Stepping Stones, China
A big thank you for supporting children and young people around the world, through CHW's project page on GlobalGiving. You are making such an amazing difference!
Below are some updates on how you have been helping children and teenagers in Romania with school items and warm winter clothes, as well as how you have supported children in China and South Africa with educational resources!
Making sure children in Romania could stay warm this winter
Refugiu assists children and families in underprivileged communities, with their basic needs, such as food, and also carries out educational activities. Refugiu has recently extended its work to a second village.
Your help made it possible to give 12 children and teenagers at Refugiu's projects, warm winter coats and boots. These were given to the children just before the first snowfall and we are truly grateful for your help with this. The Romanian winters can be very harsh.
Robert, the Head of Refugiu wrote that the children were all "so happy with the coats and boots. Thank you... it was possible, because of you!"
At the beginning of the school year, your generosity also made it possible for these children to have clothes, shoes, socks, school bags, exercise books and stationery.
Supporting children in a South African creche with their worksheets
Mana Preschool, in South Africa, grew out of an existing non-profit organisation that serves women, by helping them to develop craft and business skills, so they can support their families. The women were bringing their small children to the project with them and so Mana Preschool was established, to make sure that these children had access to a good quality early education.
Mana Preschool needed a new printer for the children's worksheets, as well as for reports and assessments. Thank you for making it possible to help! You can see a few photos of the children with their worksheets. There is also a link to a video clip of the children doing some painting on the printed worksheets.
Amanda from Mana Preschool expressed her gratitude for this support.
Amanda also nominated CHW for a Catalyst 2030 award and we were so honoured to be a finalist. It means a lot to us that one of our partner organisations put CHW forward for this!
Giving educational resources to migrant children in China
Stepping Stones runs educational programmes for migrant children in Shanghai, as well as for children in rural parts of the country. Your support made it possible to sponsor resources for educational programmes held during the term time and over the holidays during 2023.
Stepping Stones's regular classes include English, digital literacy, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Further subjects were part of the holiday programme, including coding, geography, music, arts and crafts and drama.
One of the photos shows a worksheet. Miki from Stepping Stones explained that the worksheet was about coping skills: "We talked about why people get angry, and how we can calm down... Students were asked to help Mario to calm down."
As written in their update to CHW, Stepping Stones is providing a meaningful learning experience at these programmes, whilst helping the children to thrive academically.
Thank you for being part of projects like these! As you can see, you are making an impact in the lives of children across the globe. Thank you for making sure they can have a brighter tomorrow. We really appreciate all your help throughout 2023!
With thanks to Amanda (Mana Preschool), Miki (Stepping Stones) and Robert (Refugiu) for the photos included with this report.
School supplies for children at Refugiu
Children and teens given winter clothes at Refugiu
Worksheets at Mana Preschool
Artwork at Mana Preschool
Social and Emotional Learning, Stepping Stones