WUSC Overview for Local Committees - Sept 2009 (ENG)
World University Service of Canada<br />
WUSC’s Mission<br />To foster human development and global understanding through education and training<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 85 on campuses in every province<br />International Local Committees on campuses in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan<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 Partners<br />A joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)<br />Major overseas volunteer program: mobilizes 400 volunteers annually<br />Increasing support for development assistance and the Millennium Development Goals among Canadians <br />Increasing public engagement in Canada<br />
WUSC Partners<br />Works in partnership with approx. 320 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity<br />Mission: to support broadcasters to strengthen small-scale farming and rural communities in Africa<br />www.farmradio.org<br />
WUSC is… <br />An opportunity for students to:<br /><ul><li>Educate and Advocate
Sponsor Student </li></ul> Refugees<br /><ul><li> Learn overseas</li></li></ul><li>WUSC is… <br />An non-governmental organization that develops and delivers high-quality, results-driven development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America<br />
WUSC is… <br />The only Canadian organization directly linking post-secondary students, faculty and institutional leaders with development issues<br />
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 />Student Refugee Program<br />MP3.FM<br />GOALS<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> 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.
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.</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 Good For You, Good For Her campaign, raising the profile of and public demand for Fair Trade certified shea butter products from our partners in Burkina Faso</li></li></ul><li>Fair Trade and Ethical Purchasing<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br /><ul><li> Raise awareness on ethical consumption during the 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>Sustainable Livelihoods<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Afghanistan: Vocational Training for Afghan Women Project (VTAWP)<br /><ul><li> Increases self-sufficiency </li></ul>Of vulnerable widows and <br />their adult family members<br /><ul><li> Almost halfway to goal of helping 1,750 widows and their families
Provides sustainable income earning skills and opportunities
Mobilizes local communities to enhance acceptance of women in the workplace
All funds raised for the Afghanistan Challenge campaign are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government, in efforts to improve the lives of those living in war-torn Afghanistan</li></li></ul><li>Education<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Kenya & Malawi:<br /><ul><li>WUSC is on the ground with funds raised through Shine A Light to assist girls in continuing their studies.
WUSC is</li></ul>providing solar<br />lamps, remedial <br />Training and, finally,<br />study scholarships<br /><ul><li> Local Committees are spreading the word through their online social networks, and by staging unique ‘spontaneous action’ public events in busy pedestrian areas.</li></li></ul><li>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.</li></ul>MP3.FM<br /><ul><li> 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>Millennium Development Goals<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Through Uniterra, WUSC contributes towards the achievement of the MDGs in countries worldwide:<br />Bolivia & Mali: <br /><ul><li>Our partners seek to increase women’s access to health care in community clinics. (MDG #5: Improve Maternal Health)</li></ul>GOALS<br /><ul><li> 8 Goals provides students with the opportunity to advocate for Canada’s continued support towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals</li></li></ul><li>Millennium Development Goals<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />Sri Lanka: Project for Rehabilitation through Education and Training (PRET)<br /><ul><li> Enhancing the abilities of vocational trainers to deliver quality training to low-income women and youth (MDG #3: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women)</li></ul>GOALS<br /><ul><li> Local Committees hold events during Stand Up & Take Action, International Development Week or Journéesquébécoises de </li></ul>la solidarité<br />
Millennium Development Goals<br />On Campus <br />Overseas<br />International Local Committee Network<br /><ul><li> The WUSC Local Committee Network has expanded on a global level, with 7 active LCs spread across Ghana and Burkina Faso
The Twinning Project allows LCs the unique opportunity to collaborate across borders towards jointly-identified goals (MDG #8: Institute a World Partnership for Development)</li></ul>Towards 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 practical work opportunities in Africa, Asia and South America to students and recent graduates from Canadian universities and colleges during an academic term or upon graduation.<br /><ul><li>2010 International Seminar in Nepal
For over 60 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: “Sustainable Forests and Livelihoods”</li></li></ul><li>WUSC Strategic Direction 2008-2012<br />Expand and transform the SRP<br />Expand and renew University and College Programming<br />Leverage existing partnerships and pursue a partnership with a Southern organization<br />Investigate an alliance with an emergency relief organization<br />Use ICTs to maximum effect in pursuit of our mission<br />Renew and diversify our revenue and fundraising base<br />
Governance<br />Board of Directors <br />16 volunteer members <br />includes postsecondary leaders, WUSC alumni, students and development experts <br />
“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 />