Newsletter August 2018
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On the international front

Supervision mission to India

Christine Durocher, President of Children’s Care International (CCI)’s Board of Directors, traveled to India to visit again with families and children who are beneficiaries of our programmes, and to follow up on projects with our local partners. She noted that CCI’s presence in the communities where we are actively involved has really made a difference. Child labour has virtually disappeared in the ten villages where CCI intervenes, and the schooling of girls as much as boys has become the norm. She also met with participants of the microcredit programme who were only too proud to show off their successful businesses.

Meda Mathamma is one of the beneficiaries of the microcredit programme. She runs a business in a small hut on the edge of her village, selling breakfasts that she prepares at home beforehand. She also has a small counter where she sells sweets, bread, soft drinks, etc.

Yerramma Chodipilli is one of the oldest participants in the education programme for children released from indentured slavery. As a little child, she used to work in a fish factory because her family was extremely poor. Today, Yerramma has graduated from nursing college, and found employment in a health centre. She earns a good salary, high enough to meet all her needs.

News from the Santikham Centre in Thailand

The school marks of children with scholarships provided by our partner the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) are most encouraging. All children involved are able to read and write well. Moreover, since it was easy to spot the athletic excellence of certain children from Cambodia, they were selected several times to represent their school in sporting events. Children originating from Myanmar, for their part, received prizes for their artistic performances.

In Quebec

International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day on March 8, CCI held an event at "De Soi à l’Emploi" (“Putting myself to work”) a centre in Saint-Lambert (a suburb of Montreal) offering career counselling services for women. We gave a talk on the situation of women around the world, and on our microcredit programme for poor women. The 25 women who attended the event actively participated in the discussions.

World Day Against Child Labour

On June 12, CCI highlighted this year’s World Day Against Child Labour in Terrebonne, QC, in collaboration with Tous les Enfants de l'Autre Monde (T.E.A.M.)(“All the Children of the other World).

The evening event, entitled "From reality to hope", used the arts to draw the public’s focus on the phenomenon of child exploitation. There was a drawing exhibit, the screening of a short film “Lima, après la rue” ("Lima, once out of the streets”), as well as the narration of a story “Il était une fois un nouveau monde” (“There was once a new world”). Those present also got together to create a collective fresco to help find ways to fight against child exploitation. The Bharati restaurant in Joliette 
generously provided a tasty array of Indian food as part of a solidarity buffet. The purpose of the buffet was to inform the public about the food situation of working children in India.

Results of the literary contest

Congratulations to the two winners: Dalila Nisenson and Marie-Anne Cloutier-Déziel ! Their texts were original and demonstrated their stance against the exploitation of children. Congratulations also to the four finalists: Haydée Marin, Duc Benjamin Le, Charlotte Girard and Mastaki M. Rufin.

Many thanks to all participants. We hope to hear from you next year for the 10th edition of the contest!


Sustainable Solidarity Action Programme in Schools: there is only one spot left!

Do you work in a high school in the Montérégie region? You still have the opportunity to participate in our Sustainable Solidarity Action Programme in Schools, which begins in September 2018. This programme aims to raise the awareness of Montérégie high-school students regarding issues of child exploitation around the world and of civic commitment, while acquiring leadership skills. To participate in the programme or to obtain more information, contact us at the following email address: or by phone at 450-332-9799.

CCI now certified as a Fair Trade Workplace

The Fair Trade Workplace designation was awarded to CCI by Fairtrade Canada, the Quebec Fairtrade Association and the Canadian Fairtrade Network. By committing to providing a variety of fair trade products at its place of work, CCI promotes a sustainable alternative to the dominant world trade, and favours producers in the South. CCI is proud to be the 18th Fair Trade Workplace in Quebec!

News from our partners

Social Justice Connection launches its Agent-for-Change project

Social Justice Connection, one of our partners in various educational projects, is offering an opportunity for 40 citizens to become social impact leaders. The Agent-for-Change training programme aims to facilitate citizen engagement, and equip citizens who want to make their voices heard. The content of the training provides information about today's major contemporary issues, and connects participants to a platform of mutual assistance to help them improve their social and environmental footprint. For more information on the program, click here

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