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6 Recipes From Our Clients' Tables

by Opportunity International Canada

Nothing brings people together like food! Across the world, people gather around dishes cooked with diverse ingredients and seasoned with local spices. In different regions, the same foods are cooked in ways that yield such a variety of unique culinary traditions. In the Caribbean and Central America, they enjoy foods that combine local staples such as plantain and maize. While other parts of the world are known for their preparation of meats rich in an assortment of spices. Let us introduce you…

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A Day of Opportunity

by Opportunity International

Today, October 17th, our corporate partners are embracing the “spirit of giving”. The Day of Opportunity is an inspiring day for companies, management, and staff to get together and lead the change towards ending poverty. This day of action was started just four years ago by Opportunity advocate and owners of Advance Canwest Flooring, Paul and Stephen Verhoeff. Over the last 7 years, they have generously supported Opportunity International Canada by raising up to $250,000. Since the first day…

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United Way To Opportunity

by Opportunity International Canada

Is your company leading a United Way campaign? Did you know that you can support our work through the United Way? Many companies across Canada team up with the United Way to launch an annual giving campaign. The funds raised during this campaign are used to support the projects of charities across Canada. The United Way is connected to a variety of charities and we are one of them! We think this is a great opportunity for our supporters. By working within your annual campaign, you can continue to…

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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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