Humanitarian service is at the heart of FAAVM’s work. Working together, we identify the most crucial needs, and we support them in humanitarian efforts that transform lives of people around the world. Our partners are also key in addressing humanitarian needs and relief in the most effective ways.
Disaster & Trauma Relief
In response to natural and manmade disasters, the FAAVM collects funds and goods for immediate and long term material aid and care, provides and supports trauma relief and stress-management programs, and long-term rehabilitation. These emergency services include food, clothes, medicine and shelter, Doctors, counsellors and other physical and mental health experts form an integral part of such immediate relief efforts.
For survivors of disasters who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma, material help alone is not sufficient. Alleviating the trauma and helping people to reclaim their lives is essential. FAAVM’s Trauma Relief Program (TRP) plays an essential role in our overall disaster relief efforts, and help teach victims how to process their emotions and stress in order to shift their attention away from reliving the past towards future possibilities, aiming to help gain stress and trauma management techniques, healthy coping strategies, stronger community bonds and a sense of personal power. In response to natural and manmade disasters, FAAVM collects funds and goods for immediate material aid and care, provides and supports trauma relief and stress-management programs, and supports long-term rehabilitation.
Responsibility and an attitude of selfless service are the foundation of true empowerment. Peace, happiness and compassion are the intrinsic nature of humanity. Socio-economic development must be built on human values to be sustainable. Incorporation of human values into all aspects of life will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
True relief can only happen when disaster survivors are completely rehabilitated physically and emotionally. In the arc of every international disaster, there’s a point when people shift their attention away from the tragedy. But the human need remains. People are injured, homeless, sick. Their livelihoods destroyed. It can take years and sometimes even decades to recover.
We Work with the locals
The best, most efficient way for a non-profit to do recovery after a disaster is to work with local, national, regional and international communities, engaging them and inviting their input. The result is a better solution that saves lives.
Our Global Disaster Relief Program (GDRP) works to establish partnerships with local, national, regional and international organizations. This ensures that our program work efficiently is addressing real needs and not being duplicated by other agencies. GDRP also works to provide local training, so that organizations can solve problems on their own and improve how they serve their communities.
Send medicine, but only what’s needed
It does no good to make a big show of sending tons of medicine if local hospitals and clinics can’t store or use it properly. In such cases, the medicine will simply pass its expiration date and be unusable. It is far better to send medicine only to facilities that can use it properly.
Our Global Disaster Relief Program (GDRP) monitors all the medicine and medical supplies it sends into poverty, conflicts and disaster affected zones. The items are stored in a climate-controlled warehouse, sent only to where they’re needed, and provided only to hospitals and clinics that can use and store them properly. This monitoring ensures the medicine is used effectively, so donors’ gifts have the most impact.
Send people, but only those who can save lives
This isn’t the time for a non-profit CEO or celebrity to show up at a disaster site for a photo op. What’s needed in the aftermath of a disaster is a team of professional doctors, nurses and staffers who can meet the human need on the ground. Relief aid refers to the provision of such assistance to those affected by a disaster, based on an initial rapid assessment of needs, and designed to contribute effectively to their recovery. It consists of the delivery of a specific quantity and quality of goods to a group of beneficiaries, according to selection criteria that identify needs and target those that are least able to provide for themselves.
In the aftermath of a disaster, our Global Disaster Relief Program (GDRP) sends only experienced disaster-relief experts to work with local officials to streamline logistics and ensure that medical supplies and other resources were available to save lives. In response to any emergency, we pay close attention to the particular needs of communities affected and ensure that our work is coordinated so that a humanitarian response to a situation is the most efficient and helpful it could be.
Emergencies have major consequences on the health of affected populations. Children and women are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, disease and violence. In the past decade, an estimated 2 million children have died as a result of armed conflict alone. This is largely due to the interruption of existing health and social services. This is often compounded by population displacement, lack of access to food and other essential commodities, overcrowding, and poor water and sanitation facilities. Excess morbidity and mortality results from the indirect causes of conflict or natural disasters, such as malnutrition and communicable diseases.
The number of disasters and its destructive impact has increased geometrically in the past years. Minimizing the unnecessary suffering of people is everyone's responsibility. Every person, every institution, every public body must know their capabilities and understand when and how to intervene.
We all need to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided in a fast, efficient, transparent manner and with all the integrity that those who have lost everything by the occurrence of a disaster. In countries with higher levels of development, preventing disasters from occurring, or ensuring that the impact is minimized has been in recent decades a concern not only of governments but of everyone in society. This has led us to create this program that aims to dissect disaster for better understanding and analysis, so we can plan and dedicate the resources needed to alleviate the unnecessary suffering.
FAAVM’s commitment to disaster relief is at the heart of our operations. Whenever and wherever disasters strike, we are positioning ourselves to offer humanitarian aid, ready to support with funding assistance through our disaster relief program and fund. Working together, FAAVM leaders assess the urgent needs and work to deliver the aid most required by victims. This grassroots model has proven effective in tragedies around the world. Emergency Assistance are available to provide for basic immediate needs, including:
At the heart of FAAVM’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. We have learned from experience that when a disaster victim receives aid quickly, it provides strength needed to survive the shock and loss and even a little hope for the future. After immediate needs are met, victims of disasters are not forgotten. FAAVM remains committed to the important rebuilding of homes and lives that must happen, often long after a disaster occurs with long-term reconstruction projects to help victims begin to return to their lives and regain their independence and dignity.
All natural disasters cause loss in some way. Depending on the severity, lives can be lost in any number of disasters. Falling buildings or trees, freezing to death, being washed away, or heat stroke are just some of the deadly effects. Some disasters cause more loss of life than others, and population density affects the death count as well. The natural disasters that really affect people worldwide tend to become more intense as the years go on. Frequency of earthquakes, mega storms, and heat waves has gone up considerably in the last few decades.
It’s clear that natural disasters are a part of life as we know it. However, science is making it more possible to predict, aid is faster at coming, and people are learning how to rebuild in safer areas.
The different organs, agencies and bodies of the FAAVM are involved in nearly every aspect of human rights, civil rights and human development, with activities ranging from economic development and advancement, legislative research projects, global partnership and trade, to financial and technical assistance from governments and private enterprises. The FAAVM plays an important supporting role as developing Canadian visible minority communities shape, and implement their strategies to reduce poverty and stimulate growth. We also place a high priority on communicating knowledge about development.
The creation, development and establishment of the Federal Association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities (FAAVM) lays a foundation of hope and legacy of true and genuine compassion for the underprivileged and disadvantaged globally. The SEDC (Socio Economic Development Council) development goals identify and quantify specific gains that can be made to improve living standards of visible minority people. The aim is to reduce poverty while improving health, education, and the environment. These goals provide a focus for the effort of the FAAVM SEDC, other multilateral organizations, governments, and other partners in the development community; a focus on significant and measurable improvements.
The FAAVM also conducts many activities in the fields of national and international justice. The Federal Tribunal for Civil Justice and Equity (FTCJE) undertakes to establish its human rights judicial machinery by addressing inequities and facilitating the respect, protection, and fulfillment of human rights, as stipulated in internationally agreed human rights instruments including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Bill of Human Rights.
"Justice is the legal or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered"
The Global Outreach Ministries for Peace (GOMP), the principal judicial organ of the FAAVM has initiated many research studies and activities at the national and international levels. These research studies and activities main objectives are to eliminate racial conflicts, gender inequalities, and also act for the dissolution of all form of social injustice, for social and economic development, the establishment of a fair international economic order, as well as the settlement of national conflicts on the basis of respect for the rights of the peoples to self-determination, and for the promotion of human spiritual well-being.
The Special Unit on Labour Issues (SULI) principal activities is to promote, protect and enforce labour standards set forth by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, seek to strengthen workers' rights, improve working conditions and living conditions, and making progressive recommendations to multilevel governments and private sector employers on labour issues affecting civil societies. Employment equity, as defined in Canadian law by the Employment Equity Act, requires employers to engage in proactive employment practices to increase the representation of four designated groups: women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and visible minorities. The Act states that "employment equity means more than treating persons the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences. The Act requires that employers remove barriers to employment that disadvantage members of the four designated groups.
The FAAVM Universal Entrepreneurship Program (UEP) is an initiative that provides concrete support to new and existing entrepreneurs, working with governments, private sector partners and local and international businesses, along with civil society groups, to help create successful entrepreneurial environments. Canada’s economic growth and jobs depend on its ability to support the growth of enterprises. Entrepreneurship creates new companies, opens up new markets, and nurtures new skills. The most important sources of employment are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The UEP’s objective is to encourage people to become entrepreneurs and also make it easier for them to set up and grow their businesses.
The Order is a worldwide ministry, Chivalric, Military, and Hospitaller. The Order of Saint Paul Canada works as FAAVM subsidiary to advance the work of the Order in Canada. To work for the Protection of worldwide ethnics groups, whatever their Faith, or location, and preservation of their culture. Hospitality, defense of the feeble and the persecuted, teaching and care of the sicks are the human and earthly manifestation of the Divine part in us. In actual fact the heavenly origin of the Chivalric Orders goes back to the Patriarch Abraham, Loth and Tobie; They exercised hospitality when hosting the angels.During the Roman Empire the Orders took shape,but it is truly with the birth of the Christian religion that several hospitaller Institutions were born.
The Visible Minority Cultural and Scientific Council (VMCSC) also launched the Visible Minority Broadcasting Networks (VMBN), a special project, which includes the foundation of a Minority Television and Entertainment Networks (MTEN), aiming to promote and develop minority cultural diversity by broadcasting specific programmes. The VMCSC also undertakes a wide range of studies, projects, technical assistance activities, and other initiatives that may be relevant to minorities in protecting their culture, religion, and education. Of particular significance, VMCSC works in promoting education and protecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, such as science, culture and communication.
The FAAVM Socio Economic Development Council (SEDC) plays a vital portion in the overall mission realization of the organization. The SEDC has launched the $3.5 billion trust fund for 2020, which represents a significant socioeconomic advancement and a symbol of achievement for FAAVM. These projects also include developing global trade mechanisms, the issuance of bonds and stocks certificates and the acquisition of real estate properties. The $3.5 billion trust fund for 2020 project also aims to provide financial integrity and financial dignity to the visible minority communities, and to increase human potentials as common achievement of all peoples of the human family.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child remains a vital instrument in FAAVM’s work on the protection of children and adolescents. The National Child Protection Convention (NCPC), and the National Youth Development Congress (NYDC) promote meaningful, quality and positive participation of minority children and adolescents in Canada.The NCPC also undertakes to conduct research programs into the socioeconomic impact, cost of institutional care, and inter-disciplinary research into the relation between child welfare protection and areas such as drug and alcohol abuse and family relationship breakdown.
The National Health Council (NHC) is making a substantial contribution to the FAAVM's mission and purpose by addressing visible minority communities' public health issues and by providing a global perspective on public health. The NHC mainly focuses on dealing with communicable diseases, with conditions and problems affecting health, and aims to provide the maximum benefit for the underprivileged and disadvantaged peoples, and helps to set up a comprehensive programmes aimed at reducing health problems, drugs and/or substance abuse problems, crime rates among and within minority communities across the country.
The initial stage of the NHC's activities are to conducting epidemiological studies to identify the principal risk factors for all forms of violence, to gather information relating to suicide and homicide rates, reproductive health, and shape priorities for action. Special partnership projects are also conducted to strengthen the police, the judicial system and local human rights organizations.
The Federal Commission for the Advancement of Women (FCAW) pledges to improve gender equality and prevention of violence against women, especially vulnerable women living within underprivileged communities across Canada. The FCAW conducts extensive policy research studies in the context of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Declaration. The purpose of these research studies represents a good step towards FAAVM's efforts to improve gender equality and equity.
Achieving sustainable economic growth requires the talents, creativity, and entrepreneurial vigour of an entire population. Women comprise more than 40 percent of the global workforce, make up one third of formal business owners, and are responsible for or influence as much as 80 percent of consumer spending. But when women cannot participate equally, economies pay a cost in terms of growth and development.