UN Association of Canada Peace Building Conference 2017

We were honoured to be invited by UNA-Canada to attend the presentation “Urgent Global Challenges” - UN Peacebuilding & Peacekeeping on November 15th!

CACTES Board Directors Kai and Judy represented CACTES at the UN Association of Canada Peace Building Conference 2017.

This event had 120+ young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 29 to address and explore how they can play a role as peacekeepers in society. Some notable speakers were UN Under-Secretary General,  Jean-Pierre Lacriox and the Minister of National Defence, Hon Harjit Singh Sajjan.

“The Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective in peacebuilding as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peacebuilding. The outcome will include youth pledges to peacebuilding and a final report to be presented to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat.”- UN Associations in Canada

Successful Completion of Water Irrigation Project!

Our 2017 water irrigation project in Kubukasthali, Nepal has been completed!

In June, the villagers of Kubukasthali, Nepal witnessed the completion of their very own water irrigation system. The villagers constructed the irrigation system with their own hands along with the support of our partner, Tamakoshi Sewa Samiti.

The water irrigation system will support over 65 local families, totalling 350 villagers. Through providing sufficient water for the lands, the irrigation system will help the agriculture dependent families to improve production and income.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, sponsors, and partner TSS for their generous support over the past year to make our project possible.

Surrey District Krispy Kreme fundraiser

The CACTES Surrey District held a donut fundraiser on the weekend of Feburary 10th and 11th to raise money towards our project of installing a water irrigation system in a rural community in Nepal as well towards our ongoing Microfinance initiative for Ugandan farmers. 

Our fundraiser was successful, and we want to give a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to buy donuts and support our cause!

Cyber Seniors Lesson

Once a month, the community affairs community, as well as a team of volunteers, visit a local seniors home to teach seniors how to operate various technology.

The goal for this project is to help develop local connections within the community, bridge the gap between two distinct generations, as well as provide an excellent experience for the seniors. So far, we have had one lesson in November, which was very successful!

Each volunteer partnered up with a senior and got to know one another better. Over the course of the lesson, we went over different topics including, how to operate devices, how to type with a keyboard, and how to connect to the internet, etc. In the end, the seniors improved their ability and we got the chance to make new friends. Overall, it was a great experience for both the seniors and us.

Update of Our Work in Uganda

We are currently working with BESO foundation on projects that aim to improve micro-financing and education in Uganda. These are updates on the current status of these projects.

Micro-financing update: 
We have used $500 of our $1000 micro-financing grant in investments towards agricultural improvement in the Wanteete village of Uganda. 3 farmers from the village are taking out loans in the amounts of $200, $150 and $150 for projects in pineapple growing, maize growing and dairy farming. This investment is helping the farmers to achieve greater product yields from their hard work.

Education project update: 
We are helping two Primary school students, Nabatanzi Shukurah and Nakayiza Mary, fund their education. Both students are showing progress in their school work, and are working towards further improvement.

These project would not be possible without the help of all of those who have supported us at our various events so far this year- we would like to say a big thank you!

Second Care Package for Surrey Gateway Shelter

Last month, the community affairs committee fundraised money and supplies to put together 100 care packages for the Surrey Gateway Shelter. This is a monthly project, and this was our second delivery! The contents of each care package varies depending on factors such as season and weather, and during the month of October, we spent time gathering winter clothing items around the neighbourhood in time for the winter season. We mostly include necessities in care packages, but occasionally, we want to be creative and include nice surprises for them.

The people at the shelter really liked our gifts, and the Community Affairs Committee is currently hard at work putting together our next batch of care packages!

First Care Package for Surrey Gateway Shelter

Hi, everyone. We are excited to announce we have successfully delivered our first care package for Surrey Gateway Shelter. We delivered over 100 winter clothing items that were raised from our community affairs clothing drive around the Bayridge area.

As the temperature starts to drop, CACTES hopes everyone in the community can have sufficient clothing for the winter. We thank everyone who supported and helped the event. We are planning to have another care package delivery late November/ December. Hope to see you guys again!