Horizons of Friendship Welcomes Government of Canada’s New Funding to Improve Women and Children’s Health in Guatemala.

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The $15.2-million Reducing Gaps for Indigenous Peoples initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Guatemala’s predominantly Indigenous Department of Totonicapán. It will help improve the delivery of health services through increasing service coverage, especially in remote areas; training, monitoring and equipping indigenous midwives; and improving the collection and submission of data on vital events. It will also help increase the utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five. This includes increasing family access to personalized counselling on family planning, exclusive breastfeeding and full immunization.

To find out more information on all of the programs approved, visit DFATD’s website: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Remembering a Founder and a Friend

Horizons of Friendship Mourns the loss of Christine Stewart

7a Founders Christine Stewart

Everyone at Horizons of Friendship is deeply saddened by the passing of Christine Stewart on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Christine co-founded Horizons of Friendship in 1973 and served as a dedicated co-executive director until 1988.

While Christine is recognized by many locally for her role as a former MP for Northumberland, Horizons remembers her most for her passion and commitment to the people of Central America and Mexico. It was this passion that took Christine and her late husband David to Honduras in 1971 for a year of volunteer service. Inspired and compelled to make a difference, she co-founded Horizons of Friendship with husband David and friend Father Tim Coughlan upon their return to Canada. She continued to serve as co-executive Director with Father Tim Coughlan until 1988.

After retiring from her role at Horizons of Friendship, Christine went on to lead a successful career in politics, where she continued to serve her community and country. She served as Liberal Candidate and Member of Parliament for the riding of Northumberland from 1988 until 2000.  She also served in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien as Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa from 1993 to 1997.  She later served as Minister of the Environment from 1997 to 1999, during which time she headed the Canadian delegation to the Kyoto climate change negotiations and signed the Kyoto Accord on behalf of Canada.

Horizons Executive Director Patricia Rebolledo says Christine will be deeply missed. “Christine was instrumental in the founding and early development of Horizons of Friendship,” said Executive Director Patricia Rebolledo “Even after her retirement as Co-Executive Director, she remained involved as an active supporter of Horizons,  and was always willing to share her thoughts and advice.  She will be remembered by Horizons and our partners for her vision, dedication, and generosity to the people of Central America and Mexico.”


Indigenous & Women's Rights on Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast

Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Gender Equality, Violence Against Women
Berna Carneras Anderson one of the Whita's - a traditional Miskitu authority - trained in the project

Berna Carneras Anderson one of the Whita's - a traditional Miskitu authority - trained in the project.

Promotion of Indigenous women's rights to prevent and address violence against women in Miskitu Indigenous communities:

The project aims to build capacity in local communities amongst both men and women to prevent inter-family, sexual and gender-based violence. The project has three major components: training young women on how to access to justice and legal services, working directly in the communities to support women who have experienced violence, and supporting community leaders and traditional Miskitu authorities in the application of the law and advocating within the official justice system.


Fall Appeal 2015

Dear friends,


Boys and girls from Nicaragua learn about violence against women in the community of SinSin.

I recently participated in a workshop and exchange in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, where I met an incredible group of women and men who are doing their best to change the conditions of women and girls in their isolated communities of SinSin and Santa Marta.

I had the opportunity to talk with Zunilda Gemlo, a volunteer and peacekeeper in the community of Santa Marta. I asked her, “What does it mean to be an indigenous Misquitu woman living in a zone of extreme poverty on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua?” Her answer was thoughtful:  “It means I must show great commitment  to the rest of my community — if we are alone and isolated we cannot succeed. It means that I must share my tools, my seeds, my food and, more importantly, my knowledge and my faith.”

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In Memory of Christine Stewart

The story of Christine and David Stewarts' inspiring work in Central America. (Broadcast on CBC's "Man Alive", in 1982).

"Christine led a life of service. First to her family, her community, then to her country. Christine will always be remembered as a humanitarian, a passionate advocate for those who have no voice, for environmental causes on a global scale and a passionate parliamentarian. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her and by all those who were helped by her guiding unseen hand."

Christine co-founded Horizons of Friendship and was co-executive director until 1988.


Welcoming The Workers That Grow Our Food


Spring and early-summer is an exciting and busy time at the Horizons of Friendship (Horizons) office, especially with the arrival of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Northumberland community. Since 2002, Horizons has been working with the Seasonal Agricultural Workers within Northumberland County. 

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