How are you embracing your community this Family Day?
Everyone wants to belong; foster togetherness this month
By Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Chair and child sponsor
Family Day. For many of us it comes at the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones — in the midst of a long Canadian winter.
It’s easy for family to be pushed to the background in the busy North American lifestyle, but in my travels overseas I’ve seen how relatives and, by extension, the community can provide strength in good times and bad.
Embracing that sense of community is one of the tenets Christian Children's Fund of Canada supports in the developing countries we work, and we have seen the benefits — even from neighbourhoods that were already tight knit. We understand that to be successful, you need the buy-in of the entire town.
Visiting Ethiopia last year, I saw how engaging elders in a community to endorse the importance of delivering babies with healthcare professionals encouraged women to give birth in hospitals. During my visit, townspeople gathered, excitedly sharing their stories about how their young sisters, cousins and friends were not dying while giving birth anymore. The sound of newborn babies being born just inside the health centre was proof a strong community of people supporting one another can change and save lives.
So, this family day, as you gather with the ones you love, consider the positive impact they have on your life and pay those blessings forward in your community.
To learn more about how we’re working to spread hope regionally, visit our site and read about our Community Rise initiative.
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.