A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867, while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest international border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment. Life for Relief and Development has been Providing book and classroom furniture to non-profit schools.