Success Stories

Start-up Weekend: Inspiring Youth Interest in Mongolian Fibre

Although Mongolia is the second largest cashmere producer in the world, after China, the Mongolian fibre sector is facing challenges in growth — one of the key constraints being the dramatic decrease of newcomers to the workforce in recent years.  In 2015, 65 percent of the fibre sector workforce was under the age of 35 — some…
Members of the Student Refugee Program Alumni Advisory Team and newly arrived students at WUSC’s International Forum, 2018 (Photo Credit: WUSC)

Student Refugee Program yields the Alumni Advisory Team, which engages in refugee programs and solutions

WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) transforms the lives of many — especially formerly sponsored students. After their studies, formerly sponsored students (or SRP alumni as they are known) have gone on to do many diverse things in Canada and globally. These range from ordinary — working and supporting a family — to extraordinary — playing…
Students supporting education pathways for refugee students

Students supporting education pathways for refugee students

By: Arianne Leclerc, Local Committee alum, and Rhoda Philip, SRP alum Recently, WUSC representatives took part in the second annual event: Engaging Student Voices to Support the Global Compacts, held by the University Alliance for Refugees and at Risk Migrants UARRM at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Student leaders, policy makers, practitioners, and post-secondary education leaders came…
Expanding Refugee Education in Mexico -Élargir l’éducation des personnes réfugiées au Mexique

Expanding Refugee Education in Mexico: Solutions Beyond Canada

Today, there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in history. The scale of displacement and the duration of displacement is also consistently increasing – from 43.3 million in 2009 to 70.8 million in 2018, a record high – according to UNHCR. WUSC is committed to supporting solutions and increasing the…
Young mothers participating in a community engagement activity to learn about maternal and child health, in January 2019, Burkina Faso (Photo Credit: WUSC) / Des jeunes mères participant à une activité d'engagement communautaire pour se renseigner sur la santé maternelle et infantile, en janvier 2019, Burkina Faso (Crédit photo: EUMC)

Engaging young men to improve maternal and child health in Burkina Faso

Maternal health isn’t just about moms Around the world, hundreds of women die from preventable maternal complications each year – 94% of whom live in developing countries.  In Burkina Faso, where WUSC has been working with funding from Global Affairs Canada to improve maternal and child health since 2012, the infant and child mortality rate…
Welcoming 2000th SRP student

Welcoming the 2,000th refugee to Canada through the Student Refugee Program

Every August, for the last four decades, WUSC community members have gathered at airports across the country. Together, with banners and smiles, they welcome newly arriving SRP students.  This year, 123 students arrived to start their new lives in Canada, where they will be empowered to continue their post-secondary studies in safe and supportive environments.…
Student participants of the Gender Awareness through Theatre workshop in Mongolia

Gender Awareness through Theatre

A multi-national partnership for sustainable gender inclusivity in Mongolia By: Émilie MacIsaac, volunteer Gender and Youth Inclusion Advisor for the Uniterra Program The education sector in Mongolia is largely influenced by gender bias and stereotypes. Men are thought to be more capable of making a living regardless of education and thus receive much less support…

Congratulations to the class of 2019!

Welcoming former refugees at airports across the country each August marks a significant milestone for our Student Refugee Program. Each student that arrives to begin their post-secondary education journey in Canada reflects the culmination of months of hard work among our Local Committee network and school administrations, and the generosity of our donors to create more…
#ONEWORLDINACTION Photo Exhibit

#ONEWORLDINACTION for Sustainable Development

Volunteering for sustainable development Whether it is in Canada or overseas, the work that we do greatly depends on the generous spirit of our volunteers. This year, more than 1,000 Local Committee members on 95 campuses across Canada have volunteered their time to raise awareness on development issues, and provide postsecondary education opportunities for refugee…

Cultivating Partnerships for Women’s Empowerment in Malawi: The Legumes Development Trust

No matter which social or economic indicators are used to rank the world’s poorest countries, Malawi consistently rises to the top. The development prospects for this small, landlocked country in southeastern Africa are uncertain; its challenges on the economic front – among others – significant; and its record for women’s rights, disastrous. Despite this, Driana…

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