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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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Welcome to Winnipeg

by Doris Olafsen

Stan Pauls, co-owner of Décor Cabinets Ltd. and one our newest board members, was waiting with a warm welcome for the Opportunity International Board of Directors as they arrived in Winnipeg recently for their inaugural Manitoba board meeting. Stan marked this occasion by presenting each board member with a commemorative “2017 Canada 150 Coin collection” straight from the Winnipeg mint, where literally every single Canadian coin in circulation is produced, a seemingly appropriate keepsake that…

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Building Healthy Communities in Bihar, India

by Doris Olafsen

There was truly a sense that we had been transported to India as the 100 people invited for dinner, gathered at Vikram Vij’s My Shanti restaurant in White Rock on April 26, 2017. There was a joyful chaos and a real sense of connection from the moment the doors opened and Vikram welcomed each and every guest that had been invited to Opportunity International Canada’s fundraiser for a very special project in Bihar, India. The theme for the evening? “Generosity breeds Generosity” was demonstrated…

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Selfie's with Clients

by Opportunity International

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April 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

Welcome to our early spring edition of our newsletter.  A lot is happening across Canada, and I hope you will take the time to go through and read each article featured below. When Dale thinks about both spring and Easter, he thinks about the lives of Opportunity clients. For so many of the remarkable entrepreneurs with whom we work, life can often feel like one long, endless winter and because of so many circumstances resulting from extreme poverty, life for many of them feels hopeless. Read his…

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Spring is a Season of Possibility

by Dale Patterson, President and CEO

There is a moment each spring when you can feel the weather turn. When all of a sudden the sun is shining and the air is barely-warm. And each year at this time I think the same thing: yes, we made it through another winter. We made it through those months of short days and cold nights, when the snow was piled high and now we can look forward to brighter days when the trees turn from brown to green, and the flowers will appear. Spring is a season of possibility.  In the same way, I reflect upon…

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Reflections from Travelling

by Andrew MacDonald

In March 2017 I had the opportunity of spending 10 days meeting with Opportunity clients and staff in Nicaragua and Honduras.  Along with me was my faithful sidekick, Allison, and together we were inspired by the amazing stories of our clients as they seized the spark of possibility and made their dreams a reality.  I've been back for a few weeks now and wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on this trip in the short video message below. You might also want to check out some of the pictures on…

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