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The world is experiencing extreme challenges in the wake of this corona virus pandemic COVID 19. Measures prescribed by Public Health to stem the rate of infection like social and physical distancing are onerous for individuals and societies to say the least.
However these measures translate to real hardship for a great number of CSA benefactors more so because these measure are incongruent with social norms and daily life activities. Observing these public health measures is nonetheless essential. For this reason CSA is initiating COVID 19 fund drive. This entails working with our agents to provide additional support targeted at encouraging social and physical distancing as observance of these measures are integral to the overall success of ongoing programs; of women empowerment and economic self reliance.
To sustain this COVID 19 imperative CSA is calling on our beloved and devoted donors for more support. No amount, as always, is too little. In this time of great need it is important to remember that our efforts as a an organization remain the same; to empower women and protect children by funding clusters of sustainable local economic initiatives; investing in the talent and resources of women. To donate please click on this link: DONATE NOW

Mieke Thorne Presented with Lifetime award by Canadian Samaritans for Africa

Mieke Thorne Presented with Lifetime award by Canadian Samaritans for Africa

A lifetime of compassion and humanitarian outreach to Africa has earned Belleville’s Mieke Thorne a lifetime award from the Canadian Samaritans for Africa.
Thorne, a long-time activist and a member of Amnesty International, received the award in recognition of her selfless humanitarian outreach to Africa. Rose Kantiono, a Quinte Grannies for Africa fashion show participant, nominated Thorne and did a power point presentation at the ceremony.
“I have been in love with Africa my entire life,” Thorne said while accepting the award. “I was actually considering being a nun in Africa until the boys came along.”
She spoke of her work with Quinte Grannies for Africa and mentioned the African grannies who had recently visited for the book launch of “Powered by Love” in Quinte, as well as her work with refugees and human rights through Amnesty International.

“We are not the heroes, they are the true heroes,” Thorne said in dedicating her award to the grandmothers of Africa.‚Äč

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