THE HISTORY OF CIDO
Shawky Fahel, CIDO's Founder and Chairman was raised in Jaffa, Israel, in a family with strong Christian faith principles. He was taught from an early age the importance of helping people and giving back to the community, and it has been his life-long practice to help others.
Since its beginning, CIDO has spearheaded several international projects that have had an indelible impact on the recipient community. This has included:
BOARD OF MEMBERS
I take this opportunity to encourage you, all associated with the work
of (St. Joesph’s) Hospital, always to give the best of yourselves in
generous service to the sick, with the greatest respect for their human
dignity and their unique value in the eyes of God.
-- Pope John Paul II, on meeting with CIDO Chair, Shawky Fahel in 2004.
Through CIDO's partnership with the scouting organizations in five
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.
--The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister
I would like to express my admiration for the charitable work CIDO is
undertaking….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.
--The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Through your new project you will provide youth with opportunities to
learn new life skills regardless of differences or the family they were
born into…..This will leave a lasting impact on these young people’s
lives and provide them with credible life experiences that will stay
with them well into their futures.
-- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Canadian Minister for Diversity and Inclusion and Youth; and Member of Parliament, Waterloo
I would urge anyone who is capable of doing so and who is concerned with
the plight of the Palestinian people to consider supporting CIDO.
-- Marwan Tabbara, Canadian Member of Parliament, Kitchener South-Hespeler
CIDO’s focus on addressing the needs of indigenous communities and
providing the resources necessary to thrive, particularly resonates with
my community, and represents a commitment that the Government of Canada
has made to all Canadians.
-- Raj Saini, Canadian Member of Parliament, Kitchener Centre
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.
--Paul Rostrup, President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener
Thanks to your support, we launched last week the first-ever seminar for
10th-11th grade scouts, in which we explored the idea of living together
and improving the society in Israel. The 90 scouts participated in joint
activities focusing on topics related to co-existence and youth's
ability to bring about social change, they also took part in practical
joint volunteering communal activity in the city of Shefa`Amr.
-- Alfred Kour, Coordinator, ‘Messengers of Peace’, The Israel Boy & Girl Scouts Federation
I never imagined that these kinds of friendships would be created. I can
confess that the strongest bond I had was with a Christian girl from
Jaffa. I will tell you a little secret—we cried when we said goodbye.
-- Lilach Karni, 16 year old Jewish Israeli Girl Scout reporting on her ‘Messengers of Peace’ event
On behalf of the Orthodox institutions in Ramleh, we deeply appreciate
your concern and attempt to assist our community and the Orthodox
Scouts. Your efforts are making genuine change.
-- Dr. George Rantissi, St. George's Orthodox Council, Ramleh
I am impressed by the demonstrated commitment of CIDO for the
in the standard of living of those living in the Middle-East,
particularly 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.
--Karen Redman, Chair, the Region of Waterloo
I think that it is so important that there is an emphasis on community
youth, with a focus on the importance of helping them build life skills.
-- Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo
We reviewed the CIDO website and applaud your efforts to alleviate world
--James G. Aziz, Managing Director, Baja Group Consultants