The Togo 2019 Project taught us how to repair bicycles which we then distributed to villages where kids have to walk great distances each day to go to school. We also did educational and recreational activities with school children in Danyi N’Digbé village. Adding to their skill base of bicycle repair the Anglophone participants gave English language classes and took French language classes to improve their level, while the francophone participants facilitated activities for the French class of the village school. We also had the opportunity to visit the capital city, Lomé and visit an elephant sanctuary in the north of Togo.
REP NDG was a project created jointly by the CJE NDG, the WORD project and the Table de concertation jeunesse NDG, as part of the 375th anniversary celebrations in Montreal. With the support of the Borough of CDN-NDG and the City of Montreal, we produced a music video featuring community leaders and the talents of NDG residents, both young and old. The aim was to make the voices of individuals who usually do not have access to a public platform heard, and to give young people a chance to get involved in something meaningful. The legacy left by this project can be found in the REP NDG Gallery, located in our offices at 6380, Sherbrooke West, as well as a video clip that you can view here. (https://vimeo.com/248612519).
This project was 13 weeks long with 3 of those weeks taking place in Ecuador. It gave an opportunity to 8 youth to develop different skills and competencies such as: self awareness, learning Spanish, urban agriculture, farming techniques, bicycle repair and learn the effects of globalization.
The goal of the project was to give youth their first experience in international cooperation and to develop new skills that they in turn shared with their own communities.
After 8 weeks of preparation in Canada, the group was off to Ecuador. While overseas, they worked on a self-sufficient farm and worked on different projects such as: planting fruits and vegetables, small-scale reforestation, organic shrimp farming and helping make cheese, chocolate, coffee and aloe shampoo. This experience also allowed the participants to visit a different part of Ecuador and
the local culture.
Cyclo de Vida Costa Rica 2011
Cyclo de Vida was an 8-week professional and personal development program that spent three of those weeks in Costa Rica and 2 weeks for participant follow up in Montreal after. This program was the first International Cooperation initiative by CJE-NDG.
We had 12 participants aged 18 to 30 years old from Quebec who improved their skills through Spanish classes, workshops on personal and professional development and learning how to do urban agriculture. The aim of the program was to give youth tools to accomplish their professional and personal goals while having a precise objective upon their return from overseas.
During their stay, the participants had the opportunity to live in a small community in the mountains and to participate in daily chores of the village co-op. They also helped with coffee cultivation, making shampoo, re-doing a soccer field, creating a ceramic fresco and building a water basin.
Gray energy is the total amount of energy in a product, from the extraction of the natural resources all the way to its final usage. This project in Liege, Belgium shed light on all the different energies it takes to build or renovate a building. The project was to renovate a building, transforming it to a 0 energy eco building using the minimal amount of carbon energy as possible. Through this eco construction project our group gained insight on different ways to reduce energy consumption and introduced us to the Transition cities movement. Transition cities are cities that understand the necessity to move away from oil and petroleum product consumption by practising old and new ways to sustain our environment.
This socio professional reinsertion project was an 8 week project (3 weeks in Belgium). Seven youth between the ages of 18 and 26 had the chance to participate in the construction of a sustainable building. The project ran from May 1st until June 22nd 2012.