The College Boreal’s charitable mission is moving towards Guatemala. Included on this trip are the school’s staff member and students. They departed last April 25, 2019. With the partnership of non-religious group The God’s Child Project, they intend to construct three compact block houses while in the country. They are doing this to help resolve the needs of housing for poor families. The group will reside in a little village of Panchoy Valley province, near to Antigua city from April 27 to May 6. This is where they aim to build the three houses that will become new homes for extremely poor families.
Every year, their mission ends with an abundance of voluntary events. The school’s missionary team started within their community for about 400 hours of voluntary works before giving humanitarian aid to other countries. The group consists of 18 missionary members – one staff member and six students from Sudbury campus, four staff members and four students from Timmins campus, and three students from the Kapuskasing campus. The team from Sudbury campus, with the help of Bundle Up and Réseau Access Network, organized a Red campaign during the HIV Awareness week while the teams from Kapuskasing and Timmins campus set up a very delicious dinner for the poor local people with the help of Yo! Mobile. “College students are active in the community on many fronts. I am very pleased to see our humanitarian and volunteer action developing with such passion and a sense of commitment to the community” Said Daniel Giroux, president of College Boréal.
The expenses for the travels and lodging for this mission to Guatemala are shouldered by the volunteers themselves along with the donations from plenty of local supporters. They were also able to raise funds from the community especially during the Giving Tuesday crusade. The money raised was used to buy construction materials. The Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines was one of the donators who helped in funding this cause. Marc Lauzier, general manager of Porcupine Gold Mine said that “Porcupine Gold Mines is determined to contribute to community projects and fundraising activities that improve the quality of life of those who are most in need.”