Tag: Notes from the Field

Aga Khan Foundation: Bringing world-class health care to hard-to-reach communities

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Aga Khan Foundation: Bringing world-class health care to hard-to-reach communities

The lush hills of Tanzania’s Uluguru mountain range have many things to offer: 100 plant species found nowhere else in the world, a forest-capped peak towering at 2,630 metres high and rushing rivers that form the main source of water for the urban population of Dar es Salaam. But there is one feature strikingly absent […]

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CARE Canada: A powerful catalyst for change

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
CARE Canada: A powerful catalyst for change

When we talk about development, we don’t usually think of little grocery stores. However, in a small village in Pakistan’s Punjab province, one little shop is testament to how an international organization can inspire a community. But before we get to the store, we need to talk roads. In Pakistan, CARE Canada is currently administering […]

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Inspiring through educational opportunity

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Inspiring through educational opportunity

I founded ACCESO International in 1996 to address the disparity between my own educational and scholarship opportunities and those of underprivileged students in developing countries of the Americas, a disparity that struck me during my travels in the region. ACCESO International is an Ottawa-based Canadian charitable organization that is completely volunteer-operated. In my work with […]

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‘The world is our emergency room’

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘The world is our emergency room’

“My responsibility is to use those opportunities I’ve been given and try and put some good back into the world,” says physician and humanitarian AnneMarie Pegg. Pegg, who is from Yellowknife, is currently part of a crisis team working in Central African Republic and is one of hundreds of Canadians who work overseas every year […]

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Helping Afghan women find their place in civil society

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Helping Afghan women find their place in civil society

She was a small woman in an exquisitely embroidered Afghan jacket — but her message was powerful. When physician and activist Sima Samar came to Ottawa in 2010 to speak at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women, she made a lasting impression. The chairwoman of the Afghan Independent Humans Rights […]

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Canadian lawyers go to court for human rights

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Canadian lawyers go to court for human rights

Many Canadians cling to Canada’s past international reputation as a broker of peace, as an important middle power and as a protector of human rights. These sentiments stem from as far back as the 1950s, when then foreign minister Lester Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for defusing the Suez Crisis. Yet we also have […]

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Canadians confront a global issue

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Canadians confront a global issue

By Liz Ballantyne-Jackson It’s a little known problem in the west, but exposure to smoke from cooking fires kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. This results in deforestation, carbon emissions and numerous health issues. Breathing in the […]

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Creating perfect smiles

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Creating perfect smiles

Words that describe Canadian volunteers overseas — modest, polite, friendly, empathetic, inclusive, thoughtful, but most of all good friends and partners. These were the words that inspired Kimit Rai to found Canadian-led surgical group Operation Rainbow Canada (ORC) in 1998. The mandate of ORC is to provide free cleft lip and palate surgery to impoverished […]

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Changing lives in Lesotho

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Changing lives in Lesotho

Lesotho persistently has the world’s third highest rate of AIDS, decimating the population’s social and economic structures. Imagine the loss of productivity. This tiny land-locked mountain kingdom, entirely surrounded by South Africa, illustrates the development challenges of the aftermath of such devastating death rates (23.6 percent of its people are infected) which include poverty, increasing […]

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The world’s newest country needs help

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The world’s newest country needs help

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, was born on July 9 to become the world’s 193rd country after its people nearly unanimously chose independence from the war-torn nation of Sudan. South Sudan’s population, mostly black, Christian and indigenous tribes people, has been at war — largely regarded as genocidal — with the mostly Muslim north […]

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