A message from the CEO

26,000+
people impacted by iTeams Canada programs in 2018
14 projects

involving vulnerable children and youth

5 projects

projects involving women and widows

5 projects

projects involving refugees and internally displaced people

In my role as CEO, I find I end a lot of my communications with, “we couldn’t do it without you!” It’s not just a platitude, it’s a true statement about the nature of our work. We simply couldn’t accomplish what we do each year without the support of a large team of talented volunteers who give up their time and energy in support of the hard work being done by our in-country program leaders.

Over the years, I’ve spoken to a number of other NGO CEOs who have expressed admiration for the vast network of churches and individual volunteers who work together to bring transformational development to vulnerable people around the world. The truth is, I admire our volunteers too. And I’m grateful for their efforts.

In 2018, we had the privilege of working alongside almost 300 volunteers. This number includes Impact Team members, longer-term iServe volunteers, and our wonderful team of volunteer Program Champions. Their commitment to sharing the stories of our local leaders and raising funds to help make the leaders’ dreams a reality is simply astounding. One of our Program Champions even jumped out of a plane this year to raise money for vulnerable girls in South Sudan!

Whether you volunteered in 2018, donated, served on an Impact Team, or prayed, I want to say thank you for your support of iTeams Canada in 2018. We couldn’t do it without you!

Neil Ostrander, CEO

A message from the Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our gratitude for your support in 2018. Your prayers, encouragement, and financial gifts have allowed us, together with our indigenous partners, to transform the lives and communities of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. You have given us the privilege of restoring dignity and transforming lives through the power of God’s love.

As Neil already shared, there is simply no way we could do what we do without our partnership community, a network of 57 Canadian churches that participate in the work of iTeams Canada at home in Canada and around the globe.

Since the very beginning, churches have been at the heart of what we do. We are so grateful for the churches that have come alongside our programs to provide long-term stability, financial support, and encouragement. One of our partner churches has been with us for over 10 years!

Thank you for coming alongside us and sharing in our joy in 2018. To borrow Neil’s words, we couldn’t do it without you!

Barry King, Board Chair

14
Projects

Involving vulnerable children and youth

5
Projects

Involving women and widows

5
Projects

Involving refugees and internally displaced people

The Transformative Power of Education

When Yunia Muhenge graduated from university in social work and administration, her career path was uncertain. After seeing the Facebook page for Confident Children out of Conflict, she was inspired by the stories—many of which felt familiar to her due to her own troubled upbringing. She decided to apply as a volunteer. Yunua was given a paid position as a social worker and dormitory supervisor, and she came to know and love the children as her own sisters.

Yunia says that taking care of the girls at CCC reminded her of her own story. “I came from an abusive, broken family. I was the oldest of six children. Our father was drunk a lot and when he came home, he beat my mom and shouted at everyone. One day, my mother decided she had had enough. After she left, I became the mother to my siblings.”

Each day, Yunia readied herself and her young siblings for school. She prepared and served their meals, bathed them, put them to bed, and washed their clothes. In addition to her responsibilities at home, she completed her schoolwork, passing her A-level exams and earning a place at Ndejje University in Uganda. Her aunts paid for her tuition.

Through her employment with CCC, Yunia met Impact South Sudan Program Champions Tracey and Brad, who came every year with suitcases loaded with things for the children and staff. She says their love and kindness reminded her of the helping hand that she received when she was a vulnerable child like the kids at CCC.

“It is because someone cared and paid for my education that I am here today,” she shared. “Some kids need help; they have to be supported until they are able to stand on their own. I am a witness today that if you invest in the education of a child, you give them the best life.”

2018 Highlights

Kenya-PACE Hosts Leadership Summit

Impact Kenya-PACE hosted the 6th African Leadership Summit. This year, 9 leaders from 7 different Impact Programs and 2 staff members from iTeams Canada were able to join Impact Kenya-PACE leadership in the powerful five-day summit.

Romania Farm Yields Fruitful Harvest!

Land purchase for the Impact Romania Family Farm was finalized. The land is already being used as a retreat for orphans. Gardens were planted and harvested!

Headway on Water Treatment Plant!

Construction began on a new water treatment plant in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic. Once completed, it will provide clean water to 47,000 people each day! Impact Dominican Republic is excited to extend their ministry to this new community.

Click on map pins to learn more about 2018 program highlights.

Financial Overview

Donations to International Teams Canada provide financial support to projects in 15 programs.

The goal of each of our programs is to equip our indigenous partners to transform their communities.

  • Revenue $2,811,996

  • Expenses $2,934,138
  • Administration $429,888
  • Fundraising $109,925
  • Programming $2,394,325

  • Net Assets $1,047,969

Thank you

Board of Directors

Barry King

Rebecca Fortin

Lorraine Pinsent

Susan Salib


Phil Sheldon

Stuart Thomson

Karen Toews