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These are real stories of our youth, our mothers and fathers, our labourers, and our community activists who face unimaginable barriers and sometimes insurmountable challenges along their life journeys. Each of their stories tell, with sometimes brutal honesty, something about our communities and the global world.

 

Stories for Development shares stories to help improve lives, because sometimes a single story can motivate us to make a difference. Just as these stories inspire Stories for Development, as you read them do not remain witnesses, but rather, become an active agent for change. 

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

Every year 50,000 migrant workers travel to Canada from all over the globe to harvest produce under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. They come mostly from Mexico and the Caribbean; small isl...

Kevin is a fourth generation native of Bequia. His family is a mixture of people of African, Scottish and Carib descent, representing the complex mixture of peoples brought together in a violent fight...

Whenever I go to St. Lucia, I am reminded of the very simple life that many islanders still live, especially those in the countryside. Carletta’s home is in Soufriere in the south of the island. The f...

In 2016, Maria left Venezuela and moved to Canada with her son Luis. Leaving behind a life of danger and turmoil, Maria set out to build a new home for her and her son. Faced with a new country, new l...

December 14, 2018

Jules came to Canada in his teens, full of anticipation of a new life in a country so far away from his home in Tanzania. But within months of his arrival in Canada, he became disillusioned with his n...

When I was an undergraduate student I worked as a Support Assistant with the Immigration and Refugee Board of the Government of Canada. I was responsible for reviewing the refugees’ PIFs – Personal In...

Yo Momma so stupid…, Yo Mamma so fat…,
Yo Mamma so this, Yo Momma so that,
Kids on the playground talking smack,
Comedians say it on stage thinking it fun,
All scoring laughs on someone’s mom.

 
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Across the Caribbean, government and non-governmental organisations are helping youth enter the labour market. Entrepreneurship is often touted as an effective policy option.

Kenrick Quashie, an entrep...

At 30, Dixon's life in Bequia, a small island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was pretty good. He was married with two children eking out a modest living in the tourist industry. Then the accident...

Like so many Senegalese youth before him, Ibrahim has followed a road well-travelled in search of a better life. At 12 years old he ventured off from Dakar, made his way on foot along the north wester...

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