CCFA Niagara – Cuba
This site is constructed to provide insight into Cuba and the Cuban people. It is further designed to inform you of the Canadian-Cuba Friendship Association and our Niagara Chapter, CCFA Niagara.
It is now 57 years since the Castro led revolution was victorious in defeating the Batista dictatorship, implementing revolutionary changes and setting Cuba on its socialist path.
Since the revolution Cuba has had many accomplishments. It has gone way beyond what any other developing country has achieved in a similar period of time. Cuba is recognized by the UN to be a world leader in health care delivery, in education, in racial harmony and eliminating poverty. It has made huge advances in science and bio-technology, pharmaceuticals and environmentalism. Cuba is widely recognized for the humanitarian work it provides to the world.
The Cuban economy continues developing despite the U.S. embargo. Imagine Canada with a U.S. embargo against this country. Every year the UN General Assembly calls upon the U.S to end its destructive illegal embargo against Cuba but the U.S. continues its failed policy of attempting to destroy the Cuban economy. CCFA Niagara joins the world in speaking out against this injustice.
Close to a million Canadians visited Cuba last year and they generally agree the Cuban people are friendly and gracious hosts. Cubans appreciate Canadians because Canada gave recognition and support to Cuba, while the U.S. took a path of hostility against Cuba and its revolution. Every year Cuba hosts the largest Terry Fox run outside of Canada.
Cuba is very safe. Day or night you can safely travel throughout the country. Cuba is not a police state as often characterized by detractors. Tourism and Medical Tourism are fast growing part of the developing economy.
While racism continues, it exists on the margins. There is no comparison with the racism that existed under the Batista regime or exists in the U.S. today.
Cuba has not achieved their goal of creating an egalitarian society as a middle class exists alongside the poor. Still, Cuba today is far more equal than most any other country.
Cuba is a country unlike any other in its international solidarity and internal social harmony. For over 54 years Cuba has been sending healthcare workers to help countries around the world experiencing natural disasters. “After God comes Cuban Doctors!” is the refrain of Haitians thankful for the earthquake assistance from Cuba.
Nelson Mandela declared “The Cuban people hold a special place in the heart of the African people. Their contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, goes unparalleled for its principled and selfless character”.
There are no parallels to the annual Havana International Workers’ May Day parade. As the accompanying pictures show hundreds of thousands of Cubans, come out to walk together in support of their government and their revolution.
The Castro’s are loved by most all Cubans, but Fidel and Raul Castro along with all the original revolutionary leadership will soon be gone.
There will be change and the future is uncertain but thankfully, there is a determination amongst the people that the revolutionary goals and ideals shall remain. We hope you will explore this web site further and learn more of this exceptional country, both its successes and failures.
Our Mission Statement
The CCFA Niagara undertakes to initiate and promote activity and continuous growth of friendship between the Canadian and Cuban Peoples. Our activities will directed toward the development of mutual exchanges in the areas of information, culture, health and education. We work in cooperation with other groups and individuals in Canada having similar aims and interests.
CCFA Niagara and our supporters are deeply saddened to see the extent of damage incurred on Cuba by Hurricane Irma. The destructive force and accompanying flooding destroyed housing, communications, infrastructure, electricity generation, agricultural equipment and crops.
More than any other country Cuba has always assisted people around the world in times of crisis. Now Cuba is in need of a helping hand.
Our chapter along with individual supporters are making contributions to the CNC Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. Donations can be made to the above named fund by mailing cheques to 56 Riverwood Terrace, Bolton ON L7E 1S4, or made through this web site’s Join Us page, Donations. All donations marked Hurricane Relief will be forwarded 100% directly to Cuba.
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