Global Symposium on Deepening Social Connectedness
Although social isolation has been identified as a potential cause and consequence of multidimensional poverty worldwide, its impact and importance continue to be under-recognized. In recent years, a handful of organizations have begun to explore and address the issue of social isolation head on, but much more remains to be done.
“Isolation is the feeling of sitting alone at the bottom of a well. Connectedness is the feeling of belonging. Social isolation prevents individuals and communities from the power to flourish. Social connectedness presents individuals and communities with the power to flourish.”
- Kim Samuel, President of the Samuel Family Foundation and Synergos board member
Synergos/Synergos Canada was honored to work with the Samuel Family Foundation and other partners in organizing the first global symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness, held in Toronto on October 1-3, 2014.
The event featured sharing of experience from Synergos’ work with partners in Southern Africa to meet the needs of children affected by the poverty and the HIV/AIDS crisis, as well as other members of our global networks.