Who We Are

Our Mission

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Helping others help themselves without handouts is the cornerstone of iDE Canada.

It all started with a donkey cart in a Somalian refugee camp.

Gerry Dyck of Winnipeg and Paul Polak of Colorado were working to help refugees who had to flee their homes.  Gerry and Paul realized that the camps provided no opportunities.  Refugees relied on handouts for food, clothing and shelter. They had no source of income.  Gerry and Paul saw the available donkey carts as a way out.  They helped a few refugees start a business using a donkey cart to transport wood or people which provided an income source.  That’s how the idea of iDE came to be. Help those in poverty help themselves.

Since 1983, iDE Canada has been connecting donors to people experiencing poverty in developing countries. Donor support has provided opportunities for people living on less than $2 per day. 

Your donations link farmers to resources which help them earn a higher income.  With more money, farmers can invest back into their farms, keep their kids in school and buy better medications. 

Your donations link families with affordable latrines and water filters so that health and safety is possible. No woman should endure the indignity, inconvenience and personal safety risks associated with defecation in an open space. No child should have to experience chronic diarrhea that impedes their growth and development which literally puts their life at risk.

We believe in listening to our clients, investing in them and providing the tools needed to succeed.

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