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WOW Christmas: Champions in Uganda

WOW Christmas: Champions in Uganda

Last month I had the amazing honour of giving a lecture to a first-year women and gender studies class at Laurier University. I was asked to speak about WOW, who we are, what we do, as well as my roll and how I got involved. The very early 8:30 am class...

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Single mom here! Raising 5 children on my own, while putting myself through university; I was keenly aware of how, though my children attended a “publically funded” school, the extra school fees just about sank us year after year. First there was the $50...

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Back to School Blues-Impacting Literacy in Zambia

Back to School Blues-Impacting Literacy in Zambia

My daughter texted me this morning to inform me that she is “changing her classes.” Her new list includes Biology, English, Functions, French, Chemistry, Kinesiology, and Data. She is going into grade 12. She is starting at a new school. It was a huge...

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The broken and the beautiful

The broken and the beautiful

Walking through an urban slum is an invasion of the senses- new sites, loud sounds and always interesting smells. It can be overwhelming at times. But I love it. I love the busyness. I love the life here. I love the resourcefulness and community participation. There...

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In the little brick home

In the little brick home

In the middle of a Malawian slum, I sat in their small brick home. No electricity, no running water. The space was cramped. It was dark, but light enough to see the silhouette of their two precious faces. 8 years and 5 years old, they lived here alone. Their parents...

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Mobilize a Mobile Medical Clinic: Save a Life!

Mobilize a Mobile Medical Clinic: Save a Life!

I am new to WOW. I mean brand new. My third day on the job, half an hour into my commute, and stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on a major highway, I received the call no mother wants: my son was being rushed to the emergency room. He was anaphylactic: his eyes and...

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Without a choice

Without a choice

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Did you pack something for lunch? When you open your fridge what do you see? Did you make a grocery list at the beginning of the week and check out the local flyers for deals? Maybe you are inviting some friends over this...

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Merry Christmas from Jim Cantelon

Merry Christmas from Jim Cantelon

Dear friends. It's Christmas, a time to celebrate the incarnation: God "taking on flesh and dwelling among us, full of grace and truth". Kathy and I love this time of year, and we celebrate totally with our kids and grandkids. BUT- we are so aware of the horrors of...

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A threat to injustice

A threat to injustice

"...violence against women and girls remains one of the most widespread abuses of all human rights worldwide." (Global Affairs Canada) Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is an issue that spans across cultures, religions and...

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A beacon of hope

A beacon of hope

It’s been 10 years since peace was negotiated between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army, bringing to an end two decades of terror in northern Uganda. During this time countless people were displaced, abducted, assaulted, raped and killed. As I...

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What makes us great?

What makes us great?

There really is no need to say that the media has been overwhelmingly saturated by the US election. It’s far past the point where it has all just felt like a lot of noise. So, I want to ease your nerves and tell you now this is not a blog about the election, it has no...

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Silent No More

Silent No More

Silent no more. This is the name of the movement against gender-based violence in Malawi that WOW is a part of. It is a choral of voices crying out in the aftermath of countless acts of sexual violence against women saying “Enough. We are human. We are not objects to...

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