Cheryl Gallant with Ken Serdula and Doug Champ on Parliament Hill, April 17th, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, met with Ken Serdula and Doug Champ to listen to the joint Rotarian plans on Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) new efforts in Central America and Africa.

“Through the CRCID, Rotary Canada has been active in developing countries around the world for nearly 40 years,” said MP Gallant. “The new plan is for international development and aid in Central America and Africa.”

Rotary Canada and CIDA have been in partnership delivering humanitarian aid and developmental assistant since 1985, and since then over $30 Million has been delivered to developing countries and those in need.  CIDA and CRCID are currently partnered in Central America and Africa to provide support to the UN Millennium Development Goals of improved Child and Maternal Health, Literacy and Education.  Since 2010, this partnership has delivered $12.2 Million (Half funds raised by Rotary Canada, the other half matched by CIDA) to support these goals.

“Since they began their most recent partnership in 2010, CIDA and Rotary Canada have worked together to build schools, improve literacy rates, provide clean drinking water, and to provide food and shelter for orphaned children,” MP Gallant added.  “These are significant improvements for the people and children of these developing countries.”

As part of their 2013 proposal, the Rotary Club of North Renfrew will be supporting a Sustainability project San Jose Villanueva in El Salvador, a village of over 13,000 where the majority live in poverty.  The project planned for this village will provide clean water systems for the community, construction and support of health-care clinics, school construction.  All of these efforts combined together aim to increase the sustainability of the village, and improve the living conditions of all its residents.

“I look forward to learning of their future achievements,” stated MP Gallant.

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