Our Mission

PROVIDING ECONOMIC OPPERTUNITY

   By providing income generating opportunities, Friends Canada International Relief (FCIR) is helping to build dynamic, developed communities that empower individuals to have a better quality of life. To achieve this, FCIR partners with NGOs that specialize in the development of new farming techniques, vocational training programs, business start-up projects and mentoring in communities where we do business. By leveraging existing assets, knowledge and skills of individuals, we make communities stronger and help them achieve long-term economic stability. Our programs help provide micro-finance loans, small business training, and educational opportunities, particularly for the underserved, including women, people with disabilities, and children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. With additional income, people are able to start and expand small businesses, pay school fees, save money and plan for unanticipated emergencies.

DELIVERING RELIEF IN EMERGENCIES

   The FCIR network of chapters across the country is equipped with the right tools to respond to emergencies that frequently affect different regions. Each chapter develops and maintains local disaster plans and identifies relief resources specific to the needs of their constituents. Additionally, chapters conduct response training as well as planning and preparedness activities with their partners to mitigate potential devastation and create communities that are more resilient. In times of disaster, people know and trust the FCIR to help them cope with some of the most frightening and uncertain times of their lives. This is a great undertaking and one that we cannot accomplish alone. The FCIR continues to focus on building relationships with government agencies and other nonprofits to more effectively provide relief.

EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS

   Self-care as both treatment and prevention is assuming new importance for several reasons: chronic illness, which calls for self-care is becoming a more serious global problem; illnesses that are related to unhealthy behavior are more common; medical care is becoming more participative because of increased individualism; the costs of care make it necessary for more care to be assumed by patients; and new technology expands what people can do for themselves. Self-care is relevant to the enhancement of health, the prevention of illness; the management of disease, particularly chronic illnesses; and rehabilitation to reduce disability. Barriers to self-care include mental attitudes of depression and denial, addictions, cultural factors, low intelligence and illiteracy, and family conflict.

ADDRESSING DISCRIMINATION IN ALL ITS FORMS

   The FCIR network of chapters across the country is equipped with the right tools to respond to emergencies that frequently affect different regions. Each chapter develops and maintains local disaster plans and identifies relief resources specific to the needs of their constituents. Additionally, chapters conduct response training as well as planning and preparedness activities with their partners to mitigate potential devastation and create communities that are more resilient. In times of disaster, people know and trust the FCIR to help them cope with some of the most frightening and uncertain times of their lives. This is a great undertaking and one that we cannot accomplish alone. The FCIR continues to focus on building relationships with government agencies and other nonprofits to more effectively provide relief.