SHE MATTERS 4 CANADA
2017 marks the fourth year of CBM’s She Matters Campaign which seeks to highlight global gender inequity. Past years have focused on girl education, microcredit for women entrepreneurs, and empowering female leaders. She Matters 4 Canada will focus on issues facing Indigenous women in Canada.
CBM has invited singer/songwriter and Indigenous Leader Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en community in Northern British Columbia, to be our She Matters spokesperson for this upcoming year. Cheryl is an award-winning performer and educator who shares stories of Indigenous life — the joy, sorrow, faith, and journey.
Towards the end of June, Cheryl will be embarking on an artist tour with CBM in Bolivia to hear more about the challenges facing Indigenous women in their own communities. Continue reading for more stories on how women are being empowered in places like Bolivia.
In the meantime, you are invited to join Cheryl Bear and CBM for special evenings of song and story, which will inspire and challenge Canadian Baptists to advocate on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada and marginalized women around the world.
- June 6 @ Bilberry Creek Baptist Church – Orleans, ON – FREE EVENT
- June 7 @ Lakefield Baptist Church – Lakefield, ON – FREE EVENT
- June 9 @ CBM Office – Mississauga, ON – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
(Call 905.821.3533 to register for this event.)
- June 10 @ Kingsway Baptist Church – Toronto, ON – TICKETS REQUIRED
- August 26 @ Crandall University – Moncton, NB – FREE EVENT
HOPE IN BOLIVIA
Cheryl Bear will have many more encounters with women like Olga this June – stay tuned to CBM’s Facebook page to stay updated!
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
At CBM, we are serious about protecting and providing for the most vulnerable in communities where our partners work, and most oftentimes these are women and children. The importance in the partnership and participation of men is crucial in order to build healthy and flourishing support networks for the benefit of all within these communities. Together, better education, health, nutrition, income generation and more can be achieved.
Earlier this year, CBM was rallying to raise matched funds to support enterprising men and women through our microfinance programs in the Global South. These men and women are inspiring and hardworking. They have broken out of the cycle of poverty through the small businesses they’ve built despite starting with almost no capital. They are motivated by the desire to give their children a better life and hope for the future.
A small loan or grant. Training and mentoring. Spiritual input about integrity and values. Prayer. A support group of peers. CBM supports these small business owners in these areas. What a remarkable impact it is having!
As we continue to raise funds for this cause, we are thankful that you believe in the generous investment needed for the lives of the poor, as a way of providing witness that there are no insignificant lives. We are so proud to be a part of this body of Canadian Baptists who stand for the rights and needs of the most vulnerable in our world today. Let’s keep it going!
FAMINE IN SOUTH SUDAN
There has been a tremendous response so far for our South Sudan crisis response (Spring Appeal 2017), and we just want to say thank you! To our generous donors and church partners, it is thanks to you that lives are being saves as conflict and hunger continue to rage on in South Sudan.
And not a moment too soon – in the past week, the Canadian federal government has announced that they will match all individual charitable donations made to registered charities towards famine relief. So when a donation is made to CBM’s Spring Appeal 2017, the Government of Canada will match that amount on a 1:1 basis. The match will be placed into the famine relief fund, and after June 30, the government will choose which organizations will receive those funds.
With 20 million at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and surrounding areas, the federal government’s famine relief fund will run retroactively from March 17 until June 30.
Not only do we want to offer our thanks, our partner in South Sudan, Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBAC) is overwhelmed by the generous response of their Canadian partners. Two ways you can continue to support this desperate time of famine:
1. Pray for peace between the government and opposition armies. There has been a promise of safe access for humanitarian workers. Pray that this will hold so that food can reach into all regions of the country. Pray also for church leaders and relief workers.
2. Make a generous financial gift to our South Sudan crisis response, if you have yet to already. We want to be able to help our partner in South Sudan do more, as hungry people come to their church doors with nowhere else to go.