What if, together, we could change the world?
We can, and with your help, we will. Right now every dollar you donate will be matched 6x by Global Affairs Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your dollar go the distance where it matters most.
At this time of year, it’s natural to look back on the months gone by. But at Cuso International, our eyes are fixed firmly on the future. This Giving Season, we’re asking big questions and dreaming big dreams of a world in which gender equality isn’t some far-off what-if, but a daily reality for everyone, everywhere. We know it’s possible—and with your help, we can make it happen.
It’s clear: investing in women has exponential returns.
When women and girls are able to lift themselves out of poverty, there are ripple effects within their communities and across generations. That means your gift’s impact will be both far-reaching and long-lasting. And with the 6x Global Affairs Canada match, the impact of your donation will be amplified even more.
Championing change for women in Peru
Our work in Peru is focused on reducing inequality through inclusive initiatives in response to the local needs of vulnerable groups and communities. We’re delivering programs that address issues such as policy, legal and social change.
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Honduras
Women and other vulnerable populations face greater barriers to employment and higher rates of discrimination when it comes to economic opportunities. Cuso International is partnering with communities and the public/private sector to provide business development training, inclusive hiring training, and workshops to build a more resilient business and entrepreneurial environment that works for Honduran women.
Tackling Poverty through Canadian Engagement
Our vision of a world free of poverty means everyone has a role to play. Our highly skilled volunteers advise and consult with organizations in developing countries to make real and lasting impacts. With an emphasis on gender equality and the goal of reaching 1.8 million people over the next seven years (2020-27) in Benin, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jamaica, Nigeria, Peru, and Tanzania, our Volunteer for Development Program will send Canadian volunteers to help our local partners advance the Strategic Development Goals.
Removing the Barriers to Girls Education in Ethiopia
The number of girls enrolled in primary school in Ethiopia has more than doubled in the past 20 years but remains below half the population. In secondary school, girls from rural areas have an average education of Grade 8, while their urban counterparts increase slightly to Grade 10. Only 27 per cent of students at the post-secondary level are women. We are partnering with the Institute of International Education to ensure all girls receive an education. Over the next five years (2020-25), we're enhancing academic, social and soft skills for adolescent girls, including those with disabilities. We're strengthening the capacity of teachers and education institutions to deliver quality and gender-sensitive education and we're boosting the enrolment of girls at the post-secondary level.
Supporting women with disabilities
Misunderstandings about persons with intellectual disabilities can make interactions in the community more difficult. Cuso International, along with local partners in Jamaica, is providing women with disabilities the skills training to grow their own food through sustainable farming methods and hydroponic farming enabling greater food security.