Tag: Notes from the Field

Water education for generations

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Water education for generations

Lack of clean water is a daily reality for an alarming number of people: Three in 10 people lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and six in 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Water and sanitation services are essential foundations of development. They affect health, nutrition, education, income and gender equality. Stakeholders around […]

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MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

Taking in the rolling mountains, swaying corn fields and cloud-studded skies of Guatemala’s Patanatic Route, it’s impossible to believe such a beautiful place could have once been the stage for an ugly civil war. In fact, many tourism companies bank on it. But a savvy group of Mayan women living near Lake Atitlan saw an […]

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Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

It was a historic day when Africa Mercy, a floating hospital, arrived in Cameroon for the first time in the organization’s history in August 2017. During the 10-month field service, the Africa Mercy will be docked in the coastal city of Douala and serve Cameroon through various surgical programs that support the mission of Mercy […]

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Food security and gender equality go hand in hand

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Food security and gender equality go hand in hand

Rice farmer André Samvura loves to cook. “I used to eat only meat and rice,” he explains while peeling a basket of potatoes at his rural Rwandan home. “Now we eat a balanced meal with the vegetables we grow ourselves.” This is a sea change for Samvura and his wife, Anastasie Izabiriza, who now grow […]

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Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Lucy was just six years old when both her parents died from HIV/AIDS. She and her siblings, all from the coastal region of Kenya, were sent to live with their grandmother, but their grandmother was also ill and struggled to support the children. To complicate matters, Lucy’s little sister, who was infected with HIV at […]

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Ghana Medical Help: A 21-year-old’s vision

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ghana Medical Help: A 21-year-old’s vision

In 2010, Ghana Medical Help (GMH) founder Kelly Hadfield went to Ghana for the first time. She was volunteering in a hospital in the rural north, which, like most hospitals in the area, lacked even the most basic medical supplies and supported more than 88,000 people with a single physician. While she was there, she […]

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Amnesty International: Working for human rights

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Amnesty International: Working for human rights

In June 2016, Claudia Medina was one of four women recognized by the Senate of Canada for her work as a human rights defender in Mexico. The following day she spoke at a press conference on Parliament Hill, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise Mexico’s urgent human rights crisis in his talks with […]

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The New Cities Foundation: Building a better future for two thirds of the world’s people

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
The New Cities Foundation: Building a better future for two thirds of the world’s people

From remote antiquity until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, people organized themselves in villages and cities through the filters of shared ethnicity, language and religion. By the mid-20th Century, with colonial inheritances largely obsolete, modern nations became a primary point of reference for a person’s identity. Today, however, more than half the world’s population […]

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Crossroads International: Empowering women

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Crossroads International: Empowering women

Fatou Kiné Fall felt trapped. For more than two years, the Senegalese woman suffered at the hands of her abusive husband. She desperately wanted to leave with her children, although she knew that she had no way to support them. Finally, when Fall’s husband deliberately spilled a bowl of scalding porridge on her legs, resulting […]

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International development: More than safe bets

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
International development: More than safe bets

It’s rare that you get to see the fruits of development work up close, let alone hold it in your hands or feed it to cows. Earlier this year, I went on a three-country tour of Engineers Without Borders Canada’s work in sub-Saharan Africa. I started in Kenya, where there’s a distinct feeling of “Just […]

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