BENT ARROW TRADITIONAL HEALING SOCIETY
The Society is committed to building upon the strengths of Aboriginal Children, youth and families to enable them to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally so that they can walk proudly in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Contact: [email protected]
ZOE’S ANIMAL RESCUE SOCIETY Charity
Zoe’s Animal Rescue team is a group of animal lovers who share the goal of saving vulnerable and at-risk animals. We are dedicated to each and every rescue animal, from intake, through vetting, fostering, home screening, and finally, to adoption. Zoe’s is 100% volunteer run, so we have a large and supportive network to get things done efficiently.
A note from the co-founders Kath Oltsher and Sasha Campbell
My principle is “when animals are treated with compassion and respect, it only follows that the lives of children, families and communities are improved and enriched.” I see this unfold anew each day in my own life, my children’s lives, and my pets’ lives. I am a strong advocate of spaying and neutering companion animals to help ensure that there are less animals that need to be rescued. I sincerely hope that rescue organizations are out of business one day, because above all else, I’d like to see the end to unwanted animals.
NORWOOD CHILD AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre has been a community hub for children and families since 1963. We respond to a variety of family circumstances and provide free, culturally diverse programming. We nuture trusting relationships, empower families to access resources and services, and support optimal child development. The Norwood team is a dedicated group of professionals. We work together, support one another, learn from each other and celebrate our successes. It is the work we do, the environment we work in, the people we work with – that’s the difference at Norwood!
UNICEF UKRAINE EMERGENCY FUND
The situation in Ukraine is a threat to the lives and well-being of the country's 7.5M children. Families are displaced, homes, schools and infrastructure are being damaged. UNICEF has responded by providing Ukranian communities with Safe water and sanitation supplies, Urgent medical aid and health care services, Child protection including psychological care and Education supplies.
HELPING HANDS FOR INDIA; a Canadian Charity
Helping Hands for India is a charitable organization located in CANADA, managed by a dedicated team of CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS who are committed to supporting educational opportunities and well being to children in India.
We have supported the construction and operation of a school in the rural village of Pritamgarh, India, where yoga, meditation, play and outdoor education are included in the curriculum. Sansar Gyaan Pathshala, which means ‘World Knowledge Lessons’ is the name of the school. We can now accommodate 300 children at the school.
Before our school was built most of the local girls did not attend any school. Many parents believed that education was wasted on girls because their ‘purpose’ was to get married and have children. Having female children was even seen as a burden, and women and girls were not highly valued.
When our school was first established parents would only register their boys. So, a rule was created in the first couple years that if a boy came to the school, he also had to bring a girl with him (a sister, cousin, friend or neighbour). Our school staff also visit the surrounding villages regularly to meet the families and share the value of educating women.
We are very proud and happy to witness the growth and success at the school and community with just the empowerment work we have already done. We no longer need to maintain the one girl for every boy rule, as parents are now happy and comfortable with sending their girls to the school. Our girls are more attentive, achieve higher grades and are more goal oriented because they understand and appreciate their opportunity to attend school, and feel the need to prove themselves able. They are more independent and self assured, and are already changing community attitudes.
Our students become highly respected in the school community, and many of the children who have graduated from Sansar Gyaan Pathshala are continuing on with their education at a nearby inter college. This college previously did not accept girls, but because of the impact Sansar Gyaan Pathshala has had on the larger community and the quality education the girls are now accepted.