institutional partners Agence française de développement (AFD)
IN HIS OWN WORDS Meaningful moments This is what happens when determined optimists find one another.
CHARLES FOX RETIRED NURSE, MUSICIAN AND
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
THREE-YEAR PLAN INTERNATIONAL CANADA SUPPORTER AND LEGACY PLANNED GIFT GIVER
Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
In the late ’80s, I was fed up with my job. I was trying to make a living as a musician, but then I had a health crisis and decided it was time to change everything about my life. I left Toronto for Victoria and went to school to become a nurse. It was an early mid-life crisis. I spent my career working for a non-profit society that provides group homes for people with disabilities. It was very rewarding. I wanted to get into something where I felt like I was giving back and making a positive change in the world. It’s why I support Plan [International Canada]. I can see that it’s trying to make sustainable change. Given the state of the world, it’s easy to become numbed by all the bad news and think there’s nothing you can do about it. Or you can choose to make a difference. One of the things that drew me to Plan [International Canada] was its positive outlook on the future. This is why I’ve been a long-time supporter of Because I am a Girl and Gifts of Hope as well as Plan International Canada’s emergency appeals.
At Christmastime, all the adults in my life get Gifts of Hope. They love seeing the connection to something good, whether that’s a family receiving a goat or medical kits being supplied to health care workers. I’m inspired by something that Yuval Noah Harari wrote. Harari is an Israeli historian who has an inspiring and countering point of view for anyone who wants to give up because it feels like everything is so bad. He says that some things are getting better and some things are getting worse. But as long as some things are getting better, you can hope that other things will get better too. I learned that when I was a nurse – you can’t fix everything, but you can fix some things, and that’s good. “One of the things that drew me to Plan International Canada was its positive outlook about the future.” – Charles Fox
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
Educate a Child (EAC)
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) of Sierra Leone
World Food Programme (WFP)
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