Your May update from CLWR is now available!
- Ask your Member of Parliament to keep aid focused on helping those in need
- New photos from the Vocational Training Program in Jerusalem and Ramallah
- Stories and photos from the Young Adult Global Encounter to Peru
- Visit the Holy Land with CLWR
Ask your Member of Parliament to keep aid focused on those in need
In March, the federal government announced that it was merging the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Bill C-60, which was tabled in Parliament on April 30, 2013, provides guidelines on what will become the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
The House of Commons will be voting on Bill C-60 in June. Before that happens, we need you to reach out to your Member of Parliament and urge them to ensure that ending poverty and promoting human rights are at the heart of our international development efforts.
You can find your MP’s email address on this page: http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=current
The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) provides background information on the merger and an example of a letter to send MPs here:
New photos from the Vocational Training Program in Jerusalem and Ramallah
Earlier this month, CLWR’s Jenn Ardon joined the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on a study tour of the Holy Land. While there, they visited our partners in the region, including the Vocational Training Program run by Lutheran World Federation-Jerusalem.
The VTP makes a big difference in the lives of Palestinian youth and young adults, by providing them with training in jobs including auto-mechanics, plumbing and central heating repair, catering and office administration. Ninety per cent of graduates find work at least six months after graduating.
In a region where poverty and unemployment are all too common, the VTP brings success to its students. We’re pleased to support it.
View new photos from the VTP:
Read Jenn’s reflections on her visit: http://clwr.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/lutherans-in-the-holy-land-part-2-2/
Stories and photos from the Young Adult Global Encounter
A group of young Lutheran Canadians have just wrapped up a visit to Peru with CLWR! If you would like to see photos and read about the trip, please click on the link below. There, you will find links to CLWR’s youth Facebook page and three blogs written by trip participants. http://www.clwr.org/News/news-brief.cfm?news_id=300
Visit the Holy Land with us
CLWR will be hosting a Global Encounter to Palestine and Israel, from February 19 – March 3, 2014.
The encounter will provide an opportunity for participants to meet with CLWR project partners in Palestine and experience some of the religious heritage sights and rich culture of the region. We will see the quality care provided by the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, as well as the training offered to students at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training program in Beit Hanina and Ramallah. We will also engage with the Dar al-Kalima high school and college in Bethlehem and see the results of CLWR support.
There will be opportunities to spend time in the old city of Jerusalem and participate in a religious pilgrimage to other parts of the West Bank.
Come and join us for what will be a rich experience that will make a permanent impression on all who participate! A deposit of $1000 is required by June 30, 2013 to secure your position on the tour. Final costs for all accommodation, travel from your local airport and all meals is expected to not exceed $6000 in total. The final budget and itinerary are pending.
Please register by June 30, 2013 by contacting Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.661.2597.
Visit our website for more information, including a poster - http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/visit-our-program-communities.cfm#geholyland
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