The Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund
In the projects assisted by Scouting organizations, groups of Scouts in developing countries identify and carry out projects to improve their lives and their communities. These are the kinds of projects funded by the Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund.
Where do we come in?
Scouts in wealthier countries like Canada help Scouts in developing countries to get started on the road to self-sufficiency. Grants from the Brotherhood Fund provide the “seed money” for many and various community development projects.
Some projects assisted by the Brotherhood Fund help Scout Associations from developing countries with infrastructure projects so that they can provide Scouting programs, materials and training in an effective manner. The Extension Scouts Project in Kenya has been ongoing for a number of years with much support coming from New Brunswick. The project helps street children go to school, receive job training and become reunited with their families.
Where does the money come from?
All net revenues of the 15% groups send from Scoutrees for Canada activities go into the Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund.
Individuals, Scout groups, Scouters’ Clubs, training courses and local Scout Councils make direct donations to the Brotherhood fund from their own resources or from organized fund raising activities.
A number of councils have been able to support Brotherhood Fund projects directly. In a few cases this has led to Canadian Venturers and Rovers travelling overseas to work with local Scouts to help build community facilities.
How can we get more involved?
Learn about life in developing countries. Visit the World Scout Bureau’s web site at www.scout.org, click on “Promising Practices” and “Bottom Line” on the left hand menu for stories about projects and development within Scouting around the world.
Participate in Scoutrees for Canada. Planting trees also contributes to the ecological health of our own communities.
Hanne Howard Fund - Kenya
International Commissioner Mike Scott is pleased to report that we have a new Canadian Brotherhood Project that everyone can help with! The Hanne Howard Fund runs a project in Lenana slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, for 125 orphans and other vulnerable children. The Hanne Howard Fund provides safe shelter, access to health care and education, and a Scout Program for these children. As you can imagine, running a project like this with a Scouting program under those conditions is a huge challenge. To help raise funds to support these kids, we are arranging for boxes of pencils and donation boxes to be available in our Scout Shops across the country. We encourage youth and leaders to visit their nearest Scout Shop and pick up a few pencils and make a donation. What a great way to support youth in Kenya! For more information on the Hanne Howard Fund, visit www.hannehowardfund.org.
After visiting with the members of the Kenya Scouting Association (KSA) at the 2010 World Rover Moot held in Kenya, it has been agreed that the Scouts Canada Brotherhood fund will assist the KSA in purchasing new computers for their Scout Shop(s). The intent of the project is to update, expand and modernize their Scout Shop operations to better serve the members of the KSA. More information about this project will become available as the details are finalized.