Global Support2019-08-21T20:41:17-05:00

From Child Soldier to Award-Winning Musician Emmanuel Jal joins World Vision

Emmanuel Jal has an incredible story to tell and it’s one that he shares openly. Growing up in what is now South Sudan during a time of civil unrest and violence, he was forced to become a child soldier at the age of seven. Several years later he was rescued by an aid worker and smuggled to Kenya, where he was able to attend school and start to heal. A twice nominated Juno artist, actor, [...]

ETALK REPORTER CHLOE WILDE JOINS FINCA CANADA THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Each year, on International Women’s Day, the world celebrates the enormous achievements of women while simultaneously reinvigorating advocacy for gender parity. It is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come, while looking forward with new goals in mind. While there are countless obstacles standing in the way of equality, not all of them are immediately obvious. Tackling one such issue is FINCA Canada — a partner organization of FINCA International — which seeks to [...]

Jonathan Toews & Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

GIVING KIDS A SPORTING CHANCE “No one should be left on the sidelines because of financial or accessibility barriers. Whether they have the opportunity to participate in sport, recreation, and play."   ALL KIDS DESERVE THE CHANCE TO PLAY. Being physically active is important not simply because of the proven health benefits: sport and play teach children valuable life skills, cultivate independence and self-esteem, and provide a platform to make friends. Participation helps kids develop [...]

Every Child Deserves a Family

 Every Child Deserves a Family Nia Vardalos and the Adoption Council of Canada   By Laura Eggertson The love of family inspired Nia Vardalos to write the screenplay for her break-out film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding — and forming a family through adoption led to her volunteer work as an adoption advocate. Now Nia is an Adoption Champion for the Adoption Council of Canada and a spokesperson for National Adoption Day in [...]

NO LAUGHING MATTER: Amy Poehler and Worldwide Orphans Foundation

NO LAUGHING MATTER Amy Poehler and Worldwide Orphans Foundation Over the years, actress and comedian Amy Poehler has certainly worn many hats. Beyond her hilarious on-screen performances, Amy has delighted fans as a writer, director, even as a DJ. While much of her professional career has focused on comedy, her commitment to her personal passion, philanthropy, is no laughing matter. Much like her character, Leslie Knope, in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, [...]

Give The Gift Of Hearing – Bryan Adams & Hear The World Foundation

Give The Gift Of Hearing - Bryan Adams & Hear The World Foundation Photo Credit: Hear the World Foundation, Copyright by Bryan Adams For more than three decades Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams has entertained rock fans around the world with his energetic musical stylings. Beloved by both music lovers and critics alike, over the years Adams has garnered many accolades including 15 Grammy Award nominations, 20 Juno Awards, and three Academy Award [...]

Lana Parrilla & FINCA Canada

Lana Parrilla & FINCA Canada Empowering Women around the World “I chose to become an ambassador for FINCA Canada because their model creates empowerment and dignity for women. They focus on giving women the financial tools they need to run a small business. These women already have the knowledge, perseverance and skills to lift their families out of poverty; they just need access to finance to reach their true potential. Their earnings [...]

Helping Children Reclaim Their Childhood

Helping Children Reclaim Their Childhood Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good Join War Child Canada As our world becomes increasingly violent, perhaps no one suffers more than the children of war. Marginalized and vulnerable, these children face death, maiming, sexual violence and recruitment as child soldiers. To make matters worse, in the wake of conflict, many families have lost their livelihood and security, forcing them from their homes and, in many cases, [...]

Plan International Canada And Sarah Rafferty

Empowering Girls Around the World When Sarah Rafferty speaks of a moment that resonated with her from a trip to Ghana in March 2017, she remembers a 14-year-old girl named Loretta shaking her hand and promising not to get pregnant at her young age. This may seem like a strange promise for a girl to make, but in Ghana young women are often denied the freedom to decide if or when they want [...]

Shania Kids Can

SHANIA KIDS CAN When we think of iconic Canadian superstars, Shania Twain is likely one of the first people to come to mind. For decades the country pop singer and song writer has taken the world by storm, and in the process, become one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. While we celebrate Twain and her success as a symbol of national pride, life for this world-renowned celebrity has not always [...]

The Unifying Power Of Music

The Unifying Power Of Music COLDPLAY HELPS OXFAM INSPIRE PEOPLE TO STAND AS ONE WITH REFUGEES BY SHIRLEE ENGEL Photo Credit : Coldplay/R42. “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us,” Martin said. “It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for [Oxfam’s] campaigns.” Ellen Lainez is living proof of what can happen when a refugee is given a chance. She fled to [...]

Coming To Toronto For The Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Coming To Toronto For The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 BY PJ KWONG The Invictus Games Toronto 2017, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, are headed to this city on September 23 to 30. What makes this event unique is that these Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for ill, wounded, and injured active duty, and veteran service members. Prince Harry established the Invictus Games after witnessing the transformative power of the US-based [...]

Adam Van Koeverden Transforming Lives With Wateraid

Adam Van Koeverden Transforming Lives With Wateraid Now that Olympic champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden has moved on from his professional racing career, he’s proving to be a different kind of champion. As National Ambassador of WaterAid Canada, Adam is lending his voice to a global call: “clean water for all.” On a recent trip to Madagascar, Adam got his boots dirty visiting remote communities in the Belavabary Region. Adam shares with us [...]

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Inspiring Children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More There are few artists who embody the essence of country music quite like Dolly Parton. Down to earth, authentic and utterly charming, this country legend has enchanted audiences for over 40 years. Not only has Dolly topped the Billboard country music charts 25 times, she boasts 41 career top 10 country albums and is the most honoured [...]

Hope After Tragedy – Petra Nemcova

Photos By Navesh Chitrakar Hope After Tragedy - Petra Němcová World-renowned supermodel Petra Němcová has graced the pages of some of the most popular publications on the planet. Donning the covers of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated, and featured in campaigns with luxury brands such as Chopard, Tumi, and Mercedes, this Czech born fashion icon is synonymous with all that is glamorous. However in 2004, a personal tragedy would forever change the [...]

Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity Canada

Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity Canada Few memories evoke a sense of nostalgia quite like those of your childhood home. Warm, welcoming and inviting, this was a place where you always felt safe and secure. As adults we strive to give our kids the carefree upbringing they deserve, unfortunately reality is far less idyllic for the 1.6 million families living in substandard housing. Since 1976 Habitat for Humanity International has made it [...]

Raising Hope For Congo… Robin’s Passionate Journey

Raising Hope For Congo… Robin’s Passionate Journey As people around the world become more mindful of the raw materials and labour that go into our electronics, jewelry, and other products, consumers have come to expect accountability for human rights violations. Savvy consumers of cell phones, laptops, music players and digital cameras have become increasingly aware of the situation in eastern Congo, where the deadliest conflict since World War II continues today. The conflict [...]

Unicef: Goal of a Lifetime

Goal of a Lifetime: David Beckham Kicks Up Support for Children in Swaziland This summer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland. Known for its wilderness reserves, it’s not the safaris that brought the soccer superstar to this small, landlocked country in Southern Africa. It’s the high HIV prevalence rate – the highest in the world, in fact. To mark his tenth anniversary as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham teamed up with [...]

The Hawn Foundation

HELPING CHILDREN THRIVE IN LEARNING & IN LIFE Today our children grow up in a world very different than the one we experienced in our youth. From an early age they are forced to navigate a fast-paced lifestyle where they are overscheduled, overextended and overwhelmed. Grappling with unattainable expectations of perfectionism, there is an enormous amount of pressure on our young people. Unfortunately these children aren’t being given the skills they need to develop personal resilience, so many of them end [...]

Invictus Games: Unconquered Warriors

Invictus Games: Unconquered Warriors For the brave men and women in service, the vestiges of war can linger long after the call of duty is over. Their physical and psychological wounds act as daily reminders of the trauma they suffered, and the sacrifice they have made for their country. Most of us will never know the horrors these unsung heroes have experienced, or will have to grapple with the life-altering consequences that follow. This is [...]

Prince William Shines A Light On Tusk’s Heroes

Prince William Shines A Light On Tusk’s Heroes The atmosphere was nothing short of electric this past September, as guests and nominees arrived at the Royal Society in London for a black-tie dinner to celebrate the Tusk Conservation Awards. Though it must be said the international press corps gathered at the entrance to this most esteemed venue were, perhaps like many of those attending, most eager to see the Duke and Duchess of [...]

David Hearn: Drive-ing Progress for Change

Drive-ing Progress for Change Legendary Canadian golfer, David Hearn has had a long and successful career spanning several professional tours.  After playing in Canada and Asia early in his career, this Brantford, native broke through in 2004, winning on both PGA Tour Canada and the Web.com Tour.  Over a decade later, Hearn shows no signs of slowing down. In fact in 2015 alone, he collected eight Top 25 finishes, including four Top 10 [...]

Jack Hanna – Helping people helps animals

Helping people helps animals By Jack Hanna Rwanda is a beautiful country with an amazing spirit. I first visited its lush jungles in 1984 to see the majestic and endangered mountain gorillas. I instantly fell in love with the people and wildlife of Rwanda. Since that first adventure, my wife Suzi and I have returned almost every year; Rwanda has become a second home. As a young boy I was enamored with animals, and [...]

Ending the Cycle of Water Inequality By Margaret Trudeau

Ending the Cycle of Water Inequality By Margaret Trudeau Margaret Trudeau’s interest in global water issues is not a fleeting one — it has been cultivated over nearly four decades and is fueled by a deep sense of purpose. Although Margaret`s repertoire of knowledge on the subject is vast, it is the matter of women and girls’ access to clean drinking water that has captured her heart. In this exclusive Mother`s Day tribute, [...]

Unicef – Reaching children in crisis

  Reaching children in crisis Less than a week after her appointment as UNICEF Ambassador international film star Audrey Hepburn saw UNICEF’s life-saving work reaching children in crisis. It was March 1988 and after years of drought, hunger crises and civil war, Ethiopia was one of the most difficult places on earth to be a child - millions of lives were at risk. While in Ethiopia Ms. Hepburn saw UNICEF-assisted health clinics, feeding programmes, [...]