ONPHA receives International Service Award
Today, ONPHA was honoured to receive CHRA/Rooftops Canada’s International Service Award at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s National Congress on Housing and Homelessness. For over 20 years, ONPHA has been a proud partner of Rooftops Canada, an international development program founded by Canadian co-operative and non-profit housing organizations.
ONPHA has provided Rooftops and their overseas partners with fundraising assistance, loans, and technical and training expertise to help them respond to the shelter needs of African communities. ONPHA’s relationship with Rooftops continues to grow, reflecting its members’ interest in learning about affordable housing challenges globally. ONPHA members have attended workshops, participated in African study tours, and hosted peers from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, sharing knowledge and resources across continents.
“On behalf of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, I want to congratulate ONPHA for being named the recipient of the CHRA-Rooftops Canada International Service Award,” says Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, CHRA. “Although housing providers do excellent work across Canada, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the excellent work of housing organizations on the international scene. The efforts of ONPHA internationally, particularly in South Africa, not only help to put a roof over people’s heads, but in doing so, serve to promote the Canadian values of generosity and compassion around the world. For this, we congratulate and commend ONPHA, and hope that their efforts will inspire others.”
“This award would not have been possible without ONPHA’s dedicated members who have shown incredible enthusiasms for our international work,” adds Sharad Kerur, ONPHA’s Executive Director. “I would like to thank each one of them for their time, dedication, and belief that we can make a difference by working together. I would also like to extend my gratitude to CHRA and Rooftops Canada for this recognition. I look forward to many more years of working together to provide affordable housing for all.”
ONPHA unites Ontario’s non-profit housing sector and believes that organizations can achieve more by working together. This philosophy extends beyond the provincial boarders: the lack of sustainable and affordable housing is a global problem, and only by working together will we find solutions.