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BCCIC Webinar: Groundtruths- Holistic approaches to advancing the health and well-being of rural women in Burkina Faso, Nepal and Honduras

June 9 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am

Case studies from World Neighbours Canada and Kenoli Foundation

Join us to learn about the innovative work of two organizations in gender equality and the empowerment of women in Burkina Faso, Nepal and Honduras.  Presenters will be sharing their case studies, their lessons learned, and context-specific as well as general recommendations for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

World Neighbours Canada’s Maternal-Child Health Initiative involves training of mothers and fathers in nutrition, child development, prevention of childhood diseases and reproductive health; malnutrition screening of young children; supporting income generation and food crop production; construction of village water systems; and installation of hygienic toilets and other home improvements. By combining measurable improvements in knowledge and capabilities with empowerment of people living in poverty and a gendered perspective focused on diversity and inclusion, indicators of well-being have improved, and local institutional capacity has been strengthened. 

The Kenoli Foundation promotes gender equality and empowers women through holistic, integrated programs for rural women.  In this example, women receive training on nutritional practices, children’s development, ecological farming techniques, leadership, entrepreneurship and business skills. They receive support with micro- enterprises and sustainable food gardens and now use improved stoves for cooking.The food security, health and wellbeing of women and their children have improved. Children have overcome malnutrition and women have given birth to healthy babies. Adverse effects on the environment have been reduced and soil fertility has been enhanced. 

About the Presenters

Gurleen Grewal, World Neighbours Canada

Gurleen Grewal is pursuing her MA in English at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include Black Studies, Diaspora Studies, Feminism, and Rhetoric. Her present preoccupations include looking at how writing tends to and forms solidarities between racialized and nonhuman bodies. Her work further considers the limits, epistemic and ethical, that one encounters while working with histories and archives that offer to story the lives of racialized people. By sustaining lateral connections with communities both local and global, she hopes to listen for, learn, and make more equitable modes of relation.

Bruce Petch, World Neighbours Canada

Bruce Petch is the Executive Director of World Neighbours Canada, an organization based in the BC interior that works with local organizations in three countries to strengthen community self-reliance and alleviate poverty. Bruce has been part of the World Neighbours international network of organizations for many years, after making connections as a CUSO volunteer in Southeast Asia.

Vera Radyo, Kenoli Foundation

Vera Radyo is the Executive Director and co-founder of Kenoli Foundation that works to alleviate poverty and hunger by supporting organizations that build community self-sufficiency and advance human rights in Central America.  Vera has also held a variety of senior positions in immigrant settlement and early childhood development.  She has worked with civil society organizations, in government, as a consultant, and a volunteer on various boards, including BCCIC. Her passion always is social justice issues.



Holistic approaches to advancing the health and well-being of rural women in Burkina Faso, Nepal and Honduras

Case studies from World Neighbours Canada and Kenoli Foundation

When: Tuesday June 9, from 12:00 – 1:00  pm (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free for BCCIC members, $30 for non-members.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclf-qtqjMuH9dveSsElZRYmGMN4IyvfnMA   


We look forward to seeing you online!


June 9
5:00 am - 6:00 am