Global Citizens in Manitoba
Like a chain of paper dolls, we are all connected. We live in one world and our individual actions affect the whole.
When you think about all the people in the world, we really share the same basic needs. We all want to be well fed, to have a comfortable place to call home, to have access to health care when we need it, to live without fear, and to have what is best for our children–to be educated, healthy and happy. We also want an environment that is healthy and will sustain future generations.
Of course at another level people are more diverse, and this is good. We can learn from each other’s experiences, and we can find better ways of doing things.
If we are all connected then it is our responsibility to become active global citizens, working together for a better world for all.
As global citizens, we realize that we are connected to people throughout the world. We understand that our choices here in Manitoba will impact people elsewhere. We try to live our lives everyday choosing acts that will have more positive rather than negative impacts on our community and the world.
This collection is an attempt to showcase a selection of Manitobans who are demonstrating these values and doing what they can to build a better world. There are many more Manitobans with stories like these. Perhaps you are one, and if not, you could be–there is always room for more.
Lieketseng (Keke) Phooko
Lieketseng (Keke) Phooko from Lesotho, is working as a Public Engagement Intern at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keke gives presentations to schools and community groups on Conservation Agriculture, a farming method that disturbs the soil as little as possible which is particularly important in Lesotho where the soil is easily eroded. In Lesotho, Keke trains farmers and thinks it is a shame that there are not more women farmers, because she has proven that they are just as capable as men. According to Keke, successful Conservation Agriculture will increase food security in her country, so that everyone has enough to eat.
Krista Fraser-Kruck from Winnipeg, Manitoba works for IDE Canada, a member agency of MCIC. In 2010, thanks in part to a contribution from the MCIC Theme Fund, IDE Canada focused on implementing affordable water technology for farmers in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Farmers could purchase a treadle pump for $82, making it easier to pump water and relieving the burden on women. With increased yields, and less time spent irrigating, the girls could afford to go to school and learned to sell their produce. Krista says that women development workers excel and have the social networks and work ethic to ensure the success of IDE’s projects.
Nathalie Piquemal from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Manitoba. In partnership with Canadian Humanitarian, an MCIC member agency, Nathalie developed a course which trained Ethiopian teachers in student-centered pedagogy. Nathalie then conducted a study to see the effect of the course on the lives of the Ethiopian students, and her preliminary results demonstrate that the work of Canadian Humanitarian is allowing vulnerable children to go to school, eat three times a day and experience a sense of family and community.
Mary Scott from Winnipeg, Manitoba, volunteers for the Winnipeg Chapter of the Canadian National Committee for UN Women. UN Women holds fundraisers and awareness campaigns to promote the role of women in development. Actively involved in many women’s groups, Mary believes that women and girls are the key to effective international development, because if girls are educated then they are able to work and lift their families and communities out of poverty. Her hope for the future is a greater investment in women and girls, which, Mary says, will have positive results for all.
Matthew Stewart from Winnipeg, Manitoba, helped raise $175,000 while at Kildonan-East Collegiate to build four rainwater harvesting tanks in Karatu, Tanzania as part of the Tanzania 2010 project. Matthew says that this allowed many girls to go to school and therefore live up to their full potential to be the leaders of tomorrow. A recipient of the MCIC Global Citizenship Award for graduating Grade 12 students, Matthew is pleased to see so many young Manitobans making a difference and encourages all young people to get involved in local and international development projects.
Kevin Huynh & Brendan Yeryk
Kevin Huynh & Brendan Yeryk are Grade 8 students at Frontenac School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After attending MCIC’s Generating Momentum For Our World: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom conference, their class wanted to educate the school about why some girls don’t get to go to school in the global south. They planned a whole day of events that the whole school attended, with games to simulate what it is like for some girls who cannot go to school. Kevin and Brendan think that if girls are educated they can go on to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
Carly (17) from Gimli, Manitoba, is a high school student from Gimli, Manitoba. She is Making a Difference by promoting youth voice through the MB 4 Youth Advisory Council as well as working to ensure that young Manitobans’ opinions are represented in local government. Carly founded the ‘Trick or Eat’ campaign in Gimli, encouraging youth in her area to collect cans for food banks on Halloween. The initiative has proven very popular and grown in subsequent years. She proves that even students in high school can involve themselves in their community and work to Make a Difference in our world.
Tyler (23) from Morden, Manitoba, works for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. He is Making a Difference by helping new immigrants integrate into Canadian society, from learning the official languages, to finding a place to live and getting a job. Tyler believes that this Makes a Difference to the whole community, as these people bring with them so much valuable experience and skills. He took his passion overseas working for a WUSC program rehabilitating child soldiers in Sri Lanka. As with all of his development work, Tyler argues that the people whom he helps make as much a difference in his life as he does in theirs.
Ainsley (28) from Stonewall, Manitoba, teaches High School students at Warren Collegiate in Warren, Manitoba. Ainsley is Making a Difference by educating her students on Fair Trade and by working with those students to encourage the school board to take up Fair Trade initiatives. Her students then go on make a difference by buying Fair Trade products and getting their friends and family to do the same. Ainsley’s students exhibit an energy and hunger for change that we must nourish in our youth, if we are to see lasting and sustainable change.
Divine (22) from Winnipeg, Manitoba, volunteers for the Canadian Red Cross Society, MCIC member agency. Originally from Burundi, Divine is Making a Difference by raising awareness among Manitoba youth about the devastation that Malaria causes in our world. Her work raises money for bednets to be sent overseas through planned fundraising activities in the province. Divine is motivated to work with young people as she believes that youth demonstrate an energy and inspiration that is so essential to create a great impact in the developing world.