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Maples Students’ Work in Kenya Celebrated for International Development Week 2014

Released on February 7th 2014

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2014, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has created a video profile to celebrate the international work of students from Maples Collegiate.

International Development Week (IDW) runs from February 2-8, 2014. The theme for this year is We Are Making A Difference. IDW is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Manitobans are making a difference in our world. MCIC has produced eight video profiles of groups of Manitobans who are contributing their time and effort in the areas of international development and social justice issues to make a difference in our world.

Maples Collegiate is a public high school in Winnipeg, that supports the Maples Kenya Connection Project. Kristina Da Costa, Emilee Crozier and their guidance counsellor Annette Green discuss how the project came to be and why they decided to support these children in Kenya by using sustainable solutions that create better living standards. Kristina and Emiliee describe how they felt when they visited the project last summer while Annette encourages all students to get involved in international development issues, as it can help develop them as people and build an important skill set.

The video profiles of the eight Canadian groups have been posted on as part of the We Are Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a year with a value of $260. You can also find more information about IDW events happening in Manitoba at

The other seven videos created for IDW 2014 by MCIC focus on Canadian Lutheran World Relief; MATCH International Women’s Fund; La Siembra Cooperative; The RM of Gimli; The City of Brandon; Fair Trade Sports Balls and Assiniboine Credit Union.

For 24 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 2-8, 2014. It is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and is a great opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

To arrange an interview with the students or any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director. Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: