CHF - Partners in Rural Development

CHF Hosts Capacity Building Workshop

A major aspect of CHF’s work is enabling partner organizations to build their capacity to serve their communities.

At the end of April, CHF staff, field staff and representatives of CHF’s partner organizations met outside of Ottawa to discuss how to continue to improve this important capacity building work. The goal of the exercise was to exchange best practices and identify five top areas for improvement. 

According to Cindy Farrell, CHF’s Director of Technical Services, “Some of the highlights of the three-day workshop were the quality of the presentations made by our capacity building practitioners from around the world —  Guyana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Ghana — and the opportunity for consultation and exchange between the program staff from headquarters and the field. It was truly an opportunity to move this work forward in an important way.” 

For more information about CHF’s capacity building approach, click here.

Thank You!

CHF extends our warm wishes and appreciation to everyone who supported our Spring, Easter and Mother’s Day campaigns. Your donations are helping to provide chicks and communal nutrition gardens for the most vulnerable HIV/AIDS affected households in Zimbabwe.

Not only are chickens easy to care for, they provide an important source of food and income. It takes little time to establish a flock and sell both poultry and eggs at market.

Communal nutrition gardens provide much-needed food and nutrition for orphans and child-headed households. The gardens also provide an opportunity for these children to learn the farming skills they would have otherwise learned from their parents.

Thank you! Your support for our special appeals has made an important contribution to helping the families we serve in Zimbabwe.

Visit CHF During Doors Open Ottawa!

For the first time ever, CHF is participating in Doors Open Ottawa, a city-wide initiative that welcomes visitors to tour historically and architecturally significant buildings.

Kildare House, where CHF has its head office, was built in 1898 for a lumber baron. From 1949 to 1962 it was owned by the Armed Forces and served as a military barracks for officers. CHF bought the building in 1985 and continues its head office operations here.

The Victorian-style building features, among other things, intricate oak fireplace mantles, concave stain glass windows and ribbon motif woodwork.

Doors Open Ottawa takes place Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.


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