A Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 5th is International Volunteer Day, but one day a year is not enough to fully acknowledge the work of RESULTS volunteers across Canada. 2018 is coming to a close and it’s a great time to reflect on some of the accomplishments of our incredible RESULTS Canada volunteers. The dedicated RESULTS Canada community took hundreds of actions in 2018, helping to bring us closer to a world free of extreme poverty.

From letters to dollars:

Countless letters were sent to Members of Parliament (MPs), Senators, Ministers, and the Prime Minister. A multitude of meetings with decision-makers happened both on Parliament Hill and with you in their ridings that will improve the lives of millions of people around the world. These actions helped RESULTS Canada and partners push for the largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations in history. On June 9, G7 countries, the World Bank, and the European Union committed $3.8 billion to reduce barriers and improve access to quality education for the women and girls in conflict and crisis situations. Of this, Canada committed $400 million. The evidence is irrefutable: educating girls is the smartest, most sustainable investment there is in global peace, stability, and prosperity. You are helping us to get there.

Citizen advocate voices were also heard loud and clear in lead up to the replenishment of the Global Financing Facility (GFF)—calling on the Canadian Government to invest in the health and well-being of women, children, and adolescents around the world. On November 6, Minister Bibeau announced a commitment of $50 million to the GFF and signaled their continued and future support. The GFF will help to support countries around the world to build sustainable health systems that prioritize women, children, and adolescents whose health, well-being, and empowerment is pivotal to ending cycles of poverty.

This is what RESULTS Canada is all about—pushing for political will to support the most effective ways to bring an end to extreme poverty. And these major investments by Canada are just two of the many reasons we have to celebrate on December 5th. Our voices can and are changing the world!

Building the political will, building champions

RESULTS Canada works tirelessly to build relationships with MPs. Our MP champions are essential to moving the needle on our issues and the outreach of citizen advocates played a key role in building these relationships, with hundreds of letters sent to their offices and countless in-person meetings. The RESULTS Canada team also brought three MPs on an educational delegation this year to Kenya, where they were able to meet health care workers, tuberculosis patients, and school children to gain a better understanding some of the core issues impacting poverty. These MPs (Chandra Arya, Scott Simms, and Stephanie Kusie) are already championing these issues in Parliament and with their colleagues. The momentum is building!

So let’s take some time to celebrate you—the incredible volunteer community of RESULTS Canada. But after we finish celebrating, let’s not get complacent. Because as far as we’ve come in 2018, we’re not done yet!

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