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DUCA Financial Services Credit Union donates $25,000 to help people in developing communities access electricity

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada needs your vote to choose which innovative solar project is supported

TORONTO (April 20, 2017) — Thanks to a $25,000 donation from DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. (DUCA) to Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a developing community will soon have access to electricity. For the fourth year in row, CCFC is holding an online contest where people from around the world can choose which project gets funded.

The contest allows people to choose their preferred innovative and sustainable solution to a problem in a developing community in Africa, Asia or Central or Latin America. Attracting votes from across Canada and as far away as India, past projects implemented by the DUCA-CCFC Innovation Fund have included a Family Reading Time literacy program in Paraguay, tailoring training for women in rural India and solar-powered lighting and clean water for a remote northern Ghana community.

Cast your vote between Monday April 24 and Tuesday May 23, 2017 at ccfcanada.ca/innovation-fund. Voting closes midnight (ET) May 23. The project with the most votes wins and will be implemented.

Solar energy powers a brighter future

Some 1.4-billion people around the world don’t have any access to electricity and a billion more have intermittent access, according to the United Nations Development Programme. That’s why this year’s DUCA-CCFC project options focus on solar-power innovations and improving access to electrical services. Beneficiaries of the winning project can look forward to better nutrition, health and overall quality of life.

“Solar-powered innovations offer life-changing improvements in medical, agricultural, educational and community safety applications,” says Patrick Canagasingham, CEO, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.  “Through access to electricity, an entire community can be transformed for the better.”

Vote for one of these projects:

  • Enhancing After-Dark Healthcare Services, Wayan, Burkina Faso: The installation of a solar electricity system will provide reliable, inexpensive electricity to the Wayan Health Center. Access to emergency medical interventions and urgent care, especially for nighttime deliveries and pregnancy interventions, will be improved.
  • Enhancing Health and Nutrition, Namonsa, Ghana: This community depends on agriculture as a primary source of income. Installation of a solar-powered water pump at the community dam will deliver water to crops, providing income and nutrition to families.
  • Improving After-Dark Safety, Thiruchuli, India: This community experiences frequent power interruptions and blackouts several times a week. Nighttime activities are limited due to health and safety concerns; women and girls have increased vulnerability to violence in the dark streets. Solar-powered street lights will enhance safety during dark hours.

To learn more about the projects, and to vote, visit ccfcanada.ca/innovation-fund.

“We are pleased to support the CCFC Innovation Fund in its fourth year,” says Doug Conick, president and CEO, DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. “We are proud of the impact the Innovation Fund projects have had in previous years, and we know this year’s project will continue the trend.”

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For further information, or to set up an interview:

Bonar Bell, communications manager, CCFC | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (905) 754-1001, ext. 221

Keith Taylor, AVP strategic social impact, DUCA | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (416) 223-8838, ext. 292

About DUCA:

DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. (DUCA) is a member-owned co-operative financial institution established in 1954. They have a mission and vision to provide financial security for all through their bonus share program and competitive rates. DUCA offers financial services and products that include chequing & savings accounts, loans, mortgages, insurance and small business products. DUCA Financial Services Credit Union services over 42,000 members and has 15 branches throughout Ontario.

About CCFC:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.

About the Innovation Fund contest:

The Innovation Fund contest is an annual voting competition to select a project for a developing community. Since 2014, CCFC has received annual donations from DUCA to fund innovative projects. Now its fourth year, the Innovation Fund contest runs from April 24 to May 23, 2017. The project with the highest number of votes will be selected for implementation.

 

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ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada launch joint drought response in Ethiopia

TORONTO [March 8, 2017] — Last year, thanks to a strong El Niño weather pattern, Ethiopia endured its worst drought in 30 years. And now, while the country is still reeling from that slow-moving disaster, a new drought has taken hold, this one thanks to another, more obscure climate phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole. The failure of two rainy seasons has put the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the country’s southern and eastern lowland areas at risk.

ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada are combining their efforts to address the impact of the current drought on the lives and livelihoods of drought-affected people.

Nationwide, according to the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) presented in December by the Government of Ethiopia and its partners, 5.6-million people will need humanitarian support, totalling US$948 million. Only $233 million is currently available, leaving a shortfall of $715 million. Specifically:

  • 5.6-million people need emergency food assistance.
  • 3-million children and pregnant and lactating mothers require supplementary feeding.
  • 4.4-million people need health assistance.
  • 9.2-million people need clean drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support.
  • 1.9-million households need livestock support; half a million require seeds.

More than 150 schools have closed, and 76 percent of schools are without water.

Without urgent intervention, pastoral households will lose their herds. Child-protection risks are rising, due to the migration of unaccompanied children, child marriage, psychosocial distress, sexual violence and more.

ChildFund and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) have been responding to drought impacts since 2016. Interventions have included:

  • WASH — creating access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygienic practices for 102,429 people.
  • Nutrition for 43,634 children under age five as well as pregnant and lactating women.
  • Education enabling 7,802 students to stay in school.
  • Agriculture/emergency seed provision for 876 farmers, enabling them to plant and produce crops.
  • Child protection in emergencies (CPiE), reaching 31,017 children.
  • Emergency relief food distribution for 23,812 community members.

In coordinating their efforts going forward, the two sister organizations commit to addressing the humanitarian needs of the affected communities in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and other partners. Both organizations recognize the need to ensure that all affected people are able to access and benefit from assistance and protection according to their level of vulnerability.

In line with the 2017 HRD’s three strategic Objectives (SO) — (1) Save lives and reduce morbidity due to drought and acute food insecurity; (2) Protect and restore livelihoods; and (3) Prepare for and respond to other humanitarian shocks (natural disasters, conflict and displacement) — ChildFund and CCFC have selected thematic as well as geographical areas for their joint response. Based on the needs, the two agencies will jointly focus on emergency WASH, nutrition, emergency food assistance, education, agriculture and child protection in 14 woredas (districts) across four states: Oromia, Amhara, SNNP and Afar, reaching 115,300 people, of which more than 60 percent will be children. The organizations estimate they will collectively require US$5 million to reach the 115,300 people in need until the end of 2017.

Proposed interventions include the following:

1. Deliver WASH assistance to affected populations. This will include creating access to safe water through construction and/or rehabilitation and upgrading of water sources; emergency water supply at crucial points, and sanitation interventions at schools and health facilities in crucial areas; and promoting hygiene and sanitation practices among drought-affected communities.

2. Provide technical, material and logistical support in the screening of malnourished children as well as pregnant and lactating women, treatment of severely and moderately acute malnutrition cases, and assurance of children’s and families’ access to care and proper nutrition support using integrated WASH, health and nutrition emergency response.

3. Support emergency school feeding, providing learning supplies and WASH for school-age boys and girls in priority woredas.

4. Provide emergency livestock feed for core breeding animals, animal health support (veterinary equipment and logistics support for emergency vaccination of livestock) and emergency seed.

5. Create child-friendly spaces; create awareness and increase knowledge and skills on child protection among affected communities, social workers, teachers, health workers, humanitarian workers, police and other service providers; identify, refer and respond to child protection cases in collaboration with concerned authorities; and provide material (medicines and treatment kits) and psychosocial support to survivors.

6. Supply emergency food assistance/general food rations to people facing critical food shortages.

For further information:

Bonar Bell, communications manager, CCFC | 416-898-6770 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has more than 50,000 children sponsored, and the organization works to improve the lives of more than 700,000 people around the world.

 

  

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ChildFund Alliance responds to drought and famine in the Horn of Africa

TORONTO [March 9, 2017] — Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are facing hunger, displacement and loss of livelihoods due to severe drought in the region. In the affected countries — Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda — more than half of those impacted are children.

A famine has been declared in Unity State in South Sudan, the first time a famine has been declared anywhere since 2011. A famine is declared only when certain measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met: 

  • at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope;
  • acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and
  • the death rate exceeds two persons per day per 10,000 persons.

The combination of drought, political instability and conflict in parts of the region is especially lethal.

“The urgent situation in the Horn of Africa is largely being ignored by the media,” said Meg Gardinier, secretary general of ChildFund Alliance. “Yet the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are in jeopardy. Children are at greatest risk.”

Conditions are expected to worsen in the coming year and expand to neighbouring countries. The situation is chronic, recurring and protracted.

“Children are particularly vulnerable in situations like this,” said Josh Chaffin, senior advisor, child protection in emergencies at ChildFund Alliance. “When lots of people are on the move, the risks of gender-based violence, including child marriage, sexual violence and exploitation, increase, particularly where children are separated from family members. We are also hearing large numbers of children are dropping out of school in Somalia and Kenya, and reports of increased child labour in Kenya.”

Members of ChildFund Alliance, a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations, are responding to the drought and providing lifesaving assistance in many of the affected counties.

Ethiopia: ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada are combining their efforts to address the impact of the drought in Ethiopia. Based on assessed needs, the agencies will jointly focus on emergency WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), nutrition, emergency food assistance, education, agriculture and child protection in 14 woredas (districts) across four states: Oromia, Amhara, SNNP and Afar. They expect to reach more than 115,000 people, of whom more than 60 percent will be children.

Kenya: ChildFund International will focus on three main areas of intervention — food security; health and nutrition; and WASH. Its national office ChildFund Kenya will work with local partners in the affected regions to mobilize community participation, ensuring all eligible groups affected are adequately supported. ChildFund will also continue its collaboration with key stakeholders in the response, including county governments, the World Food Program, community-based organizations, NGOs and Kenya Red Cross. This collaborative effort will ensure a coordinated and effective response.

South Sudan: In response to the famine, which has put more than one-million people at risk of starvation, ChildFund Australia has launched the Africa Food Crisis Appeal, working with partners to provide emergency food aid to the worst affected communities. ChildFund Korea South Sudan office, a program of ChildFund Korea, is also assessing the situation in the crisis-affected areas, including Unity, Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria states, with a view to providing emergency relief in collaboration with local partners.

Uganda: ChildFund International continues its work in Uganda, but is not present in the areas affected by the current crisis. It will continue to monitor the situation to see if ChildFund’s participation in the response is warranted.

“Emergency funding is essential to address the drought in the Horn of Africa,” said Gardinier. “In addition to critical funding for food and water, we must not overlook the need to support child protection, which is so often neglected in disasters. We call on the international community to respond to this crisis before it is too late.”

For further information:

Bonar Bell, communications manager, CCFC | 416-898-6770 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has more than 50,000 children sponsored, and the organization works to improve the lives of more than 700,000 people around the world.

About ChildFund Alliance:

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations working in more than 60 countries around the world. With an annual turnover of more than US$500 million, ChildFund Alliance helps an estimated 15-million children and their families to overcome poverty. 

 

Global survey reveals children value education 

despite major obstacles to learning 

TORONTO [November 14, 2016] — Children around the world consider education a priority, despite less than ideal circumstances for learning. According to a survey by ChildFund Alliance of more than 6,200 children aged 10 to 12 from 41 countries, including Canada, 98 percent of respondents say education is important to them. However, the findings also show that learning isn’t as accessible or safe as it should be. More than one-third of children polled, including 27 percent from Canada, say they feel unsafe at school either sometimes or all the time. They also say that more and better schools are needed. 

Grown-up concerns; childlike optimism 

“The Small Voices, Big Dreams survey reveals that many of the children polled believe their education is in need of improvement,” said Meg Gardinier, secretary general of ChildFund Alliance. “They are worried about issues ranging from unsafe facilities, disaster protocols and lock-downs, to weapons, drugs and bullying in schools. These are not issues children should have to contemplate. School should be about learning, not about fears for their personal safety.”

Jim Carrie, V.P., Global Operations for Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), the Canadian member organization of ChildFund Alliance, said, “It’s worrying that one in four Canadian children don’t always feel safe at school. Now, it’s up to all of us to listen to their voices and take action.” 

Through an Omnibus survey conducted by CCFC, 80 percent of Canadian adults said every child experiences being bullied in their school career. Seventy-six percent said schools need to do more to ensure the safety of children, and 60 percent are concerned about children’s safety while they are at school. 

The good news is that despite these concerns, children who participated in Small Voices, Big Dreams said they love to learn. “Learning new things” is the number one response from 47 percent of those polled when asked what they like most about school. This is followed by “working with teachers” (29 percent) and “being with friends” (26 percent). And, at this young age, children know that education is the key to their future. Almost half of all respondents (45 percent) say education can help them get a better job, while nearly a quarter are confident it will make them a better person. Others believe school will prepare them to care for their parents (17 percent) or help improve their homeland (17 percent). 

Children want to be safe at school

When asked what it means to be safe at school, children identified a range of factors. These include high quality facilities, feeling free from violence or abuse, having strong security measures in place, and learning from teachers that students trust and respect. However, 34 percent of those polled say their school is never or only sometimes safe. Surprisingly, these figures do not vary between developing or developed countries. When asked about solutions, 43 percent of all respondents say they would feel safe at school if security measures existed to keep students protected from harm. 

“The fact that so many do not feel safe at school is of great concern, as safety is a prerequisite for learning,” said Meg Gardinier. “The world’s leaders recognized the importance of safe, meaningful education when they adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4 in September 2015: ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’” 

 A high premium on quality facilities and teachers

ChildFund Alliance asked children what they would do to improve education if they were the leader of their country. Almost half (47 percent) would build and renovate school facilities and create high quality learning environments, while 24 percent would focus on the quality of teaching by hiring more staff, paying them well and providing additional training. 

For children in some countries, providing greater financial support to schools and students is a top priority. 

Work vs. school 

Many of the children polled for Small Voices, Big Dreams feel torn between family and school obligations. A bigger concern in the developing than in developed countries, it is nonetheless restricting childhood activities around the world. 

One-quarter of all respondents (26 percent) say they have missed school to help family with work. In developing countries, the number climbs to 31 percent, versus eight percent in developed. 

Despite challenges, encouraging progress

“We are encouraged that almost all children recognize the importance of education,” said Meg Gardinier. “While achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all seems ambitious, there has been much progress. The number of children and young people not attending school has almost halved since the turn of the century and in most countries there are now as many girls as boys in primary school.

“ChildFund Alliance is committed to doing all we can to provide children around the world with a safe, quality education.”

To download the Small Voices, Big Dreams report, visit CCFCanada.ca/SVBD2016. Join the conversation with the hashtag #SmallVoices. 

For further information: Bonar Bell, communications manager, CCFC |416-898-6770 |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About the Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey

The Small Voices, Big Dreams survey was conducted by ChildFund Alliance member organizations in May 2016. In developing countries, member organizations’ staff conducted one-on-one interviews with children in their local language. In some countries, children completed an online survey. In developing countries, participants are from program communities where ChildFund member organizations have sustainable development programs, and in developed countries, children were selected at random. 

All non-English responses were translated by ChildFund Alliance member organizations. While every effort has been made to preserve the authenticity of the children’s quotes presented in this report, minor editing may have occurred in translation.

The survey was conducted in 41 countries with children aged 10 to 12. This included 31 developing nations in Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as 10 developed countries. A total of 6,226 children were surveyed — 3,658 children in developing countries and 2,568 children in developed nations.

Two of the five questions were open-ended, meaning the children were not given a list of answers to choose from. The remaining questions provided children with multiple-choice responses. All translated responses were provided to GfK Roper for analysis.

Responses from each country have been weighted to provide an equal voice to all children participating in the Small Voices, Big Dreams 2016 survey.

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada

Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world. ccfcanada.ca 

About ChildFund Alliance

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations working in more than 60 countries around the world. With an annual turnover of more than US$500 million, ChildFund Alliance helps an estimated 15-million children and their families to overcome poverty. childfundalliance.org

About GfK Roper

GfK is one of the world’s largest research companies, with more than 11,000 experts working to discover new insights about the way people live, think and shop, in more than 100 markets, every day. GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications is a division of GfK. The group specializes in customized public affairs and public opinion polling, media and corporate communications research, and reputation measurement in the U.S. and globally. The division also serves as the official polling partner of the Associated Press conducting the AP-GfK Poll (ap-gfkpoll.com).

 

ChildFund Alliance

  • Christian Children's Fund of Canada
  • ChildFund Australia
  • ChildFund Deutschland (Germany)
  • ChildFund International (USA)
  • ChildFund Ireland
  • ChildFund Japan
  • ChildFund Korea
  • ChildFund New Zealand
  • Barnfonden (Sweden)
  • Educo (Spain)
  • Un Enfant Par La Main (France)

The Alliance’s role is to establish global standards that ensure members are accountable to the highest level of quality and integrity in programming, finance, fundraising and governance.

ChildFund Alliance members create sustainable child-focused, community-based development programs in areas where children are impacted by war, natural disaster, poverty and global health issues. Each member organization promotes child sponsorship as a comprehensive and meaningful approach to child development.

The 11 ChildFund members provide assistance to more than 15-million impoverished children and families in 63 countries. See here for a map of where we work.

For more information, please contact us with any questions you have about ChildFund Alliance. You may also wish to review the websites of our member organizations, which are linked from our membership page.