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CCFC and DUCA Join Forces to Support Alternative Energy Project in Ghana

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 19, 2014) - Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) today received a $25,000 donation from DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. to support a new solar energy project in Ghana.

"It is humbling to witness the generosity of DUCA members, who are collectively committing to support innovative projects in the developing world," said Mark Lukowski, CEO of Christian Children's Fund of Canada. "CCFC will work together with DUCA to address the growing need for efficient and reliable renewable energy."

The DUCA-CCFC project will furnish solar lighting systems to 100 households in a northern Ghana village as well as a solar powered borehole well to provide clean water for domestic and agricultural sectors serving, on average, 750 beneficiaries. 

The project was chosen through online voting by DUCA Members, CCFC and DUCA staff and the general public. They were asked to consider four (4) alternative energy projects in the developing world. For the community in Ghana, this project provides sustainability, economic growth, and community development.

"The dedication and collaborative effort made by staff, members, and the community is inspiring," said Richard Senechal, CEO and President of DUCA. "This project is a reflection of our founding principles -- it is truly about our local community coming together to help provide opportunities and improved living conditions for a community in need half-way across the globe."

Ghana Program Manager, Evans Sinkari, said "We hope the partnership will build the capacity of CCFC and local NGOs to be able to deliver sustainable development to enhance the well-being of children."

DUCA recently signed an agreement to provide CCFC with a donation of $100,000 over the next four (4) years. The funding will support innovative projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada: CCFC is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-focused development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance.

About DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd.: DUCA is a full-service financial institution serving a membership of 42,000 in the Greater Toronto Area with 15 branches. DUCA offers full daily banking services, market-leading lending products, investments, and commercial lending. DUCA is owned by its Members who annually share in its profits and practices the cooperative principle of helping people to help themselves.

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