As many of you might guess, one of the best parts of being the Executive Director at CAUSE Canada is visiting the field. These visits rarely resemble a vacation and, while I am not sitting at a desk, they usually involve many hours of sitting in a truck bumping over bad roads and sleeping in the company of a few cockroaches (which are not my favourite but I can live with them for a few nights).
On Friday, November 18, 2016, Azucena, the Head Nurse, and I received a call from the Community Health Facilitator early in the morning informing us that a woman named Estela in El Duraznal had started going into labour in the middle of the night. The Ministry of Health nurses could not go and see her until later in the afternoon, but to wait until the afternoon could mean losing the mother and the baby.
Trisha Flanagan is a jewellery maker, mother of 2, olive eater, movie buff, and first generation Canadian. From an early age Trisha was drawn to expressing herself through the arts. She found herself creating handcrafted objects and relished in their beauty. It was the pursuit of this passion that led her to continue her formal education at Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta.
In May of this year I had the privilege to travel to Sierra Leone to both visit and monitor CAUSE Kids’ field projects. During my time in the remote northern region of Koinadugu District, where our CAUSE Kids Education Program is located, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet so many remarkable individuals who are making a real difference in this highly marginalized area.
Become a Philanthropic Adventurer.
Cause Canada’s motorcycle tours take small groups of experienced riders to some of the most isolated corners (and best roads) of both Honduras & Guatemala. The point of the tour is to have the guest rider provide Cause Canada with the funds required to buy a new motorcycle for one of its field offices. The rider will then be given a guided tour of Cause Canada’s fieldwork and at the end of the tour turn over his/her motorcycle to a Cause Canada national staff worker.
In October of 2015, Paul Carrick and the 3 members of Old Guys In Action took to the hills of Guatemala to raise money for the Maternal and Child Health program. This bicycle trip was an all round adventure though torrential rain, winding mountain roads and glorious Guatemala scenery.