Fifth Avenue Club made a significant difference in the village of Belo (Bell-oh), Ethiopia, by adopting it as a special project over a ten-year period through Food for the Hungry Canada. Fifth Avenue Club contributed $3 from every membership, every month to improve the way of life in Belo. We were heavily committed to this sustainable development project to improve the health/sanitation, food security, education and leadership within the area. The end goal was realized in 2017 when the community of Belo “graduated” as fully self-sustaining!  The families of Belo no longer struggle each day to meet their most basic economic, social and spiritual needs.

This was a model of “walking with” rather than “doing for.” Numerous staff had the privilege of visiting Belo over the years. Personally witnessing the positive effect of our involvement affirmed and bolstered our confidence in the effectiveness of Food for the Hungry’s approach to sustainability in Belo and elsewhere around the world. We hope our members feel proud of the part they played in changing lives.

View the Belo graduation video here!

I believe that life is made much more meaningful through reaching out to those in need. I love that Fifth Avenue Club is not only making a difference here in Calgary; we’ve also changed lives on the other side of the globe in Belo.

Darren Kanwischer Fifth Avenue Club Owner