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Apr 18, 2019

Thank you for making an impact for children and youth around the world

Isaac on a study trip with his college
Isaac on a study trip with his college

By supporting this project, the Impact Fund, you can be sure that your contributions will go towards helping disadvantaged children and youth overcome some of the barriers they face in life. Recently, your donations have helped with children and young people's education in Ghana, enabled a girl with disabilities in Argentina to have access to horse-assisted therapy and assisted organisations providing homes for children in Romania and Ghana.

New Life, in Ghana, runs a children's home, school and outreach programme. Two of the young people who grew up at New Life's home, Isaac and Dora, are currently taking their next steps in life. Isaac is studying Mechanical Engineering at a local college and Dora is doing an apprenticeship in wedding sewing and decorations. Whilst some of CHW's supporters have funded their course fees, we needed help with continuing to provide Isaac and Dora with stipends for food and educational materials. Contributions from the Impact Fund have gone towards this and we are so grateful for your help for these young people.

Isaac said, "We have been on trips two times this semester and all were fantastic. I will be completing my course by the end of June this year. So far so good, the academic work has been good. I appreciate all you have been doing for me."

Challenging Heights, also in Ghana, rescues and advocates for children who were trafficked into the fishing industry. The rescued children are brought to a shelter for rehabilitation, before being helped to integrate back into society. The shelter has a school with a computer lab. Challenging Heights previously asked CHW for help with a router and internet system for the computer lab. Some donations from the Impact Fund helped us to complete the fundraising for this project. The new system is now in place.

Jonathan at Challenging Heights said that internet-based teaching and learning is taking place and that the internet connection also helps staff complete work to do with the running of the shelter. Sixty-four students, who are survivors of human trafficking, are now able to use the internet to learn.

Some donations to the Impact Fund also helped CHW to complete the funding to sponsor horse-assisted therapy sessions for seven-year-old Briana, in Argentina. Briana has spastic quadriplegia and is benefitting, both physically and emotionally, from having this therapy at our partner organisation, Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia. Veronica, the founder of the organisation, said she is very touched that people from so far away are helping Briana.

CHW's supporters were recently able to sponsor a power generator for New Life's children's home in Ghana, with some of the donations coming from the Impact Fund. New Life had asked CHW for help with this due to the frequent power cuts in the area. There will now be a stable power supply at the home. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

We also want to thank you for supporting the children at the home Casa Mea in Romania. CHW was trying to find funds to sponsor the running costs of the home, until their situation stabilised. Things are now looking a lot better for Casa Mea and for the children's future. Thank you for helping Casa Mea, through the Impact Fund, during their time of need.

CHW is a small charity and every penny you donate really counts! Our partner organisations are doing great work. Thank you for being a part of this and for making a difference in the lives of children and young people around the world.

Dora at her apprenticeship
Dora at her apprenticeship
Internet-based lesson at Challenging Heights
Internet-based lesson at Challenging Heights
Briana at a horse-assisted therapy session
Briana at a horse-assisted therapy session
James at New Life with the new power generator
James at New Life with the new power generator
The children at Casa Mea
The children at Casa Mea
Apr 15, 2019

Teacher Training improves Education in Cape Town

Shamila (far left) with other teachers
Shamila (far left) with other teachers

Thank you very much for supporting ORT SA CAPE's programmes in South Africa, through CHW's page on GlobalGiving! You are helping to improve the education of children from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town.

CHW's supporters have contributed towards science and robotics workshops for children and also to teacher training sessions run by ORT SA CAPE. The teacher training sessions will benefit a lot of children, as the teachers can implement the new techniques they learn with their current class, and can continue to do this throughout their career, with each new class of children they work with. ORT SA CAPE also arranges follow-up sessions, visiting the teachers in their classrooms and observing lessons.

In 2017 and 2018, ORT SA CAPE ran the first phase of a teacher training programme in Saldanha Bay, near Cape Town. The course was for Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and offered training in the use of LEGO Six Bricks and Play Box as teaching aids in classes of 3 to 6-year-old children. The training was a success and the second phase of the programme is being run from April to July this year. Support visits to the teachers are planned to take place in the second half of the year. The current workshops are focussing on perceptual skills, using LEGO. In total, over 350 teachers will attend these sessions.

Bev from ORT SA CAPE gave more information about the Perceptual Skills training sessions:

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"The importance of perceptual skills can never be emphasised enough, as all learning is based on the ability to perceive the world around you. A child’s cognitive progress depends on the ability to use their senses to understand and navigate the world around them. Perceptual skills are the basis upon which all other skills are acquired.

The Perceptual Skills teacher training course focuses on this important aspect of development as a critical part of building a solid educational foundation in the ECD learner.

Through our extensive work, ORT SA CAPE has found that teachers do not have the much-needed knowledge to ensure the development of perceptual skills through focused, purposeful and tailor- made activities. Therefore, the aim of this workshop was to ensure that perceptual skills are understood and are planned into daily activities by the teachers.

At previous workshops presented by ORT SA CAPE, teachers of the ECD centres throughout the West Coast have been trained in using the LEGO Six Bricks and Play Box as educational tools. This recent workshop however was more advanced and made an in-depth study of developing perceptual skills in the Grade R [Reception] age group.

This workshop was enhanced by the unpacking of scenarios by the teachers. These scenarios each describe a learner struggling with a certain learning area, for example, to identify differences/similarities. Teachers had to recognise the specific perceptual skill that was lacking and then design activities that might help develop this specific skill."

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Karen from ORT SA CAPE told us the reactions of some of the teachers who attended a session:

"Shamila is a novice teacher. At 20 years old, this is her first year in the classroom. She works in a school in Saldanha Bay and has thirty 4- 5 year old children in her class. She loved the training and said 'I’ve learnt a lot today about things I didn’t know, it really helped me to understand the importance of teaching perceptual skills.' She thanked the facilitators for sharing their knowledge and cannot wait for the next training.

Another teacher, who has had 17 years experience, said “even after teaching for many many years, I learnt so much.' "


A massive thank you to CHW's supporters who contribute to this project during GlobalGiving's challenges, and throughout the year. You are helping to improve the education received by many children around the Western Cape. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Jan 22, 2019

Thank you for supporting the children at Casa Mea, Romania

The children at Casa Mea
The children at Casa Mea

We are so grateful to each person who contributes through this project page to our "Impact Fund". Your help reaches our partner organisations at crucial times, often when they find themselves with urgent or unexpected needs. Your support has a great impact for the children and young people at these organisations.

On #GivingTuesday, we took part in GlobalGiving's campaign and we want to thank everyone who donated and who shared the project page. The funds raised that day went to support Casa Mea in Romania. The most fortunate children are born into families that can take care of their day-to-day needs, as well as their mental and emotional development. Casa Mea provides this level of support for children and teenagers who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families. Over the years, CHW has sponsored a part time member of staff and also small projects, such as paintwork for the house and maths tuition for one of the teenagers. In September though, Casa Mea needed further help with the running costs, Most of their funding came from the US and, affected by a change in tax law, this had dried up. This was a much bigger project than we usually take on, but, with your help, including the donations on #GivingTuesday, we were able to assist Casa Mea. With are so thankful to our supporters, and to our Patrons, Ottilia and Robert, for all they have done for the children and teenagers at Casa Mea.

The assistance you gave, through CHW, allowed those running Casa Mea to have some more time, to make further plans. We were so pleased to hear from Jan and Felicia, at Casa Mea, that things are looking much better now, at the start of 2019! Felicia held a Christmas Ball in the nearby city of Brasov and raised a lot of funds. This also raised awareness of Casa Mea. There is growing local support, which is great for the sustainability of Casa Mea. Jan also has a fundraising event planned for Casa Mea.

The children have been growing up together, like a family. They had a nice Christmas with each other. Felicia gave a lovely update on the activities the children took part in just before Christmas. Three of the children, Cristina, Raul and Robert were part of class performances in the local town hall. The others took part in Secret Santa with their classmates. Livia and Raul are their school representatives for table tennis and they won contests against other schools. Stelian was the best at reading poems in his class. A football club in Brasov arranged a match for the children and clothes and food were donated by all who came to the match. Felicia also arranged for the children to take part in a horse-assisted therapy project, which they very much enjoyed and which has been very beneficial for them.

We are grateful to those who thought of the children and teenagers at Casa Mea over Christmas. Katherine, a lady who found out about CHW through GlobalGiving, likes to give an extra gift at Christmas, for the children at one of our partner projects. This year, Katherine and her family chose Casa Mea, and so the children were able to have an extra treat! Felicia took them to a shopping centre and this donation went towards winter shoes and also a pair of headphones! Sarah, who heard of CHW during her time volunteering in Romania, designed Christmas tokens to support the children at Casa Mea.

Whilst Casa Mea is now doing a lot better, thanks to your help, we would always welcome any further support in the future, as taking care of children and teenagers, and providing a warm, caring environment to enable them to grow into successful, independent adults, needs a lot of resources. We are so thankful that you care about the children and teenagers at Casa Mea! We cannot thank you enough for the help you have given over the past few months and during #GivingTuesday!

Christmas crafts made as prizes for the fundraiser
Christmas crafts made as prizes for the fundraiser
Felicia talking about Casa Mea at the fundraiser
Felicia talking about Casa Mea at the fundraiser
The children made Christmas cards
The children made Christmas cards

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