CANADA & LOCALLY

Horizons of Friendship recognizes the Rotary Club of Cobourg

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Horizons’ Treasurer, Mike Dupuis, presents a plaque to Beth Selby, President of the Rotary Club of Cobourg, while Patricia Rebolledo, Executive Director of Horizons, looks on.

Horizons of Friendship recognizes the Rotary Club of Cobourg, World Community Service Committee for their generous grant to make much needed repairs to our Thrift Shop.

Over 50 volunteers work in our Thrift Shop from Monday to Saturday, and approximately 100 local residents visit the shop daily. Through the support of the Rotary Club of Cobourg, these improvements have provided a safer, more positive cleaner working environment for Horizons’ volunteers and greater accessibility for people with walkers and strollers that access the shops daily.

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

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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.”

OUR PROJECTS

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

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Partner:
Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:
Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Themes:
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.

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

February Appeal

Dear Friends,

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The community mural “Recovering Historical Memory”
depicts the history of the people of Lower Lempa, El
Salvador, who were forced to flee their war-ravaged
homes.

Our hearts go out to the millions of Syrian refugees who are leaving everything they know in search of a place to call home. I am thankful that as Canadians we are opening our hearts and homes and offering the opportunity for these families to begin a new life. 

While Syria fills the news, there is another refugee crisis unfolding closer to home that receives little media attention. In Central America and Mexico, hundreds of thousands of people are moving within and between countries, pushed from one place to another by violence, drought, poverty, persecution, environmental degradation, and decreased food security.

The impact of migration vividly comes to life in a mural painted by youth in El Salvador. It tells the story of community members who became refugees during that country’s civil war and their struggle to find refuge and shelter.

Featured Video

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.

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