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                                                                  upDAtE                  AUTUMN 2010

Executive Director’s Dispatch
    Welcome to the latest instalment
of the ACGC Update!
    This summer ACGC partnered
with Canadian Humanitarian Orga-
nization for International Relief to
provide 5 Alberta youth with an op-
portunity to see, first-hand, what de-
velopment projects look like on the
ground. Nimo Omar, Ashley Gartner,
Madeleine Pawlowski, Steven Crow-
child and Chris Ross visited 7 ACGC
member projects in Ethiopia over two
weeks. The youth also visited the Ca-
nadian Embassy where they spent
time with CIDA staff to learn more AcGc board and staff with Stephen lewis at the keynote presentation on
about how development aid is facili- September 24th. (Photo courtesy of Duncan Purvis)
tated and delivered. While in Ethiopia,
the youth sent home blog entries that were viewed by            ACGC held a very successful “Change Your World”
over 800 people and created an excellent documentary       presentation on September 24, 2010 featuring Stephen
that can be viewed on the ACGCNow You Tube Chan-           Lewis, one of the world’s most influential speakers on
nel or by visiting the ACGC website. The youth will        human rights, social justice and international develop-
be sharing what they have learned with people across       ment. Mr. Lewis shared his perceptions on the impor-
Alberta during a speaking tour this fall.                  tance of engaging all Canadians in social justice issues,
                                                           particularly youth, and he commended the excellent

                    inSiDE                                 work being done by non-governmental organizations
                                                           across Alberta! He was joined by Quetzala Carson, a
              Page 2: Global Visions Film Festival;        young Albertan singer/songwriter, and the 5 youth
                  Kaleidoscope Video Project               that travelled to Ethiopia, who shared the documen-
     Page 3: Tools for Schools Africa Summer Project 2010  tary they produced with the crowd of over 400 people.
        Page 4: Crisis in Pakistan; Building Relationships ACGC member organizations were also given a chance
                   Page 5: A Dream Fulfilled               to share the work they are doing with the crowd during
     Page 6: The Canadian Humanitarian Scholarship Fund
                                                           a fair trade wine and cheese reception.
     Page 7: Economic Empowerment: Making a Difference
          Page 8: New Health Clinic at Bumala School            As always, I encourage everyone to contact me at
        Page 9: Computer Assisted Learning in Honduras or 780.988.0200 if you have ques-
     Page 10: Reflections on the Symposium at the GEOEC    tions or comments about the work we are doing at the
              Conference; The ACGC Experience              Council or if you have any ideas or suggestions on how
               Page 11: Art for Art: A Fundraiser          to be better able to assist our members and encourage
      Page 12-13: Member Profiles: MSSO in India; APIRG
                                                           all Albertans to become active and engaged global citi-
           Page 14: CHF’s Cross-Canada Challenge;
        U:End – The One-Stop Shop to Change the World      zens.
                  Page 15: Upcoming Events                                                   – Heather McPherson
                                                                 AcGc to host online
                                                                 youth video contest
                                                                      The Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge
                                                                 is a call-out to youth across Canada to raise their
          rEAl. lifE. filMS.                                     voices on global issues.
                                                                      Kaleidoscope is a space for youth to reach their
       The 2010 Global Visions Film Festival (GVFF)              peers, communities and leaders by creating videos
   will be taking place November 11-14 in down-                  under five minutes in length highlighting why they
   town Edmonton’s Art District. This year, GVFF is              think active global citizenship is important and
   partnering with the Paramount Theatre, Metro                  what makes them global citizens.
   Cinema and the Art Gallery of Alberta to bring                     Many community groups across Canada are us-
   you four days of inspiring documentary films.                 ing the initiative as part of their youth program-
       2010 will also see the return of the GLOBAL               ming activities, motivating their young members to
   MARKETPLACE, an opportunity for audiences                     reflect on global issues. We invite you to partici-
   to go beyond the films and get engaged with or-               pate and join the conversation!
   ganizations working at home and abroad to make                     The contest will be open until March 31, 2011.
   a difference.                                                 The first place winners in each age category (ages
       Global Visions Film Festival (GVFF) con-                  13 and under and 14-18) will receive a video cam-
   nects Edmonton to its social justice community                era or equivalent cash prize up to $500. A selec-
   and promotes documentary film, music and art                  tion of winners will to go to Ottawa in September
   to encourage reflection and responsible social                2011 to present their videos at the Kaleidoscope
   action.                                                       National Gala and Youth Conference.
                                                                      Visit or www.defivideo.
     ACGC members are invited to display at the
                                                                 ca for contest guidelines, videos and other resourc-
          Global Marketplace for FREE!
                                                                 es, or contact Hans Olson (780-988-0200 or hans@
                  for information about local video produc-
                                                                 tion workshops.
                                                                      Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge is a
The ACGC Update is published by the Alberta Council for          joint initiative of Provincial or Regional Councils
Global Cooperation with the financial assistance of the          for International cooperation, acting collectively
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).                as the Inter-Council Network (ICN). The contest
The views expressed by the publication are not necessarily
                                                                 is funded in part by the Canadian International De-
those of ACGC or its member groups.
                                                                 velopment Agency (CIDA).
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tools for Schools Africa foundation
Summer project 2010
Tools for Schools Africa
Marilyn Pottage

    Every social and economic index shows that coun-
tries with a higher percentage of girls with a high
school education also have better overall health, a
more functional democracy and increased economic
performance. In Northern Ghana, 78% of women have
never been to school.
    There are reasons why few girls get an education.
We are trying to address some of those issues:
    1. School fees are unaffordable. We offer uni-
forms, pencils and books to a large number of primary
school children. Their parents sign acknowledgement
of the donation, usually with a fingerprint. This year
we are sponsoring thirty six academically strong junior
and senior high school girls. Four girls are in post sec-
ondary education taking business management, food
studies, electrical engineering and medicine.
    2. Low standards in rural primary schools
mean that many students cannot pass entrance exams
to junior or senior high schools. In the past three years
we have offered six professional development sessions
for teachers. We have shipped containers of school
                                                            Top: Some of the girls on scholarship
supplies and distributed award winning African litera-
                                                            (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Pottage)
ture and African-authored teaching manuals to over 50
                                                            Above: the Work crew (Photo courtesy of Jean Mudd)
primary schools. Libraries have been set up in three
    3. Girls make less future contribution to the           Boarding House is now complete, and able to accom-
family. Uneducated girls assume they are the prop-          modate 24 more girls a year. It has a new study hall,
erty of their husband. Traditionally that was true.         dining room and kitchen. The cost of a year’s educa-
Educated girls now know they have rights under the          tion while staying at he boarding house is $220 per girl
law, and those earning incomes do support their own         per year. We thank Kelley Beaverford for her exper-
parents, often better than boys.                            tise and dedication to the project.
    4. Girls from rural areas must leave home                   This fall we are undertaking the printing of an ABC
to attend school beyond grade 6. This summer TFS-           book about life in Northern Ghana, likely called “Nine
Africa Fdn. undertook a building project, a boarding        degrees North: The Life of Northern Ghana A to Z.
house for rural junior high aged village girls. Our part-   The picture book is designed as a teaching resource
ners in this project were students from the University      for classrooms, and will be distributed free of charge.
of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture and the Diocese       It will also be for sale in North America. Thanks to Mike
of Damongo, which supplied the land. The foundations        Boldt for coming on board with this project.
were poured in April, and students worked alongside             For more information please call (403) 340-3889.
local craftsmen starting early May. The St. Anne’s

                                                                          AcGc update Autumn 2010             page 03
the Seed and fertilizer                                       building relationships
crisis in pakistan
Four Worlds Centre for Development Learning                   Altamas for Peace and Development                                             Mohamed Salih

    The January 4, 2010 landslide resulted in a crisis             This past July 1st, 2010 the members of Altamas
for the people north of the Attabad Gojal Lake, Paki-         Peace and Development Association held a BBQ event
stan. If they could not gain access to fertilizer and seeds   that was open to members and non-members alike at
to plant their crops by mid-April, 25,000 people risk         Edworthy Park, Calgary. The objective of this get to-
acute food shortages and poverty. These families were         gether was to encourage socialization in the commu-
already suffering as a result of a poor potato harvest        nity; get the families and children out in the sunshine
in 2009. Potatoes are their primary cash crop. Now,           after a long school year and introduce the organization
with fuel and agricultural input costs skyrocketing due       to non-members. We held various children’s games
to the landslide and the physical barriers involved in        over the afternoon along with some adult programs as
moving seeds and fertilizer past the landslide, farm-         well; competitions all in the name of fun and togeth-
ers were in a drastic situation. Affected communities         erness. This get together was a part of the current
asked for help from the Pakistani Government, large           Executive Committee’s program during their term in
international NGOs and the UN. No one was able to             office. Barbara Butt from Canadians United to Serve
respond in time.                                              Humanity was in attendance and delivered a speech
                                                              on the importance of such get together and commu-
                                                              nity involvement. The President of our association,
                                                              Mohamed Salih also gave a speech explaining the ob-
                                                              jectives of the association, both internal and external
                                                              and the commitment of the association to carry out ac-
                                                              tivities here in Canada as well as back home in Sudan.
     HiMat Indigenous Leadership and Development              Mr. Salih invited the non-members that were present
Program, with the help of some generous international         to join the association and become involved in the vari-
and Pakistani businessmen, managed to raise $75,000           ous activities of the organization. Mr. Salih thanked the
to purchase needed seeds and fertilizer, and to find a        gathering for their attendance and expressed his ap-
way to get them to the farmers, despite tremendous            preciation for the efforts of all the people who made
physical obstacles. It is important to note that the          the event such a success.
seeds and fertilizer were given to farmers as micro-
loans that were guaranteed by their own area and lo-
cal development institutions. Thus, even in the midst
of disaster, HiMaT continued to promote self reliance.
This program was organized within a very short, but
critical window of time allowing farmers to get their
crops in. Wheat, vegetable and pulse seeds, and fertil-
izer were purchased in bulk and then moved into the
affected area through the support of some 300 volun-
teers. These volunteers had to carry 50 kg bags over
bridges that could not support a loaded truck and load
them on and off transport many (including boats)
many times to reach the most needy communities.
                                                              barbara butt delivers a speech at the Altamas bbQ in July.
(Photo courtesy of Four Worlds Centre)                        (Photo courtesy of Mohamed Salih)

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A Dream fulfilled

Sombrilla Refugee Support
Sarah Cashmore

    Like many small Andean
communities Huayllacocha,
Peru is remote, poor, and lack-
ing in services that many of
us would consider essential.
However, what Huallyacocha
has to set it apart is a remark-
able community leader, and
member of the Peruvian Con-
gress, Hilaria Supa Human.        Left: hilaria speaks about her community during her 2007 visit. Right: hilaria discusses
    Hilaria and a group of the water project with Sombrilla board members and supporters. (Photos courtesy of
twelve other women de- Sarah Cashmore)
nounced the forced steriliza-                                    and psychological abuse. She donated a piece of her
tion program of the Fujimori government during the               land and made plans to build the Centre. However,
1990’s. Hilaria sat on a national investigative commit-          she felt that she could not operate a facility given that
tee formed by the Toledo government in 2001. This                Huayllacocha had no central sewage system or access
committee found evidence of a massive sterilization              to clean water. Hilaria was also very concerned about
campaign in which about 300,000 poor and indigenous              local health impacts due to a lack of clean drinking wa-
women and 22,000 men were sterilized, most often                 ter.
without their consent.                                                In 2005, Hilaria and Peruvian NGO, Centro de Me-
    Hilaria brought the story of this violation of hu-           dicina Andina, approached Sombrilla with a proposal
man rights to Canada through her book, “Threads of               for a water project in the community. The project in-
my Life”, a video, “Nada Personal”, and two visits to            volved bringing water into Huayllacocha from a large
Edmonton. In November 2004, Hilaria was invited by               government dam reservoir, building a treatment facil-
Amnesty International to speak at the Education for              ity, and piping water into people’s homes. In order to
Human Rights and Global Citizenship Conference at                conserve the limited water resources in the commu-
the University of Alberta. While in Edmonton, Hilaria            nity, a reforestation program was included as part of
stayed at the home of Sombrilla member Ros McCue.                the project. In 2008 with full funding for the project
This initiated a long association between Hilaria, her           from Sombrilla, Centro de Medicina Andina embarked
community, and Sombrilla. In February 2007, Hilaria              on the reforestation portion of the project. The water
returned to Edmonton as a guest of Sombrilla and to              project was delayed by over a year as we waited for the
speak at the ACGC conference, “Global Voices: Shar-              Peruvian Government to complete their dam project.
ing our Vision”. This visit gave us the opportunity to           Finally this spring construction started on the water
get to know each other and to better understand the              system.
needs of Hilaria’s community.                                         The project was completed this summer and the
    Over the years Hilaria has been approached by                people of Huayllacocha now have clean running water
many women who were victims of the sterilization                 in their homes. We expect a large reduction in water
program and have had ongoing health problems as a                borne diseases and Hilaria will be able to go ahead with
result. Hilaria decided to establish a Healing Centre in         her dream of having a healing centre in the commu-
her community to treat people suffering from trauma              nity.

                                                                              AcGc update Autumn 2010              page 05
the canadian humanitarian Scholarship fund:
Making Education possible
Canadian Humanitarian                                       ly apply to the scholarship for funding will receive a
Bryce Meldrum                                               monthly living stipend. For some of the students it will                                be the first time they will have their own money. Each
                                                            month the student will be required to complete a short
     We are excited to announce the establishment of        report of their progression at school. Upon completion
The Canadian Humanitarian Scholarship Fund.                 of their field of study a portion of their tuition paid for
     Starting in the fall of 2010, youth in our projects in by The Canadian Humanitarian Scholarship Fund will
Ethiopia who complete their grade 10 exam will have         go into repayment.
the opportunity to apply and ac-
cess funds to help them continue
their education from the Cana-
dian Humanitarian Scholarship
     This scholarship fund shows
an exciting progression from
only 6 years ago when our first
educational support/community
based foster care program began
in Gullele with 40 students. The
goal at that time was to assist
children whose education had
been sporadic and incomplete
by enrolling them in school and
helping them find a passion for
education. A home was rented
and tutors hired to help bring Solomon Kibret (left) and rahel Degefa (right) – the first two students that will be
the children up to their grade accessing the scholarship program. Many children will be following their footsteps.
appropriate age level. We could (Photos courtesy of Deb Northcot)
have hardly imagined these chil-
dren would be attending univer-
sity, college, and vocational training a few short years    We are also excited to announce the first two recipients
later!                                                      of scholarships from the Kids Hope Gullele: Solomon
     The Canadian Humanitarian Scholarship Fund aims        Kibet and Rahel Degafa. Both Solomon (Agriculture
to provide every child with the opportunity to access       Science) and Rahel (Engineering) will be attending
post secondary schooling according to their interests       university this fall.
and abilities, not according to finances. Along with
providing assistance with tuition, a major goal of the      If you would like to contribute to the Canadian
scholarship fund is to teach responsibility, account-       Humanitarian Scholarship Fund please visit:
ability, and independence. Students that successful-

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Economic Empowerment:
Making a Difference one family at a time
True Vision Ghana                                             to enable the caregivers to start or expand a small
Evelyn Tanaka                                                 business. 27 caregivers (26 women and 1 man) joined                                       the pilot project. Immediately some challenges were
                                                              revealed as some women were unable to carry out
    True Vision Ghana’s goal is to enable AIDS orphans        their work. In spite of this, some of our more business
and their caregivers to be self-sufficient, allowing them     savvy caregivers were able to quickly succeed, like Sala
to one day be free of reliance on us for help. We hope        Nashiru (see below).
to accomplish this through microloans and Economic
Empowerment.                                                  Case Study
    Earlier in 2010 our field team met with the TVG                Sala Nashiru is the aunt of Nihad and Fatawa
caregivers to find out what projects they would like          Abass, two of the orphans supported by TVG. She also
to do if they were given the opportunity. We got ev-          has four of her own children to support, making for
erything from buying and selling goats to expanding a         a large household. Sala has a business selling bread,
home hair-styling business!                                   water sachets, and iced drinks. While demand for her
    With the help of our field team Lambert, Juliet and       products was high, usually selling out by day’s end, her
Immaculate, our external volunteer Abdus Salam, and           profit margins were fairly low (between 23 - 27 GHS
our field worker from McMaster Dolly Lin we began the         per day). With her loan, Sala purchased bulk rice to
Economic Empowerment pilot project in May 2010.               include in her store as rice is in high demand. By re-
    The purpose of the pilot project was to loan small        selling rice, Sala has increased her profits by an addi-
amounts of money (73 CAD or 100 GHS/Ghana Cedis)              tional 20 GHS per week!

                                                                                       At the end of the pilot project
                                                                                  in August 2010, 18 of the 27 care-
                                                                                  givers were able to fully pay back
                                                                                  their loans to TVG, creating some
                                                                                  profit for themselves and their fam-
                                                                                  ilies! Over the coming months, TVG
                                                                                  will be conducting more research
                                                                                  to determine how we can enable
                                                                                  the caregivers to grow their busi-
                                                                                  nesses to a sustainable point and
                                                                                  allow them to transition away from
                                                                                  TVG’s aid programs.

                                                                                  True Vision Ghana’s fund rais-
                                                                                  ers in Calgary have raised over
                                                                                  $10,000 for the Economic Em-
                                                                                  powerment program. The money
                                                                                  will stay in circulation as long as
                                                                                  caregivers are able to pay back
                                                                                  their loans.
faustina Vimariba, Executive Director of true Vision Ghana, local Ghanaian
volunteers, and caregivers involved in the Economic Empowerment program.
(Photo courtesy of True Vision Ghana)

                                                                             AcGc update Autumn 2010           page 07
new health clinic provides Vital care
to children at bumala School
One Child’s Village
Stephanie Kain

How the addition of a small, stocked clinic,
and one hired nurse, has changed the face of
healthcare in a small Kenyan village.

     Janet’s voice is slow and calm amidst the back-
ground noise of children, and the sound of a rooster
crowing. It is easy to imagine her moving carefully
through the busy clinic at the Mercy Children Cen-
tre in Kenya—a school for children orphaned by HIV/
AIDS. She relays what life is like for the students in the
     “Pneumonia always affects them,” Janet says. “Be-       nurse Janet, at the new clinic, explains the health needs
cause most of them don’t have cardigans. When they           of the school children to one child’s Village.
come in the morning, I see them just walking like this       (Photo courtesy of Todd Lorentz)
[arms over their chests], shivering.” Janet particu-
larly appreciates the hoodies that One Child’s Village           At least ten of the students at the school are HIV-
has provided to the students. A hoodie to a western          positive. Treating illness immediately is particularly
teenager might be a fashion statement; to a student at       crucial to these students. The drugs that Janet is able
Mercy Children Centre, it is a barrier against diseases      to administer to the children who contract malaria—
that can easily kill them amidst poverty.                    anywhere from 45-60 students each month—markedly
     A year ago, no clinic existed at the school; but        reduce fever and speed up recovery. Having supplies
when an eight-year-old student named Michelle was            and medications on hand at the clinic also allows Janet
hospitalised after receiving a routine injection for a fe-   to treat minor problems like lice, ringworm, fungal in-
ver, it became clear that on-site medical intervention       fections, and nasty burrowing parasites called “jiggers”
was needed at the school. Things quickly spiralled out       before they spread and become major outbreaks.
of control for Michelle. The site around the injection           Having a nurse on site at the school is especially
became badly infected, and she lost most of the sur-         important to the female students, many of whom are
rounding skin. In the village, the proper treatment was      surprised by their first menstrual cycle and may not
not available to treat Michelle’s wounds, and she risked     have an adult in their life who can teach them about it.
losing her leg.                                              The students receive instruction in anatomy and phys-
     Through the help of a volunteer who had spent           iology in Class 8—but for many girls, the experience
time in Bumala, One Child’s Village rallied to support       comes before the lesson.
Michelle. Three times the amount of money needed                 When Janet is not able to treat a particular illness,
was raised. Michelle received a skin graft and recov-        she can consult with a doctor at the Health Centre in
ered, and the donors were happy to see the extra mon-        a nearby town. In the future, Janet hopes to have a
ey go toward longer-term care for the Bumala orphans:        doctor on hand at the clinic, which would allow her to
the clinic. Until the school can consistently generate       open the facility to ‘outsiders’ and generate income for
its own income and purchase supplies, they continue          the school.
to rely on funds from donors for the children’s health           One short year ago, that goal would have been
needs.                                                       nothing but a dream.

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computer Assisted learning in honduras

Canadian Peacemakers International                                 By September 1, 2010, 140 students were enrolled
Dave Hubert                                                   and another graduation was being planned. Students                                                come from at least 17 villages, but there are now CAL
                                                              15 satellites where students study. Two-thirds of the
     Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) offered by Ca-          students are female, and among them they have more
nadian Peacemakers International (CPI) provides ef-           than 38 children. Student ages range from 13 to 54.
fective, economical and accessible Junior High School         There are still only three teachers, but CAL now has
education in Honduras.                                        24 computers. Now that the word about CAL is getting
     Ever since CPI became involved in programming            out, requests for schools are multiplying. CPI cannot
in the Santa Cruz de Yojoa municipality of Honduras           keep up with demand.
in 2002, leaders of the community identified Junior                Gabina enrolled in Grade 7 on December 7. She is
High School as a high priority. Village schools in rural      54 years old and has been waiting for over 40 years to
Honduras end at Grade 6. Last year there were 2097            continue her education. She needs Grade 9 to qualify
students in Grade 6 in the municipality, but only 91          for a course to teach seamstresses. She will reach this
in Grade 7. There is a Junior High School in town of          goal in a little over 18 months at the rate she is now
Santa Cruz, but, in 2009, of the 39 students enrolled         progressing. Gabina’s 16 year old son, Samuel, was get-
in Grade 7, only two com-                                                                 ting involved in the gangs,
pleted the grade. One of                                                                  one of the most serious so-
the impediments to going                                                                  cial problems in Honduras.
to Junior High School is                                                                  He graduated from Grade
the cost of bus fare—up to                                                                8 on June 4 and his educa-
$4.00 a day. Add this to the                                                              tion enabled him to find a
cost of books, uniforms and                                                               job. He is able to continue
tuition (in the case of pri-                                                              his education as time away
vate schools) and the cost                                                                from his job permits. Edu-
becomes prohibitive for                                                                   cation has convinced him
families who may earn less                                                                that there is a better future
than $150 a month.                                                                        for him than the gangs. So
     Enter CAL. CAL opened                                                                Gabina is doubly pleased—
its doors on December 7,                                                                  first with her own educa-
2009 with three teachers,                                                                 tion, second with Samuel’s
21 students, and 12 com-            la barca School (Photo courtesy of Dave Hubert)       future.
puters in a rented three                                                                       For Jose Vasquez, the
bedroom house. Bryan Butler, the CAL director, is a           Chair of the CPI-Honduras Board, CAL is a dream
Canadian teacher with many years of experience in             come true. The energy and time his has spent advocat-
Canada, Africa and Honduras. He is the only expatri-          ing for such a school is paying off in spades.
     On June 4, 2010, 18 students graduated from CAL.
Each had completed one grade of the Educatodos cur-
riculum and had successfully completed the govern-
ment examination for their grade. This demonstrated
the efficacy of computer assisted instruction.

                                                                            AcGc update Autumn 2010             page 09
reflections on the Symposium at the Global,
Environmental, and outdoor Education conference
Centre for Global Citizenship Education                       like to share a reflection regarding our experiences
and Research (CGCER)                                          at the Symposium. Overall this was a highlight of the
Alexis Hillyard and the Global Education Team                 Conference for us: Being able to get dirty and engage                                    with issues at deeper levels with our peers and future
The Global Education Team – Who are we?
    The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and        Reflections from Jessica…
Research (CGCER), a new initiative in the Depart-              “Being surrounded by the community of educators
ment of Educational Policy studies at the University       with similar passions was refreshing and heartening.
of Alberta, focuses on both theoretical and                             I loved having the opportunity to share
practical works in the areas of citizenship                             the frustrations that accompany this kind
education, human rights education, and          i am not alone of work – it reinforced my belief that I am
education for social justice and social de-          in what i          not alone in what I hope to do. Also, the
velopment. The Global Education Team is                                 opportunity to make connections and form
a branch of CGCER and is composed of a
                                                  hope to do.           partnerships with teachers and community
group of graduate and undergraduate stu-                                members was fantastic.
dents interested in furthering their understandings of         Some aspects of the conference left me frustrat-
global education and building skills to inform their fu-   ed as I wish more people would ask critical questions
ture teaching practices.                                   about what’s happening in the world, what we are do-
    Over the past three years the Global Education         ing about it and what we are telling our students. More
Team has been coming to the GEOEC Conference.              importantly, I think it is important that teachers ex-
This year we had the honour of participating in the        amine the how and why they share certain messages
Saturday Symposium, where we were offered the op-          about the world.”
portunity to contribute our thoughts, critiques and            For more information email Alexis at hillyard@ual-
hopes for the future of Global and Environmental Edu-      berta or Melody at
cation in Alberta over the next three years. We would

   the AcGc Experience
                                                              International Development. I chose Human Ecology
                                                              and especially International Development because I
                                                              believe that everyone should be treated fairly and I
   University of Alberta Human Ecology                        want to promote the welfare of humanity. Through
   Elizabeth Muller                                           my education I have become more aware of diversity
                                                              and realize that the world and norms are constantly
       When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse; more        changing.
   specifically, a nurse without borders. I wanted to             In the Human Ecology program a completion of a
   travel the word and be able to help people in all ways     practicum is a requirement. For six weeks I was an
   I was capable of. As I grew up, this changed. How-         intern with the Alberta Council for Global Coopera-
   ever, I still have aspirations to help people around the   tion. I came from the sheltered life of a student at the
   world; I want to work in a field where the primary         University of Alberta to gain hands-on experience in
   focus is on international relations, developments, and     the “real world.” Up to the point I was notified of my
   events. I ended up in the Human Ecology program            placement with ACGC, I had never heard of the or-
   at the University of Alberta based on a friend’s recom-    ganization. It seemed surreal that I had reached this
   mendation; my major, Family Ecology, and my minor,         point in my education in the Human Ecology program

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Art for Art:
A fundraiser to benefit the award-winning art project
Keiskamma Canada Foundation                                                            Caravan,” raising awareness
Cheryl Mahaffy                                                                         of the crucial role played by                                                                grandmothers in caring for
                                                                                       grandchildren orphaned by
    Keiskamma Canada Foundation is teaming up with                                     AIDS.
Women of Hope (a Stephen Lewis Grandmother to                                          Also on hand will be Annette
Grandmother group) to host Art for Art, a silent auc-                                  Woudstra,       Keiskamma’s
tion to benefit an award-winning art project in South                                  director. Her passion for
Africa’s neglected Eastern Cape region.                                                Keiskamma Trust and other
    Set for Saturday, October 23 at the Timms Cen-                                     African needs led to the for-
tre for the Arts on the University of Alberta campus,                                  mation of both Women of
the auction will feature art donated by Alberta profes-     A sample of the Art for    Hope and Keiskamma Can-
sionals as well as an exciting new line of tapestries by    Art auction                ada Foundation. Woudstra’s
the Keiskamma Trust Art Project, whose monumental                                      brief update on the work in
works have won awards and acclaim. Doors open 6:30          South Africa will include an alert about crucial short-
p.m. and the auction runs until 9 p.m.                      ages in anti-AIDS medication.
    Proceeds will support the Keiskamma art coopera-            The first Art for Art auction, in 2008, succeed-
tive, which employs more than 140 individuals in a re-      ed beyond all expectations, raising $14,000 to help
gion burdened by 90 per cent unemployment. The co-          Keiskamma dispense A.R.T. (anti-retroviral therapy)
operative is one of several Keiskamma Trust programs        to combat HIV/AIDS. In recent months, the trust has
that bring hope and healing through art, music, HIV/        been forced to devote thousands of unbudgeted dol-
AIDS treatment, education, gardening and more.              lars to not only dispensing but purchasing medications
    Special guests at the auction will include South        due to disruptions in delivery that remain unresolved
Africa grandmother Mama Darlina Tyawana and her             despite significant advocacy.
granddaughter Nomaxabiso. The duo is visiting Alber-            For more information contact Cheryl Mahaffy at
ta as part of a Stephen Lewis Foundation “AfriGrand         780-479-3524mail

and was preparing for a practicum at a place that I             Sometimes it is hard to see the bigger picture, or
had not been aware of. After some research, I found        even to fully understand the bigger picture. I have de-
that I shared similar passions with ACGC and I greatly     veloped skills that I would not have acquired if I had
anticipated starting my practicum.                         not had the opportunity to work with ACGC. ACGC is
     During my time with ACGC I put together a list of     a unique organization and I was given immense sup-
advertisement options as well as a proposal, started a     port and thoroughly enjoyed my time working with
funding directory, assisted with developing an evalu-      the staff. My experience has motivated me to pursue
ation plan, and also helped with ACGC’s Successful         seeing and understanding the bigger picture, espe-
Grant Writing Lunch & Learn. I also participated           cially when it comes to International Development.
in their Members’ Meetings in June; I was awed by          More than anything, ACGC has provided me with the
the number of members associated with ACGC and             tools, resources and knowledge to allow myself to be-
the missions of each member. It is one thing to read       come more involved with international affairs.
about an organization and their mission, but it is en-          If you are interested in supporting a Human
tirely different to be participating in the work and       Ecology intern you can contact the Practicum Co-
goals that the organization is committed to and striv-     ordinator, Kathryn Chandler for more information:
ing towards.                                               780.492.0192;

                                                                           AcGc update Autumn 2010            page 11
MEMbEr profilE: from Desperation to inspiration
— MSSo work in india
Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization
Eilish Hiebert

     Picture an attractive, vivacious, active
girl, Naseema, full of the plans of youth,
struck down with paralyzing pain at 16 years
old, ending up a paraplegic, in suicidal grief
and confusion. Those were the days in In-
dia when ‘disabled’ carried the implication
of having done something wrong in a for-
mer life, bringing stares of sympathy at your
seemingly diminished humanity….
     Picture the same Naseema, a mature Graduates of helpers of the handicapped: Young woman playing
woman, over a quarter of a century later, accordion – performing at school assembly (left); Young man speaking
symbol of hope for thousands of disabled at school assembly (right). (Photos courtesy of Eilish Hiebert)
— and able-bodied— Indian families, trans-
forming the view of the disabled at all levels.           oughly screens and monitors every single aspect of
Yet, Naseema, with tremendous family support and          accountability of all our partners. MSSO, along with
inspiration from a disabled friend, started out just to   Albertan and CIDA matching dollars, facilitates the
find, manufacture or invent aids to daily living for the  work moving ahead, towards self-sufficiency. This has
disabled, like calipers and wheelchairs and crutches.     produced some amazing results, only one of which is
She soon found out, however, with news of her efforts     our HoH example.
travelling miles and miles, that many disabled in fami-        26+ years ago in Calgary, Dr. Jagannath, a Univer-
lies coming out of hiding in their homes and villages     sity of Calgary professor of Actuarial Statistics chal-
needed more than physical aids. They needed edu-          lenged North American colleagues to pay back the
cation — and SO did the population of their villages,     country of their birth for the education, training and
towns and country, as to the dignity and worth of these   start in life they received in India, and brought to con-
individuals. The result: a hugely successful HoH NGO      tribute to life in North America. MSSO was born, to
‘Helpers of the Handicapped’ (non-government orga-        give a chance, not charity, to the less fortunate in In-
nization) in two locations in Maharashtra, India.         dia.
     We are reminded that the name of this organiza-           HoH is one of many organizations MSSO has part-
tion is not considered ‘politically correct’ in Canada.   nered with since 1984. We are grateful, and so are our
Here, the word handicapped has been replaced by ‘dis-     partners, to our donors, organizations like ACGC and
abled’. However, name notwithstanding, this inspira-      our provincial and federal government, for the ‘hand
tional organization consists of a school, residence, and  up, NOT a handout” to the less fortunate in India, to the
self-supporting farm, sewing (350+ school uniforms        health, education , wellbeing and dignity of those less
per year), wheelchair and aids workshops.                 fortunate: physically and mentally handicapped; des-
     This is one example of the kind of organization that titute women; oppressed farmers; nomadic communi-
Calgary-based MSSO (Maharashtra Seva Samiti Orga-         ties; earthquake victims; tribal people; slum dwellers;
nization) partners with in India. MSSO does NOT do        financially deprived students and many, many more.
frontline work in India. HoH and other organizations
with a proven track record do the work. Our partners
in India are the ones with expertise on the ground,                                     Tel: 403.288.0048
able to work effectively within the culture. MSSO thor-                                 Web:

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nEW MEMbEr profilE: ApirG

Alberta Public Research Interest Group                          APIRG also provides one-time funding and support
Jess Warren                                                to help groups and individual students to organize a                                              speaker or speakers series, organize an event or series
                                                           of events, to undertake a project with specific start
      APIRG is an incredible resource based at the Uni-    and end dates, or to attend a conference or training if
versity of Alberta for student- and community-based        part of a larger project. Examples of this funding in-
research, education and social activism. We provide        clude:
the administrative, informational and technological re-    •	 Funding for a group of students to organize for the
sources to help student working groups to transform           visit of a Fair Trade farmer from Guatemala, for a
social concern into effective action.                         public lecture on the U of A campus.
      We have over $30 000 in direct funding that we       •	 Funding for the Debate Club to host the Debate Na-
give to student and community-member projects and             tionals competition.
events every year. We also hold numerous workshops
throughout the year, host APIRG events, and our office     APIRG has many opportunities for both U of A students
holds a resource library of politically-themed books,      and Edmonton Community members to get involved! If
DVDs, and magazines.                                       you are curious about us or about our funding oppor-
      One of the primary focuses of APIRG is to provide    tunities, please visit our office at 9111 HUB Mall on the
funding and support for Working Groups (WGs). Our          University of Alberta Campus.
Working Groups are collectives of U of A students and
community members who come to us with their ideas
and passion for change. They work together on an is-
                                                                                       Tel: 780.492.0614
sue that falls within the APIRG mandate, with a focus
on research, events, actions, publications, or other di-
verse activities.
      This past year, we supported the work of our many
working groups through funding and staff support.
Some examples include:
•	 Support for three working groups, working together,
   to organize a trip to Fort McMurray to see the oil
   sands first-hand. The working groups – Greenpeace
   on Campus, Stand With Fort Chip, and Friends of the
   Lubicon Alberta – invited students from any differ-
   ent organizations from across campus to join them.
•	 Support of University Farm Organic Growers’ estab-
   lishment of a large garden on campus including a

                                                                         AcGc update Autumn 2010             page 13
Get on the Map with chf’s cross-canada challenge!
CHF                                                         •	 FREE curriculum-linked lessons in English and
Lesley Abraham                                                 French (Grades 1-12). New dynamic electronic for-                                            mat with slideshows and audio clips available on-
     Are you a teacher or youth leader looking for ways     •	 A Media Arts student contest. Students design a
to engage your group about global issues? Try CHF’s            video, poster or pamphlet about world poverty and
Global Education Program!                                      have a chance to win a digital camera package, as
     This year, we have launched two brand new ways            well as to vote for their favorite entry. Visit www.chf-
to get youth involved. Our new website at www.chf4y-  is designed for students from Grade 6 and up        •	 Genuine ways to support CHF’s overseas proj-
and offers a variety of ways for youth to learn about          ects through our Gifts That Matter campaign (www.
global issues and to explore what’s right with the    Hold a Kids Helping Kids Around
picture. You can also encourage your group, class or           the World (K-6) or Reality Race (7-12) event.
school to take part in our Cross-Canada challenge –               We make it easy for you to bring global issues into
simply visit and see how to col-        your classroom! For more information on the program,
lect your head, heart and hand icons. Then get on the       please visit our website by going to www.chf-partners.
map by telling us what your school has done to show         ca/education or contact Lesley Abraham, Global Edu-
global citizenship!                                         cation Coordinator, at or
     We also offer:                                         1-866-242-4243 x.229.
•	 FREE interactive presentations in the Calgary area
   showcasing real communities. Learn more and book
   online today by visiting and
   clicking on “Education”.

   the one-Stop Shop to change the World
   Kim Morrison                                             born. Baydala rightly figured that if North Ameri-                                             cans had a trustworthy place to buy gifts that put
                                                            the power of change in the hands of the purchaser
        UEnd, founded in 2006, is a web-based organi-       they would make the right decision- to buy a gift
   zation that links North Americans with their lavish      that changed the world.
   gift buying habits with on-the-ground trustworthy            The message is working as people have bought
   sustainable community development projects as a          gifts at our site. To date 272, 000 lives have been
   way to help eradicate extreme poverty in the devel-      impacted and 42 projects funded with 17 project
   oping world.                                             partners through the gifts purchased on the website
        Why? UEnd’s founder and Executive Director, Those people are now on their way out of
   Jay Baydala decided that something needed to be          poverty.
   done. He had just returned from a trip to Nepal              Remember, use the site for any gift, not just
   when he realized that children were dying for lack       Christmas where the person doesn’t really need that
   of a life saving $.10 pill. Add to this the staggering   shiny sparkly thing (or for a person who is so diffi-
   amount spent during the holidays in North America        cult to buy for that you have no idea what to get)…
   (1 trillion is spent a Christmas alone each year) and    make the smart choice; choose to change the world,
   the growing dissatisfaction of people around the         one gift at a time. Visit for your gifts
   consumerism of the holiday season and UEnd was           purchasing needs and change the world.

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                                                          Mark Your calendars!
                                                          united nations Association in canada,
                                                          Edmonton branch
cAlGArY: noVEMbEr 16–21
nov 16: Leacock Theatre, Mount Royal University           october 24th: united nations Day
nov 19-21: River Park Church, 3818 14A Stret                  On October 24, 1945, the United Nations
                                                          (UN) came into force when the five permanent
FREE ADMISSION • NGO Village Nov. 19-21
                                                          members of the Security Council ratified the
                                                          charter that had been drawn up earlier that year.
tuESDAY, noVEMbEr 16
                                                          These members were: France, the Republic of
9:00 • Sin by Silence Alberta Premiere                    China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and
Prison is safer than the love of your life. With Kim      the United States.
Pate, ED, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry               Since 1948, the event’s anniversary has been
Societies                                                 known as United Nations Day. It is an occasion
1:00 • As We Forgive                                      to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of
Can mercy restore what genocide destroyed? With           the United Nations and its family of specialized
Florentine Ngarambe, former judge, Appeal Court,          agencies.
                                                          october 22nd: celebrate the work and goals
                                                          of the united nations.
friDAY, noVEMbEr 19
                                                          When: Friday, October 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
7:00 • Budrus Alberta Premiere                            Where: Grant MacEwan University
Uniting Palestinians and Israeli activists through
unarmed resistance. With Diane Janzen, Christian          october 28th: unAc Edmonton General Meeting
Peacemaker Teams Palestine                                Presentation: “The Middle East Peace Process:
                                                          Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives”
9:00 • Bomb Harvest
                                                          When: Thursday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
In bomb disposal you only make one mistake. With
                                                          Where: Grant MacEwan University, Room 7-284
Dr. Gwen Hollaar, Surgeon and U of C / Lao Program

SAturDAY, noVEMbEr 20                                   SunDAY, noVEMbEr 21
1:30 • Fresh                                            1:00 • Reclaiming Rights Calgary Premiere
Celebrating farmers and business people re-inventing    Marriage, love and law in Afghanistan as girls seek
our food system. With Tony Prashad, Urban Agricul-      justice. With Janis Rapchuk, Canadian Women 4
ture Consultant and Allan Graff, Biological Certified   Women in Afghanistan
Organic grain and cattle farmer                         3:00 • Smile Pinkie FAMILY FILM
3:30 • Arvari Water Parliament                          A heartwarming tale of a poor Indian village girl. With
Reviving rain water harvesting. With Kathleen McWil-    Leanne Popko and Hailey Pinksen, AboutFace
liams, grad student, U of C                             4:00 • Chemerical Calgary Premiere
4:30 • Sin by Silence (see Nov 16)                      Redefining clean. With Riva Mackie, Co-founder of
6:00 • As We Forgive (see Nov 16)                       Riva

7:30 • Crude                                            6:00 • A Small Act Alberta Premiere
A protracted, bitter lawsuit against Chevron in Ecua-   A single gesture, limitless possibilities. With Edgardo
dor. With Donna Kennedy Glans, Founder of Integrity     Gonzales, Senior Financial Analyst, World Vision
Bridges Inc. and author                                 Canada

                                                                      AcGc update Autumn 2010             page 15
                                   AcGc currEnt MEMbErShip octobEr 2010
Action	International	Ministries	•	Aga	Khan	University	(AKU)	•	Alberta	Public	Interest	Research	Group	(APIRG)	
•	 Altamas	 for	 Peace	 and	 Development	 •	 Association	 of	 Canadian	 Peacemakers	 International	 •	 Bridges	 of	 Hope	
International	Network	of	Development	Agencies	•	Canada	World	Youth	•	Canadian	Association	for	Participatory	
Development	•	Canadian	Catholic	Organization	for	Development	and	Peace	(CCODP)	•	Canadian	Crossroads	Inter-
national	•	Canadian	Humanitarian	Organization	for	International	Relief	•	Canadian	Women	for	Women	in	Afghani-
stan	(CW4WAfghan)	•	Caro-Canadians	Reaching	out	to	the	World’s	Children	Foundation	•	CAUSE	Canada	•	Centre	
for	Affordable	Water	and	Sanitation	Technology	(CAWST)	•	Centre	for	Global	Citizenship	Education	and	Research	
•	Change	for	Children	Association	(CFCA)	•	CHF	•	Covenant	International	Ministry	•	CUSO-VSO	•	Four	Worlds	
Centre	for	Development	Learning	•	Ghost	River	Rediscovery	•	Global	Visions	Film	Festival	•	Global,	Environmen-
tal,	and	Outdoor	Educators	Council	•	Grandmothers	of	Alberta	for	a	New	Generation	•	H.E.L.P	•	Helping	Youth	
through	 Educational	 Scholarships	 (HYTES)	 •	 HIV	 Network	 of	 Edmonton	 •	 Human	 Development	 Foundation	 •	
John	Humphrey	Centre	for	Peace	and	Human	Rights	•	Keiskamma	Canada	Foundation	•	Leprosy	Mission	•	Lifeline	
Malawi	•	Light	Up	the	World	•	Mennonite	Central	Committee	-	Alberta	•	Micah	Centre	at	King’s	University	College	
•	One	Child’s	Village	•	Optometry	Giving	Sight	•	Plan	Canada	•	Project	Shelter	Wakadogo	•	Rainbow	for	the	Future	
•	Rainbow	of	Hope	for	Children	(ROHFC)	•	RESULTS	Canada	•	Sahakarini	•	Samaritan’s	Purse	•	Somali	Canadian	
Education	and	Rural	Development	Organization	(SCERDO)	•	Sombrilla	Refugee	Support	Society	•	Tamaraneh	So-
ciety	for	Community	Development	and	Support	•	The	Canadian	Moravian	Mission	•	Tools	for	Schools	Africa	•	True	
Vision	Ghana	AIDS	Foundation	•	UEnd:poverty	•	Unisphere	Global	Resource	Centre	•	United	Nations	Association	
in	Canada	(Edmonton	Branch)	•	Wildrose	Global	Poverty	Funds	Society	•	Women’s	Empowerment	International	
Foundation	•	World	Fit	for	Children	•	World	University	Service	of	Canada	(WUSC)	•	World	Vision	Canada

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