October 2014 Newsletter

News from India

Hope School sees its first students integrate the regular public education system
Hope School, a remedial school founded in 2013 by CCI in the Chittababu slum near Visakhapatnam, has just now completed its first academic year.  This school prepares its students, and provides them with the necessary tools, to integrate back into the regular school system after a year.  We are happy to confirm that the project is a success: several children from the first batch of children to follow this programme have now been accepted into one of the best public schools in the area.
19 Nepalese women are freed from an international sex trafficking ring
Our Indian partner, the Rescue Foundation, continues to investigate and rescue victims from brothels. Because of our partner’s efficiency in that area, 19 female victims (of which 9 were minors) were rescued from an international human trafficking ring.  While most were from Nepal, they were freed from «transit rooms» in New Delhi, while they were about to be sent to countries of the Persian Gulf to be sold there as sexual slaves.

Louise Grenier School welcomes its first children
Louise Grenier School, founded this year by CCI near the Mutyamamba slum close to Visakhapatnam, officially opened its doors and welcomed its first students.  Just like Hope School, the Louise Grenier School offers a remedial programme.  Hence, it offers children an entire academic year of schooling during which they will acquire the knowledge necessary to reintegrate a regular school in a class at the appropriate level for their age.


Activities in Canada

Launch of CCI's annual litterary contest

CCI has just now launched its 7th annual litterary contest!  This year, young people are asked to introduce us to a role model who has encouraged them to take action in order to improve the world in which we live. 

Adults are asked to explain if, in their opinion, equality among men and women has been reached.  For further information on the contest, please consult our website. As in previous years, there are many prizes to be won!
CCI's founder will give a conference on October 13
Roxana Robin, CCI’s founder, will be holding a conference on October 13 in Beloeil, in the Montérégie region, during which she will speak about her life journey, from her passion for classical dance up to the day she founded CCI.  She will testify how her path was fraught with pitfalls, but also about the incredible and generous people who inspired her as she wound her way. Click here to see the poster (French only).
Invitation on October 10th for the International Day of the girl child
On the occasion of the International Day of the girl child, CCI and the Centre des Femmes de Longueuil invite you to watch the documentary Of Hopscotch and Little Girls, directed by Marquise Lepage. A discussion with the founder of CCI, Roxana Robin, will follow the screening of the documentary,

In the documentary, ten girls tell us about their difficult reality, but also talk about their dreams and hopes. The screening will take place on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Centre des Femmes de Longueuil
, located at 1529 boul. La Fayette Longueuil. You can RSVP at 450-670-0111 extension 214.
World Day against Child Labour

CCI and the organisation « Tous les Enfants de l’Autre Monde (T.E.A.M.) » organised last June an evening event to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour.  In fact, there are more than 168   million child labourers in the world, of which at least 85 million are forced into to the worst types of labour. 

We were treated to two conferences, a documentary film, a photo exhibit, and especially to wonderful conversations with other members of the audience.  A big ‘thank-you’ to everyone!

CCI takes part in the Peoples's Social Forum
CCI participated in the Peoples’ Social Forum, which took place at Ottawa University from August 21 to 24. This was an event  which encouraged lively debates to spur the audience to action, and reflect on concrete solutions to make a more equitable and united world.   
CCI actively joined the discussion on social issues by facilitating a workshop denouncing the human trafficking of women in a well-filled conference room.  Participants showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the workshop.    

Fundraising activities held by secondary schools in Québec
CCI wishes to express its gratitude to thousands of students all over the Province of Quebec who organized or participated in various fund-raising activities during the 2013-14 academic year, in order to support CCI’s projects in India and Thailand.  Over $12,000 was raised through various activities organized by school students.  Their determination and commitment makes a real difference in supporting our projects!


CCI in the news

Slavery in Thailand: CCI's founder is interviewed by CBC's Radio-Canada
Roxana Robin, CCI’s Executive Director, was recently interviewed by Radio-Canada (CBC’s French broadcaster) during its 24/60 programme, and asked to answer questions fielded by Anne-Marie Dussault regarding slavery in the Thai shrimp industry. She appears on the left at the level of 36:40 mins (in French).

Invitation to our members

CCI calls it's members to attend its Annual General Assembly 
CCI’s Annual General Meeting will be held next November 3, at 150 Grant Street in Longueuil at 7:00 pm.  Should you wish to become a member of CCI, click here. Please confirm your attendance by e-mail to


First World Day celebrating the dignity of the victims of human trafficking
On July 30 last, the world celebrated for the first time the dignity of human trafficking victims.  Some 2.5 million people are vicitims of this modern version of slavery, of which 75% are women and little girls.  Human trafficking is a serious crime against humanity and a direct attack on human rights.  It is imperative that we fight against this scourge, protect its victims, and hound the traffickers.

168 children rescued in U.S. sex-trafficking operation 
Last June, an FBI-led operation against child sex trafficking across the United States resulted in the arrest of 281 pimps and the rescue of 168 children from the sex-trade. Click here for more information.
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