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Promoting Peace Through Community and Opportunity

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Promoting Peacethrough Community and Opportunity July 28, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Seeking Peace | Escaping the FARC and Escaping Violence | How Opportunity Promotes Peace and Justice | Entering into Violent Communities to Promote Peace | Moving Forward in Peace Yaneth’s entire childhood was plagued by violence. As a young girl growing up in rural Colombia, her family struggled to make ends meet. When she was eight years old, she learned that the man…

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Partnering for Health and Well-Being: Exploring SDG3

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Partnering for Healthand Well-Being June 20, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Good Health and Well-Being | Child Health | Maternal Health | HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases | Partnering to Save Lives For the past few months, we have been exploring the Sustainable Development Goals—the set of benchmarks the UN created as global guidelines for development and poverty alleviation. These goals are inextricably linked with one another. Like the body described…

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June 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

At the mid-point of the year, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate our partners. We have three incredible stories below that could have only been made possible because of partnerships. We have also started a new blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN to \"end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.\" At Opportunity, we look to the SDGs as a global benchmark for the progress we hope to make collectively…

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Thank You Rotary

by Jannalee Anderson

Thank You! Our Thanks to Rotary as they surpass their goal in half the time!  The Rotary logo is “Service above Self” and these Rotarians have been living that out – at home in Canada and abroad in Honduras.  Six years ago the Honduras Economic and Community Development (HECD) Program was birthed by visionary Rotarians wanting to make a difference in Honduras.  They designed a multi-year, multi-phased, and multi-partner, project and set their goal as having 10 Phases and raising $1M for…

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Calgary Does It Again

by Ed Temple

Thank you for joining us to make our 15th annual golf tournament another huge success! For those that were with us, it was a fun filled day! This year, with your help, we have taken shot at poverty through the work of Opportunity International in Latin America. We had an amazing matching gift of $100,000 generously donated by Gary Nissan and CanWest/Advance Flooring. Thank you for inspiring all of us to DOUBLE OUR IMPACT and take a shot at poverty in the DR. With your generous support, we were…

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Beyond the Fishing Rod: Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Beyond the Fishing Rod:Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9 May 22, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Sustainable Development Goal 9 | Building Infrastructure—and Possibility—in Nicaragua | Information Technology and the Power of Mobile Phones | Improving Farming Through Access to Irrigation | The Future of Infrastructure and Innovation I recently finished reading a book written by South African comedian Trevor Noah. In it, he discusses his…

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Feeding the Future: Ending Global Hunger

by Opportunity International

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Feeding the Future:Ending Global Hunger April 21, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Global Hunger Crisis | The Implications and Opportunities of Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity | How Women Can Help Solve World Hunger | Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity and Children | Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity and the Environment | Opportunity's Solution: How to End Hunger Imagine for a moment a family. In many ways, this family looks fairly typical:…

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Empowered Women Change the World

by Opportunity International

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Empowered Women Change the World March 23, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The question is: why? | The Need is Great | The Impact is Significant | The Ripple Effect Changes the World | Opportunity's Response | Empowered Women: The Secret Weapon For those of us working in and supporting international development initiatives, we know that investing in and empowering women and girls is popular and ubiquitous. It is no surprise to us that the Sustainable Development…

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End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere In September 2015, UN leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the future of development. Having spent the previous 15 years making remarkable progress toward a set of targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, these leaders knew that the world still faced tremendous global challenges. Poverty, hunger, disease and violence—while reduced—were not eradicated, and so the UN Sustainable Development…

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Least of These Project – Dominican Republic

by Doris Olafsen

In 2009 Opportunity International Canada (OIC) together with Opportunity’s on-the-ground partner in the Dominican Republic known as ASPIRE conducted a study of educational needs for the poor entrepreneurs and their families in the rural and urban areas. As a result of the study, Education Finance loans have been made available for over 1100 low-cost private schools and is currently serving over 300 principals and proprietors allowing them to hire better teachers, build better facilities and bring…

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