CHF - Partners in Rural Development

CHF First to Assist Five Remote Pakistani Villages

In the fall of 2005, a devastating earthquake hit Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. One of the most severely affected areas was the Konsh Valley, where CHF is working to provide the most destitute households with the resources to grow food and raise livestock. 

According to Mohammad Shoukat, Project Coordinator for CHF’s partner in Pakistan, “CHF is the first non-governmental organization (NGO) to reach five distant villages in the Konsh Valley mountains. Since the earthquake, no other support workers have been able to reach these people.”

 “In order to survive, families here have made very weak wooden shelters. Meanwhile, access to food and clean water is almost impossible. And there is a strong likelihood that we will find similar villages that are in the same severe situation who have yet to receive help,” Shoukat adds.

CHF’s Supporting Early Recovery of Livelihoods in Konsh Valley project is targeting 6,000 poor and ultra poor families in 12 villages in this remote region. If you would like to help, please click here.

CHF Hosts Panel on Zimbabwe

CHF hosted a panel titled A Canadian NGO’s Perspective on Development Issues in Zimbabwe on March 21 in Ottawa. The members of the panel discussed CHF’s work in the country, especially with families surviving HIV/AIDS.

Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world — almost 25% of the productive adult population is HIV positive. It is becoming increasingly common to see households comprised of elderly grandparents and very young children, the result of parents having perished from this disease.

Since 2004, CHF has been working to provide the most vulnerable AIDS-affected households — especially child-headed and grandparent-headed families — with diverse methods of earning money and producing food.

CHF’s Global Educators Present Fundraiser in Toronto

CHF’s Toronto-based Global Educators are hosting a pub night fundraiser for CHF on Thursday, March 22 at the popular, centrally located Brunswick House, 481 Bloor St. between Bathurst and Spadina.

The team of 49 CHF Global Educators provide presentations in schools and organize community events in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. They generously volunteer their time to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities in the developing world.

Along with a slide show presentation, the Toronto pub night fundraiser will feature door prizes and raffles for fair trade products from Second Cup and Ten Thousand Villages. Profits from ticket sales and the raffles will go to support CHF projects overseas.

Tickets are just $5 and are available at the door or in advance by contacting Dayna at 647-300-2372 or

CHF Donor Organizes Raffle to Fund CHF

Lydia Manget, a CHF donor from Highland Creek Village near Toronto, has organized a raffle with proceeds supporting CHF’s project in Zimbabwe. The raffle is part of a larger spring fashion show fundraiser, with clothing provided by Felicia’s Collection Boutique.

The money raised by the raffle will help bring sustainable livelihoods to grandmothers caring for their grandchildren — orphans who have lost their parents to AIDS. Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world with almost 25% of the productive adult population HIV positive.

The fundraiser takes place Monday, March 26, 2007 at the St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Road, Highland Creek Village. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by calling Felicia’s at (416) 281-9966.

Concert Pick
Soweto Gospel Choir

Winner of the 2007 Grammy for Best Traditional World Album Award, the Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The 26-strong choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, and has performed at both Mandela’s birthday celebrations and at Desmond Tutu’s 50th wedding anniversary. On the tail of sold-out shows in Ottawa and Montreal in early March, they will be touring to Canada’s west coast at the end of the month. For more information, visit

Book Pick
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace
by Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a physicist and an organic farmer, an instigator of India’s historic “tree-huggers” movement, and a renowned author. A leading voice in the struggle for global justice and sustainability, here Shiva describes what earth democracy could look like, outlining the bedrock principles for building living economies, living cultures, and living democracies. | To unsubscribe, click here