Tag: Notes from the Field

Helping after the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Helping after the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan — the strongest storm ever to hit landfall — ripped through central Philippines in November 2013, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying more than one million homes. More than 14 million people were affected in some way. Typhoon Haiyan left complete devastation in its wake by sweeping away houses, uprooting coconut trees, […]

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Home is where the heart is

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Home is where the heart is

In the aftermath of a disaster, access to shelter — along with the other basic human needs of food, water and health care — is essential to survival. Access to shelter is central because of the role a safe and decent home plays in rebuilding communities long after the disaster or crisis, as families begin […]

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Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

When an Ottawa couple lost their 11-year-old daughter to a condition she’d had her whole life, they were understandably devastated. But it gave them some small solace — a bit of hope that her memory would be honoured — when they were able to donate the girl’s two wheelchairs to worthy recipients two worlds away. […]

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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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