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June 2015


Five more years of international cooperation: Canada renews support for the Volunteer Cooperation Program

More than 300 Canadians will lend their expertise as Crossroads International volunteers over the next five years thanks to the generous support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Minister Christian Paradis announced that the Government of Canada will renew funding for the Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) conference on May 12.Canada has been investing in international volunteer cooperation programs for more than 20 years.

From 2009-2015, the Volunteer Cooperation Program leveraged the skills and expertise of approximately 11,000 volunteers from all walks of life to increase the capacity of developing country partners in response to local needs and to enhance Canadians' participation in Canada's development efforts.

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Crossroader who volunteered in Nepal is calling on your support following the devastating earthquakes

Namaste all former to-Nepal and other Crossroaders! My name is Nancy Mahony and I went to Nepal with Crossroads in 1990. I'm sure that, like me, you have all been devastated by the horrific news of the recent earthquakes. My immediate reaction was to contact as many of my Nepali friends as possible and I am happy to report, for those who are not in touch, that Purna Lama, our esteemed former country coordinator, and his extended family are all safe. The Ideal school appears to be fine and Purna and his students and former students are hard at work with relief efforts in out-lying, hard-hit areas.

The Lama's home village of Sermatang in the Helambu region was hard hit and most buildings, including the Yangrima school, were levelled. Many of you may have visited the region and the school, which Gopal Lama and others have worked hard to establish and run for the past 25 years. 

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