The Middle East has been, and continues to be, a major conflict zone in the world. Peace and conflict resolutions has been very evasive. Citizens of that area have good reason to be disheartened. We see the results in violence that involved demoralized and frustrated youth. There are no instant fixes but positive actions and initiatives can, and will, certainly impact long-term objectives. Through CIDO's partnership with Scouting organizing in five Middle East communities, long-term peace and conflict resolution outcomes can begin to be addressed. Your focus on youth activities that build leadership and citizenship values will have significant future benefits..... Your personal commitment to CIDO and your drive to help those less fortunate are outstanding. You are truly a person dedicated to community service. I am pleased to add my personal support to and endorsement of this CIDO project.
You have over a number of years demonstrated an interest in improving the standard of living particularly of communities expressing instability in the Middle East and have shown personal commitment to facilitating peace and conflict resolution. We commend you for establishing and providing initial funding of CIDO, a Canadian registered charity, for this purpose. This certainly establishes your sincerity and commitment to the CIDO project's purpose. We are pleased that you as a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener are carrying forward Rotary values in a practical and very energetic way that could bring very important results for youth as well as peace and conflict resolution in the Middle East.
President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener (Read full testimony here)
I am pleased to offer my support for the Canadian International Development Organization (CIDO) and their efforts abroad. I am impressed by the demonstrated commitment of CIDO, a Canadian registered not-for-profit, charitable organization, for the improvement in the standard of living of those living in the Middle-East, particularly youth. I understand that one of the current initiatives is to collect and ship sporting, musical and outdoors equipment that will help youth be active and engaged – this will have a positive impact on youth. Our Canadian youth are fortunate to have access to programs and services to nurture their quality of life. The generosity of those who support CIDO to bring similar opportunities to youth in the Middle-East is worthy of our support. I commend the Board of Directors for their vision and commitment to enriching the lives of youth beyond our Canadian borders.
Regional Chair of Municipality of Waterloo
I would like to express my admiration for the charitable work CIDO is undertaking. In addition, I would like to congratulate you on your success in establishing The Canadian Palestinians Health Research Foundation. I am sure it will grow to be an important link between Palestinians and Canadians. Your efforts contribute positively to Canada's image and reinforce our own objectives. I wish CIDO and the foundation every success in their endeavours.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hi Shawky, We reviewed the CIDO website and applaud your efforts to alleviate world poverty! Thanks for the Maple Leaf which we will wear with pride.