Our Involvements Since 1991
CIES engages in short-term and long-term projects in the areas of education, community development, and health care. Part of our aim in these projects is to create jobs and build transformative relationships between people, organizations, and governments.
CIES is proud of its successful partnerships that have connected people in highly meaningful ways over the years. These partnerships arose from the long-term relationship between Guru Nanak Trust and CIES. Read more about our past and present projects:
Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature
CIES currently oversees the management of the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature. This Prize celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of Punjabi literature and language. The prize aims to promote the growth of Punjabi language globally, as well as encourage new, emerging, and established writers working in the two Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi. Learn more about the Prize here.
Village Infrastructure Project
Information coming soon.
Primary Health Care Project
From 2001 to 2005, CIES conducted a primary health care project in partnership with Guru Nanak Trust to improve access to preventive health care in the rural communities surrounding Dhahan-Kaleran. The project – Building Capacity for Primary Health Care in Rural Punjab – was funded jointly by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and CIES with in-kind administrative support from Guru Nanak Trust. CIES carried out the project in two phases: a focussed planning phase in the first year, followed by program implementation over a three-year period.
The project was successful in increasing community health awareness, changing household health practices and achieving active participation by women. Project activities fostered new alliances among non-governmental organizations in the area, particularly among groups working in reproductive health and gender issues. There were health improvements in primary schools, and changes noted in the village environments as a result of the work of the project team. To read more about the successes and challenges and the project’s overall results, please see a summary of the final report here.
Guru Nanak College of Nursing and UBC School of Nursing Partnership
From 1998 to 2007, CIES facilitated a partnership between the University of British Columbia School of Nursing and the Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Dhahan-Kaleran. The partnership aimed to enhance nursing education at GN College in a spirit of mutual exchange and learning, and to provide opportunities for faculty and student exchanges.
This 10-year partnership has been a big success. Nanak College was among the first colleges in Punjab to offer the nursing degree program. By 2010, there were 389 Nursing degree graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and 649 diploma graduates from the General Nurse-Midwifery program. Faculty development took place through two-way exchange visits that were well-received on both sides.
Representatives of CIES and UBC School of Nursing visited India in February 2011, and were told of many successes both in terms of student success in the state-level exams and faculty accomplishments. Recruitment and retention have improved considerably in the program. Several faculty members identified supports provided by the organization as major factors in retention: faculty housing, a safe environment for their families, subsidies for their children’s school fees, and free health services at the GN Hospital.
Annual Reports and Other Documents