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Newsletter July 2015
 
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News from India
Last April, Christine Durocher, Chair of the Executive Board, went on a supervision mission and visited our partners in India.  She was extremely happy to visit once again those   children of ours who had originally been freed from indentured slavery; our re-education project is managed in the field by our partner, the ‘Resource Educational Society.’  She also visited our partner ‘Kidpower’ in Visakhapatnam, and went to see the children in our two remedial schools (helping slum children reintegrate the regular school system): the Hope School and the Louise Grenier School.  Mrs. Durocher visited our partner ‘the Rescue Foundation’ as well, which liberates young girls who are victims of human trafficking for sex.  CCI’s projects in India are still a great success, notably thanks to the excellent work done on the ground by our local partners. To see more pictures of this mission, please click here.
The Ganesh Project
The Ganesh Project aims to double the accommodation capacity of one of the Rescue Foundation’s rehabilitation centres.  This CCI partner is doing an exceptional job at liberating young girls who had fallen prey to human trafficking for sexual exploitation.  However, its rehabilitation centres found themselves seriously short of space and hence they were unable to take in further victims.   Now, thanks to the Ganesh Project, the Rescue Foundation will again be in a position to accommodate more victims.   To help finance the last phase of this project, ‘Engineers Without Borders Quebec’ has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the INDIEGOGO website.  Please do not hesitate to take a look at their campaign, and you might perhaps even make a donation!
News from Thailand 
A previous CCI employee, Maëva Mottin, travelled to a Bangkok suburb under her own steam, on a supervision mission to meet with our partner ‘the Foundation for Child Development.’  She spent some 10 days in Santikham, where children of illegal immigrants—often victims of exploitation themselves—come to play, sleep, or even to  attend specialised workshops (e.g. on hygiene, health and safety issues).  She also went to visit Cambodian and Burmese communities living in surrounding slums, where our partner is very active as well. To see more pictures of this mission, please click here.      

Projects in Canada

The winners of this year's literary contest have been selected !
There were more entries this year than ever before; the 7th edition of CCI’s Literary Contest beat all records.   Entries came in from everywhere, in French, in English, from Quebec, Alberta, Haiti and Cameroon.  All submissions were well thought out and quite touching.  The judges had to deliberate during several hours in order to select the winning entries. Congratulations to Lory-Jade from Notre-Dame de l’Assomption School, Dylan Rawlings-Caron from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School and Jeremy Caron from André Laurendeau High School, winners of the 2015 CCI literary contest !  

 
Our school network is growing
The entire CCI team visited the André-Laurendeau school in St-Hubert (Montérégie), for the launching of a partnership between this school and CCI. Students sold popcorn at the cafeteria at lunchtime for the benefit of CCI, and later our founder (Roxana Robin) gave a talk on the child exploitation.  Finally, students took part in a workshop during which they each wrote an essay and submitted it to our literary contest.      
World Day against child labour
In honour of this daywhich is celebrated every year on June 12CCI organized two events:  first, our founder (Roxana Robin) hosted a conference for adults at the Brossard Library during which she raised her publics awareness as to where we stand today, expanding on child labour and its causes, and introduced CCIs projects so as to present possible solutions.
At the same time, CCI volunteers went to Michel-Chartrand Park towards the end of the afternoon, despite the bad weather, so as to engage those around in a discussion on child labour.   This way they were able to have an exchange of ideas regarding the present-day child labour situation, most especially to explain why this is happening and what are the possible remedies.  
 
Caption : Guy and Cuu, two CCI volunteers.

 
We can do better 2015 !
CCI has decided this year to participate in the ‘We can do better’ campaign, conducted by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.  This campaign aims at encouraging the Canadian Government to show greater leadership in tackling certain global issues, in Canada and other regions, such as:  inequalities around the world and human rights, climate change and environmental sustainability, as well as women’s rights and equality between women and men. Should you like to know more about this, please visit its website  or its Facebook page.          
Fundraising efforts in schools to benefit CCI
Again this year, CCI was fortunate to receive the support of many elementary and secondary schools during the 2014-1015 academic year.  Several schools organized awareness-raising events regarding the child-labour issue, and held fundraisers, most generously donating their receipts to CCI.  We wish to thank all students, teachers and staff members at these schools for their efforts on behalf of our organization. Their support is essential for us to fulfill our mission, and CCI is most fortunate in that it can count on such encouraging partners who exhibit strong solidarity.  Click here to see all projects carried out in schools around the area (French only).  
The École primaire d’éducation internationale, located in Trois-Rivières, organized several fundraising events throughout the school year 2014-2015 and the profits were donated to CCI. For example, they handmade and sold Christmas cards.
 
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