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Eastern Townships: June 2013 Archives

Kenyan women's rights advocate in Townships

Last month, more than 150 Kenyan girls made legal history. In a country where the rape of young women is rampant, this group sued the Kenyan government for failing to protect them. And they won.

Mercy Chidi is a Kenyan social worker and advocate for young rape victims. Her group, Ripples International, is funded in large part by the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its Grandmothers to Grandmothers charity.

he Sherbrooke chapter of Grandmothers for Grandmothers will be hosting a talk by Mercy Chidi this weekend in North Hatley. We've reached Mercy Chidi this morning in Toronto. 
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Putting agro-tourism on the map

The Eastern Townships hopes to welcome more of a special kind of road-tripper: people who come to visit the region's farm-fresh and gourmet offerings. Eastern Townships tourism has launched this season's Circuit agrotouristique Cantons de l'Est, a growing network of producers and businesses that have a local food product to offer.
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Haitian interns harvest farm skills in the Townships

An organic vegetable farm in Compton, in the Eastern Townships, welcomed two new interns earlier this year. Rose Betty David and Fisher Raymond, from Labrousse, Haiti, are working on this organic vegetable farm to learn more about North American organic farming methods, and how to market produce - skills they can take back to the agricultural labourers they work for.

Our Townships Reporter Sarah Rogers tells us more about this Quebec-Haiti partnership, which hopes to foster sustainable agriculture in parts of Haiti devasted by the 2010 earthquake.
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