TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - Four MBA students from the University of
Victoria plan to travel to Uganda this summer to study just how much of a
difference donations cbm (Christian Blind Mission) are making helping the
lives of individuals, families and communities.
Katherine Cochrane, Allan Lingwood, Ranjit Mattu and Liyi Zhou are
working with cbm Canada to develop new social reporting mechanisms that will
better evaluate the results of operations funded by donors and identify the
social and economic return on the community investment. cbm Canada is a branch
of cbm International, which serves people with disabilities through over 1000
rehabilitation clinics in 100 countries around the world.
As part of their final MBA thesis project, the students are fundraising
to help underwrite their travel to Uganda where they will see first-hand the
results of donations made to cbm clinics.
"By meeting the people on the ground in their own countries, we feel we
can gain a much better insight into the difference these investments make on
the lives of the individuals and on their surrounding community," says
Lingwood, speaking on behalf of the group.
More so than previous generations, donors now look on their contributions
as investments rather than gifts, and look for sustainable solutions to world
problems. Large foundations and governments are looking very critically at the
organizations they fund to ensure the money will have noticeable results on
cbm Canada's Executive Director, Dave McComiskey has worked with the team
to get the study organized. McComiskey stated, "I am very excited about this
study. It will give us quantifiable evidence of just how much of an impact
cbm's work in Uganda has on the lives of people with disabilities who are
struggling to get out of extreme poverty."
cbm is the leading international organization whose primary purpose is to
improve the quality of life of people with disabilities living in the poorest
countries of the world.
The students leave Victoria on August 12 and have raised $2,000 towards
their $16,500 travel costs.
The UVIC students are asking for support from Canadians to off-set their
costs. Donations can be made online at www.cbmcanada.org or by phone
(toll-free 1-800-567-2264 or 905-640-6464). Please mention UVIC/cbm project.
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