PeaceTalks #18: Child Sponsorship Charities - A Look at Unintended Consequences & Alternatives

Sponsoring cynicism?

The unintended consequences of child sponsorship charities:

Transnational child sponsorship has been around since the 1930s and still comprises a large share of globalized child-focused charity. While practices have changed to reflect development lessons...

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Testimonial from Fountain-Isoko (Burundi)

Founded in 2006 on the principles of Equality, Integrity and Excellence, Fountain ISOKO for Good Governance and the Integrated Development was created by women and men committed to working hand in hand in building a just society and bringing positives change to Burundi and the Great Lakes...

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FairTrade Vancouver, Discovery Organics, & PeaceGeeks Present: PeaceTalks #17: How to Make Your Guacamole Taste Fairer

Avocado aficionado? Have you ever wondered how they were grown, what it took to bring them to your plate?

North America represents one of the largest markets for Latin America Avocado producers.

Growing…

Here in Vancouver, the majority of the avocados we eat...

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The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) started as an organ for coordinating the activities of women organizations and groups in Liberia in 1998, in between the two civil wars that ravaged the country from 1989 - 2003. They now serve as an umbrella organization for over 105 local women’s rights organizations. The vision of WONGOSOL is to achieve a just and fair Liberian society where women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes at all levels. They work to build the capacity of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to improve their...

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Reflection 20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - by Alan Martin

When I left journalism school in Montreal there were two promises I made myself: a) I would never cover town council meetings; b) stick a microphone in the face of a grieving family member and ask “What are you feeling?” and “How’s about a picture for the front page?” Both, I felt, were below me.
 

The first promise fell by the way side within three months of graduating when I found myself covering the rural satellite towns of Sudbury, at the time a struggling mining centre in Northern Ontario. For $3 a column inch I did that. It was my baptism to the darkside of the business.
 

The other earnest pledge took longer to catch up to me. Almost six years later I went to Rwanda to write a magazine piece about the pursuit of justice in a post-genocide era. Within a day of being there I had asked more people about the intimacies of their grief to last a lifetime. For if one is to write about genocide how can the privacies of both the deceased...