Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE) is an organization of lawyers with the mission to raise awareness among members of the legal profession with respect to child poverty around the world and to further advance the profession’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by encouraging the legal community to provide financial support to selected charitable organizations.
LIFE has received tremendous support from leading members of the Bar in Ontario and the judiciary. While LIFE is currently focused in Ontario, we intend to reach out to lawyers throughout Canada and hope to eventually join forces with lawyers throughout the world.
The legal profession has a rich history of support for social justice, and we believe there can be no justice when children are denied the basic necessities for survival.
The rationale behind LIFE is truly excellent – that the greatest need for struggling communities and programmes in Africa is financial support, and to that end the legal profession in Canada can play a critical role. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is profoundly grateful to LIFE for working to take things a quantum leap forward. LIFE offers the opportunity for additional numbers of lawyers to engage in a concerted effort to turn the tide of AIDS and poverty among children in Africa.
The future of Africa is in the balance. Sustaining the support to children and those who care for them could not be more critical and new initiatives like LIFE bring hope that there are still many who have not forgotten or forsaken the next generation of Africa. I salute LIFE for its principled commitment to the humanitarian imperative.”