Building Dreams in Sierra Leone

An educated woman. That’s the dream of many girls in Sierra Leone. And yet, for many, the dream goes unspoken. Child marriage means early pregnancy, and those who have children are mostly barred from entering the classroom. An agrarian lifestyle means all hands needed on deck, and subsistence takes priority over education. And even if education were the priority, money is tight, and not simply in the home.

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International Women’s Day 2021

Meet Amalia. 

Amalia lives in the rural, Indigenous community of Cabecera, where employment opportunities are rare and many struggle to meet the basic needs of their families.

Amalia was struggling to make ends meet doing housekeeping work. Her husband, who also struggled to earn an income, continually encouraged her to start a business, recognizing that Amalia had the potential to become a great entrepreneur. Amalia, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure she had it in her.

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January 2021

Dear Friend,

Warmest greetings! Many of us this winter are being forced to embrace the cold. There will be no travelling to warmer places because of the pandemic. While I enjoy winter, I miss sitting face-to-face with our teams in West Africa and Central America to discuss programs, how to be more effective, pressing needs, and how to address those needs.

Thanks to you, this past year we focused on helping communities prevent and respond to COVID-19, largely by improving access to proper sanitation.

Donors like you helped in the fight against malnutrition, which is a growing concern as food insecurity rises due to the pandemic.

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Girls’ Education in Sierra Leone

In Kabala, in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone, the trade route from the town to the nearby villages isn’t paved. Instead, its rich, reddish soil provides sharp contrast to the dark, lush green of the trees that grow along the path. People pass by every day, every hour. Farmers with their produce; mothers accompanied by their daughters, carrying lumber or vegetables to trade; and children, running. Depending on when you take the path, the rush of running water will mingle with the smells of food cooking, fires starting, or the chatter of those washing their laundry.

 

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Race to Kabala – Interview with Rod Miller

Potential. It’s what drives Rod Miller’s every day. The potential to impact one person in the day, knowing that they may go on to impact others, is a fire that he’s anxious to share with others. In his current role as the president of Alberta’s CPHR, as well as a leadership coach, Miller finds ample opportunity to do more of what he loves in a professional setting. His recent participation in CAUSE Canada’s Race to Kabala last month, though, reflects a growing personal desire to be more involved in potential around the globe.

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COVID-19 Prevention Project Update – Guatemala

Just last month we beat our goal of raising $10,000 for children’s education. Yet COVID-19 continues on and schools have stayed closed in many developing countries, such as Guatemala. What happens to Guatemalan children when they aren’t able to return to school? 

 

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Race to Kabala – Interview with Ed Temple

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” 

For Ed Temple, this maxim sums up his life in a nutshell. Look him up and you’ll realize very quickly that he’s a star volunteer and business guru who invests in the lives around him. An executive leadership coach active in Calgary’s corporate community, one of Temple’s volunteer roles includes serving as CAUSE Canada’s board chair. What may come as a surprise to those who know him, then, is that his high school teachers wouldn’t have suggested higher education for him at all.  

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Global Malnutrition

Something you might not know is that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on global malnutrition, particularly on children. How is this happening?

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Celebrating International Youth Day

Sierra Leone Education

We have all heard the question, “is 2020 over yet?” and 2020 is proving to be a challenging year but especially so for youth globally. School closures, a lack of in-person interactions, and other mental health stressors are familiar concerns for any parent or teenager. The impact of COVID-19 on adolescents, though, has even greater implications.

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“Now We Know That We Have Worth” – A Discussion With Rita Romero

On March 28, we look forward to welcoming Rita Romero, CAUSE Canada’s Gender Advisor from Quimistán, Honduras to speak at our 15th annual Gala fundraiser. At the Gala, Rita will be speaking about the challenges of being a girl and going to school in rural Honduras.

In preparation for Rita’s visit, we asked Rita to share a little bit about her work.

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