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12 Books We Are Reading

by Opportunity International Canada

As the temperature heats up, all of us at Opportunity are excited to dive into our own books.  So, instead of sharing just 1 book for the summer with you, we've put together a list of what our team is reading that might inspire your own summer reading. If you want to dive a little deeper and share the experience with some friends, we've also put together a few book club book suggestions along with discussion questions.  Dale Patterson's Pick \"The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great…

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Book Club - We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

by Opportunity International Canada

On April 7, 1994, an unimaginable genocide began in Rwanda. Over the course of 100 days, neighbors fought against neighbors and Rwandans brutally murdered their fellow citizens, leaving nearly one million people dead. It is a horrific and critically important piece of our global history and an event that impacted many of our current Opportunity International clients in East Africa.   WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES BY PHILIP GOUREVITCH A #1 Bestseller, We…

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Book Club - Half the Sky

by Opportunity International Canada

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn A #1 National Bestseller, Half the Sky serves as a “passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.” We are so excited to read this book that Publishers Weekly described as “Vitally important…Heartbreaking, galvanizing, and unforgettable” and Amazon says is “essential reading for every global citizen.” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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Book Club - Factfulness

by Opportunity International Canada

One of Bill Gates's \"5 books worth reading this summer\"—a book Gates describes as \"one of the best books I've ever read.\"  When Bill Gates makes a recommendation like that, we are sure to listen! So this month, join us as we read:  FACTFULNESS BY HANS ROSLING, WITH OLA ROSLING AND ANNA ROSLING RONNLUND Hans Rosling was a brilliant researcher and teacher who passed away last year. In this, his final book, he explores the truth about our world through data—truth that can often get hidden…

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Opportunity Book Club

by Opportunity International Canada

Dr. Seuss promised that “the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” so we’re inviting you to join us in learning about our favorite places, cultures, and topics through the Opportunity International Book Club. Book Club Picks To commemorate our 20th Anniversary this year we wanted to take some time to feature some great books on a region of the world in which Opportunity works, a topic we should all know more about (poverty, development, philanthropy, generosity, etc.), or an…

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Celebrating 20 Years

by Dale Patterson, President and CEO

July 1, 2018, marked a significant milestone at Opportunity International Canada — we turned 20!  As I reflect back over the last 20 years, I'm incredibly grateful for all those who have been part of our journey.  You believed in the dreams of our clients and your support in their lives enabled them to see a new future.  Your contribution has allowed parents like Ingrid, to provide for their families, send their kids to school, and break the cycle of poverty for this generation and generations…

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Violent Crisis in Nicaragua

by Dale Patterson, President and CEO

As you may know, Nicaragua is undergoing its biggest uprising since the civil war ended in 1990. Protests began on April 18, after the government proposed austerity measures for the country’s social security system, which would see taxes increased with pension benefits falling 5 percent. The government’s reaction to the protests escalated rapidly into violent repression. While government officials cancelled the order for reforms after 48-hours, the protests continued. The country has seen…

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Dreams Do come True

by Doris Olafsen

Something amazing happens when God’s people respond, in obedience, when He calls them out for something beyond what they were even imagining. We heard that reiterated in every testimony that was given as we gathered in community for dinner at The Trading Post in Fort Langley on Sunday, June 3rd. Paul shared the journey that his family and the family businesses had been on with Opportunity International for the past decade, and how a personal trip to Sousa in the Dominican Republic ended up being…

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Mobile Banking in Ghana

by Opportunity International

We sat down with our Senior Program Manager, Alex Baum, to learn about an exciting new mobile banking program in Ghana. We can't wait to hear updates about this initiative's progress in the months ahead!  Alex, can you tell us a little bit about mobile banking? What is it and why is it important? What does it allow us to do?  Alex: Mobile banking is a service provided by financial institutions that allows clients to use their mobile phone to conduct banking transactions like making deposits, withdrawing…

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The Joy of Presence

by Ed Temple

As I anticipate the upcoming holiday season, I am excited! One of our family traditions is to celebrate Advent by planning a special family “experience” each day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. We plan things from going to the new Star Wars movie to making homemade perogies. I love the family experiences of December! It is the quality of our relationships and not the stuff we have that brings joy and contentment so I hope you will find time to enjoy your family, your friends and your…

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