November 19, 2005 18:00 ET

CIDA: Canada Supports International Development Work by La Prairie-Based Organization

LA PRAIRIE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 19, 2005) - The Honourable Jacques Saada, Member of Parliament for Brossard-La Prairie, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $7.81 million, over-five-years to support international development work by La Prairie-based Terre Sans Frontieres.

"Over the last 25 years Terre Sans Frontieres has worked with CIDA to make a difference in the world," Minister Saada said. "I am pleased to confirm, with today's announcement, that this positive partnership will continue over the next five years."

With CIDA funding Terre Sans Frontieres will undertake international development work in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Chad, Burundi, Congo, Honduras, Haiti, and the Philippines. This work concentrates predominantly on formal and non-formal education, as well as some health (HIV/AIDS) projects to achieve sustainable development. The organization was formed in 1980 and over the years it has sent more than 300 professionals overseas as volunteers. It helps reduce poverty and hunger through its universal primary education and basic food security projects and promotes gender equality.

"The work undertaken by Canadian organizations such as Terre Sans Frontieres is very important since it is helping us and our partner developing countries move towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals," Minister Carroll said.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Daniel Dezainde
    (613) 947-3176