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
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
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
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.
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
African Guitar Summit II
Multiple artists including
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.