In addition to our ongoing primary project, Upendo Friends School, Eaglecom Foundation also supports other International development and Animal Welfare projects.
Syrian Refugee Sponsorship
In 2015 the Syrian refugee crisis escalated dramatically, leaving over four million people without homes and basic necessities. The Canadian government declared that Canada would accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 2016; 10,000 of these through private sponsorship. Eaglecom Foundation supported two local initiatives to help bring Syrian Refugees to the GTA.
Community Matters Toronto (CMT) is an organization based in St. James Town, Toronto. With their motto of neighbours helping neighbours, CMT has been working tirelessly to sponsor Syrian family of local community members. When refugees have family that can support them in their transition to a new country, they have a much higher chance of successful integration. CMT is helping people sponsor their loved ones and providing them the support they need, including clothing, food, housing and more.
Project Hope was initiated by the Archdiocese of Toronto as an effort to raise three million dollars and sponsor 100 families in just 100 days. By meeting this goal, Project Hope is providing a new chance at life for Syrian refugees in the areas of greatest need, regardless of religious affiliation. Many of these families have already moved to Canada and are getting settled in their new lives.
Nepal Earthquake Relief
In April 2015, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. Over 8,500 casualties, thousands injured and countless homes destroyed. The country was further devastated by another large earthquake two weeks later. Almost three million people were severely affected.
Eaglecom Foundation supported the relief efforts of UNICEF Canada, to focus on Nepal’s most vulnerable children and families. UNICEF was able to provide many crucial services including clean water and sanitation, therapeutic foods, medical kits, shelter and more. UNICEF also put child protection strategies and child friendly spaces in place to ensure that displaced children were not alone, and were safe and cared for.
South Sudan Emergency Aid
The civil strife in South Sudan has left millions of people displaced and lacking basic necessities including healthcare, clean water, food and shelter. Forced from their homes and villages, the children and families of South Sudan are in an extraordinarily vulnerable state.
Eaglecom Foundation recently supported the work of MSF to provide emergency aid to various regions and cities throughout South Sudan. MSF has provided emergency medical care such as large scale malaria treatment, as well as set up feeding programs throughout the country. They have also distributed water purification tablets to families who have no clean source of water, and provided clean water tanks to several displaced person’s camps. In the first half of 2015 alone, MSF also provided over 365,000 outpatient consultations and almost 7,000 surgical operations in South Sudan.
Farm Animal Law Reforms
In Canada, there are more than 700 million farm animals. The governing codes by which they are cared for, protected, housed, fed, transported and slaughtered have not been re-examined or improved in decades. Many of the current practices are inhumane, cruel and tortuous.
The BC SPCA is spearheading an initiative to dramatically revise the National Codes of Practice that protect farm animals from cruelty. Eaglecom Foundation is supporting this urgent program, and we have already seen success. Codes that have been reformed include dairy cows, horses, beef cattle, fox, mink, sheep and pigs. Upcoming codes that still need urgent work include those for poultry and veal cows.
Beginning in March 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of December 2014 there have been over 20,000 reported cases of Ebola and 8,000 deaths.
MSF (Doctors Without Borders) has been on the ground in all three affected countries since the very beginning of the outbreak. MSF staff are on the front lines of treatment in almost all health centres with over 3,400 local and international staff on the ground. MSF efforts are saving lives.
Given the severity of the outbreak, and the horrendous consequences Ebola is having on these three West African countries, Eaglecom Foundation supported MSF with a gift of $6,500 to help with the humanitarian response.
Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) believes that it is the basic right of every child to have a safe, comfortable and warm night’s sleep. Yet this is not the case for millions of children around the developing world.
With donations, SCAW purchases bedkits for tens of thousands of needy children in developing countries each year. The kits contain a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies. And 100% of all donations goes directly to buy the kits for children.
Eaglecom Foundation has recently sponsored 100 bedkits, for needy children in Kenya. These kits will be distributed by volunteers in early 2015. With each kit costing $35, this donation totaled $3,500 – all of which will go directly to the children in Kenya who need it most.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) has recently completed an exciting three-part healthcare initiative in Ethiopia that brought vital help to an estimated 100,000 people. Eaglecom Foundation was proud to be the lead donor for this three year project.
The first phase of the project was the construction of a Therapeutic Feeding Centre, which was also supplied with essential medicines and supplements. In the second phase, CCFC provided supplemental medicines to 13 additional Health Centres and 59 Health Posts throughout three districts in Ethiopia.
In the final phase, CCFC constructed roof-top rainwater harvesting structures and water pipeline extensions to provide clean water to 22 rural health facilities.
Together, these projects have saved thousands of lives and improved health conditions for entire communities.
Maple Ridge and Wild Arc
The BC SPCA’s Maple Ridge shelter has rescued and cared for tens of thousands of animals in the 35 years it’s been open. However, the building was far too small to handle the needs of the growing community. So the BC SPCA built a new community animal centre which is twice the size of the previous building and with more than double the capacity for animals.
Eaglecom Foundation supported the new building, contributing to the construction of 16 large, bright, shared dog apartments. These facilities have increased the capacity for animals to be cared for and enhanced socialization among the animals so they can be adopted into homes.
The BC SPCA’s Wild ARC centre provides humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife. The centre, which is located on Vancouver Island and is the only facility of its kind, has treated over 20,000 animals to date.
Eaglecom Foundation is proud to have supported the construction of a series of pool systems that provide living space for many marine animals such as river otters, beavers and mink, as well as water birds such as ducks, geese and swans.
Rainwater Harvesting Tanks
Eaglecom Foundation partnered with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) in 2010 to fund the construction of Rainwater Harvesting Tanks at three schools in Northern Ghana. And now, almost 2,000 children have fresh, clean water for drinking and washing every day, which means they can go to school and learn rather than searching for clean water to drink.