Canadian Central American Relief Effort, Inc.
Table of Contents
CCARE Vision, Mission & Mandate Statements 3
Agenda for the Annual General Meeting 4
Message from the Director 5
Project Reports 6
Fund Raising Committee Report 8
Financial Report 9
Canadian Central American Relief Effort
CCARE is a community of Canadians working in partnership with a community of Central Americans resulting in improved lives in both regions.
CCARE focuses on initiatives that enhance the capabilities of communities to become self-sufficient.
To share our resources of skills, knowledge and funds to work in:
Ø Relief effort
Ø Education and awareness building
Ø Partnership development
Ø Community Panning & Economic Development
Canadian Central American Relief Effort
2006 Annual General Meeting
1. Opening Remarks Hilda Rossi
2. Approval of 2005 AGM Minutes Hilda Rossi
3. Reports from 2006
· Project Management Ana Paredes
· Mission 2006 Report Ana Paredes
· Fund-Raising Report Rosie DeBiasi
· Financial Report Jan Davies
4. Election of Board of Directors Heidi Grover
5. Membership Della Redwood
6. Closing Remarks & Adjournment Rosie DeBiasi
Hilda sharing CCARE’s 2006 Calendar
“Images of the
with the community of Volcancito in the
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
CCARE has attained much success as a recognized charitable
organization in 2006 made
In cooperation with the Ministry of Health and University of
San Carlos de Guatemala, CCARE through a generous donation, will be opening a
permanent dental clinic in La Unión. This clinic will service over 25,000
Hurricane Stan, this was a new undertaking for CCARE, and
CCARE went into action, a Stan Committee to aid the victims of this natural
disaster was created. CCARE’s started an
ambitious fundraising campaign. With the
support of the Guatemala Chamber of Commerce Canada (GCCC) we visited, the
Hurricane Stan disaster areas and a decision were taking to support a community
project in the
As the President and founder of CCARE my dedication and enthusiasm has grown through the strength and support of so many exceptional people involved with this organization. The two loves of my life, my supportive encouraging family and CCARE, provide me with strength and purpose. I feel more committed and continue to work harder as I look back on all we have accomplished and realize the many lives we improved through our strong partnership. The continued support and growth of CCARE and its associates is the foundation of our success. Nothing is possible without a good dedicated Board of Directors, funding and members willing to help and volunteer their time, knowledge, skills and efforts on initiatives that enhance the capacity of impoverished communities of the Merendon Mountains to become self sufficient .
The positive effect from our work efforts to promote self-sufficient communities can only continue and flourish with adequate monitoring and financing. As an organization, we need to continue to recruit new members (Canadian and Guatemalan), facilitate team building within our organization, develop new and stronger partnerships with notable service organizations and re-establish our commitment and innovation to insure that CCARE meets the commitment of financial viability for the relief efforts.
I thank you sincerely for your dedication, your support, your enthusiasm and for sharing your life with CCARE.
President and Founder
2006 CCARE PROJECT REPORT
Prepared by Project Director
The rotating fertilizer project continues to be a successful project among the three communities; Timushan, Peña Blanca and Volcancito and approximately 200 families have benefited. Each community has a body of elected community members and they coordinate the delivery of the funds for each family. The families’ register, they sign a contract and commit to pay the loan back by March of the following year, as the coffee harvest has concluded and the community had an opportunity to sell the coffee. Once payments have been completed, the funds are deposited into a bank account and these funds are used for the next year’s harvest.
Approximately 176 families have benefited from this project; the families have worked very hard in the maintenance and success of this project. The families started out with five chickens each, CCARE has worked with them by given the support and technical expertise on how to care for the chickens, as a result some of these families sells up to 5 dozens of eggs per week, which results in having an income that is used to support the family, overall, the families are eating better and therefore, their nutritional intake has improved. It is important to mention that a small number of families have lost the chickens due to illnesses or they have gotten lost.
The sewing project is one of the most successful projects in
CCARE has extended the sewing project to a forth village by the name of La Vegona, much like the other villages the needs are many, however, the women’s committee of this community emphasized that there has to be a starting point and they identified that a sewing project would be of great support to them in meeting their needs. As one of the ladies, stated, “We went to Timushan and spoke with the women there and we know that we can do it as well”. CCARE’s Board of Directors approved the donation of two pedal sewing machines and the project got underway, by establishing basic sewing classes for the women of this community.
Corn Grinding Project
The communities of Peña Blanca and Volcancito are working very hard on this project. As CCARE heard from the women that used these machines, ” it has made a big difference” to them as job that took hours to complete, now it takes only a few minutes and therefore they can continue with their household chores. Challenges were identify and discussed, such as; coordination to have access to these machines and maintenance. CCARE facilitated this discussion and the community agreed to develop a scheduled and to assign tasks, the scheduled would be posted on the doors along with the task assigned such as buying the gas to operate the machine.
CCARE PERMANENT DENTAL CLINIC
Dr. Russell Grover a visionary dentist from
CCARE met with government representatives, Ministry of
Health, Community Health Centre of La Union, and the Director of the Dental
Faculty of the
Education Projects - Scholarships 2006
Education is an important component of CCARE’s work and the needs in this area are many, one of the needs identified by the community was the lack of financial resources for their children to finish their elementary and secondary education. In consultation with the community a scholarships program was established to financially support the children that were interested in pursuing their education. The scholarship covers tuition fee, uniform, shoes, school supplies and one snack. Recipients of these scholarships are children from the villages of Peña Blanca, Volcancito and Timushan.
CCARE is proud to inform to its members that for the last
three years, CCARE has financially supported a young woman by providing the
financial resources to finish her high school. This young woman graduated and
has received her high school diploma and now CCARE has extended her scholarship
and will financially support her to attend university and register at the
CCARE Incorporation in
After seven years of work in
It is important to report that in the last year CCARE has met a number of challenges and also has achieved a number of accomplishments. As the Project Director, CCARE would like to thank government representatives, community partners, the private sector and agency representatives for taking an interest on common issues and sharing CCARE vision.
Project Coordinator -
Mr. Francis Salguero has volunteer thousand of hour as a
coordinator; his support has been instrumental in the success of CCARE’s work
Prepared by Project Director
Six full days of dentistry work spread out in La Union, Timushan, Volcancito and Peña Blanca. Approximately 20 villages received dental care services, totaling 434 extractions, 155 hygiene/cleaning and 45 restorative visits, a total of 278 people filtered through this process.
Four portable chairs were attained to make our work possible
and our thanks and sincere appreciation to the Rotary Club La Asuncion, to the
Teacher’s professional development was facilitated by Maria Carmen Romero member of the education project. Topics approved by the Ministry of Education were: Health and Education, Introduction to Psychology and Group Dynamics a rewarding experience of three full days of participation by the teachers.
CCARE is happy to share with you the inauguration of the 3 libraries, an important donation for the children to access books and an opportunity to improve their literacy skills.
School supplies donations were given by CCARE throughout the schools of much needed supplies for the children to do their academic work.
Inauguration of the Multi Skills Centre of Volcancito
Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful lady from
On Sunday April 2 the centre was inaugurated in an ambiance of brotherhood as everyone was celebrating this important occasion as a sign of accomplishment among all participants.
CCARE and members of the Volcancito community did the ribbon cutting ceremony that formally opened the centre.
Inauguration of the
Donation of Medicines
CCARE donated two medical packs of medicines that are needed it in the region.
One package was donated to the La Union Community Health
Centre and was received by Dr. Eric Hernandez. The second package was donated
to the Community Health Centre of Gualan and the package was received by Dr.
Antonio Salguero. These medicines are donated for very low income families and
people in need of the
Visit the Hurricane Stan Disaster Areas
CCARE and the Guatemala Chamber of
Commerce Canada (GCCC) on behalf of the Stan Relief Committee visited the area
of Suchitepeque, the
The Stan Committee met with the community - COCODE and ADICO – Association of Integral Development for the Communities (adicogt.org), a register local NGO that is working in the area of Mazatenango, Suchitepeque and discussed community development initiatives.
CCARE on behalf of the Stan Committee established a joint
venture agreement with COCODE and ADICO for a construction initiative. This
project (joint venture) has been finalized and CCARE waits for a response from
the government of
Acknowledgements and Thank You
We can truly say mission accomplished. Long hours of work,
team work, commitment and a vision were key elements that made this mission a success.
Our work was possible with the financial support of the people of
Our sincere thanks Mr. Roberto Yanqui, Regional Manager Canada TACA Airlines for allocating extra free luggage space and facilitating the transport of the donations taken to Guatemala, school supplies, medical and dental supplies for the dental clinic, without TACA’s support the children and the communities of the Merendon Mountians would not have been able to access school supplies and health care services and medicines.
A heartfelt thanks you; to the members of the Hurricane Stan
Relief Committee and the Guatemala Chamber of Commerce
Project management and having a thorough plan to oversee the many task and duties of a mission is a challenge and an adventure. On behalf of CCARE and as the Project Director I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Oscar Palma, President of the Guatemala Chamber of Commerce of Canada, his support and leadership during the mission made a difference and made my job much easier, gracias.
Thank you to the Toronto District School Board for
financially supporting the three libraries and for the school supplies donated
to the children of the
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Gualan for supporting CCARE’s work and for facilitating resources to make the dental clinic a success.
Thank you to Dr. Fernando Ancheta Rodríguez, Director, Área de Odontología Socio Preventiva from the Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala, for supporting CCARE’s work and taking a leadership role in facilitating the process of the development and coordination of the permanent dental clinic in La Union.
Thank you to the communities, organizations and government representatives that allowed us to have an open dialogue in addressing common issues of interest affecting their communities and exploring possible solutions.
I had the pleasured to work very closely with Mr. Jose De
Jesus Garcia Solis from
Most importantly; a heartfelt thank you to the people of the
I must share with you that at the end of the mission we had
the opportunity to travel for the weekend to
By Fundraising Director, Rosie DeBiasi
Courtesy of Correo Canadiense
CCARE’s volunteers contributed the enormous success
of our Grand Latin Dinner and Dance, January 2007
Fundraising is a vital component of charitable work and CCARE is no different.
In 2006, our fundraising began on January 27 with our 6th. Annual Grand Latin Dinner & Dance held at Le Treport Banquet Hall. Attendance for that event, at just fewer than 500, was remarkable and, once again, the event proved to be a great success. Our main sponsor for this occasion was our enthusiastic supporter John Cipressi of Le Treport Banquet Hall, Dance Casino Rueda Co. by Terry Zaifman donated their time and talent for the spectacular evening’s entertainments.
The year’s second big fundraising event for CCARE was the
annual Run/ Walk for the “Children of the
This year a new fundraiser for CCARE was the Victorian Dollhouse Raffle. This truly beautiful handcrafted dollhouse designed and built by Ricardo Rossi a member of CCARE and committed supporter. The purpose of this raffle was to generate funds for our on going projects. The Rotary Club Mississauga-Airport chapter our dedicated supporters played an important role on this raffle, by helping CCARE, with the selling the raffle tickets. The Rotary Club resulted in selling the bulk of the raffle tickets, adding to our fundraising total and success of this project.
CCARE’s 2006 calendar “Imagines of the
The team of the Grover Dental Group, headed by Heidi Grover,
our dental team leader, leads many fundraising in the
The media has become more involved with and more sympathetic
to CCARE and its purpose. Word of CCARE and its work have been advertised in
both newspaper and radio broadcaster, I would like to make just a few special
recognition to the radio Voces Latinas, Latino America con Claudia and CBC
radio, and to the newspapers Oakville Beaver, Mississauga News,
Lastly, numerous companies and sympathetic individuals have made monetary donations and gift donations for our raffle draws, which have greatly added to CCARE’s fundraising and outreach efforts.
In the name of CCARE’s Board of Directors and from the humble
people of the