Our Current Projects
Learn about CIDO's projects and initiatives.
Assisting Arab Immigrant Women in Canada
Delivered by: Canadian Arab Women's Association

Start date: March 2021

Project detail:

The Canadian Arab Women's Association is a non-profit organization established to connect, support and empower Canadian Arab women in the Waterloo Region and Guelph.

Members self-identify as Arabs and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their religious beliefs, socioeconomic status or education level.

Programs include:

  • Mother-child support
  • Education in languages, computer skills and financial literacy
  • Social activities and gatherings
  • Sports dance classes

CIDO assists CAWA with securing financial support from organizations such as the United Way and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation.
Middle East Scouting Project
Delivered by: CIDO

Start date: February 2019

In 2019, we identified youth activities through local Scout organizations with male and female youth in Israel and Palestine to provide younger generations with the opportunities to learn new life skills to address peace and conflict prevention.

We’ll be providing equipment and supplies to Scouting organizations in Jaffa, Haifa, Lod, Ramleh, and Kfar Yassif, Israel, as well as the Scout organization in Bethlehem/Palestine to address their basic needs required to enhance their Scouting programs and further the education of their youth members.

With a project budget of $700,000, we will be collecting and assembling shipping containers for scouting, sports and musical supplies and equipment. Once filled, the containers will be shipped to the Middle East and the equipment will be distributed through the local Scouting organizations.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted Scouting programs. As groups re-establish themselves, CIDO will continue its commitment.

Donations of the following equipment and supplies are welcome:
Orthodox Club Scouts Jaffa
Camping Equipment

  • Tents
  • Backpacks
  • Cooking utensils
  • Sleeping bags
  • Lanterns (with batteries)
  • Tarps
Sports Equipment

  • Uniforms
  • Balls
  • Footwear
Environmental Equipment

  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Carpentry equipment
  • Workgloves & clothing
Musical Instruments

  • Trumpets
  • Saxophones
  • Clarinets
  • Drums
  • Bagpipes
Wreckage in Beirut
Lebanese Disaster Relief
Delivered by: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and CIDO

Start date: September 2020

Note from CIDO founder:

I would like to say to the Mennonite Central Committee: thank you, shoukran, merci on your 100 years of your existence and support to needy communities in over 30 countries around the world.

As a Palestinian and on behalf of all the Palestinian people, thank you for the tremendous partnership between MCC and the Palestinian people that goes back to 1947 when you established your first office in East Jerusalem.

Finally I would like to thank all volunteers and believers in the excellent cause of MCC.

May God bless your efforts. Relief, development and peace in Christ.

Anyone reading this I urge you to donate to MCC.

~ Shawky Fahel

Project detail:

MCC and CIDO signed an Agreement to work together to bring more aid to the people of Lebanon following the August 2020 catastrophic explosion in Beirut. It is estimated that over 300,000 people are without homes.

Numerous organizations distributed food immediately after the explosion. Through the CIDO-MCC Agreement, the humanitarian needs, including housing rehabilitation and support for psychosocial activities will continue to be addressed long after many other support organizations have moved on.

Shortly after the disaster, MCC/CIDO launched a nationally coordinated disaster appeal and received strong response from our donors. In Ontario, we have now raised close to $130,000. Additionally, now in Canada, over $322,000 in total has been raised for Beirut, Lebanon! All donations will go towards the hygiene needs, food, rehabilitation and clean up in Beirut.

Media release
Sept 8th story in the Waterloo Region Record
Sept 8th CTV news story
Firefighters putting out flames in Beirut
Strengthening Canadian Arctic Communities
Delivered by: Arctic 360 and CIDO

Start date: 2017

Project detail:

Through our partnership with Arctic 360, we focus on addressing the needs of northern indigenous communities.

By funding economic development conferences and other related activities, we strive to ensure indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic have the same opportunities for health and prosperity as southern Canadian communities.

Arctic 360 is a partnership between the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, the Munk School and Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Cargo ship near Arctic shore
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