About Susila Dharma Canada
Susila Dharma Canada (SD Canada) is a charitable, non-profit organization run by volunteers since its creation in 1986.Our charitable tax number is 0798132-09.
SD Canada assists locally initiated development projects on four continents and facilitates Canadians who want to engage in improving conditions for humans and the planet. In recent years, we have helped provide access to education in Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Colombia, care for abandoned babies in Romania, medical care in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hope for mothers with young children imprisoned in Argentina, improved governance and economic development in Indonesia and emergency relief efforts in Cuba, Indonesia and Pakistan. There are many individuals whose lives have been improved through the generosity of Canadians and the dedication of the project leaders.
Through our partnerships with the projects we support, we strive to create a sense of trust and hope, that those in need are not abandoned and that there are people around the world who are willing to share their material abundance, their skills and knowledge.
SD Canada is a voting member of Susila Dharma International Association, a global, member-based network of 21 national Susila Dharma organizations and 33 development projects from 27 countries that help human beings reach their full potential.
The Mission of Susila Dharma Canada
The mission of SD Canada is to relieve human suffering and promote just and sustainable development through:
- Partnerships and support for grassroots, participatory development and humanitarian initiatives;
- Empowering individuals and communities to engage in positive human, social and economic change;
- Raising awareness of global issues and inter-dependence.
The Meaning of “Susila” and “Dharma”
The name “Susila Dharma” combines two Sanskrit words, which together mean ‘guided from within to take action in the world.’ Susila Dharma work originates from an awareness of a common humanity that transcends differences. The intention behind Susila Dharma is to support people to live and work in harmony in their quest for a just and sustainable society. The focus of Susila Dharma is on people and relationships, and a belief in the ability of people to reach their potential — socially, economically and spiritually.
As a member of the Susila Dharma International Association, we embrace the following guiding principles:
A Vision of Development
- We give priority to the needs, aspirations and participation of the individuals and communities with whom we are working.
- We recognize the importance of fundamental human rights and environmental sustainability.
- We work to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals. http://www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml
- We understand development as a positive process of human, social, cultural, environmental, economic and political transformation.
Community Participation and Knowledge Sharing
- We are committed to participatory and inclusive approaches to development.
- As a network we freely share our information and knowledge, continuously learning from each other and from the communities we are trying to assist.
- We base our decisions on mutual understanding and respect. We aim to learn from our mistakes and value our success, no matter how small.
- We are committed to monitoring and evaluating our activities in order to continually improve our development practices.
- Partnerships form the basis for trust and sound development practice.
- Our partnerships respect one another’s autonomy and constraints and are built on honesty, accountability and transparency.
- All partners strive for better understanding and appreciation of one another.
- We reach out to and work in collaboration with institutions that share our aims and objectives.
Transparent and Accountable Management and Reporting
- We are committed to transparent and accountable reporting, both between members of the network, and towards beneficiaries, donors and the general public.
- We seek to identify the appropriate scale and terms of financial support on a case-by-case basis.
- In addition to being well informed and learning from others, we strive to trust our own perceptions and follow our inner feelings as development practitioners.
Approved at the 2007 Annual General Meeting of SDIA, Ascot UK
Board of Directors
SD Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Please view the Board of Directors Job Description here.
Kumari Beck, Chair
Stephen (Andrew) Hall
Ramsey Oren, Treasurer
Louise (Raphaelle) Chapleau
Past Annual Reports
SD Canada was created in 1986 by Canadian Subud members as an affiliate to the Subud Canada Association. Subud is a global association of people who belong to all cultures and religions and who are united through a direct, personal experience called the latihan that acknowledges a higher spiritual power. Subud members are often inspired to give back to those in need through charitable giving, humanitarian actions and through creating development partnerships.
SD Canada is a voting member of the international association of Susila Dharma national organizations called SDIA, a USA registered non-profit charitable organization.
In 1989, SDIA was granted special consultative status with the United National Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Since 2000, SDIA has been affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information, NGO Section.
SDIA is affiliated with the World Subud Association (WSA).
The mandate of SDIA is to:
- strengthen the capacity of its members, local organizations, development professionals and volunteers
- facilitate shared learning between members and interested individuals
- identify and coordinate human, technical and financial resources to assist members and community initiatives
- encourage respect for human rights, achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and international advocacy for development and social justice through its consultative status with the United Nations and other international organizations