Debra Kerby has an interesting perspective on the world. As Executive Director of Canadian Feed The Children, she moves between her Toronto office to Haiti or Africa or Bolivia to keep a keen eye on how the agency is helping children thrive.
Debra heads up a small team with big hearts - people who are dedicated to helping move vulnerable children and families to a position of strength and self-sufficiency.
Join her on her quest to make a big change in the world for the smallest among us.
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Who knew ToC could be so much fun! Laughter and creativity punctuate the recent Theory of Change workshop in Haiti, writes Heather Johnston, CFTC’s Director of Programs. Continue reading
On the second-last day of the Bolivian trip, protests disrupted the market visit but the schedule was full with visits to several child care centres in La Paz. The work being done by CFTC’s partners in La Paz and outlying areas make it possible for Bolivian parents to educate and care for their children well, while also being able to earn a living and provide for their families in sustainable ways. Continue reading
The last leg of CFTC’s Bolivia donor tour has Lisa and the group visiting Alalay where homeless youth of La Paz find safety, shelter and a new life. The stories of what these children have experienced, shared so openly and with such trust, and the joy and resilience they demonstrate despite their early struggles, is a deeply moving experience for Lisa and the group. Continue reading
The journey continues with a visit to two projects that Canadian Feed The Children funds entirely through the generosity of our child sponsors: Casa De Los Niños and Niño Jesus de Praga. We learn that Bolivians of all ages love to dance, and we again see the striking contrasts of landscape in Bolivia – jungle, mountain and lowland; rural and urban – as diverse and beautiful as the people themselves. Continue reading
Lisa and the group visited an IPTK school and women’s centre in the village of Kacha Kacha, Bolivia. After a hairpin and hair-raising drive, the trip enabled the group to get out of the major centres and into the mountainous, rural areas where Bolivia’s poverty is more visible, and the need for Canadian Feed The Children funding even more significant. Continue reading
This morning, we travelled 30 minutes outside of the village of Tarabuco to see the work of one of our partners, Juana Azurduy de Padilla Centre. Juana Azurduy works in the area of child rights and child advocacy, working closely with government to enact progressive policies with respect to gender and generational equality issues. Many of the community organizations we fund in Bolivia , including Juana Azurduy, are involved in child rights work, a key concern in this country of staggering beauty but extensive poverty. Continue reading