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PROJECTS: Africa

 
IMPROVED REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOMES THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

LOCATION: Senegal

PARTNERS: Plan International Canada

TERM: 4 Years

PERSONS AFFECTED: People across 7 rural districts of Senegal

Program:

Through a multifaceted focus on the advancement of quality healthcare across seven rural districts in Senegal, this initiative aims to deliver essential health services to women of childbearing age, adolescent girls, newborns, and children under 5 living in poverty. Adoption of mobile technology has proven to be an effective tool for healthcare professionals and community members to ensure women are following proper antenatal and postnatal care. By supporting data collection, the partnership seeks to eliminate rural health care gaps and to encourage birth registrations, enhance vaccination efforts and promote postnatal care management.

SMALLHOLDER WOMEN FARMERS PROJECT

LOCATION: Nothern Ghana

PARTNERS: CARE Canada, Global Affairs Canada

TERM: 4 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: 3,554 women and girls

Program:

Supporting smallholder women farmers in Northern Ghana, specifically the districts of Garu Tempane and East Mamprusi, the acquisition of locally-made milling machines for improving cowpea and soybean post-harvest management and crop quality. This will reduce the time and work burden, allowing farmers to engage in other income-generating activities while improving their socio-economic status.

 
INCLUSIVE EDUCATION PROJECT

LOCATION: Sikasso, Mali

PARTNERS: Handicap International

TERM: 2 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: ~600 children with disabilities, 150 educators

Program:

Helping to support the Board for Education and the Ministry of Social Action in promoting the government’s campaign against marginalization and social exclusion for people with disabilities through the provision of specialized teaching materials, equipment and training of students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders. Mali has committed to establishing an education system that implements “Education for All”; making basic educational needs more accessible to children with disabilities.

 
UGANDA SUSTAINABLE TRAUMA ORTHOPAEDIC PROGRAM (USTOP)

LOCATION: Kampala, Uganda

PARTNERS: USTOP, UBC Department of Orthopedics, Makerere University in Kampala​

TERM: 2016 (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: Patients of surgical procedures, orthopedic surgical staff 

Program:

Uganda suffers one of the highest rates of traumatic injury in the world, coupled with very limited human health resources to manage the burden of injury. USTOP teams travel from Vancouver to Kampala twice annually to improve fracture care education for local surgical residents and allied health care workers through workshops, seminars and clinical teaching. USTOP also raises funds to provide medical supplies such as wheelchairs and prosthetics to patients who cannot afford them.

 
YOUTH VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT

LOCATION: Burkina Faso

PARTNERS: Plan Canada, Global Affairs Canada, IAMGOLD Corporation 

TERM: 5 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: 10,000 students 

Program:

An initiative focusing on developing the technical and vocational skills for youth aged between 13 and 18 years old to increase their opportunities for employment and self-employment in two regions of Burkina Faso. The project’s strategy is based on an innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach which aims to bring mining corporations to support the development efforts beyond the geographical footprint of their mine site and to invest in the country’s human capital within the framework of a tripartite partnership (public-private- NGO). This partnership provides a breakthrough possibility for various sectors to collaborate on a large-scale international development initiative.

 
SUSTAINABLE COTTON PRODUCTION PROJECT

LOCATION: Sitantoumou, Mali

PARTNERS: Plan Canada 

TERM: 3 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: 800 cotton farmers

Program:

Improving access to farming technologies and inputs (fertilizer, financing, agricultural machinery) to increase agricultural production and farmer incomes, while reinforcing the management and organizational abilities of the local Cotton Producers Cooperative (CPC). The increased capital base created within the CPC is intended to serve as a credit facility for the CPC members after the project’s completion, including a wider micro-finance mandate in the community.

 
 
WOMENS VILLAGE SAVING AND INTERNAL LENDING PROJECT

LOCATION: Segou Region, Mali

PARTNERS: Care Mali 

TERM: 3 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: 50,000 (~6,000 Women)

Program:

Technical and organizational capacity-building of 50 new village savings and loan associations (~1,500 members), including training in conservation agriculture techniques. Training of at least 6,000 women in applied literacy, basic financial skills and enterprise management. Business plan implementation for at least 200 micro-enterprises managed by women. Support to invest and participate in the creation of health micro-insurance schemes and/or other social enterprises.

YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

LOCATION: Senegal

PARTNERS: Plan Canada, Mastercard Foundation 

TERM: 4 Years (Complete)

PERSONS AFFECTED: 30,000 youth

Program:

Promotion of financial literacy and asset building through youth participation in low-risk Village Savings and Loan programs and pilot linkage possibilities to formal financial institutions. Provision of life skills training (including basic numeracy/literacy, financial literacy, IT, and others) to enhance participant chances of business success and to help facilitate a transition from youth to adulthood.

 

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