Foundation Helps Marquis Project to Aid Young Ugandans

July 30th, 2019 by admin

The Blennerhassett Family Foundation of Manitoba has granted the Marquis Project, a Brandon-Westman-based international development organization, $1500 toward the first phase of a project to help young adults in a remote, disadvantaged part of Uganda build small businesses.  Marquis will contribute $1000.  A little money goes a long way in these situations.

Thirty youth, 16 to 25 years old, have formed a group in Kijwenge Village, Nalweyo sub-county, to develop employment opportunities for themselves rather than relocate to large urban areas where poor job prospects and poverty also await them.  Agricultural in the area does not bring in enough earnings to create sustainable livelihoods.

With electricity now available in their local area, these youth hope to become economically self-sufficient by establishing shops that offer tailoring, hairdressing, bicycle and motorcycle repair, and window and door manufacturing, which currently are not available nearby.  Training and mentoring will be provided by local adults in skills and business management.

The Blennerhassett Foundation has praised the Marquis Project for its small-scale, on-the-ground projects that bring a tangible benefit to its overseas partners.

David Gamey of Strathclair, MB a recent recipient of Marquis’ Global Citizenship Award, will oversee the project.  More information is available from David at (204) 365-5350.

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Save the Date

May 5th, 2019 by admin
Save the Date – The Marquis Project’s Annual General Meeting will take place Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 in the Elephant Room at Brandon University, beginning at 6.30 p.m.  Along with a brief business meeting and elections, the main part of the evening will be an opportunity for Board and members to do some strategic planning for the organization. More details to come!

Marquis Holds Fair Trade Feast, Celebrates 40 Years & Hands Out Awards

May 4th, 2019 by admin

Close to 100 Marquis members and supporters had a wonderful LOFT dinner together on Sunday, April 28th.  LOFT is local, organic and fair trade.  This was a fundraiser to enable us to continue our support for overseas projects and fair trade activities here at home.  It was also a chance for the organization to mark the start of celebrations of our 40th Anniversary and to honour two active members who have made an outstanding contribution to both Brandon-Westman and the world via the Marquis Project.

Named to our Global Citizenship rolls were David Gamey of Strathclair who has been involved in Marquis in both staff and volunteer capacities for 30 years, mostly related to our project work in East Africa, and Mireille Saurette, who joined Marquis in 2012 as a volunteer and has been the main force behind Brandon becoming a Fair Trade Town and winning numerous national awards in that regard.

Our thanks to The Dock on Princess in Brandon for a great meal enjoyed by all, and to the many merchants and individuals who donated prizes for our silent auction.  This was the third Fair Trade Feast organized by the Marquis Project, a fun event and great fundraiser.  Thanks to all who attended!

World Fair Trade Day

May 1st, 2019 by admin

About Marquis

The Marquis Project is a non-profit, charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to making our world better. Established in 1979 by development activists in and around Brandon, Manitoba, it is sustained by the support and participation of individuals, families, congregations, schools and community organizations. What began as a small resource centre on world issues serving southwestern Manitoba is now a nationally recognized non-governmental organization.