Monday, November 22, 2010

News on AIPE - Orgranization that Fights Child Slavery

Two reasons for celebrations at CCI !

On November, 20th, the International Community (IC)

will celebrate the 21th anniversary of the Convention

on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Today, CCI is a finalist for

the YMCA Peace Medal 2010 on behalf of Devi,

Dhanna, Apiyamma, Ammorru, Laïla, Pydiraju, Yerrama

and about a hundred of children.

More info:


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Our Wings Collaborative Cookbook is ready for download!!!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oct 26th Meeting for Pencils For Kids

On October 26th we were lucky to welcome Robin Mednick the founder and director of Pencils For Kids. Their Vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. Their Mission is to partner with communities to create sustainable educational programs, resources and infrastructure. Robin was an engaging and inspirational speaker who made our evening an incredible success. We have raised about $1700.00 for Pencils for Kids so far. This will pay for 3 girls scholarships in Laboria Niger.
Congratulations to all our participants!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Event On Education Oct 26, 2010

The women of WINGS invite you to our next event which will address girls’ education as a tool to empowering women and enabling them to fulfill their potential. We are excited to welcome Robin Mednick, the founder and president of the Pencils for Kids foundation. In addition to having an M.A. from Oxford University in Politics and Economics and a degree in Law from Osgoode Hall, Robin’s accomplishments include creating and co-editing the bestseller, Heroes in Our Midst, Top Canadian Athletes Share Personal Stories.

Pencils for Kids is a charitable grass roots organization that believes in the power of creating connections through small scale projects. The foundation focuses on lifting children from poverty through education one community at a time. All funds raised from this meeting will be donated to one of their education projects. (Suggested donations of $25.00->$50.00 per person) Tax receipts will be available.

We are also asking for 3 school supply type items or children’s books to be donated to Auberge Shalom-a wonderful women’s shelter which serves women and children in crisis in Montreal.

In the spirit of sharing of ideas we will be producing a WINGS cookbook filled with YOUR favorite recipes. The cookbook will be available to you on-line and also in the form of a binder which you may sell if you would like to continue raising money for Pencils for Kids. Looking forward to your culinary creations!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BAS Beyond the Red Light

Wendy Champagne's documentary will be showing in English June 29th to July 1st at Cinema parallele (3536 St Laurent, Montreal). It tells of the plight of a group of young girls rescued from brothels - their stories and what lies in their future. Don't miss it!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Recommended Charities

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The Grameen Foundation
- Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology.

Children's Care Internationa
l - Children’s Care International (CCI) has made it its mission to come to the aid of children who are victims of exploitation by providing academic instruction, health and psychological care, and career training, no matter the race, sex or religion of these children.

Recommended Viewing and Web-Sites

Bas! Beyond The Red Light Director: Wendy Champagne Producer

Half the Sky

The Girl Effect

Recommended Reading

Half The Sky By Nicolas Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

Three Cups of Tea By Greg Mortenson

Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever By Bilaal Rajan

Establishment of WINGS - Mission Statement

MISSION Statement

WINGS is an organization dedicated to empowering women by providing them with protection from exploitation, health services, education and financial support.

Our intention is to achieve this goal by raising funds that will be used to target sex trafficking, fistula treatment, education and micro-finance in developing countries and women's support services locally. We will also promote awareness of these issues in order to recruit as many as possible to this global movement.

Women are not the problem, but the solution. The United Nations Development Program (2006) reports that empowered women finance education of younger relatives, reduce infant mortality, improve health and nutrition and raise economic productivity. This is known as “The Girl Effect” and is the inspiration for WINGS.

WINGS est une organisation dédiée à aider les femmes à devenir autonome et acquérir le pouvoir en leur fournissant une protection contre l'exploitation, des services de santé, d'éducation et de soutien financier.

Nous prévoyons nous y rendre en amassant des fonds qui seront utilisés pour cibler le trafic sexuel, le traitement de la fistule, l'éducation et la micro-finance dans les pays en développement et des services de soutien des femmes au niveau local. Nous allons également promouvoir la sensibilisation à ces sujets afin de recruter le plus grand nombre possible pour ce mouvement mondial.

Les femmes ne sont pas le problème, mais la solution. Le programme de développement des Nations Unies (2006) rapporte que les femmes ayant du pouvoir financent l'éducation des membres de leur famille plus jeunes, réduisent la mortalité infantile, améliorent la santé et la nutrition de leur proches et augmentent la production économique. C'est ce qu'on appelle « l'effet fille » et est la source d'inspiration pour WINGS.

Event focusing on Micro-Financing January 27, 2010

Women struggle both locally and in developing nations.
It is our opportunity to be the change we want to see.

The women of WINGS held our first event which focused on micro-financing. Heather Doucet, a Montreal nurse who has volunteered in Uganda teaching women basic sewing and nursing skills shared her experiences with us. Heather visited Uganda on two separate occasions, bringing sewing machines and expertise. She taught women there to sew school uniforms thus enabling their children to attend school and at the same time equipping them with a new livelihood. Contributions were made to the Grameen Foundation (, an organization that helps the world’s poorest women improve their lives and escape poverty through access to micro-finance and technology. Due to the recent events in Haiti, the funds raised were ear marked for Grameen Haiti.

Donations of gently used toys or clothing, toiletries and diapers were made to the Shield of Athena Shelter a non-profit organization for victims of family violence here in Montreal.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Event focusing on Sex Trafficking - April 10, 2010

Our mothers and daughters event on Saturday, April 10th 2010 was a great success! We were fortunate to have Wendy Champagne as our speaker. She was inspiring and interesting. Wendy told us about the girls she worked with when making her movie BAS! Beyond the Red light - a documentary about 13 teenage girls rescued from Mumbai brothels. Afterward we all put our creative caps on and put together beautiful quilt pieces which we hope to sew together into a quilt to be sold on EBAY. About $1000.00 was raised for Aide Internationale pour l'Enfance - Childrens' Care Inernational.