Canada in Action

  • Latrines and tippy taps help more girls attend school in Ghana

    2015-12-22 - Sixteen-year-old Fusheina Abibatu hopes to become a nurse. She knows that attending school and studying hard will enable her to achieve her goals. As a level two student at Rajia Junior High School (JHS), she is behind students her age in other parts of the country who are already in senior high school. Fusheina explains, “I used to skip school when menstruating because I could soil myself and be mocked by the other students, especially the boys,” Fusheina said.

  • Canada helps improve access to livelihoods and water for communities in northern Ghana

    2015-12-22 - The annual rainy season in northern Ghana runs from March to November. When the rains arrive late, however, there are serious consequences for the incomes and livelihoods of the local peasant farmers and livestock keepers.

  • WASHing practices in Ghana improve family health

    2015-07-03 - For Canada, WASH can refer to its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Disaster-Prone Communities project. It also signals Canada’s commitment and understanding about how access to a safe water source greatly improves the health of mothers and children in Ghana and throughout the developing world.

  • Rallying together to end child marriage

    2015-06-12 - Every day, the voices of thousands of girls in the developing world are silenced as they are forced into marriage. The practice of Child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in Zimbabwe is deep-rooted and widespread, with a staggering 1 in 3 girls married before the age of 18. A key challenge to ending this practice is that laws that set the minimum age for marriage in Zimbabwe are inconsistent and not properly enforced.

  • Child Early and Forced Marriage in Tanzania

    Child Early and Forced Marriage in Tanzania

    2015-05-06 - Canada is giving a platform to a powerful voice calling for an end to child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) in Tanzania. In Tanzania, it’s estimated that 4 of every 10 women were, or will be married before their 18th birthday, often against their will. Worldwide, an estimated 100 million girls have been forced to marry before the age of 18 in the last decade alone.

  • Connecting Kids despite Conflict

    Connecting Kids despite Conflict

    2015-05-04 - In December 2013, as war abruptly broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, thousands of civilians fled for their lives to United Nations compounds all over the country. Now known as Protection of Civilians sites, or PoCs, these areas still house 113,000 people, and a further 1.4 million are living in more informal shelters across the country.

  • Rock and talk promoting religious freedom in Indonesia

    Rock and talk promoting religious freedom in Indonesia

    2015-05-04 - Cartoon characters, a Canadian rock band and the Embassy of Canada teamed up to promote freedom of religion and discussion between faiths in Indonesia. Respect, diversity and tolerance were the key words on everyone’s minds at Indonesia’s first ‘PeaceTival’ – which Canada was proud to support.

  • The Lost Boy who found his way

    The Lost Boy who found his way

    2015-05-01 - A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk, written by Nova Scotia author Jan Coates profiles the real-life struggle, endurance and hopes of Jacob Deng. Jacob is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, displaced by civil war at the early age of seven he embarks on a seemingly endless journey that tests his courage and determination. The exceptional account of Jacob’s journey has won a handful of literary awards, and was nominated as a finalist for Canada’s 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award. Highlighting the work done by a bright young member of the Canadian Sudanese diaspora, the ‘hero’ of The Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk inspires Canadians and South Sudanese alike.

  • Protecting Widows and Orphans in Northwestern Cameroon

    Protecting Widows and Orphans in Northwestern Cameroon

    2015-04-16 - For widowed women in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, losing your husband often also means losing your property rights, your home, land, and sometimes even your children. Although protected by Cameroon’s inheritance laws, widows and their children often find themselves at the mercy of their communities and are treated without regard for their basic human rights.

  • Community initiatives feed school children in Kenya

    Community initiatives feed school children in Kenya

    2015-01-06 - The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) school meal program in Kenya, as in many African countries, has been well established in communities for decades. Since the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of girls and boys who attend school eat a hot meal at lunch thanks to the WFP and to support from Canada and other countries.

  • Changing Lives

    2014-12-04 - Sergeant Tracey Coghlin of the Ontario Provincial Police and Staff Sergeant Clare Smart of the Calgary Police Service have recently returned to Canada from South Sudan where they spent their vacation helping street girls of Juba at the Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC) orphanage.

  • Canada helps South Sudanese refugees return home as physicians

    2014-12-01 - On a recent visit to the Bor hospital, Canadian Ambassador Nick Coghlan celebrated signs of reconciliation, healing and hope—the fruits of the remarkable bravery of a special group of refugees and years of Canadian support.

  • Canada celebrates 2014 International Day of the Girl Child in Kinshasa

    2014-11-21 - To mark the 2014 International Day of the Girl Child, Canada organized a conference to advocate for improving the status of Congolese girls in collaboration with the Congolese Ministry of Gender, Family Affairs and Children, the UK Department for International Development and UNICEF.

  • Protecting Human Rights by Training Congolese Journalists (July 2014)

    Protecting Human Rights by Training Congolese Journalists (July 2014)

    2014-09-02 - Fifteen journalists from across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are freshly equipped to fight against human rights violations, thanks to a two-day workshop organized by the Embassy of Canada, the Gmedia Center and Journaliste en Danger.

  • Canada's expertise in education helps develop skilled workers in Tanzania

    Canada's expertise in education helps develop skilled workers in Tanzania

    2014-08-14 - Education is the foundation for building economies in countries around the world. It is true in Canada, and it is a key driver for economic growth in developing countries such as Tanzania, where the demand for skilled labour remains unmet despite the large number of people seeking jobs.

  • Three reasons to bet on the future of Mali

    Three reasons to bet on the future of Mali

    2014-08-14 - To say that Mali has just lived through an "annus horribilis" is to state the obvious. But it would be a mistake to give up on Mali, which, despite its setbacks, continues to inspire confidence in Canada and among numerous other donors. Let us look back on a few recent accomplishments that speak volumes on Mali's ability to transform itself despite frequent adversity.

  • Registering birth days in Tanzania

    Registering birth days in Tanzania

    2014-08-14 - In December 2013, UNICEF reported that, worldwide, the births of as many as 230 million children were not officially recorded. In July 2013, funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and supported by the UNICEF Tanzania Country Office, Voluntary Services Overseas and TIGO the Tanzania Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) launched the first mass birth registration campaign.

  • Educating the next generation of leaders in Senegal

    Educating the next generation of leaders in Senegal

    2014-08-14 - At PAH-Unit 7 primary school, about ten kilometres from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, the unfailing commitment of school staff to the pupils' success is matched only by the pupils' active participation in achieving it. With the support of Canada and UNICEF, this school has introduced a new primary-level curriculum.

  • Senegal's market gardening as a means to a secure future

    Senegal's market gardening as a means to a secure future

    2014-08-14 - Through the commitment to Senegal as one of its 20 countries of focus for international development, Canada is improving the ability of small-scale farmers to provide food for their families in addition to building a viable, productive business in the process.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility at the heart of La Francophonie in Kinshasa (July 2014)

    Corporate Social Responsibility at the heart of La Francophonie in Kinshasa

    2014-06-19 - Each year, countries around the world celebrate the French language. In Kinshasa, Canada united this celebration of Francophone legacies and culture with a modern take on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it relates to resource development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Canada helps deliver childbirth education in Ethiopia

    Canada helps deliver childbirth education in Ethiopia

    2014-05-28 - In Ethiopia, many women give birth in their homes, especially in rural areas. With some of the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world, these home births can put both the mother and the baby at risk.

  • Canada Supports Innovative Child Health Solutions in Africa (April 2014)

    Canada Supports Innovative Child Health Solutions in Africa (April 2014)

    2014-04-22 - Canada is helping to build awareness of innovative approaches to address the three largest causes of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea.

  • Canada trains Ghana’s journalists in data journalism and visual storytelling (March 2014)

    Canada trains Ghana’s journalists in data journalism and visual storytelling (March 2014)

    2014-03-18 - One of the challenges of modern journalism is learning how to communicate about data and how to share the stories that live inside the numbers. Canadian volunteers with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) helped train Ghanaian reporters to produce infographics that make data more compelling and accessible to their readers.

  • Reducing Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (March 2014)

    Reducing Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (March 2014)

    2014-03-18 - For the past several years, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has endured repeated conflicts characterized by serious human rights violations, particularly in the eastern region of the country. The Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa organized a round-table discussion with non-governmental human rights advocacy organizations with a view to stimulating thinking and creating an open, productive dialogue about the development of human rights in the DRC.

  • Innovative Canada-Ghana Partnership Provides Transformative Neurosurgery Skills (Feb 2014)

    Innovative Canada-Ghana Partnership Provides Transformative Neurosurgery Skills (Feb 2014)

    2014-02-12 - Using a series of webcams and computers, surgeons in Ghana will be trained in the surgical technique used to treat hydrocephalus, Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV), by expert neurosurgeons who will be teaching from Toronto Western Hospital in Ontario, Canada. If successful, the team hopes their partnership can continue to grow by expanding the program to teach other techniques and surgical specialties, and to provide remote surgical mentoring in the operating room in Ghana.