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January 2018 Group of the Month

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Human Trafficking in Canada

It’s easy to imagine human trafficking as involving women smuggled from some unknown foreign country.

What most Canadians don’t know is that 94% of human trafficking victims in Canada are also Canadians.

Additionally, 93% of human trafficking victims are female.  Majority of them are extremely young, with nearly half being between 18-24, and 25% being minors.

Meet Our Group of the Month

One Child

Vision

A world where every child is free from sexual exploitation and empowered to be agents of change.

Mission
To mobilize a global movement of young people to take action against the sexual exploitation of children through education & empowerment.

Our History

“On a stage, lit by spotlights, were boys in a line, kids probably twelve to sixteen years old. They were practically naked, wearing nothing but skimpy white thongs, a number pinned to each … A boy was ordered like a customer would order a drink, brought to the table by the manager to be checked out.”

The words in the book made 16 year-old Cheryl Perera ill. “How can children my age and younger be exploited in this way? I’m just a teenager, but how can I stop this?” What began as a high school project would take an unexpected turn when she encountered a description of the global child sex trade in her research, and embarked on a whirlwind mission to Sri Lanka for answers.

From meetings with an advisor to Sri Lanka’s President, to risking her own life in an undercover operation that would help bring a child sex offender to justice, Cheryl did the remarkable to find answers. Still, the most powerful ones came from the child survivors who invited her into their world, and asked her to share their stories. Cheryl made a silent promise. She would do just that and much more.

In Canada, Cheryl launched a national awareness campaign that united young people as the pulse. But things didn’t stop there. The seed had been planted for something more powerful and innovative. An organization that would put young people—for the first time in history— at the frontlines of the struggle to end the global sex trade in children. And the time had come. Taking the cue, Cheryl rallied nine friends and together they founded OneChild.

Click here to read more.


Reference: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2016001/article/14641-eng.htm

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December 2017 Video of the Month

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Our CEO is back to talk about our featured charity this month, our company growth, and why it’s good for you to shop with Contacts For Less.

Meet Our Group of the Month

Equitas is one of the most recognized and active human rights education organizations in Canada.  They work to advance equality, social justice, and respect for human dignity through education programs.

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Equitas has reached over 3.2 million people worldwide in the last 50 years.

From promoting women’s and young girls’ rights in Senegal to reinforcing the LGBTI rights movement in Haiti, equipping young leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to participate more effectively in community life, and developing new partnerships to support work with Indigenous youth in Canada–their efforts are built on the principle that investing in human rights education is investing in building more inclusive, more equitable and more peaceful communities.

Don’t Miss Our Video for this Month

Check out our quick 5-minute video, where our CEO tells you about Equitas, as well as why Contacts for Less is such a good deal:

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you:

  • Order your contact lens online
  • Save 70% or more on low prices
  • Donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!
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November 2017 Group of the Month: Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

Children need homes. They need love, they need hugs! The sad reality is that many children are without families and cannot get all the love, support, and life they wish to have. But this is where The Adoption Council of Canada comes in!

Meet Our Group of the Month

Our featured group this month, The Adoption Council of Canada, helps kids find the right families.

From the Adoption Council of Canada’s website:

The mission of the ACC, while broadly serving the entire adoption community of adopted persons, birth families, and adoptive families, focuses on three main objectives:

  • To raise awareness about the number of children available for adoption in Canada’s child welfare system, and to facilitate programs that will promote the placement of waiting children in permanent loving families.
  • To connect with provincial adoption agencies and organizations and support them in our common goals, by assisting them in communicating with government and the private sector about their specific provincial challenges.
  • To recognize and promote the need for post-adoption supports for all members of the adoption community. The ACC strongly believes that education, communication and connection to medical, social, psychological and educational resources are essential in ensuring the success and longevity of adoptive family relationships.

Mission and Values

The ACC is also the number one resource for current Canadian adoption news, publications, educational resources, events and provincial links.

The ACC believes in demonstrating consideration and respect for all members of the adoption constellation, and in the fundamental right of all persons to have open access to records and to their birth history.

Don’t Miss Our Video of the Month

Check out our video this month about The Adoption Council of Canada, featuring our CEO Paul W. Slusher, and his adorable daughter Amira:

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you:

  • Order your contact lens online
  • Save 70% or more on low prices
  • Donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!
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October 2017 Video of the Month

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Children and teenagers growing up alongside problems such as domestic violence, poverty, identity issues, etc. need a mentor more than anyone else, and left to their own devices, may not get one.

Meet Our Group of the Month

Our featured group this month, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, carefully matches them with just the right mentors to provide support and guidance, broadening their experiences and giving them a consistent and trustworthy confidante.  These young people gain confidence and grow into their full potential.

 

 

After 18 months of spending time with their Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the children in the BBBS program–compared to children not in the program–were:

  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to engage in physical violence

Every $1 invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters returns $18 – 23 to society.

Don’t Miss Our Video of the Month

Check out our 3-minute video this month about Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, featuring our CEO and his adorable daughter:

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you:

  • Order your contact lens online
  • Save 70% or more on low prices
  • Donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!
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September 2017 Video of the Month

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2,000 people commit suicide worldwide everyday. How do you know if someone close to you is considering suicide? What can you do to help prevent suicide?

We cover these questions and more in our 4-minute video this month.

 

Very Short Summary (In which amazing details are missing that you’ll have to get by watching our awesome video above!):

1. This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

  • Every year, almost one million people die from suicide; a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. Suicide accounts for more loss of life in the world than the total number of deaths from war, acts of terrorism and homicide combined.

2. Our Nonprofit Group of the Month

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you order your contact lens online, save 70% or more on low prices, and donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!

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August 23 2017 Podcast: Prisons – Helping or Just Making More Violence?

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Podcast: Earth We Can Do This

Listen or Watch Paul W. Slusher and our brand new podcast. See below for both options!

In this, the first podcast of Earth We Can Do This, Paul discusses prisons and how they are doing far more damage than previously thought. Facts matter and Paul presents a ton of statistics and information, but more than that – Paul presents a way forward. How are we going to reform our prisons? What is needed to ensure that most prisoners and offenders move forward as productive and loving citizens? Earth, we can do this. We can make prisons more intelligent and more effective. Check it out!

To subscribe to our podcast, look for it on ITunes, Google Play, and all the rest! We will release a new podcast every two weeks – each time on a very important subject!

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August 2017 Video of the Month

Hot, isn’t it?  Our video for August will cool you right off!  (Well, no, not really, but at least you’ll be entertained for a while.)

Our latest message comes directly from our CEO, Paul Slusher.

Short Recap (Really short–you’ll have to get the details from our awesome video above!):

1. Contest to Win A FREE $500 In Cash

  • It’s so easy to join!  Just click here, fill it out, and click submit!  No purchase necessary!

3. Our Nonprofit Group of the Month

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you order your contact lens online, save 70% or more on low prices, and donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!