We imagine a world without Extreme Poverty*. A world where every decision maker in Toronto, from the local citizen to the politician, considers the full impact that their decisions will have on the poorest people in our global community**.
Specifically, we envision a community of compassionate professionals who are actively contributing to the systemic reduction of extreme poverty by:
- Empowering, Educating and Engaging the Toronto Community with opportunities/resources about the root causes and effects of global poverty in African Communities;
- Creating an environment of positive change that encourages sharing of knowledge, critical discussions and exploration of ideas addressing relevant global issues;
- Continually challenging, improving and innovating the traditional approaches to poverty elimination; and
- Providing support to, and collaborating with Local Organizations that seek to improve the lives of people in rural Africa.
* Extreme Poverty is defined as “the absence of one or more factors enabling individuals and families to assume basic responsibilities and to enjoy fundamental rights” (Joseph Wrensiki, founder of ATD Fourth World; as adopted by the UN);
** While it is recognized that Extreme Poverty is a global issue, EWB Canada & the EWB Toronto Professional Chapter have chosen to focus their efforts on Africa.