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Film & Speaker Festival

12 January 2018     7-10 pm
13 January 2018     9:30 am-4:00 pm
Mayer Room, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

The Festival will elaborate on The Transformative Power Of Community to make a difference. The films will highlight both local and international stories of communities coming together to create positive change, to create safety and trust, and to empower others.

2018 Film and Speaker Festival


2017 Fall Loaves PosterWe wish to thank all those who attended the dinner and to those who helped make it a wonderful evening.

Special thanks to:

  • Augustana African Dancers
  • Books for You
  • Camrose & District Farmers Market
  • Camrose Booster
  • Camrose Canadian
  • Klemme House B & B (Marilyn Murray)
  • Lefse House
  • Norsemen Inn
  • Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
  • Vision Masters
  • Wisemen’s Way


2017 World Literacy Month

2017 Fall World Literacy Month PosterSahakarini partnered with the Camrose Public Library to celebrate World Literacy Month in  September 2017
because reading matters wherever one lives.

Becky Berger reads to children.

Becky Berger

Sahakarini President, Becky Berger, and volunteer Alice Lindstrand read stories from Colombia and Tanzania to children.

In the evening, University of Alberta Professor of Psychology, Paula Marentette, spoke to parents and caregivers about the best ways to help children become happy, effective readers beginning in infancy.  Follow the links below.  You may be surprised by what she said.

Learning to Read – Taking the Pressure Off!

“Preparing my child to read



Variations on a Theme – POWER

Sahakarini’s theme for the next three years will focus on the word power. The Board was inspired to choose this theme after the Film and Speaker Festival committee decided to embark on a three-year examination of power, its different expressions, and how power might manifest itself in our work.

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

In 2016-2017 we have explored 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?  The theme of the 2016 Loaves and Fishes, Pipal Power, emphasized empowerment through education of the students we are supporting through that project. Other current projects provide people better opportunities through improvements in access to basic needs such as clean water and improved sanitation.

In 2017-18, we will look at The Power of Community and in 2018-19 at the Misuse of Power and Reconciliation.


News in Brief

Kenya: Sand Dam #4!

Arrangements are underway for the sponsorship of the Kitile community sand dam in Machakos County, Kenya. This will again be a partnership with Utooni Development Organization (www.utoonidevelopment.org) of Kenya.

Tanzania: Project SHINE

The project has been expanded to include the distribution of 80 biosand filters so that there would be clean water for both drinking and hygiene purposes as well as for the soap making. You can see updates on the Project SHINE Facebook page.

India: Pipal Tree Children’s College

Last year the decision was made to concentrate on opportunities for female students as they are at a considerable disadvantage vis-à-vis boys. One boy still in the program is expected to graduate this spring. All new students will be girls with the first graduates expected in 2018. The school reports that they receive more requests for girls to attend than they are able to accommodate.

Pipal Tree Director, Siddhartha, visited Camrose in November 2016. Click on the following link to read a letter he sent to Sahakarini about his visit. 2016 Siddhartha Letter to Sahakarini

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.

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