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2016/2017 Recent and Upcoming Events

4 November 2017
Loaves and Fishes Dinner and Fundraiser.   Save the date!

Three Year Theme – Power

Sahakarini’s theme for the next three years will focus on the word power.  In 2016-2017 we are exploring the power of one: How do each of us harness our own personal power and what do we do with it? In what ways might we empower others? What are the mutual benefits of empowerment?

At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, David Goa of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta spoke about power. Click on this link to read a transcript of his presentation. Meditation on Power by David J. Goa

Sahakarini Supports Community Service Learning

Sahakarini and the Learning and Beyond Lab at Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta are collaborating in a mutually beneficial program called Community Service Learning (CSL). CSL students are able to develop cooperation and communication skills that expand their learning through applying their research and skills to practical projects in the Camrose community.

Sahakarini CSL student volunteers have helped with the Loaves and Fishes Fundraising dinners, creating displays and bringing their youthful enthusiasm to our event. They have inspired and encouraged the Sahakarini Board to participate in social media  to include a wider audience in our caring and active relationships with global partners. Students have provided a marketing plan with helpful suggestions for making Sahakarini more visible at the University and in the wider community. CSL students have participated in board meetings and on committees. They have provided reports on out projects and on our organization based on their research.

This year students are working on research on leadership and empowerment of young women through education with Sahakarini’s Children’s College project as a focus. This year’s Capstone Project is research on Community Based Organizations, an emerging form of local and international organization that empowers local communities.

This fruitful relationship between Sahakarini and the CSL students matures and expands perspectives of both parties, and enriches understanding and decision making through our inter-generational connection.

Sahakarini Supports Projects

Projects are the heart of Sahakarini’s mandate. We are always looking for opportunities to work with trusted local partners in developing countries. We have found over the years that the kinds of projects which give the most benefit to the vulnerable and marginalized are those which combine a committed and efficient local partner with the hard work and motivation of those who benefit from the project.  One of the constants in our projects outlines below is the hard work, commitment and motivation of the beneficiaries. To learn more about our projects, click on the tab at the top of the page titled  PARTNERS AND PROJECTS – CURRENT AND ONGOING PROJECTS

Project SHINE – Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education

Project SHINE is a collaborative research project between the University of Calgary (Global Health and International Partnerships) and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. The project aims to build the capacity of youth and communities to develop and sustain locally relevant strategies to prevent parasitic infection and improve sanitation and hygiene in Ngorongoro Conservation Area schools and communities.  Twenty-three million people in Tanzania lack access to safe drinking water, and over 4000 children die every year from diarrhea due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

As part of its work, SHINE has formed a working relationship with the Canmore-based Rocky Mountain Soap Company to teach community members to make high quality soap.  An article about the soap-making project can be found in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Thanks to support provided by Sahakarini, Project SHINE has given rise to a new organization in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area called Nyuat, which means “hard working initiative”. Nyuat’s mission is two-fold: to reach the most marginalized in the community with education about the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to health, and to make high quality soap that can benefit all and serve as a source of income generation. The group has named their soap Ewong’an, which means “from darkness to light”.

Pipal Tree Adivasi Children’s College – India

Adivasi make up 8.6% of India’s population or 104 million according to the 2011 census.”  Many have been displaced by the conversion of forests as wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, construction of reservoirs, and other development projects, which denied them access to their traditional ways of making a living from the forest. Today most Adivasi children drop out of the government schools because their parents are forced to migrate in search of work, or because there is little motivation to go to school. Only a minority of them finish high school. The number of children who go for higher education is infinitesimally small.

Through one of our board members, Professor Varghese Manaloor, University of Alberta. Augustana Campus, we were introduced to Pipal Tree, a non-profit trust established in 1984.  Pipal Tree initiated the Children’s College in 2011 near the Nagarahole National Park in Mysore district of Karnataka to assist disadvantaged Adivasi children belonging to Jenu Kuruba and Yerava Adivasi communities to complete school education.

When the Kabani dam was built in 1973 a large number of Adivasis from this area were displaced and became migrant agricultural labourers. Later the forest department evicted a large number of Adivasis from their forest homes on the pretext that human beings should not live in a wildlife sanctuary. They were seen to be a threat to wildlife. Their struggle for land and access to forest and its resources for livelihood still continue. The Adivasi children are rooted in place and in the community of that place. But they are not well cared for as community resources are limited. They are straddling the cultures of tribal and modern India and they have little hope of thriving without adequate access to nutritious food, clean water, shelter and education.

The programme provides shelter, food, medical care, and assistance with school curriculum, and supplements the school education with activities rooted in tribal values and modern needs. The vision of this programme is to provide an environment where an Adivasi child can actually dream of a life that is different from that of his poverty-stricken parents. The programme believes that Adivasi people and their children have much to contribute. Their centuries of wisdom about living sustainably on this planet must be harvested and they should be enabled to contribute to our shared future. The Children’s College aims to educate the children of the forest who may then help us all bridge the increasing divide between the earth based knowledge we need to survive and the mechanics of modern life.