WUSC’s Mission<br />To foster human development and global understanding through education and training<br />
WUSC is… <br />An non-governmental organization (NGO) that develops and delivers development projects with their sectoral expertise in the following areas: <br />Education<br />Health<br />Refugee Issues<br />Sustainable <br /> Livelihoods<br />Gender Equality<br />
WUSC is… <br />The only Canadian organization directly linking post-secondary students, faculty and institutional leaders with development issues<br />
WUSC Members<br />Canadian universities and colleges<br />… and many more!<br />
WUSC Members<br />Local Committees <br />Dynamic pan-Canadian network: present on over 80 on campuses in every province<br />International Local Committees on campuses in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and developing elsewhere<br />
WUSC Members<br />Alumni<br />Former overseas volunteers, past local committee members, donors and others <br />Includes public service, business and community leaders<br />
WUSC Governance<br />Board of Directors <br />16 volunteer members <br />includes postsecondary leaders, WUSC alumni, students and development experts<br />Currently, 2 of the Directors are current students and 2 are recent graduates<br />
WUSC’s Partnership with CECI<br />An international cooperation programme of CECI and WUSC<br />Mobilization of partners, volunteers and the Canadian public<br />To reduce world poverty and build capacity for our partners.<br />
A key WUSC Partner<br />Mission: to support broadcasters to strengthen small-scale farming and rural communities in Africa<br />Works in direct partnership with approx. 330 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity<br />www.farmradio.org<br />
WUSC is… <br />An opportunity for students to:<br /><ul><li>Educate and Advocate
WUSC Activities On Campus and Overseas<br />As Local Committee members, students on Canadian campuses can get involved in any number of interesting campaigns and programs…<br />
WUSC Activities On Campus and Overseas<br />… And all of these campaigns and programs are connected with and contributing towards WUSC’s overseas development projects.<br />
HIV and AIDS<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Bike 4<br />AIDS<br /><ul><li> Bikes purchased with Bike 4 AIDS funds are distributed to Community Based Organizations that work with HIV and AIDS sufferers.
HIV and AIDS caregivers travel to neighboring villages to care for those affected. With a bicycle, they reach 5 times as many patients.
Bicycles and bike-ambulances are of great assistance to those living with HIV and AIDS in rural Malawi.
Through Bike 4 AIDS, Local Committees fundraise to purchase bikes while raising awareness on HIV and AIDS issues. </li></li></ul><li>Fair Trade and Ethical Purchasing<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Burkina Faso: UGPPK-S/Z<br /><ul><li> WUSC and Uniterra provide support to this 3000-member women shea butter producers co-op by providing technical support, assisting with the FT certification process and with global marketing
Local Committees can participate in the sale of Fair Trade products from Ten Thousand Villages or our partners in Burkina Faso who produce from our partners in for Fair Trade certified Shea Butter. </li></li></ul><li>Fair Trade and Ethical Purchasing<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br /><ul><li> Raise awareness on ethical consumption during the Fair Trade, Reverse Trick or Treating campaign
Advocate for an Ethical Purchasing Policy on your campus</li></ul>Photos: copyright Reporters Communications/Jacques Nadeau<br />Sri Lanka: Plantation <br />Communities Project (PCP)<br /><ul><li> Promoting citizenship rights, social services, working conditions and sustainable livelihoods in marginalized plantation communities</li></li></ul><li>Education<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Kenyan Refugee Camps:<br /><ul><li>WUSC is on the ground with funds raised through Shine A Light to assist girls in continuing their studies.
Local Committees are raising awareness and funds to support refugee girls’ education in Kenyan camps, using light-themed events, like flashlight mobs.
WUSC is providing </li></ul>solar lamps, after <br />school classes and, <br />finally, scholarships <br />for promising girls to<br />go to secondary school<br />
Food Security<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI)<br /><ul><li> In partnership with WUSC, implemented by Farm Radio International, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Assessing the effectiveness of Farm Radio in meeting food security objectives in rural farming households in Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania and Uganda.
Local Committees raise funds to equip African radio broadcasters with MP3 recorders ($100 each), which help in disseminating valuable information on farming practices and allow farmers’ voices to be heard</li></li></ul><li>Equality between Women and Men<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Her Challenge,<br /> Your Challenge<br />Through Uniterra, WUSC contributes towards equality between women and men in countries worldwide and we can share your messages with partners:<br />Bolivia: <br /><ul><li> Our partners seek to eliminate barriers to participation for women in community clinics in Bolivia and girls education in Ghana.
Women and girls have asked the world for recognition and respect of their rights. They do their part; help them ensure equality for all.
Stand Up and Make Noise for women’s equality on September 17-19th
Throw a “Her Challenge, Your Challenge” creative expression event
Capture the messages from these women’s rights events</li></li></ul><li>Millennium Development Goals<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />International Local Committee Network<br /><ul><li> The WUSC Local Committee Network has expanded globally, with active LCs in Burkina Faso, Ghana and spreading elsewhere
WUSC provides a unique opportunity to collaborate across borders with other engaged youth towards jointly-identified goals (MDG #8: Institute a World Partnership for Development)</li></ul>Beyond 2015: Symposia Series<br /><ul><li> By bringing together local experts, returned volunteers, students and faculty, an educational symposium can be a catalyst for action</li></li></ul><li>Volunteer Overseas<br />Students Without Borders™ is a WUSC program that offers the ability to apply academic theory and knowledge to a practical work environment in Africa, Asia and South America during an academic term or upon graduation.<br /><ul><li>2011 International Seminar in Vietnam
For almost 65 years, WUSC’s annual International Seminar has provided Canadian students with their first in-depth experience in a developing country. The goal is to engage a group of about 20 Canadian students and 20 host country students in collaborative community projects.
This year’s theme: “Youth in the workforce and the Socio-economic development.”</li></li></ul><li>“What an amazing impact WUSC has had on my life and the lives of so many others! The people I met and the conferences I attended inspired me to take on initiatives that I will continue to develop for the rest of my life.”<br />- WUSC Local Committee chair<br />“Before I had no hope for the future, but now, with the knowledge, skill and tools that I got, I know that I can have a better future.”<br />- WUSC vocational training graduate, Sri Lanka<br />“I would like to thank WUSC for making my life time dream come true. When you helped me, you helped my entire family. Now the sky is the limit as you opened the closed door to my life. Once again, thank you WUSC.” - Former sponsored refugee student<br />