An Amazing Achievement

24 communities became self-sufficient in 2020. That is one of achievements of World Vision Canada in 2020. It is easy to just pass right over this, without realizing what an amazing achievement this is.

FreddyLink is partnered with communities, called Area Develop Programs or ADPs, in Haiti through World Vision. We were first partnered with the COBOCOL ADP in the central plateau of Haiti. This ADP includes four villages and the surrounding countryside with a total population of about 20,000 people. This is one of the communities which recently came to be self sufficient. While ADPs differ in countries around the world, this is an indication of the magnitude of this achievement – that 24 communities like COBOCOL became self-sufficient in 2020.

The path to self sufficiency is a long one. It is a journey that takes 15 or more years. It is really a journey of generational change. What we saw in COBOCOL was the transformation of an entire generation of children who were no longer affected by malnutrition, who had remarkably better health and nutrition, who could now go to school to get an education, and could learn skills to engage in new entrepreneurial activities. In fact, I believe what we saw was the next generation of leaders being empowered to lead their communities into the future.

24 communities became self-sufficient in 2020. That is a remarkable achievement, and one that we can all be proud to have been a part of.

Youth in COBOCOL learning wood working skills

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Rev. Verner Drost and Bernie Zebarth receive World Vision Hero for Children award

“The Heroes for Children awards recognize and celebrate remarkable Canadians for their passion and work to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children,” said Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada. “In this unprecedented time in all our lives and our world, we are so grateful to this year’s recipients, who have demonstrated their philanthropy and service through volunteer work, raising awareness or using their influence to help children around the world. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more.” (Source)

The recipients of the Courage Award for 2020 are Rev. Verner Drost and Bernie Zebarth for their work in FreddyLink. The Courage award recognizes individuals who volunteered their time to help improve the lives of children, families and communities.

FreddyLink began in 2009 when a few local leaders wondered aloud if the residents of Fredericton, New Brunswick, could join together to help fight global issues like poverty. The group approached World Vision to partner and determined they wanted to connect with a community in Haiti. Over the years, this unique partnership between the city of Fredericton, two communities in Haiti’s central plateau region, and World Vision has helped thousands of children and families get access to clean water, supported economic empowerment programs like woodworking, sewing and animal husbandry, education, health, nutrition, hygiene and child protection. Rev. Drost, church liaison, and Dr. Zebarth, the project coordinator, have given hundreds of volunteer hours to support the FreddyLink initiative. (Source)

Verner Drost and Bernie Zebarth receive their Hero for Children award from World Vision Canada

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World Vision WASH projects help protect children and families

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been an important global strategy for World Vision for a number of years. These WASH projects provide access to clean water, sanitation facilities like latrines, and education on healthy hygiene behaviors. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, these WASH projects are more important than ever.

But, what do these WASH projects look like on the ground? In this discussion with Michael Messenger, President of World Vision Canada, Dr. Greg Allgood, VP of Water with World Vision US, talks about the importance of World Vision’s Water projects during COVID-19.

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How WASH helps protect children around the world

The FreddyLink “Water is Life” fund-raiser is raising funds to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families. But did you know that this fund-raiser is part of the global WASH strategy of World Vision?

World Vision believes that sustainable well-being is impossible without sustainable, equitable access to clean water, dignified sanitation and appropriate hygiene behaviours. World Vision, therefore, has a bold strategy for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to reach every child in all World Vision programming areas by 2030. This strategy encompasses not only sustainable clean water access, dignified sanitation, and healthy hygiene behaviours, but extends to broader water considerations including environmental impact and sustainability. WASH is also only one piece of the development puzzle. Without integration with other sectors – including education, maternal and child health, nutrition, livelihoods, and more – the impact of WASH programs will have a limited effect. (Source)

The WASH strategy has become all the more important in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, access to clean water, sanitation, and healthy hygiene represents an important part of the first line of defense against COVID-19.

We at FreddyLink are proud to be a part of this global WASH effort, and we hope you will join us as we help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

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