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2018 Brazil Monitoring Report

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportI saw him glancing at me from a distance as I ate a hamburger at a street café in Torres, Rio Grande do Sul. This bustling town of 45,000 is located on the ocean and a popular place during summer holidays. It is not a ghetto. Then I watched as he rummaged through the garbage can & pulled out something to eat. It has been a few years since poverty and street kids were so commonplace in Brazil. When I was finished eating, he made eye contact and I gave him the thumbs up to finish the scraps I had not eaten. The waitress said he is there every day. Maybe he is just poor. Maybe mentally deficient. The social safety net in Brazil has weakened considerably under the present political administration of right wing President Temer. I witnessed numerous otThis Brazil monitoring report supports the following key 2017 performance metrics –

This Brazil monitoring report supports the following key 2017 performance metrics:

  • 60 sweet breads, 40 loaves of bread, 10 kg of cookies and 10 cakes on average baked during the group’s weekly meetings in a new community oven (from SHARE) in Morro Azul.  Empowers women in rural areas to provide for their families and communities
  • 22 workshops/ events convened by women in the Morro Azul area on various subject matters including processing of 66 medicinal plants into 28 extracts, 8 ointments and syrups, which are available weekly at no cost to needy families
  • 6,000 yam seed cuttings produced and planted in the Assentamento Serrinha, in the municipality of Ribeirao, to support sustainable local agriculture production
  • 8 - 10 litres of milk delivered daily from the original SHARE herd (established approximately 40 years ago) continues to feed street children at Sister Ellen’s schools –a wonderful SHARE “pass on” legacy
  • 11 lactating cows, 1 bull, and young calves from the original SHARE herd continue to support Agri research and education at the UFERSA university
  • 144 m2 greenhouse constructed to support vegetable production for 50 men recovering from crack addiction in the Fortaleza - Ceará region
  • 75 + rural enterprises supported through microcredit loans in the Ceara region and Santa Cruz do Capibaribe regions
  • 17 Assentamento & rural community students transported to the EFA Agriculture School at Independencia CE (350 km each way from student homes)
  • 120 participants at a peer-to-peer agri-skills learning forum provided a venue – particularly for youth – to enhance their skills in food security and diversify their farming enterprises
  • 3 meetings with potential SHARE partners to support small scale rural farmers and make a difference in their quality of life

“Organics are growing in popularity in Brazil” states Ana Mereilles, administrator of Centro Ecologica (Ecovida NGO), our partner on the Morro Azul women’s project here. We are chatting over coffee in the recently renovated retail outlet for the organic products of member farmers. Each family pays $R 50 to Ecovida for the certification process. There are 5000 famers spread over 3 states in southern Brazil and the numbers are increasing rapidly due to the growing popularity of organic foods. The Co-Op started 17 yrs ago and membership is increasing annually. Centro Ecologica is administered by Ana Mereilles and has 2 offices, 3 ag techs, 2 secretaries and 4 agronomists. Started in 1985, financial support has dwindled to funding from Sweden plus an IAF (Inter American Foundation) project which ends in 1 ½ years. A U$ 300,000 proposal for 3 years to IAF is on hold (pending USA foreign policy under the Trump administration).

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportIt seems that time has stood still for the 230 families in the small town of Morro Azul.  There is a church, pousada, a quaint museum, walking trails by the river for tourists at the pousada and a general store selling everything from motor oil to fresh eggs and fabric by the meter. But the women’s group here is the dynamic heart of community events which ALWAYS include “rosca” on the menu.  Found only in southern Brazil, this gluten free bread is made from fermented manioc flour and consumed in large quantities by locals. The ladies hustle to mix the dough, roll it into long strands which wind around into a circle on the pans & then go into the SHARE-purchased gas oven for 30 minutes at 200C.  “It has made such a difference” they exclaim.  “We used to have to add wood and then it was too hot…….we could not regulate the temperature. And we could only do a few loaves at a time instead of 6 pans at once in the new oven”.  There are 15 communities in the municipality and if any of them want to raise money for a good cause, the ladies do not charge for the rosca …….a definite Pass-On.

Lunch is now ready. In the rudimentary community center, we are all seated around the tables to enjoy baked chicken, local vegetables, squash, and salad washed down with glasses of Acai juice.  This fruit is grown naturally in agroflorestas on the local farms and it is a potential SHARE project targeted to increase production.  Loaded with antioxidants, it is very high in Vitamin C and currently enjoying rising world popularity as a health drink.

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportEvery Wednesday, everyone knows they can come to the community centre here for  medicinal remedies available free or for a donation.  Skin ointments, digestive medicines, even cholesterol meds are produced from age-old recipes involving natural herbs.  Some funding from SHARE produced 30 booklets and 20 banners on this topic for distribution to the 25 other community groups. It is a successfully completed project with good accounting and reporting by Centro Ecologica (Ecovida) which has been partnered with SHARE on 3 previous projects, and definitely warrants further support from SHARE.

The CEPAGRO office is located in Florianopolis and due to rains all night, we decide to forego the long trip on dirt roads to the site of the tobacco diversion project.  This was the same road where the notorious pictures of our stuck car were taken 2 years ago.  CEPAGRO also has IAF support but it will end in 2019 and government support under the current federal government has been drastically reduced.  The two ag techs working in this region have not been paid and are now volunteering sporadically. The 5 initial tobacco farmer recipients of this pilot project by SHARE produced vegetables for the Will Cannery. The funds through CEPAGRO all went to purchase vegetable seeds and training. Will Cannery plans to continue encouraging other tobacco farmers to divert from tobacco.

While in Florianopolis, I spent some time with Eliziana Vieira who managed SHARE’s CIDA project in Brazil, and her husband Rogerio Rosa.who had worked with Heifer International for several years as well as at government ag consulting and a FAO contract. He is very interested in volunteering for SHARE as a southern Brazil liaison which would fit ideally with SHARE’s monitoring program in Brazil.  More details about this later.

In Recife, Betty and Judy Dunstan and her husband Mike and I meet with Juliana Menucci who coordinates IAF (Interamerican Foundation) in Recife.  Unfortunately, IAF programs are on hold pending decisions by the Trump Administration about their funding which comes from the USA government.  IAF has supported CEPAGRO, Ecovida, MMV and other SHARE partners in the past.  It is agreed that SHARE and IAF could potentially work jointly on future projects.  Also beneficial are the referrals to other like-minded Brazilian organizations like MMV (Movimento Mecenas da Vida) whom I meet with later in the trip.

We travel the next day to meet with ANDESS and make good progress in obtaining documentation, receipts, etc.  They have received some rain now and one field of yams has been harvested yielding 6000 kg (about 1/3rd of anticipated yield due to drought). The second field is currently being planted.   

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportWe travel the next day to meet with ANDESS and make good progress in obtaining documentation, receipts, etc.  They have received some rain now and one field of yams has been harvested yielding 6000 kg (about 1/3rd of anticipated yield due to drought). The second field is currently being planted.   

Near Nova Jerusalem in Pernambuco we visit the CATSMA (Comunidade Acolhedora Terapeutica Sao Miguel Arcanjo) site where 27 male participants are undergoing rehab (similar to the Ebenezer project in Ceara). There are 57 similar establishments in Pernambuco and they receive R$ 12,000 monthly from SENAID (National Secretariat for Drug Policy) plus R$ 40/day / participant from the Recife municipal government. CATSMA is well managed and impressively clean and organized.  Their proposal involves building a chicken house with in-kind contribution from one of the inhabitants who is a bricklayer and tech advice from another who has poultry experience.  More about this proposal later. 572 participants have gone through the program to date. On to Ceara next.

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportThe Ceara visits begin with a trip to Mossoro to visit Sister Ellen and to see the remaining descendants of the Holstein herd; SHARE’s first project in Brazil.  It is remarkable that Ellen is still receiving 8 –10 liters of milk daily from these cattle. The university moved the herd in 2014 to a new experimental farm as the previous land was being encroached on by urban sprawl. ESAM is now named UFERSA university. Drought and the dry nearby riverbed necessitated an auction of many of the Holsteins, but young stock and a bull plus 11 lactating cows remain.

There is strong demand to buy Holsteins for crossbreeding; one bull fetched R$ 4,500. But normally cows sell for R$ 1,500, heifers for R$ 1,000 and calves for R$ 750 at the annual auctions.  The farm also has sheep and goats used for experiments and teaching husbandry.

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportEllen’s 17 schools have been forced to reduce to 6 due to diminishing funding coming mostly from Germany. She now focuses not only on schooling for favela children, but also takes food to prisoners and cares for hospitalized elderly who have no relatives.  Lar da Crianca is well known in Mossoro and all of her food needs are donated.  She also supplies bi-weekly food baskets to 250 needy families.  Twelve social workers help but the original staff of 400 is reduced to 170 due to lack of finances.  She also supports 2 schools in Caruaru, Pernambuco. Sister Ellen has undergone 4 knee operations and now uses a cane, but she and sister Cristina, a medical doctor in the favelas, remain as dynamic as ever. The longevity of this first SHARE project is definitely worthy of a SHARE newsletter article……………pass on never ends!

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportEbenezer Rehab continues to function well with good record keeping of receipts and reports. There are now 50 participants in this rehab program and 870 have gone through the program to date. There are 300 on a waiting list. The 2 fish tanks (not SHARE projects) have now expanded to four.1000 tilapia sell at 700 gm in 5 months.   Vegetable and fruit production is well managed with the help of EFA grad, Gadelha, who volunteers here three times weekly. Not only does the production satisfy most of the Center’s food needs, but they also sell surpluses in Fortaleza on a weekly food basket programme. The 12m x 12m shade house (SHARE’s recent project) is mostly completed and starting to produce lettuce, kale, arugula and peppers in an aquaponic setup.  This innovative process uses recycled water & waste nutrients from the fish tanks to grow hydroponic vegetables.  The capacity of 5800 plants is currently being filled with seedlings.  Lettuce can be harvested in 28 days.  Electricity required to run the pumps and oxygen generating system is very expensive. Leader Romel is anxious to send SHARE a proposal for solar production of electricity to reduce this cost.

We also meet with Luizinha at Assentamento Denir who looks after the IDF micro credit fund and is still recovering from contracting Chikangunya last summer. The fund is currently totally lent out.  It is actually remarkable that this fund has continued as successfully as it has under the drought & other hardships. A succession plan for fund management was discussed, and it was agreed that Joava, an EFA graduate, would assist with future tracking and likely transition of responsibility over the next year. 

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportIn Bahia, we meet with CESE (Coordenaria Ecumênica de Servico), a 40 year old NGO supported by 16 churches doing projects in many states.  This is follow up to previous meetings over the past two years to explore opportunities to work together. A thorough Q&A of CESE procedures and forms with follow up copies by email confirms a reporting protocol  consistent with SHARE. An anticipated 4 proposals involving agriculture in northeast Brazil are expected to be forthcoming. On to Bahia.

At Santa Luz we attend the17th annual Organic meeting (EPO).  This very popular event had 65 out-of-state participants (including the first participants from the states of Piaui and Sergipe) plus over 100 from Bahia. Included was a keynote address by the Bahia state Secretary of Agriculture who stressed the need for more social action to counteract the severe slashing of programmes by the current federal government.

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportThe second day of popular site visits included a 40 cow dairy on a small farm, a small scale aqua hydroponic fish and vegetable setup, a native seed bank setup and ASCOOB which is a credit union for small farmers.  This 2018 event was supported by local partner organizations and is slated for Pernambuco in 2019. EPO started with SHARE funding in 2001 with the idea of sharing information by 10 small farmers from the three northeast states where SHARE operated. Its immense popularity & longevity are prime examples of the pass on of information & the sustainability of this SHARE project.

While at the EPO we discuss future plans with Manoel regarding the current biodigester and EFA student projects as well as Ceara microcredit fund and cajuinha project.  Solutions involve ending the former two projects, the addition of Jeova as microcredit contact and transfer of remaining cajuinha funds to another assentamento which still has some cashew trees despite the drought. These solutions to be further discussed by PC & BOD

While at the EPO we discuss future plans with Manoel regarding the current biodigester and EFA student projects as well as Ceara microcredit fund and cajuinha project.  Solutions involve ending the former two projects, the addition of Jeova as microcredit contact and transfer of remaining cajuinha funds to another assentamento which still has some cashew trees despite the drought. These solutions to be further discussed by PC & BOD

2018 Brazil Monitoring ReportHowever, of particular interest is the new “Turismo CO2” program which started a year ago. There are more than 15 small farming communities in the Mata Atlantica region which are scraping out a meager living. If they attend weekly MMV meetings on conservation /agroforestry technology, refrain from slash & burn, do not hunt endangered species, reforest some areas and keep their children in school, they are eligible for MMV grants up to R$300 monthly. The Bahia Tourism Department and LATAM airlines are promoting the program and the funds come from a website format to calculate the carbon footprint costs of your trip.    See: www.mecenasdavida.org.br .You then pay by Paypal or credit card. Proceeds are directed to the MMV program supporting small scale farmers. Right now the program is in the Itacare / Serra Grande region of Bahia but Barra Grande and other municipalities of tourism areas are being approached. In addition to this, MMV has developed a “loyalty card” which sells to Brazilians for R$10 and foreigners for R$30 and participating restaurants, hotels, etc. give cardholders a 5% discount on their purchases.  It’s a very innovative win-win programme.  So how is SHARE involved?  MMV would like to partner with us in the purchase of a despolpadeira.  These mechanical devices are used to convert fruits into frozen pulp which is widely available as juices in restaurants and stores.  SHARE purchased one of these units for the EFA ag school to make use of fruit that was otherwise being wasted.  In this case, it ties in perfectly with the production of agroforestry fruits being produced by these small farmers and enhances environmental conservation.

Bob Thomas, February 2018
bobmargethomas@gmail.com

Seeds for Haiti

Seeds for Haiti

Thanks to funds from donations at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's annual meeting (through the Agriskills committee), SHARE was able to supply seeds to replant gardens and produce critically needed vegetables after Hurricane Matthew.





 


Thanks to Copetown Lions and Volunteers

A special thank you to the Copetown Lions Club and their “chef”, Dan Brigham, Peter Finlayson, auctioneer Jim McCartney and the dinner committee and the Copetown United Church volunteers for the very successful dinner in support of SHARE. A special thanks to Frank and Matt Regan who again donated from the Lions’ designated fund.

SHARE thanks the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir

SHARE thanks the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the United2Ring bell choir for their wonderful Christmas concert in support of SHARE's work. Thank you also to the Fundraising committee and all who attended.

MP David Tilson Congratulates SHARE Volunteers and Donors

"I would like to thank S.H.A.RE.'s extraordinary volunteers and donors, and wish this phenomenal organization another forty years of continued success and excellence in creating healthy communities in the developing world".
....Click here to view certificate.

New Opportunities, New Project, New Funding

SHARE is proud to announce the start of a new project, the Central American Initiative. This new project will provide improve the lives of over 6,000 people in 50 impoverished agriculturally based communities in 3 countries. SHARE is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with two private foundations that will match funds raised by SHARE for this three year project. The Barrett Family and Willowool Foundations will donate one dollar for each dollar raised by SHARE for this community development project that includes agriculture (tools, training, irrigation and marketing), youth skills training and small enterprise. Targeted rural communities will benefit from health and well-being components - eco stoves, household water filters, an anti-violence program and capacity building. Read more in the Fall 2016 newsletter.

textMark, Cullen, SHARE's Honorary Patron, Receives The Order of Canada, July 1, 2016

We congratulate Mark Cullen for receiving the The Order of Canada; Mark has received this award for "his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment." Mark has been a great support to SHARE as well as too many other worthy causes. We thank Mark for all he does and celebrate this deserving tribute to him.

Photo: Mark Cullen in El Salvador, Feb. 2016 with some of the 22 farmers sharing a pump in the "Pumps for Food" project, conceived and funded by Mark, his friend Dr. Jim Clubine and supporters.

SHARE’s Largest Project with DFATD - Global Affairs Canada Project

Working with 2 effective partner organizations in Central America, SHARE has successfully completed SHARE’s largest project. This project was monitored both in Honduras and El Salvador by staff from the Canadian government (DFATD/CIDA and now called Global Affairs Canada). This grassroots project aligned SHARE’s goals and those of the Canadian government’s development goals to reduce poverty in low income countries, support women and youth and increase food security.

As a result of the excellent results achieved, SHARE was able to continue this project for a 4th year with funding from the government! Skills training and inputs in 4 components, agriculture, literacy, youth training and improved stove building provided a way for targeted settlements of hundreds of impoverished rural families to improve their lives through their own efforts.

The support of DFTAD (now called Global Affairs Canada) and the donations of our donors were critical to the success of this project. Thank you for your support!

*Note: There has not been a call for small not for profits like SHARE to apply for financial support from our Canadian government so SHARE is seeking new ways to fund our important work. 

This project was successfully completed June 2016.

In Memoriam
Hugh Lorne Beaty 1918-2015

“In my work with SHARE I’ve always found that in giving I have always received back more than I ever gave. I believe that if we can serve others we are not so mindful of ourselves.” Hugh Beaty

It is with great gratitude that SHARE remembers the life and the contribution of Hugh Beaty, the first Project Manager of S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation. In 1976, Hugh heard on CBC radio about the enthusiastic plans of a new organization formed by Peel farmers to improve nutrition in developing countries. Hugh liked SHARE’s plan to send high quality Canadian dairy cattle to Brazil to improve milk production there; Hugh was inspired to assist with the project. He sold his dairy herd and with his wife Melba he traveled to Brazil and supervised the first SHARE dairy project for 2 years. Hugh was the SHARE’s volunteer Project Manager until 1992, monitoring and tracking all of SHARE’s early projects with assistance from Melba.

Hugh remained dedicated to the work of SHARE and a valued advisor at all of SHARE’s project and board meetings until his death. The impact of his experiences in World War II and his strong beliefs in the human spirit guided decisions which needed to be made by SHARE; his advice was always valued.

In the book called More Than a Vision Hugh recorded his experiences in those early years of SHARE’s work. His efforts made the founders’ vision a reality along with the dedication, expertise and generosity of many volunteers and donors. In writing More Than a Vision, Hugh honoured those who worked to turn a dream or a vision into something more, an effective enduring foundation that provided ‘a hand up’ to the disadvantaged.

Hugh said that it was his valued friend, Mark Cullen (SHARE’s honorary Patron) and Mark’s contagious enthusiasm that persuaded him to tell his life story, which resulted in the book Extra Ordinary, a search through the ordinary that brought out the extra ordinary in Hugh’s life. Hugh’s example and efforts were a guiding example to many of the volunteers of SHARE, an example that ordinary folks can achieve the extra ordinary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of WW 11 commemoration Hugh and Mark Cullen met with former Minister of Justice, Peter McKay. Our thanks to the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation (www.nfnm.ca ) and Mark Cullen for the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read this book - The Hugh Beaty Story

”Extra Ordinary” is a fascinating, real life tale about a living legend. A D Day Veteran and founding member of SHARE Agriculture Foundation, Hugh shares his wisdom and insights based on 95 years of real-life experience.

In his words, as told to Mark Cullen [SHARE honorary patron] - "You will not want to put it down!"

This book is available at: info@shareagfoundation.org
or call the SHARE office at 1-888-337-4273.

 

 

 

Report on ‘Pumps for Food’ Initiative

Mark Cullen, S.H.A.R.E.’s honorary patron and his friend Dr. James Clubine saw the benefits of small scale irrigation for impoverished groups of farmers on remote land settlements in El Salvador last winter and were inspired to act. Their fundraising goal for 2 years was bold and with generous donations and a successful golf tournament fundraiser in August they are on the way to meeting their goal. The amount raised in 2014 will fund many simple irrigation systems for several communities and provide much needed food and income for many families in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Thank you Mark and Jim! Can you support this 2 year initiative with a donation to “Pumps for Food”? Visit Canada Helps or designate your donation by mail.

Caption: Mark Cullen and Dr. Jim Clubine hosted a golf tournament at Pheasant Run Golf Club, Sharon, Ontario in August for their 2 year ‘Pumps for Food’ initiative. A big thank you to all generous donors, sponsors and workers at this event! And thank you Mark and Jim for your bold and generous initiative.

 

Pumps For Food Project

Mark Cullen and Dr. Jim Clubine know that water makes all the difference to subsistence peasant farmers. Read about their trip to El Salvador to visit SHARE projects and donate to their "Pumps for Food" project. (PDF. You can download Adobe Reader here).

Visit markcullen.com to view Mark's April Newsletter.

 

 

Thank You to RTO and OECTA for Literacy Grants

SHARE thanks Retired Teachers of Ontario for their Service to Others grant and OECTA, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association for grants for adult literacy. Two adult literacy circles for 2 women’s groups in Guatemala are funded with these grants.

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FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR 2013 – SHARE’s fund raising committee, the SHARE Board and many volunteers worked very hard on fund raising for 2013

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Thank You to Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and Eden Bells aPeel

SHARE would like to thank the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Eden Bells aPeel for their talents and efforts in presenting a concert at St. Paul's United Church, Brampton on November 25 in support of SHARE's projects.

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Country Corn Roast for High School Scholarship

Thanks to our hosts Ellen and Ray Thomson and all the volunteers for an enjoyable day “down on the farm” near Rockwood Ontario early in September. The local corn was delicious and the butter tarts were pretty good too; the hay ride was fun and the cows contentedly chewed their cud and did what they do best as visitors snuck into the barn for a peek.

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Caledon West Rotary Club Supports SHARE Water Filter Program

In September, a small group of dedicated Rotarians who make up the Caldeon West Rotary partnered with Theatre Unlimited, Mississauga and presented two fun filled nights at Alloa Public School in Caledon in a presentation called SHARE on Broadway.

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S.H.A.R.E. Fund Raising Committee Hard At Work in 2012

Supported by family and friends, our SHARE Board and committee members, the SHARE fund-raising committee organized some outstanding events in 2012. The Annual Golf Tournament, the Wacky Card Night, the Corn Roast, the Dinner Dance and the Plant Sale were annual events that raised money for SHARE projects.

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SHARE’s New CIDA Project

CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency, Canada's lead agency for development assistance will partner with SHARE in a new project that will work to alleviate poverty in 95 rural communities in El Salvador and Honduras. The project will use a multi pronged approach to reduce poverty and improve the lives of over 11, 620 men, women and children. Families will be assisted by agriculture extension technicians to produce a variety of agriculture products to improve their families’ nutrition and to sell in small local markets; farming inputs such as seeds, cuttings, chickens, irrigation equipment and tools will be provided.

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Can You Meet The Mark Cullen Challenge?

Mark Cullen, SHARE’s patron, challenges SHARE to raise ‘new funds’ from existing donors and new donors.  He will match any newly pledged donations to a maximum of $10,000 each year for the next 5 years. Mark’s challenge will enable SHARE to assist more rural families, to plan longer term projects and to fund our share of the new CIDA project. 

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Thank You Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario

Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario (www.jfao.ca) presented SHARE with a generous donation at the JFAO annual March conference and meeting in Peterborough. Over 25 affiliated Junior Farmers’ clubs across Ontario worked to fundraise for this donation. “This is a lot of funds to raise and will be greatly appreciated by those who receive SHARE’s support,” commented Murray Brownridge, chair of the SHARE Board of Directors as he thanked the membership for their generosity.

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Hugh Beaty inducted into Milton Hall of Fame

Friends and family gathered recently at the Milton Town Hall to participate in this memorable ceremony sponsored by the Town of Milton and the Milton Historical Society.

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International Development Week February 5 - 11

When disaster strikes at home or around the world Canadians respond. However, every day many Canadians work as global citizens to make this world a better place. These Canadians care about the well-being of others, donating time and money to those less fortunate all around the world. To celebrate this international work the Canadian government has designated February 5th to 11th as International Development Week.

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Successful Monitoring Trip Completed to Guatemala

Les Frayne, project manager and Murray Brownridge, chair of the Board of Directors of SHARE recently completed a monitoring trip to several communities in Guatemala to visit project sites. Both reported that it was gratifying to see these successful projects that have resulted from the SHARE fund raising, research and planning with hard working partner Brazos Amorosos (Loving Arms)...

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Disaster in El Salvador - Can you help?

Ten days of continuous rain in mid October, 2011 caused catastrophic damage to communities in El Salvador where SHARE has agriculture projects. Families, who had very little, lost their humble homes, possessions and crops to torrential rains, flooding and landslides. SHARE was quick to send funds...

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David L. Armstrong

S.H.A.R.E. is saddened by the recent death of David Armstrong, a founding director and one of our most loyal supporters. He planted the seed and inspired farm leaders in the Region of Peel to form SHARE in 1976. He was very active on the Board and held various positions including Chairman until 1993. He continued to attend Board meetings until his death. David’s insight and "Pumps for Food" project. (PDF. You can download Adobe Reader here).

wealth of knowledge will be greatly missed. David was a Life member of Mayfield United Church and was involved with many other community organizations. David farmed for many years in the Caledon area and was a very well respected dairy farmer.

 

Successful SHARE Corn Roast – Scholarship Fund for Rural Teens

Fabulous weather, delicious food, good entertainment, beautiful, relaxed country setting, many friends and generous donors.

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Lions Club Donates Eye Glasses for S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation's Adult Literacy Program

After several men and women thanked SHARE for providing a literacy circle in their community in El Salvador, one woman spoke up. “I can read signs and directions when I go to town now. I no longer have the shame of putting an X on documents when I go to offices. I want to thank SHARE for the opportunity to learn to read even at my age. But I have a request. Would you be able to get me some reading glasses?” Maria asked. “It is hard to see the words on the pages because I need glasses.”

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Water Filter Program in Guatemala – Connecting Partners in Canada, U.S. and Guatemala

It sometimes takes a lot of partnering to get a development project started.  Internet research, many emails, hours of volunteer efforts and collaborations can bring like-minded organizations together to make good things happen.
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Poverty and the International Food Crisis in Central America

“Imagine living on  $1.25 a day and spending $ .85 of that on food for your family.” According to the World Bank, “Central America is one of the hardest hit regions in the international food crisis. The price of rice, beans, sugar and other commodities has drastically gone up. Many families cannot afford nutritious food anymore. The impact is dramatic in particular for children.”
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SHARE Supporters see Results in Central America

A recent trip to Belize and Guatemala has opened the eyes and touched the hearts of Jane Collins of Rockton and Peter Lindley of Ancaster. Both supporters of the SHARE (Sending Help and Resources Everywhere) Agriculture Foundation visited the two countries a little over two months ago to get a firsthand look at how the non-profit organization provides assistance to impoverished rural communities in Central America.
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Building Leaders. Building Communities

Partnering with the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario 
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“Pass On Principal” Means Giving Back in Guatemala

Eight new S.H.A.R.E. stoves were completed in Guatemala just in time to help with an admirable act of generosity.
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Growing for S.H.A.R.E. – The 12th Annual Plant Sale at Cheltenham

The 12th annual S.H.A.R.E. plant sale held recently in the community of Cheltenham.
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Justus Concert for S.H.A.R.E.

S.H.A.R.E. would like to thank the Justus Choir (Streetsville Musicorp Inc.) who recently presented an evening of song in their trademark energetic and enthusiastic fashion – all in support of S.H.A.R.E.’s work.
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15th Copetown Lions Club Dinner for SHARE

Thanks to the work of friends and family of the late John Yovanov, Peter Lindley and members of the Copetown Lions Club...
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Remarks about SHARE in the Canadian Senate

These are the remarks of the Honorable Lorna Milne, now retired Canadian Senator, in the Canadian Senate on December 1, 2009.
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Belize Study Tours

Ridgetown Campus and the University of Guelph offer students study tours of the small, Central American country of Belize.
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David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon Congratulates S.H.A.R.E.

In a letter read at the S.H.A.R.E. annual dinner/dance fundraiser in November 2009, David Tilson congratulated the organization..
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SHARE Patron and CBC farm commentator Dr. George Atkins died early Monday, November 30th, 2009 in Wiarton, Ontario at the age of 92.

A graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College and a farmer himself, George Atkins was CBC's farm and gardening host in the 1950s and '60s. 
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S.H.A.R.E. Student Wins University Scholarship to Taiwanese University.

Never in her most ambitious dreams for the scholarship program that she initiated would Isabelle Harmer have imagined the good news!
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11th Annual Corn Roast for Scholarship Fund

Friends and supporters of the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation Belize scholarship fund attended the annual corn roast..
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SHARE's First Project in Bolivia

In the Andean highlands of Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, SHARE has started a new project ..
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An Ambassador Visits - S.H.A.R.E. Partners for Results

Sometimes impoverished rural communities where SHARE works need inputs that are difficult for SHARE to provide.
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10th annual SHARE Golf Tournament

104 golfers recently took part in the 10th annual SHARE Golf Tournament at the Guelph Lakes Golf and Country Club.
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Copetown Lions Club Dinner for SHARE

Thanks to the work of John Yovanov, Peter Lindley and members of the Copetown Lions Club a successful fundraising dinner raised over $5,000 for SHARE’s projects.
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SHARE Announces a Third CIDA Project

SHARE will raise funds to partner with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on a third project. 
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MP Tilson Congratulates S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation for CIDA Funding Approval

David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, congratulated the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation, a local non-profit charity, at the organization’s  annual dinner and dance in Brampton for qualifying to receive funds from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for agricultural and literacy project work in Central and South America.
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Retired Teachers of Ontario ‘Service to Others’ Award for S.H.A.R.E.’s Literacy Circles in El Salvador

After spending a life time of work in schools in Wellington County and across Ontario retired teachers stay interested in their passion for education by supporting literacy efforts in Ontario and around the world through the Service to Others initiative funded by the provincial Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO).
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SHARE Announces CIDA Matched Funding

SHARE is pleased to announce that our organization has been awarded 3 to 1 matched funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a 3 year agricultural project in Brazil.
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SHARE Announces CIDA Matched Funding

Michael Chong Congratulates SHARE Agriculture Foundation for CIDA Funding Approval
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Second CIDA Funded Project for SHARE Agriculture Foundation

SHARE will again partner with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a 3 year project in El Salvador.  The focus of this project is teen and adult literacy and agricultural training in 40 disadvantaged rural communities. 
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The new CIDA/SHARE project in El Salvador will fund literacy lessons for teens and adults for 3 years in 40 rural communities

400 men and women will be trained and receive agricultural inputs to feed families in 40 communities in El Salvador


SHARE dairy projects show lasting results in small Belizean communities. Farmers in Arenal village (a small village on the Belize-Guatemala border) were helped by SHARE sponsorship to build fencing and dig ponds to contain their cows that were generously provided by SHARE. The projects in the village began 10 years ago and during the recent monitoring tour we had an opportunity to see them trotting past the school. While visiting the new school in the village, built by the Canadian Government via the Canadian High Commission in Belize, on land donated by the Belizean Government, we were pleased to see a healthy herd of Brahma-Holstein cross cattle being herded through town to their other pasture field. The SHARE cattle have improved the livelihood and prosperity of the group of farmers involved and the offspring appear to still be going strong.

From Belize - Katie Savage - Jan. 29/08


 

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