With the current media focus on the horrific and the destructive it’s easy to forget that there are people who remain steadfastly optimistic and committed to making the world a better place. Two of those people are Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino. Fred and Bonnie are co-founders of Child Haven International (CHI), a Canadian charity that assists poor women and children in South Asia by providing basic necessities, education, health care, emotional and moral support. While much of the focus is on children, CHI helps local communities (impoverished women in particular) move toward self-sufficiency as a means to building a better future for their children. Ian Cameron’s short video, The Voices of Women explains how CHI has made a difference to women in particular.
Bonnie and Fred are truly special individuals. They have been winner’s of international human rights awards and champions of poor women and children in the developing world since the 1960s. The 2011 W5 documentary, “Children’s Champion”, provides a great overview of CHI and explains its foundation on Ghandian ideals that include equality regardless of caste, class, or gender, non-violence, vegetarian meals, respect for diversity in culture, tradition and religion all wrapped in a simple living philosophy.
W5 Producer Garry Dwyer-Joyce’s article on the making of the documentary “W5: A Journey into the World of Child Haven” underscores Fred and Bonnie’s unyielding determination to make the world a better place. In one word…inspiring.
You can watch the W5 documentary in 2 parts here:
Interested in supporting Child Haven International? We invite you to join us in attending CHI’s 25th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction being held Saturday, October 4th at 2676 East Pender Street, Vancouver.