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#CEFxHeroImages – What’s the Buzz?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Jenn Laidlaw, Blog Manager

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You may have noticed the #CEFxHeroImages countdown on our social media channels this month. Perhaps you are seeing #CEFxHeroImages for the first time and wondering if it’s an algebra equation. Either way, you are likely asking yourself what does it all mean? Now is the time to find out as we are only 1 day away!

On September 13, photographers from Hero Images, who are based out of Calgary, will be invading Vancouver. But not to worry – this is a friendly invasion, their name does contain the word “hero” after all! They will descend on the city with 4 camera bodies, 12 lenses, 4 laptops, and as many lights, stands, and props as they can fit into their suitcases! These photographers are taking part in their first Compassionate Eye Foundation photoshoot as part of our summer Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour and we can’t wait to see them in action.

The location: The beautiful Perkins + Will office in downtown Vancouver.

Be a part of the excitement! Bookmark this page and make sure you check back to see the outcome of this exciting photoshoot! If you like what you see, please share it with your social communities and help us increase the buzz about CEF and our partners.Use the hashtag #CEFxHeroImages when posting and sharing online and make sure you are following us on Instagram + Twitter Facebook

New Funding Partner: Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Dan Rogers, Board Chair

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Compassionate Eye Foundation is very pleased and excited to announce a new funding partnership, with a historical twist. Earlier this year CEF entered into an agreement with the Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm in Puna, Hawaii wherein the Waterfarm would donate 25% of all sales to CEF’s global projects. Waterfarm is a community organization which provides locals in the lower Puna area with blessed and structured water through monthly co-op memberships.

But why? One of the founders of the Waterfarm is our founder, Robert Kent. Robert continues to make a difference in the world on so many levels.  Below is an excerpt from the Seaview Water Farm website:

25% of all Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm water sales will be donated directly to CEF’s work around the world. This amount will also be matched by CEF. For every $5 you donate for your water, we will donate $1.25 to CEF, which will be matched 1:1, resulting in $2.50 of impact in developing nations. The primary focus of these projects will be on clean water programs.

You can learn more about Seaview here!

Here’s to fresh, pure water around the world.  Many thanks to Robert and all involved in the Farm!

Get (more) connected with your community: Timeraiser 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014

John Grant, CEF Contributor

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This week we encourage you to get more connected and aware of the volunteer organizations in your community by checking out a local Timeraiser event if you’re in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal, or St. John’s

Not familiar with the initiative? If you’re interested in art and in volunteering then this is the perfect event for you! Bid time (instead of money) on original local art. The time you bid then goes towards a volunteer non-profit organization who needs some help. Once your bid (hours) are fulfilled then you walk away with a beautiful new piece of art – and one that has a pretty cool story behind it when your friends and family ask about it! 

Read about one of our volunteers’ experience with Timeraiser here!

An Experience in 100 Hours

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

By John Grant, CEF Contributor

Timeraiser Vancouver is an annual event where attendees can bid volunteer hours of their own time in exchange for artwork by local artists. CEF has been participating in this event since 2010 as a non-profit organization who volunteers can pledge their time to.  The next event is happening May 8th at Segal Place in Vancouver, and you can get your tickets here.

John Grant shares with us his experience as a Timeraiser volunteer:

In November 2012, I took on a big challenge as a participant of Timeraiser Vancouver; I pledged to volunteer 100 hours with non-profit organizations in Vancouver over the next 12 months. In return, I got to take home a highly coveted piece of artwork, which was beautifully crafted by Sarah Mulder. My Timeraiser experience introduced me to a number of interesting and important organizations – including Compassionate Eye Foundation. What initially drew me to CEF was that it is a unique non-profit that marries two of my big interests: photography and support for developing countries. In some ways I thought it was too good to be true that such an organization exists!

I attended several CEF events, including their year-end celebration, Wrap8, and a fundraising event. I found both to reveal a community of very interesting people who I had great conversations with and who shared similar interests – something that isn’t always easy to find.

Chatting with CEF’s Executive Director, Susan McDonald, brought me even closer to the organization as she listened to the skill sets that I had and what my areas of interest were. She quickly identified a few ways that I could give back to the organization, while also building up some nice portfolio pieces for myself.  One of my favorite contributions is creating CEF’s monthly internal newsletter, In Focus.

I managed to contribute around one hour each week for the past year with CEF and met some great people along the way. I was also given some very cool exclusive access to a professional photo shoot; it was kind of a dream come true for an amateur photographer like myself!

You can read all about my experience with CEF and other volunteer groups I became involved with over the past year on my blog. Today, I proudly display my artwork piece in my home as a reflection of completing my volunteer hours. Now that my official Timeraiser experience is complete, I find that the artwork was merely a goal and a catalyst for me to experience something grander: The ability to connect with communities and to experience situations that I normally wouldn’t encounter. For that alone, I encourage you to also find an organization that reflects something that you’re passionate about and offer to provide them with a few hours of your time. In the end, the result will likely surprise you!

A huge thank you to John for sharing his experience with us, and for his continued work with CEF!

Thank you, for one COOL event!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

 

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Last night’s On the Rock’s Community Love for Clean Water fundraiser held at Heritage Hall was a wonderful event!

Sincere thanks to Jennifer Trayler and Danielle Nesbit of On the Rocks for initiating this event for CEF. They may be Ice Princesses, but they have the warmest hearts! Thanks too, to their family and friends who supported in so many ways!

The students from the Arts Institute’s Event Planning program Euthia Pham, Carla Pruner, Julia Wu and Ni Zhao did a wonderful job planning and preparing for the evening.  Thanks to the Culinary Students who took care of the food and worked behind the scenes in keeping tasty bites flowing throughout the evening.

The flair bartender, Daniel Branson, was exceptional and presented all the drinks, including the specialty drink featuring On the Rocks Ice spheres with panache!  Cakewalk Media captured the event with some great images

A highlight of the evening was the live entertainment provided by Greg Drummond and friends. Special thanks to the donors of silent auction items.  Many happy people walked out of the hall last night with beautiful purchases.

It was a terrific time to meet new friends and old.  It was a great night of connection – person to person, community to community. The event, held in celebration of World Water Day (March 22) raised money for clean water projects through CEF (if you didn’t catch the post about the recent project in Cambodia, read it here).

Thank you to everyone who supported this event in so many different ways! Stay tuned for more coverage and photos from what was definitely the COOLEST event in town!

 

More Stories from K.I.D.S. International – Small Donations that Make a Big Difference

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Rey Buenaventura, CEF Social Media Manager

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in someone’s life.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories shared by Adrienne & Rick Dartnell of K.I.D.S. International. CEF has been a big supporter, partner and friend of K.I.D.S. International and we’ve always felt inspired when we hear how much good work the Dartnells are undertaking. Below are some stories we’d like to share with all of you.

Dear Friends, 

There is a small family who lives on our street. Sompea, [and] her mother… live together with Sompea’s little girl Srey Moa who is five. They work all day long from dawn to late into the evening most every day of the week so [that] they can educate and clothe [Srey Moa]. They live in the shop/house which is one very small room . Everyday we walk past they smile, chat, laugh and never complain. We have helped them in the past with a new sewing machine and this year K.I.D.S. has sponsored the little girl for a year’s worth of tuition at a better school. The family are thrilled and it is great to see the little one go off to school in her uniform…she is teaching her Mom English!
 
Vanna, a man who lost both of his arms below the elbows to a land-mine, refuses to beg for a living – as many disabled people [in Cambodia] are forced to do. He stands by the side of the road day in day out and sells books out of a small cart while his wife does washing. They have two young daughters that we will sponsor for another year of education. 
 
Our regular tuk tuk (a small passenger trailer that is pulled by a motorcycle) driver for the past four years, whom we have gone on many missions with, has been saving to replace his [rickety old] motorcycle… This year, [we noticed that] the motorcycle was in a very sorry condition. He had saved a fair bit towards a new bike, but it was easy to see that the machine was deteriorating faster than the savings were accumulating. KIDS topped up his savings and he is now the very proud owner of a much newer bike that will allow him to continue to support his wife and two small kids for years to come. His wife was going to use the old motorcycle to get to market and take the kids to school but it breathed it’s last gasp a week after it was retired, so its replacement was timely. The family insisted we have lunch with them at their home…. [a] one room flat, which only had two mattresses, also on the floor. We talked, ate and had some laughs and they asked us to pass on their thanks.  
 
Sopeak [is a] girl that KIDS supports for education, who has… hearing problems.  She will [soon] graduate from grade twelve in a couple of months. We went to their house in the countryside to visit and have lunch.  She is doing very well with her English. Her family works very hard and are very poor. They are always incredibly kind to us and do their best to keep enough food on the table for the seven of them. A few years ago Sopeak had the opportunity to learn to sew with an organization and [she] proudly showed us several shirts that she had made for herself and family members.  However her family could not afford a treadle sewing machine. With funds donated we  went out and bought her one and some material to make some clothes. Sopeak was very happy and said the first shirt she would make would be for her father as he works so hard. 
 
We have much more to tell but will wait for a later time…
 
All the Best,
Adrianne and Rick 

Join Us at Vancouver Timeraiser!

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

By Leah Yee, CEF Social Media Coordinator

 

It’s that time of year again – CEF is pleased to announce we have been selected to participate in the 5th annual Vancouver Timeraiser event! Timeraiser takes place on November 8th at 7pm at the Roundhouse Community Center in Yaletown and is an amazing opportunity for non-profit organizations to connect with new volunteers. Attendees are given a chance to explore and learn about the 28 different participating organizations, and find the perfect volunteer opportunity to suit their needs. The evening also includes a silent art auction featuring local artists, whereby people bid volunteer hours instead of money towards the art pieces. There are 17 beautiful paintings up for auction and this year.   Timeraiser has pledged to raise 4,000 volunteer hours. The event is described as “part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town” and we at CEF are so excited to be involved in such a fantastic event! Tickets for night are $20 and can be purchased on the Timeraiser website.

In the past three years we have found some great volunteers through the Timeraiser event and are looking forward to meeting new members of our community this year!  So, if you’re looking to do some good and help out a great non-profit, why not Join us at Vancouver Timeraiser?

 

Masaai Mara, Kenya Water Kiosk Project

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Barbara Veres, Social Media Coordinator

We are delighted to announce the start of another exciting partnership with Canada’s own Free The Children (FTC) - a non-profit who has been working on a water kiosk project in the Masaai Mara region in southwestern Kenya.  These new water kiosks will bring so much more to the communities than just water- it will gives schools and communities accesss to fresh water on a daily basis, which in turn, will give the young girls of the community the opportunity to further their education.  This is truly something to celebrate!  Below is a letter from Gillian Dowie, Manager of Donor Relations for Free the Children.  We thought sharing Gillian’s letter would be an inspiring way to show our CEF supporters what  wonderful work FTC has been doing in Kenya and why we’re so proud to have partnered with them for the Kenya Water Kiosk Project.

In Africa Water Proximity Makes a Difference

 

Dear Friends,

[Free the Children] FTC has been operating in the Narok South District of Kenya since 1999, working with both Kipsigis and Maasai communities. It is among the poorest regions in the country, with low literacy rates and low school enrolment and attendance.  Through Adopt a Village, we’ve engaged many communities across the Mara and built schools, libraries, water projects, latrines, kitchens and teachers’ accommodations.  There are now many communities involved in our development and education projects and our team of community outreach and development workers consistently works with active women’s, men’s and youth groups.

 

In the Masaai Mara region of Kenya, families face a great deal of challenges and clear water is among them.  At FTC, we believe that clean water isn’t a luxury – it’s a basic human right.  The clean water program of our Adopt A Village model, which also includes education, health care, and alternative income, provides communities with localized clean water sources and sanitations facilities, reducing the spread of diseases and ridding children of their daily treks to collect water, freeing them to attend school.  Our clean water and sanitations projects include construction of wells, rain catchment systems, hand-washing stations and latrines. We also work with community members to promote local education in basic hygiene practices and waterborne disease prevention.

Water kiosks are stations which allow community members to access water from boreholes that FTC has dug.  Boreholes offer long-term sustainable solutions to drought by drilling up to 200 meters deep and protecting the water source from group contaminants.  From there, the water is routed to water kiosks at various points in nearby communities such as the school and central areas accessible to as many people as possible.  Water Management Committees are set up in each community to monitor the amount of water available and prevent overuse.  The use of a local Water Management Committee also promotes local ownership over the project, increasing the sustainability that FTC always ensures in our projects.

[Please take a look at this video.]  It depicts the first successful borehole that we dug in Kenya and Craig truly had no idea that they would strike water at that moment. It’s so much fun to watch and so moving at the same time. Providing access to clean water has the power to change lives!

CEF is a strong ongoing supporter of our work and the three kiosks that will be built in the region surrounding FTC’s newest borehole (construction dates TBD) will impact the communities both immediately and for years to come.  The ability to source clean water locally that CEF is providing improves the health of the community members, allows girls to have time to attend school and provides families with the ability to ensure safe and hygienic practices in the home.

The community names for the three kiosks are still to be determined, depending on the exact location of the borehole.  However, the Narok South District is a small region of Kenya and the communities in which we operate are all similar in challenges and often share resources because of their proximity to one another.  Once the community names are determined, further profiles will be created and sent to CEF.

Kenya at a Glance:

  • The average life expectancy is 54.
  • 46.1% of the population lives in absolute poverty.
  • The average adult literacy rate is 84%.
  • The maternal mortality rate is 530 deaths per 100,000 live births (as of 2008).

All my best,

Gillian Dowie
Manager, Donor Relations
Free The Children 

CEF & The Steveston Village Knitters Part 2

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

by Cale Simpson, CEF Social Media Coordinator

Yet again the Steveston Village Knitters, who meet every Tuesday @10am at Waves Coffee on Bayview Street in Steveston, have found a way to contribute their unique talents and compassion to CEF.  Our first partnership was for the Prenatal/Post delivery program in Guatemala that took place earlier in 2011.  Most recently the Village Knitters donated one-of-a-kind pieces that were sold at two community craft fairs in the lower mainland.  Some of the fine crafted items included felted hand bags, iPad sleeves, and children’s sweaters, along with colourful socks, scarves, quilts, and jewellery.  Both CEF’s Executive Director, Susan McDonald and photographer Suzanne Rushton can attest to the excellent quality of the Village Knitters products as they were given a chance to see their crafts prior to the craft fairs.
 
 From all of us at CEF, we would like to send a big, heartfelt thank you to all the Steveston Village Knitters!   Ladies, you really gave everyone a wonderful holiday gift by devoting your time and energy to creating such wonderful crafts and theny donating all of the proceeds from your events to support our work.   Thank you again ladies for your contributing your talents!
 
To learn more about the various projects that Compassionate Eye Foundation supports, please visit www.compassionateeye.org