A Christmas Letter from the President

Our partners in Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo send us moving stories of the hope and opportunities your donations give to women and children in their countries. On behalf of all the women and children whose lives are improved by your donations, we want to thank you and wish you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2015.


Silvia Ugolini, President

Education brings hope in rural Ivory Coast


Our project at the Ilomba school has been successfully completed another stage. In a country devastated by civil war, the opportunity for a young girl to complete her primary education is all too rare. For 25 young girls it has become a dream come true. 


ADESC, our partner in Ivory Coast, sent a heartfelt thank you to LINCCO’s  donors for making possible the recently completed education program at the rural school Ilomba, in Bingerville. Thanks to your support, six teachers have improved their teachings skills which will now benefit their students. Your generosity also gave 25 students the opportunity to complete their primary education and advance to higher studies. Three of the students have enrolled in a certified pastry course which will enable them to find employment. Twenty other students have registered for the next level of education and are committed to receiving their diplomas. 

Building on success


In view of the success of the first project, ADESC wants to help other young women for whom even primary education has been out of reach. 


LINCCO is asking our Canadian donors to help educate another 25 young girls in Ivory Coast. Our target is $7,500 which will go toward the over-all budget of $28,000. Following this next phase of educating 25 young girls, the next step will be to combat poverty among those hardest hit by the war and creation of internal refugees.

News from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


Our three year project to improve maternal nursing and midwifery skills in the DRC is becoming reality. The Masters Program in Health Administration developed by Marie Hatem and the University of Montreal in collaboration with our DRC partner, the Institute for Advanced Nursing Studies, has produced nurses qualified to teach in a Bachelor of Nursing program.


A new four year undergraduate program for nurses began in October 2014. Our Canadian expert, Marie Hatem, will continue to work with our partner, ISSI, to improve the Masters Program and help nursing students. 


Another aspect of the project is LINCCO’s contribution to hygiene and sanitation training through the Maternity Without Risk program for midwives. Poor hygiene in hospitals, rural centres and homes is a leading - but preventable - contributor to maternal and infant mortality that will be addressed.

30th Anniversary Fundraiser a Fun-filled Success


More than 90 of LINCCO’s friends and supporters attended our 30th anniversary celebration on November 6 at the Atwater Club in Montreal.


Thanks to the generous contributions, $18,000 was raised for projects in the developing world. 


Many people contributed to make this evening a resounding success. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to animator Joe Cacchione and to our performer, Julie Lafontaine and her accompanist. A big thank you also to the organizing committee volunteers who put in long hours to make this a successful anniversary celebration.

LINCCO is a registered charity that supports and promotes the teaching of valuable skills to people in developing countries by providing financial and professional aid to well-run local initiatives that promote the transfer of skills to individuals and at the community as a whole. 

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