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Red Deer’s Gord Bontje gives $500,000 to A Better World – Red Deer Express

Pictured above: SCHOOL VISITS – Gord Bontje visiting a classroom at Gilgil Primary School By CARLIE CONNOLLY, Red Deer Express   Co-owner of Laebon Homes gives the gift to celebrate 60th birthday. Local businessman Gord Bontje, founding partner of Laebon Homes, gave $500,000 to A Better World in celebration of his 60th birthday. Last October the organization

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A Red Deer school student wins a humanitarian award scholarship

By Mamta Lulla, Red Deer Advocate Pictured above: Claire Welikoklad helped students in two African countries and won a Humanitarian Service scholarship from A Better World Canada. Photo supplied. A Grade 11 Red Deer student has won A Better World’s Humanitarian Service Award Scholarship after helping students in two African countries. Claire Welikoklad, who attends École

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Central Albertans continue to build new classrooms through A Better World Canada

By Kirsten Dennis from rdnewsNOW   Pictured Above: The students have been coming to Project J Secondary School every day. They told the engineer that the work is going too slowly—they want to be able to take their final exams in the new school! They asked that the construction company hire more workers.   An eighth school

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – The group is about to board the plane to Canada via London

It is always a blessing when the entire group is safely delivered to the airport and are heading home. We experienced some incredible times and life changing moments. I was inspired and spurred on to do more by these students. They themselves are thinking what more the school can do.  One of the firsts for

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Red Deer Advocate: Humanitarian urges engagement with refugees over isolation

“One of the messages of Christmas is: Be not afraid.” Eric Rajah is speaking to me about his personal experiences with Syrian refugees, and about how Canadians could respond as 25,000 arrive in Canada in the coming months. The first group arrived in Toronto this week. Rajah, whose family immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka

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Lacombe Express: Lacombe Rotary Club Supports A Better World School Project

It’s a project that keeps on giving, due to the support of the community and the local Rotary club. This past Friday, the Lacombe Rotary Club continued on their support of A Better World Canada(ABW) and a school project in Kenya. Over the past two years, the club has supported the building of a school

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Red Deer Express: Local author pens book detailing operations of agency

When Cameron Kennedy travelled to Afghanistan with A Better World Canada (ABW) founder Eric Rajah in 2007, he had no idea that the many notes he took would eventually come to formulate the foundation of a book. Kennedy’s collection of notes, first-hand encounters and various interviews with organization founders and community members paints a vivid

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Lacombe Express: Blackfalds family home transformed by community

Over the past two weeks a home in Blackfalds has been a beehive of activity. Tradesmen have been entering the family home to install new plumbing and dry wall. Carpenters have been working furiously on the back deck for an expansion. Painters have carefully coated the walls with brightly-coloured paint, anticipating the look on the

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Global News: Terminally ill central Alberta girl given home makeover

WATCH ABOVE: A central Alberta girl who was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder is getting a bit of help from her community. As Eric Szeto reports, a massive renovation is underway to her family’s home.  EDMONTON – It’s like an episode of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ When the McGregors return home in two weeks their

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Red Deer Advocate: Home undergoes makeover to help terminally ill girl

So often we measure a community by its physical amenities — its parks, neighbourhoods and facilities. But is it really anything much at all without the power of people, maybe with a touch of another power as well? For one little girl, who has been dealt the great misfortune of a fatal illness, and for

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Lacombe Express: A Better World Canada celebrates 25 years in community

By Sarah Maetche – Lacombe Express Published: April 30, 2015 8:00 AM Updated: April 30, 2015 9:04 AM From humble beginnings to becoming a worldwide volunteer-driven organization, A Better World Canada (ABW), a Lacombe-based charity, has had a ripple effect across the globe. ABW celebrated their milestone, marking 25 years of humanitarian efforts, this past

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106.7 The Drive: A Better World Canada Marks 25 Years

A Better World Canada is celebrating 25 years this weekend in Lacombe. Co-founder Eric Rajah says they’ve brought over four people from Kenya to take part in celebrations. “We have with us three project managers who manage our projects in Kenya. Our key feature will be a young girl by the name of Janet who

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Media Contacts

Members of the media are encouraged to contact us with inquiries about A Better World, our projects, our people, or any related subjects:

Carl Hahn
Director, Marketing & Communication
A Better World Canada
Office: 403.782.0325