Local foreign aid that’s not in the news

So Canada won’t meet the international target for foreign aid spending (0.07% of GDP). The PM says we can’t afford it, even though many poorer countries do. Bono’s gonna be pissed, Paul.

What’s rarely reported are the individual contributions Canadians make every day overseas. One example is Russell Storring from Renfrew. I wrote about him last year for CIDA. Here’s an excerpt from the text, and a link to the full story:

“As a human being and a Canadian, I am not happy with simply doing my job,” he says. “I don’t want to leave Afghanistan with the empty feeling I felt when I left Rwanda.”

From Afghanistan, MCpl Storring asked his mother, Heather Atkins, to collect toys, school supplies, and clothes for Afghan orphans.

Read the rest of the story here.

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