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“The shock and outrage we all felt seeing the image of this child must be turned into swift political action. The magnitude of the Syrian disaster may be beyond comprehension, but now there is no excuse for looking away."
According to the United Nations, there are approximately 16.7 million refugees in the world today. Refugees leave behind lives, homes, and jobs and are now living a life they did not choose. Their experiences, feelings and reactions are not that different from how average Canadians would react if put in the same situation.
Mekdes’ skills in communication and her commitment to finding a way out of her situation attracted the attention of CARE. Seeing her potential, she was immediately trained by CARE on savings management, business skill development, and petty trade engagement.

Doug Stollery, president of the Stollery Charitable Foundation and member of CARE Canada's Board of Directors discusses CARE's work, his trip to Ethiopia, and how Canadians can make a difference in defending dignity and fighting poverty worldwide.