Vote and provide electricity to a community in Africa or India
The fourth-annual DUCA-CCFC Innovation Fund Contest launches this month with the choice of three development projects
By Brianne Binelli, online content manager, Canada
You can give a community access to electricity; it’s as simple as the click of a button, thanks to a $25,000 donation to Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) from Ontario’s DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd.
In past years, votes from Canada, and as far as India, have led to the realization of a literacy program in Paraguay, skills-training for women in India and solar-powered lights and clean water in Ghana.
This year, the goal is to brighten a community. Some 1.4-billion people around the globe don’t have access to electricity, according to the United Nations Development Programme, and we’d like to change that.
Get involved and vote for the project you think should be implemented. This year’s potential projects include:
- Solar-powered health clinic in Burkina Faso: The installation of solar electricity at the Wayan Health Center will improve access to emergency medical interventions and urgent care, especially for nighttime deliveries and pregnancy interventions
- Solar-powered irrigation system in Ghana: Agriculture is a primary source of income for the community of Namonsa. The installation of a solar-powered water pump at the local dam will enable the delivery of water to crops, providing income and nutrition to families.
- Solar-powered street lights in India: Frequent power interruptions several times a week limits nighttime activities in the community of Thiruchuli, due to health and safety concerns. Solar-powered street lights will improve safety when it’s dark.
To vote, visit ccfcanada.ca/innovation-fund.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
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.