we educate

with decades of experience, we know which strategies, tactics and areas of focus are most effective to combat poverty

With expert knowledge, we create campaigns that enable volunteers to learn about the issues involved in extreme poverty, and devise tactics to make speaking out to influential decision makers and the media easier to do.
Take a look at all of our educational resources here.
By targeting the right people at the right time to generate conversation about what we need to do to lift people out of poverty, we create impact that results in meaningful change.

here are some of the key areas we educate on:

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We educate federal government decision makers (Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers, government staff) on high impact anti-poverty solutions that make a difference.

expert fact

Politicians and government decision makers are busy and might not have the time to learn all the details of the particular issues affecting people living in poverty. You can help by sharing your knowledge with them.

secret tip

Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.
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We train volunteers so they have the skills and confidence they need to ensure decision makers get the message - whether through face-to-face meetings, over the phone, or in writing.

expert fact

Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential tactics to get a government decision maker’s attention – but nothing tops the effectiveness of an in-person meeting.

secret tip

If you write to a Minister or the Prime Minister, they are obligated to respond to your letter. You will receive a response - guaranteed! (PS. And you can send your letter postage-free - wow!)
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We train and encourage volunteers to engage with their community by writing Letters to the Editor (LTEs) and Opinion Editorials (Op-eds) to their local newspapers.

expert fact

From local papers in small communities to large national newspapers, you can give your published piece extra mileage by sharing it on social media and tagging key decision makers.

secret tip

Canadian government decision makers review LTEs and Op-eds across the country to gauge the pulse of Canadians - especially the small, local town newspapers. So if your letter or opinion gets published, chances are it will get noticed!
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We work with other like-minded partner organizations to educate on effective anti-poverty solutions and combine efforts with them to achieve global impact.

expert fact

We work across borders to set bold targets for increases in global investment to advance health, education and economic opportunities for people living in poverty.

secret tip

We advocate both on behalf of the Global Fund (to ensure that it has the funding needed to ensure big impact), as well as to the leadership at the Global Fund (to ensure that the Fund is working as efficiently and effectively as possible). So you can rest assured that every dollar that results from your volunteering hard work has maximum impact!
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We work with champions to educate others, and use their powerful voices to help inform and influence about the issues, the causes and consequences of global poverty.

expert fact

We work to amplify the voices of people with lived experiences including survivors of diseases - those who grew up in poverty who are powerful advocates in their own rights.

secret tip

Remember that every decision maker you meet with is a real person. Telling them a personal story about why YOU care about the issue can be even more powerful than sharing the latest statistics or facts.
Whenever you get the chance to meet a federal representative from your riding, make sure that you relay how much you care about international issues, because for them, the most important thing is their relationship with you - their constituent! If they’re hearing from you that you care about a fund or program that can make meaningful change for people living in poverty, that will matter to them. If they’re hearing it from the people who vote to put them in office, that’s their number one priority.

- Federal official, Government of Canada
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