CCCB designates projects for donations to UNICEF Canada
18 September 2009 (CCCB- Ottawa)…
As it does yearly since 1997, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has again invited Canada’s Catholic dioceses to ensure that funds donated to UNICEF Canada are designated for a particular cause. This year, the approved UNICEF Canada cause is education in Africa, focusing on Malawi and Rwanda. Traditionally, UNICEF has made Halloween a special focus point for children to fundraise. The dioceses have been invited to inform their Catholic school boards and schools which of the following options are to be given priority in view of involving Catholic children in fundraising projects for the children of the world:
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace offers two secondary-school projects, THINK FAST and JEÛNE JEUNESSE, as part of its overall year-round development fundraising;
The Holy Childhood Association provides elementary-school children with opportunities to raise funds specifically for other children and to be involved in year-round missionary education;
UNICEF Canada has a “Schools for Africa” project that raises funds for schools, including their construction and repair; the provision of furniture, school books and materials as well as sports equipment; the installation of clean water; and the formation of teachers.
In a memo addressed to the Bishops of Canada, the CCCB Executive Committee has also again recommended that dioceses deciding in favour of forwarding 2009 Halloween contributions to UNICEF Canada earmark or designate their donation for support to education in Africa. They are also invited to use the occasion to urge UNICEF Canada to continue doing all it can at the international level to ensure Catholic donors receive the necessary assurances their contributions will not be used for programs in conflict with Catholic moral principles. Each diocesan Bishop will determine how the suggested CCCB guidelines are to be applied in the diocesan Church. (Source)
As readers of Socon or Bust’s coverage of the Development and Peace Abortion scandal know, Msgr. Weisgerber attempted to appeal to the Vatican’s support of UNICEF in defending the CCCB’s support of Development & Peace’s pro-abortion partners. Unfortunately, for his argument, the Vatican actually cut ties with UNICEF precisely because it was becoming a leading pro-abortion pimp in the Third world.
Now we read above that there was a reason why Msgr. Weisgerber was using UNICEF as an example…because, quite evidently, the CCCB is still supporting them.
If you go to UNICEF Canada’s website, there’s not much on abortion or reproductive rights there. But if you travel a bit around the internet, you can get the scoop from trusted resources like Campaign Life or REAL Women of Canada. Or, alternatively, if you want a more objective source, you can visit Development & Peace’s buddies over at CIDA. They tell us that UNICEF Canada is all about providing “young people with information on HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health” in Malawi, Africa. I’m sure the “Schools for Africa” project has a healthy allotment of funds to go around for condoms too.
And speaking of condoms and Development & Peace’s THINK FAST program (that’s the program mentioned above as the first option in the CCCB’s memo, by the way), we all know about the condom training program in Nigeria sponsored by one of D&P’s partners…
The Learning Process
Whatever Health education activities you do, well chosen and properly used materials can help you do it better. For example, if you are teaching people about how the body works, a flipchart can make it easier to explain. If you are having a group discussion about sexuality, flashcards and games can help to stimulate discussion. If you are teaching people how to use a condom, they will learn better by touching real condoms and practicing putting them on a model, such as a bottle.
How do you decide what you need, and how do you develop and use it? The key is to link the materials to your overall plan. Think about what you are trying to achieve. Do you need to convey simple facts or complicated information, develop problem-solving or practical skills, or promote changes in attitudes and behavior? Who are you trying to reach? Once you know this, you can decide what activities to use and what materials you need to support these activities.
People usually learn more from doing something themselves than by watching someone else or reading about it. Materials that are produced by the people you are working with, or that can be used by them, are most likely to be successful.