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On the international front

INDIA:  Renovations done to Boisar's special medical care unit

Located 85 km from Mumbai, the Boisar Complex was built in 2010 by the Rescue Foundation. Today, this structure shelters 150 young girls liberated from sexual exploitation. The complex is composed of several buildings, including a vocational training center, sports fields, dormitories, a canteen and a centre for the care of young girls living with HIV.

Most of the girls released from sexual exploitation suffer from serious sexually transmitted diseases, and their health is most fragile.  In addition, between 30 and 35% have proven to be HIV positive. These girls must fight against their disease on a daily basis. It is to deal with this urgent need that the Rescue Foundation decided to open a centre for the care of HIV-positive girls within the Boisar Complex. This unit makes it easier to provide them with appropriate medical services as well as the necessary medication and nutritious food (rich in proteins and vitamins) to improve their resistance.

In 2015, the Rescue Foundation informed CCI of the urgent need to renovate the special care unit.  In fact, the building’s state of extreme disrepair did not allow for the safe use of the premises. Thanks to support from the Roncalli International Foundation, the necessary repairs have been carried out and the unit is once again fully operational.

INDIA:  News from the Hope and Louise Grenier Schools

Thanks to CCI support, the Hope School opened its doors in March 2012. Its objective is to prepare children living in the Chittibabu Colony slums to reintegrate the traditional education system by providing them with the required basics.

Just as in the case of the Louise Grenier School, children who attend this learning establishment relearn how to live in the community, to respect others and to accept what makes each and every one of us different. Education is used as a lever within these communities, particularly to avoid children being forced into labour. What is more, in both cases the slums being near railway tracks made it dangerous for the children to walk to school.

We have some good news regarding the Louise Grenier School: a government school will soon be opened on the same premises as that managed by our local partner! The success of this CCI initiative has raised the local authorities’ awareness that a real need existed. Children will now have access to an education within a government institution, in their own living environment, without running the risk of accidents just by walking to school.

HAÏTI : Volunteer Opportunity Available

CCI has decided to widen its expertise on the international front by creating a partnership with an organization based in Haiti. In fact, CCI’s Managing Director made a field visit to MIDADE in Jacmel a couple of months ago. This meeting turned out being quite positive, and a tentative framework for further involvement was agreed upon, as follows:

  • Phase 1: Capacity building work with the partner
  • Phase 2: CCI support of eventual projects

Therefore, within the framework of the first phase, we would like to send a person, with a working knowledge of French, to work on-site in Jacmel by the end of 2016. We are therefore seeking a motivated volunteer, with international aid experience.

For more details on this opening, please do not hesitate to consult this page!

Projects in Québec

A retrospective on this past June 12

Once again, CCI made a point of emphasizing World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. In collaboration with FEM International, activities were organized along the following theme: “Eliminating child labour in production chains: it is everyone’s business.”

The objective was to promote concrete solutions to issues tied to the exploitation of children (such as the purchase of fair trade products, the use of ethical fashion or the responsible consumption of goods produced locally) giving participants the opportunity to daily engage in combatting this phenomenon.

Organized in Montreal, the event helped to raise the public’s awareness of these topics, with the use of areas dedicated to specific activities.

And so, despite seriously adverse weather conditions, some 250 people participated in CCI/FEM International events that day. A big thank-you to our volunteers, trainees and employees who made it possible to hold this event.

Once again, CCI made a point of emphasizing World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. In collaboration with FEM International, activities were organized along the following theme: “Eliminating child labour in production chains: it is everyone’s business.”

The objective was to promote concrete solutions to issues tied to the exploitation of children (such as the purchase of fair trade products, the use of ethical fashion or the responsible consumption of goods produced locally) giving participants the opportunity to daily engage in combatting this phenomenon.

Organized in Montreal, the event helped to raise the public’s awareness of these topics, with the use of areas dedicated to specific activities.

And so, despite seriously adverse weather conditions, some 250 people participated in CCI/FEM International events that day. A big thank-you to our volunteers, trainees and employees who made it possible to hold this event.

Results of this year's CCI's Literary Contest

CCI’s 2016 Literary Contest is now closed. We are happy to say that this year, nearly 100 entries were received (both in English and in French).  Most importantly we wish to thank the many participants who decided to take up our challenge and submit an essay.

This year’s theme was as follows:

  • What is the meaning of “a right to live in peace” ?
  • Why is this right important ?
  • What happens when this right is not respected ?


After studying all the entries, the jury met and chose three texts according to the age of entrants.  You can see all the texts on line by clicking here!

Raising Public Awareness: JESEM / JQSI Projects

JESEM : In 2015, CCI launched a programme especially conceived for high-school students: Committed Youth W orking Together for the World’s Children (Jeunes engagés et solidaires des enfants du monde—JESEM). Youth committees were introduced in three partner learning institutions with the purpose of sensitizing young people regarding the exploitation of children. These committees are helped along by mentors, trained by both CCI and our partner Social Justice Connection. Each committee of young people has therefore concentrated on running one or several projects focusing on themes directly related to the rights of children: photo-expos, creation and distribution of pamphlets, quizzes, tasting booths featuring Fair Trade products, or projection of videos on the sexual exploitation of girls in Canada. Thank you to the young members and their mentors for their commitment!

JQSI : In the framework of its public awareness activities and as a member of AQOCI (a Quebec association of organizations working in international cooperation), CCI has assumed the responsibility of annually organizing the Montérégie Region’s “Quebec Days of International Solidarity—JQSI”. This year, these will take place on November 3 through 12. On this occasion, we organize special events in local high-schools around the theme chosen this year: ”Humanity and its variable interpretations,” which questions the media’s role in our understanding of the exact meaning of international solidarity. We will be organizing other events during those two weeks; you can mark your calendars as of now!

We are presently looking for partners for our awareness activities, particularly for JQSI days.  We are also committed to introduce more JESEM committees in even more learning institutions. If you are interested in joining either or both projects, please do not hesitate to contact us!

To contact and support us
As you may be aware, CCI’s telephone number has changed. Now you can join our team at (+1) 450-332-9799. Moreover, we are working to strengthen our presence on social networks. Feel free to visit our pages and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Finally, our website is updated regularly to give you all the information about our projects as well as those causes defended by our organization.
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