CAUSE: Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School

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Education is a key component to a successful life — but unfortunately it’s not attainable for millions of people around the world, especially women. Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is an amazing organization that does phenomenal work to ensure that as many women as possible have access to good education.

From investing in basic education to important technology, this not-for-profit is all about providing for these women and girls in Afghanistan. One of their focuses is the Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School in Kabul, which serves around 300 vulnerable girls from poor and disadvantaged families, internally displaced families, and single parent households. CW4WA provides funding to cover ALL salaries, healthcare services, clothing, school supplies, and fuel for heat and cooking meals.

These young female students could not afford to go to public school with the costs of uniforms and books, and cannot travel outside of their community to attend other schools.

The FTZ School is unique in that the teachers are well qualified (holding Bachelor’s degrees or having graduated from a teacher training college), and use active learning methodology in their teaching—avoiding use of more common methods used in Afghan classrooms like rote memorization and lecture. The children attend classes each day for grades 1-9. Some take vocational courses after school, which provide the girls with marketable skills toward viable livelihoods to help their families rise out of poverty, including courses in English, computers and tailoring. There is a small library in the school to provide the students with more opportunities for reading, employment and learning. The goal is to ensure that all the girls who study at the school have brighter futures ahead of them.

By Emily, on April 6th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School

CAUSE: Rungwe Avocado Company

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What helps provide and uplift in income, food security, and both improved communities and livelihoods? Avocados!

The southern highlands of Tanzania are an invaluable ecosystem—but may also prove fertile grounds for agriculture.

This region features the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania, making it a critical ecosystem. At the same time, the government of Tanzania has targeted this area for development as part of an agricultural corridor that will help increase Tanzania’s economy and food security.

A sustainable agricultural enterprise and proper zoning here, however, will help stabilize land use.

Sources: African Wildlife Foundation, AgDevCo

By Emily, on March 30th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Rungwe Avocado Company

CAUSE: Year of the Elephant – Ivory Free

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Did you know that in 2012, over 300 elephants were killed within just a few weeks in Bouba Njida National Park, Cameroon? And that within 3 months over 650 of the animals were gone? Between 50 and 100 poachers were involved in this massacre and for only a single part of their body: the tusks. When elephants are hunted for this reason, the tusks are usually hacked off with a machete while they’re still alive; the rest of the elephant is discarded and left for dead. Oftentimes parts of the ears and trunks will also be removed and kept as trophies. The sad truth is, more than 30,000 elephants are poached in Africa alone each year. states that the estimated value of a kilogram of uncarved ivory is around $2,100. Is that really worth the unlawful death of the world’s largest living mammal?

Between 1970 and 1989, African elephant populations were decimated as legal “regulated” trade in ivory enabled the laundering of illegal ivory from poached elephants. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) abandoned attempts at regulation and passed a ban on the international ivory trade. Though the 1989 ban was initially a great success — cutting ivory prices overnight, reducing poaching and allowing elephant populations a chance to recover — such progress sadly was short-lived. The growth of newly affluent markets in Asia, predominantly in China, coupled with “one-off” sales of African ivory stockpiles in 1999 (to Japan) and in 2008 (China and Japan), allowed illegal markets to flourish, particularly in China. Corruption, poor enforcement and a lack of prosecutions have further contributed to the crisis.

How can you help?
– First and foremost, do not buy items containing elephant ivory or accept gifts containing ivory.
– Tell your friends and relatives never to buy or accept ivory as a gift.
– Contact your elected officials asking them what steps they are taking to end the illegal ivory trade.
Sign WildAid’s Ivory Free pledge, vowing to lend your voice to the 30,000 elephants who are killed in Africa each year for their tusks.

Sources: WildAid, IFAW’s Céline Sissler-Bienvenu/Huffington Post, WWF,

By Emily, on March 16th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Year of the Elephant – Ivory Free

CAUSE: Tickling is Torture – Save the Slow Loris

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Hi my loves!

Today I want to share something very important with you. If you come across a video or photo of a pet slow loris on the internet, please know that, while it may appear cute, the animal in the video is suffering and so is the entire species. Not only does the slow loris pet trade cause unimaginable suffering, it is also the biggest threat to the survival of the species, which is in serious danger of extinction.

The slow loris in Indonesia is in serious danger of extinction and the greatest threat to its survival is the illegal trade in wildlife. Its huge brown eyes and soft fur make this small nocturnal primate highly prized as a pet and the victim of an online craze created by videos on YouTube. Thousands of slow lorises are poached from the wild and illegally sold on the street or in animal markets.

International Animal Rescue runs the only slow loris rescue and rehabilitation centre in Indonesia.

By Emily, on March 9th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Tickling is Torture – Save the Slow Loris