Bridging Borders success

Thank you to all participants, donors and volunteers who helped make CJI’s Giving Tuesday “Bridging Borders” campaign a success!

Numerous Bridging Borders campaign events were held across Canada in November 2018. They helped raise awareness and support for three important projects. Below is a summary of the campaign results. You can also see them in this Impact Report pdf.


More than 1,400 students at the elementary, high school and university levels were engaged in discussion groups and classroom presentations in provinces from BC to Quebec.

As well, public events were held in 9 cities across Canada, from Vancouver to Montreal. Each of these events featured one of the three guest speakers below.

Bridging Borders campaign speakers (left to right): Fr Mario Serrano SJ, from the Dominican Republic; Ivette Galván García, from Mexico; and Fr Nawras Sammour SJ, from Syria.

Media coverage

A number of interviews and articles helped to promote the campaign and increase understanding around the issues involved in “bridging borders.” They included:


Three projects were highlighted in the campaign:

  • Lok Manch (People’s Forum) in India – operates in 12 states across India and promotes justice and access to legal rights for thousands of marginalized people.
  • Pan-Amazon Caring for Our Common Home initiative in Latin America – works in 5 countries of the Amazon region to strengthen indigenous identity and address environmental issues through education.
  • Family Support in Damascus, Syria – provides education, community programs and psychosocial services to displaced families in the Jaramanah area of Damascus.


Bridging Borders campaign projects include (left to right): Lok Manch, Pan-Amazon Caring for Our Common Home and Family Support in Damascus.


More than $135,500 were raised in the campaign — 35% over our goal! The money will go to the three projects highlighted.

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign!

(Banner photo by Sammy Tong: University of British Columbia students at a Bridging Borders event)