Larry Maguire Highlights Government of Canada's Partnership with Canadian Rotary Clubs

Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, highlighted today's announcement by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development towards a project implemented by the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development in Honduras and Guatemala. Maguire spoke at the Rotary Club of Brandon's luncheon and outlined the announcement to local Rotarians.

"I am pleased to highlight today's announcement and thank our local Rotarians for their contributions they have made to Canada and around the globe," said Maguire. "Our Government is proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Canadian Rotarians and we recognize and commend the high quality of local engagement on international development issues that Rotarians bring to the table."

Canada is contributing $1.1 million over one year to the Improving the Quality of Life of Vulnerable People in Central America project, implemented by the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development.

This projects aims to improve education, health, and access to microfinance for low-income families, particularly women and children, in Honduras and Guatemala, reaching nearly 70,000 people. Activities include:

  • providing scholarships to six teachers and 43 students;

  • constructing/renovating classrooms and school facilities (classrooms, washrooms, a kitchen, playgrounds, offices and storage rooms), and providing necessary teaching and learning materials;

  • installing community water systems for up to 370 households; and

  • increasing access to microfinancing products (with up to 240 new loans) and microbusiness training.

These activities are expected to lead to: an increased number of students attending and successfully completing various levels of education in Guatemala; improved access to quality water and sanitation in communities and schools in Honduras; and, improved sustainable income for women and their families in Honduras.

Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development and its implementing partners have more than 30 years of experience working with DFATD and have been actively engaged in the delivery of community development projects in Honduras and Guatemala for more than a decade.

The Government of Canada has worked in collaboration with Canadian Rotarians since the late 1970s and with the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development since 1986 to partner on projects to improve the lives of people around the globe. The Rotary approach of community-level fundraising increases the engagement of individual Canadians and strengthens the bonds of friendship between the developed and developing world. Canadian Rotarians and the Government of Canada have worked closely together on eradicating polio. Prime Minister Harper launched the "Pennies and More for Polio" fundraising drive to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a global program initiated by Rotarians.

By increasing access to basic education in Guatemala, and by improving water and sanitation systems and providing access to microfinance in Honduras, this new project will provide increased opportunities for vulnerable people to enjoy improved household income and welfare.

"Canada is once again partnering with the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development to support impoverished families in Honduras and Guatemala," said Minister Paradis. "Through the Improving the Quality of Life of Vulnerable People in Central America project, more children from low-income households will have access to education, more small businesses will have access to micro-financing and business training, and entire communities will have improved water and sanitation systems."

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