Canada Helps Improve the Quality of Life of Vulnerable People in Central America

October 20, 2014

Canada Helps Improve the Quality of Life of Vulnerable People in Central America

MP Earl Dreeshen reiterates support to increase access to basic education, improve water and sanitation systems and provide access to microfinance in Honduras and Guatemala

October 20, 2014, OTTAWA – Today, Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer, reiterated the Harper Government’s support toward a project implemented by the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) in Honduras and Guatemala.

The Government of Canada has worked in collaboration with Canadian Rotarians since the late 1970s and with the CRCID since 1986 to partner on projects to improve the lives of people around the globe. Canadian Rotarians and the Harper Government have worked closely together on eradicating polio. Prime Minister Harper launched the “Pennies and More for Polio” fundraising drive to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a global program initiated by Rotarians.

By increasing access to basic education in Guatemala, and by improving water and sanitation systems and providing access to microfinance in Honduras, this new project will provide increased opportunities for vulnerable people to enjoy improved household income and health.

“The Rotary approach of community-level fundraising increases the engagement of individual Canadians and strengthens the bonds of friendship between the developed and developing world,” said Dreeshen. “We must all work together toward that end—NGOs, governments and citizens—to create more opportunities, better livelihoods and stronger economies.”

One of the goals of Canada’s Strategy for Engagement in the Americas is to increase security and improve socio-economic conditions for the most vulnerable groups in the region.

Quick Facts

  • Sixty percent of Hondurans and 54 percent of Guatemalans live in poverty, while 18 percent of Hondurans and 14 percent of Guatemalans live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than US$1.25/day. 
  • Canada views increased engagement through trade and commercial-economic ties as one of the best ways to promote sustainable economic growth in the Americas.
  • Canada is committed to targeting the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child deaths in developing countries, including by improving access to quality water and sanitation to reduce the burden of leading diseases.
  • On May 28–30, 2014, in Toronto, the Prime Minister hosted the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm's Reach summit. At the summit, Canada committed $3.5 billion in support for the period 2015–2020 and renewed global momentum to advance maternal, newborn and child health as a global priority beyond 2015.