HEALCANADA is a grassroots organization that works to positively transform communities in developing African countries and Canada through a holistic approach to Health, Education, community Action and Leadership development.
Based in West Vancouver, BC, HEALCANADA builds on strong, established relationships with people and organizations working on the ground to identify the most pressing needs in the most vulnerable areas. Our aim is to recognize existing strengths of these vulnerable areas using ‘appreciative inquiry’ and then use an integrated project concept of ‘Provision, Prevention and ProAction’ to develop effective strategies that make a sustainable impact and a real and lasting difference.
The right to adequate medical care, gender equality and the basic right of an education form the core of our current projects. These initiatives focus on programs that benefit and create opportunities for women and children. HEALCANADA concentrates its work in the Great Lakes region of eastern Africa.
Our Place is an alliance of The Open Door and The Upper Room, managing a new building in Victoria offering social outreach ministry to those in need of a better life because of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, hunger, loneliness, spiritual need, crime, violence, substance abuse or ill health. Their mission is to provide meals, transitional housing, understanding, hospitality, and support to assist in providing a hand-up (as opposed to a handout) in the form of training, counseling, rehabilitation and spiritual guidance.
The Mustard Seed Food Bank exists to serve people of all ages. Each month over 7,000 people benefit from their service. Many people, for a variety of reasons, find their monthly budget stretched to the breaking point. After the rent is paid, the heat and electricity bills are covered and transportation costs are scraped together there is not enough money left to buy the groceries needed to eat. Oftentimes, income does not increase to keep pace with the rising costs of living.
This is where Mustard Seed Food Bank is able to help.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, and education and awareness programs. Each year, thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life unite to participate in the Run. Their reasons for participating vary, but they all have the same goal; to create a future without breast cancer.
The Victoria Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through the stewardship of permanent funds and other gifts and by grant making for charitable purposes on Southern Vancouver Island and beyond.
The Victoria Foundation fulfills this mission through:
1. Grant making: wise and effective distributions to improve the quality of life in our community while respecting the wishes of donors
2. Leadership: community leadership to support charitable organizations, and
3. Stewardship: prudent financial management of endowed assets achieving maximum returns and assuring sound financial management practices so our donors’ legacies are respected in perpetuity
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society is a multi-service social service agency targeting persons living in poverty. ENH has been serving the residents of Esquimalt, Vic West and View Royal since 1976. They are: “Committed to promoting health, education and social change within the community by working in partnerships, encouraging participation and offering respectful services.”
Sooke Seniors Branch 88 – The British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization. The Sooke Seniors operate a drop in centre at 6689 Sooke Rd. It is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm.
Firefighters from all over B.C. assisted Langford Fire Rescue in the Canadians Sending Afghanistan Firefighting Equipment (Can. S.A.F.E.) project. Langford Firefighters were in Kabul in September 2004 working with Canadian Forces Members (CIMIC) to deliver training and over $322,000 worth of fire fighting equipment to the firefighters in Kabul. This year we have sent more equipment to the Kandahar Fire Department, and are already stockpiling more equipment (and training) to send again in October. We made a strong and meaningful connection with the Afghani firefighters and believe we contribute greatly to their safety in doing their daily work. We have received a great deal of positive feedback on the trip and are working on a documentary which we hope to air nationally highlighting the efforts of this trip.