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New Partnership Announcement

by Opportunity International

October, 2017   Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has made a $19.9 million commitment to Opportunity International Canada (OIC) to promote Financial Inclusion for Enterprise Development (FINEDEV) in Ghana.  The Project aims to increase access to formal financing, financial literacy, business training, and gender-equity strategies, with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), women, and vulnerable groups throughout Ghana.  In collaboration with OIC’s implementing partners in Ghana, the FINEDEV…

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September 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

September is here and with that are crisp mornings, shorter days and a flurry of activity around Opportunity as we ramp up for our fall events. This month is also the start of another school year. A time when kids file into classrooms across the country to prepare for a future during these formative years. Unfortunately for 263 million youth, they are unable to experience this opportunity. This is why one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals is to \"Ensure inclusive and quality education for…

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Hopes and Dreams

by Ed Temple

\"It doesn't get more Canadian then to get on the road and drive across a province (or two) for vacation.\" We just returned from a west coast trip (Calgary to Victoria). On our trip, we headed up the island and drove the Malahat Highway. A highlight was we stopped to take a selfie where Hannah and I got engaged! It was a great opportunity to share with our kids about our life before them and to talk about our hopes and dreams at that time and how they have been fulfilled, not yet fulfilled and…

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Accessible, High-Quality, Sustainable Education for All: Exploring SDG 4

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Accessible, High-Quality,Sustainable Education for All August 24, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Our Secret Weapon | What Happens When Children Are Educated | Accessibilty, Quality and Sustainability | Ensuring Access, Improving Quality and Seeking Sustainability | Ensuring Education for All Imagine, for a moment, kindergarten. Your days are full of finger painting, imagination and writing your letters and numbers. You learn to share, work with others and…

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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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