Four examples to inspire your International Development Week

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Across this province…individual Albertans are joining nonprofit international development organizations and transforming words into action to create a powerful force for change around the world. Here are some of great examples of change in action:

Through their efforts, an abandoned rail car in Manila has been transformed into an eye care clinic that serves thousand in need in the Philippines.

Children sit in a classroom in Kenya gaining the knowledge and skills that will help them to break the cycle of poverty and perhaps become the community leaders that will guide their country forward.


Students in a Kenyan classroom

Women in remote villages in China are learning new skills and taking the first vital steps to building a future for themselves and their families.


Woman in China learning new skills

From high school students in Fort McMurray who split their time between working at a local soup kitchen and laying the foundation for a classroom in a remote African village…


…to the veteran volunteers of Rotary International who have turned their sites on eradicating polio no matter where it hides in the world, Albertans of all ages and all backgrounds are making a difference and demonstrating that they are not only citizens of this province, but citizens of the global community.

Through the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of individual Albertans working with community-based nonprofits, Alberta’s reputation as a leader in international development continues to grow.

In making the struggles of those around the world their own, these remarkable Albertans – united in the belief that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world – are doing just that.

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