBelongHere – in positions to lead, decide and make a difference. Over 250 leaders worldwide accepted this challenge, and invited a girl to take the lead in their role for the day!

SEE ALSOWhy a group of inspiring girls are boldly challenging Canadian leaders to stand up for girls’ rights

The unfortunate reality is that girls and women are disproportionately underrepresented in leadership roles and decision-making positions in many sectors, and in countries across the globe. Plan International is proud to support this groundswell of girls in breaking gender stereotypes, defying the norms, and rallying support for their rights and empowerment!

Catch some of the highlights from Day of the Girl and experience the inspiring impact of girls’ empowerment in countries around the world.

Girls belong where their voices can be heard! Last year, girls from all over the globe filled the roles of ministers, mayors, CEOs and even presidents! continue reading »»»»»»

Article Posted October 11, 2013 – Last Updated October 6, 2017

Plan Canada DAY OF THE GIRL 2013

banner.5The question isn’t “why girls?” but “why wait?” What if we could solve the problem of poverty before it even started? Turns out we can, The solution? Girls. Girls are the most powerful force of positive change on the planet. Unleashing their potential is critical to ending global poverty and accelerating progress on some of the toughest challenges of our time. In fact, girls are so important that the UN has declared today the International Day of the Girl. Let’s use today to spread the word about this movement and create the kind of buzz that causes leaders to sit up and listen.

We invite and encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video, share it on facebook, or twitter, and consider making a donation to the Girl Effect Fund.
Just like your parents, friends, and teachers have empowered you, we must continue to empower girls to declare their own goals and achieve their unique vision of success.
LyLaS, Diana and the women of GlobalGiving

P.S. If you’ve watched the Girl Effect video upwards of 9 times, and it still gives you chills, you’re not alone.

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Plan: Where are They Now?

plan-2bannerslide-1-728Plan Canada founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest charities, working to end global poverty. Inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one purpose: to improve the lives of children. This month’s “Blogger’s For Peace” post, B.P honors Plan Canada, back in 2007 after hearing and seeing so many advertisements about the poverty so many children in the under developed country’s were living in, they barely had food to eat or clean drinking water, and worst was their living conditions. Considering the current state of my own life at that time I had to do something, so I decided to sponsor a child, a little girl of 10 years old with two little brothers and mom and dad. The first letter I received from her, it was amazing to hear about how grateful her whole family was to me, saying Thank you over and over again for the help. I didn’t understand why they were so grateful after all it was only $ 30.00 a month, until after reading on, finding out her dad worked 50 hours a week for $1.00, that’s right “one Dollar” I now realize just how greedy we really are, and take all our rich’s for granted. Knowing they now had clean drinking water, regular meals every day, medical attention and a more suitable place to live, and all for my $30.00 a month, was a feeling like no other. So if there is only one charity you will support this year I recommend “Plan” A former sponsored child who is now a teacher talks fondly of his memories of being sponsored while growing up in rural El Salvador.

forpeace6Reach out to HELP a child, You can make a difference, Child sponsorship is a unique and personal way for you to make a difference in the life of a child, family and community. You’ll receive regular updates and can exchange letters with your sponsored child to see the difference you’re making. All it takes is about $1 a day, just $37 a month. Your donation is tax-deductible as a charitable gift. Former sponsored children have accomplished big things in Zimbabwe. Plan Zimbabwe held a celebration honoring 25 years of changing lives in that country. Among those in attendance were some of the first children sponsored by Plan in Zimbabwe.

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Plan Canada: Save A Life

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People who do not respect those around them will not make good team members and probably lack self esteem themselves. ~ Pat Summit

Ndeyelou family2When we give to others it activates the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust. Altruistic behaviour releases endorphin’s in the brain and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help.

Studies have shown that giving money away tends to make people happier than spending it on themselves. One way I found to increase my self worth, and to counteract all the negative issues that plague my personal life, the day I decided to research possibly getting involved in a sponsorship program act or a way to put some meaning back in my life, something positive to reflect on. So I decided to sponsor a child, Ndeyelou3which gave me a great satisfaction I never felt before, just to see the difference I was making.

I received letter’s with pictures and information from Ndeyelou saying  how I made her family and herself happy again. A little girl and her family (Mother, Father and two little Brother’s) who were in need of medical attention which they could not afford, they had no luxury’s, things we take for granted everyday and don’t give a second thought, clean drinking water.

Her letter’s told me of how terrible it was for them, her father working seven days a week, to receive a weekly pay check of $10.00 Canadian to support his family. Living in an environment and community really worst than what we would consider not fit for our dog to live in.

Ndeyelouand momShe was so grateful to me for my help, it made me feel worthy and whole again, because now they were able to get medical treatment, clean drinking water and better living conditions, an education, not just for her but the entire family.

If to help others is something you often think about, but don’t know how or what you can do? well this is one of the easiest and most rewarding things you could consider doing, for a small monthly payment, you to could give a child and their family the chance for a better life in an developing country, just imagine if each of us took one child, for even $10.00 a month, imagine what would the world be like?

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Dear Terry, Sponsor a Child: Thank you

Your generosity will help make a difference in the life of your sponsored child including his or her family and community. You should receive your new sponsored child’s photo and profile in the mail in the next 2 to 4 weeks. Thank you once again for bringing hope and a better future to your sponsored child.

So knowing that, may I suggest you at the very least, take a look at changing the life of a child for the better, to feel that rush of adrenaline from the gratification and satisfaction of a simple act of kindness, I guarantee, you won’t regret the reward if you did decide to sponsor a child, want to get involved?

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