CHF - Partners in Rural Development

Governor General Michaëlle Jean Visits
CHF Ghana Project

On November 30, the Governor General traveled to Golinga in northern Ghana as part of her African state visit. Golinga is one of a number of small communities where CHF's FARMER project is working to help farmers, especially women’s groups, improve livestock and agricultural practices.

The Governor-General was welcomed by a large and colourful durbar, complete with drumming and dancing. Before arriving at the durbar ground, however, she visited and met with women farmers at their small livestock project sites.

The Governor General expressed great excitement about the farmers' achievements in trying to improve their income levels. She commended the women for now being able to send their children to school and increase their savings from their livestock production activities.

“Gifts That Matter” in the News!

From St. John’s to Vancouver, Gifts That Matter has drawn media interest.

The Ottawa XPress, a local arts and entertainment weekly, published an article for World AIDS Day, highlighting gifts that support AIDS-affected families.

The Georgia Straight, based in Vancouver, also wrote a story titled Gifts Beyond Price, encouraging readers to check out Gifts That Matter as a creative and meaningful alternative.

As well, the St. John’s Telegram will be publishing an article about Gifts That Matter this week.

It’s not too late to give a Gift That Matters. To purchase a gift that will change the life of someone living in poverty overseas, click here.

The Netherlands Awards CHF a Research Grant

The Netherlands Government has awarded CHF a grant to collaborate with local researchers in Ethiopia to study ways to transform the lives of vulnerable rural households. The study will focus on how to move beyond feeding the hungry to creating strong, resilient communities that can withstand familiar challenges such as drought, market fluctuations and crop failure.

Using a sustainable livelihoods approach, this study will define the circumstances under which different groups in Ethiopia — farmers, pastoralists, village micro-entrepreneurs — can become both self-sufficient and “resilient.” The study will also provide recommendations on the kinds of strategies and interventions that are most beneficial for each group studied.

This work, which builds upon the Ethiopian government's existing poverty reduction strategy, is an important example of CHF’s determination to learn from our practice and to use these lessons to assist others working in the field.

Book Pick
What’s Cooking, Jamela?
By Niki Daly

This holiday tale finds our young heroine, Jamela, determined to save Christmas, her pet chicken, from a starring role in the family's holiday meal. It is a delightful children’s story that opens a window on South African culture, from a school nativity play ("Jamela played Mary and carried baby Jesus on her back like a real mama") to brightly patterned fabrics and a sprinkling of colorful Xhosa and Zulu vocabulary.

CD Pick
African Guitar Summit II
Multiple artists including
Mighty Popo

History was made in 2004 when the super-group African Guitar Summit assembled to record what has been widely hailed as the greatest recording ever to come out of the fertile African music scene in Canada. CBC Records has released a second Summit CD, featuring two special guest singers, female vocalists Muna Mingole and Oumou Soumare. Available through
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