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Jan 17, 2019

Science and Lego Workshop in Cape Town!

Fagan enjoying his visit to the Science Centre
Fagan enjoying his visit to the Science Centre

Thank you very much for supporting ORT SA CAPE's educational programmes through our page on GlobalGiving. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Your help is giving educational opportunities to children from various communities around Cape Town.

Last month, children from Rooikappie Pre-School Centre participated in a Lego and Science Workshop, run by ORT SA CAPE. CHW was introduced to Rooikappie through another of our partner organisations in South Africa, The Future Factory. We were delighted to be able to make this link between Rooikappie and ORT SA CAPE too. This is the fourth time children from Rooikappie have taken part in a workshop at ORT SA CAPE.

We were so sad to hear that just a couple of weeks after this workshop, Mrs Solomons, who had worked with the children at Rooikappie, passed away. Anyone who has visited Rooikappie will remember what a warm and caring lady she was. Mrs Solomons lived her life in a way that made a real difference for children and for the wider community. As well as the report on the workshop, we are also including a tribute to Mrs Solomons, written by Faranaaz, the Principal of Rooikappie. 

Thank you to both Rooikappie and ORT SA CAPE for the photos included with this report.

Bev from ORT SA CAPE gave the following summary of the workshop:

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On the 3rd of December 2018, a group of 21 children from Rooikappie Pre-school Centre were invited to participate in a Lego and science workshop at ORT SA CAPE. 

The workshop kicked off with some fun using Lego Six Bricks. Six Bricks activities enable the learning of many concepts including colour matching and colour associations while developing critical learning skills. The young participants visibly enjoyed the positive interaction with the ORT SA CAPE facilitators. 

The children, with some assistance from their teachers and the facilitators, designed and decorated face masks made from various materials, as well as decorating beans bags. The children were able to take their masks home to show their families and the bean bags will be filled and sewn closed before being sent to their centre. 

The children were provided with a snack before going on a tour of the Science Centre, where they attended a fun science show and learned about friction on the friction slides and the power of pneumatics. After a nutritious lunch, the children had the opportunity to relax and play in the Science Centre. 

Faranaaz, the Principal of Rooikappie, had the following to say about their outing: "Our visit to ORT SA CAPE was awesome. It was a fun learning experience and the children enjoyed every minute. One child, Fagan, was completely bowled over by the "fireman" (a facilitator dressed in a red overall) and he actually went to hug him after the science show. The girls loved "being builders". Some just loved the special attention from the ORT SA CAPE and Science Centre staff. They all enjoyed the delicious lunch. And me, I liked the inclusivity, the friendliness and the VIP treatment. Thank you!"

Thank you CHW for your continued support!

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Thank you to all who support this project! 

We would like to share Faranaaz's tribute to Mrs Solomons, a lady who made a difference to others throughout her life:

"Mrs Solomons never had an easy life. She had to leave school at a very young age to look after her siblings and ever since, she's been taking care of others, especially the abused and the neglected children, the children at risk. This was one of the reasons she applied for a job at Cape Town Child Welfare, where she worked for 10 years. She worked at the creche during the day and at night she volunteered for a project, "Eye on the Child". She removed and placed children in places of safety. She also assisted abused women and placed them in shelters. She was always willing and prepared to help the needy, her family and her friends. Even after her retirement, she still volunteered at the centre. Mrs Solomons was well known and respected in her community. We will miss her."

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Oct 24, 2018

You are making an impact in children's lives around the world

Casa Mea: Felicia & Jan with some of the children
Casa Mea: Felicia & Jan with some of the children

A big thank you for supporting this project, our "Impact Fund". Your contributions are used to help our partner organisations when they have urgent or unexpected needs, or when we are struggling to reach the total needed for a project. In this report, you will find details about the latest projects you have helped, as well a project we are hoping to support through the Impact Fund.

Our newest partner organisation is Challenging Heights in Ghana. Challenging Heights is concerned with advocating for, and rescuing, children who have been trafficked into forced labour in the fishing industry. The rescued children spend a period of time at their shelter and they receive special care, to help with their rehabilitation and recovery. This includes educational support too. Jonathan from Challenging Heights said that they need internet access and a networking system to improve the education the children receive and also to allow the staff to effectively manage their database system. We were able to use a small amount from the Impact Fund to help us reach the total for this project. Thank you for your support! We also want to thank Claire from Move The World, for helping to form this partnership. 

Contributions from the Impact Fund have also gone towards teaching materials for children at Stepping Stones' educational programmes in China. The programmes are mostly run for migrant children in Shanghai. However, Stepping Stones is growing and is reaching more and more "left behind" children too. These are children who remain in rural areas of China while their parents leave to work in cities. Cui at Stepping Stones said that the teaching materials were used in programmes in  Zhejiang province, Hunan province, Henan province, Sichuan province, Jiangxi province and Anhui province, as well as in Shanghai. Thank you for helping disadvantaged children across China with their education!

Eva at Stepping Stones wrote, "[We] express our sincere gratitude on behalf of the thousands of migrant children and Stepping Stones staff. We are impressed by the great work you are doing at Children’s Helpers Worldwide – helping children all over the world! Wish you and everyone at Children’s Helpers Worldwide bring children a brighter future!"

Finally, the Impact Fund made it possible to sponsor the salary of a part time social worker, Claudia, at Casa Mea, a children's home in Romania. Felicia at Casa Mea explained that this work is so important at Casa Mea because, among other things, Claudia:

- Keeps in touch with Child Protection and other relevant institutions.

- Monitors activity at Casa Mea.

- Prepares paperwork for each child, concerning plans for their education, their socialisation, their families, their independent life and free time activities.

- Takes care of the children's files.

- Knows the procedures for family contact (for the children who have family members who want to stay in touch).

- Provides courses for the children, including healthy eating, personal hygiene and good behaviour.

- The children can talk to her about their problems. 

After being able to fund Claudia's salary, thanks to your help, we were contacted again by Felicia. More help is needed for Casa Mea. Whilst CHW has funded smaller things at Casa Mea, such as the salary for a social worker or educator each year, and extra tuition for one of the children, most of their funding came from the US and this has now dried up. We started the Impact Fund to help with unexpected needs at our partner organisations. However, this need is greater than any we have previously funded for just one project. 5000 USD (which is about £3798) is needed each month to keep the home going. Felicia spoke of raising the funds for six months. We would be happy to connect any larger charities or companies with Casa Mea, as they may be in a better position to help. We, at CHW, will do all that we can to help during this time, until a sustainable solution can hopefully be found. So far, CHW raised the funds needed for September and October. Another £648 must still be raised to reach the total needed for November. 

In an ideal world, all children would be born into a loving family that could take care of all their needs - both emotional and physical. However, this is sadly not the case for so many children. Casa Mea offers a warm, caring home to a group of children and teenagers, who are growing up together like a family. Felicia has made sure that each child can follow his or her interests, from drumming to dancing to sport, just as a child's parent would want to do. Casa Mea was also planning to offer support once the children have reached 18 to make sure they can live independently in society. It is so important for Casa Mea to continue. 

We are grateful to our Patron, Ottilia, for all her dedication and support for Casa Mea. We also want to thank our other Patron, Robert, as well as Anna, Carol, Marie-Lise, Sarah F, Sarah M and other supporters, who have remained anonymous, for their help. We hope the Impact Fund can also help towards the needs at Casa Mea. We will be joining GlobalGiving's fundraising challenge on GivingTuesday (27 November) so please look out for us then! Donations will be partially matched by GlobalGiving that day.

A massive thank you for supporting the Impact Fund. The work carried out by CHW and its partner organisations is not easy and it is thanks to people like you that it is possible to go on. Thank you for caring about the children we work with and thank you for making an impact in their lives. Your kindness is so greatly appreciated. 

Computer lab at Challenging Heights, Ghana
Computer lab at Challenging Heights, Ghana
A Challenging Heights rescue boat
A Challenging Heights rescue boat
Stepping Stones, China
Stepping Stones, China
Stepping Stones, China
Stepping Stones, China
Claudia with some of the children at Casa Mea
Claudia with some of the children at Casa Mea

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Oct 22, 2018

Thank you for all your help for children in Romania

Romi
Romi

Thank you so much to each and every person who has made Refugiu's tutoring programme possible! 

CHW started fundraising for this programme back in 2013. Since 2015, it has been completely funded through our GlobalGiving page. This is just amazing and we want to thank you for being a part of this. Robert, the Head of Refugiu, will now be focussing more on some of the other projects he has started in the village of Tarlungeni, such as assisting families with birth and ID registrations, access to healthcare and the distribution of resources, like food and clothes. He has said that an education project run by another organisation is now running in Tarlungeni, in the same place where he was tutoring. We were glad to hear about this programme for the children. As our GlobalGiving page was made to support Refugiu's tutoring programme, we will be closing it. We cannot thank you enough for all your help and support over the past three years! CHW will continue to work with Refugiu and Robert has already sent us an appeal for funding for winter coats and boots for the children that Refugiu assists! 

Thanks to your support, school items, shoes and clothes could be provided for the children before school started in September. This was a great help, as it meant the children were prepared for the new school year. 

Robert gave an update on a boy called Romi. Romi is thirteen and found it difficult to focus and had other difficulties with learning. He is now in Grade 5. He has attended the programme for the last few years.  When he started, his mother did not even think he could succeed in school as she did not believe he could manage. Robert said: "I worked a lot with him because he did not have the power to concentrate. He could not remember letters and he did not know the colours. For more than two years, we have worked together and now Romi reads, writes (it is still difficult for him, but he can now write!) counts and is a smart boy. We succeeded!

The children have really benefitted from the tutoring programme, and this is something that will always help them, as education is so important. 

Thank you very much to FAST, another Romanian charity, for introducing us to Refugiu and for forming this link between Refugiu and CHW. Refugiu has been using a classroom in a building constructed by FAST for this programme throughout the years. Both organisations are doing great work in Tarlungeni (and FAST also has other projects in the surrounding area too).

A massive thank you to each person who made it possible to continue with the tutoring programme. This started as a small project to support the children of one family, who had lost their father to cancer, and grew to benefit those children and others from this community. Updates from Refugiu will be shared on our Facebook page from time to time, so please do visit it, to see how the children in Tarlungeni are doing! We also have some other projects on GlobalGiving, so please feel free to take a look. 

We are so grateful to you for the difference you have made for these children.

New Items for School
New Items for School
New shoes and clothes in September
New shoes and clothes in September

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