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Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries
New Life's School in Ghana
New Life's School in Ghana

We are now just over a year into the pandemic and we cannot thank you enough for your support for Children's Helpers Worldwide. The needs at our partner organisations greatly increased but with your help, it has been possible to continue to support the children and young people.

Since the pandemic started, these are the main needs we have been responding to:

1. Extra assistance for organisations offering a home and shelter to children;
2. Programmes set up during the lockdown to assist with food and other basic needs;
3. Resources for delivering education programmes online;
4. Sponsoring of items and equipment needed to safely reopen schools and education centres.

Many of the needs are ongoing, such as the food programmes and the extra assistance needed for organisations offering a home and shelter to children.

Just last week alone, your donations through this project page have helped with the following:

- Continuing to support a food programme in South Africa;

- Assisting a centre in Argentina, for children aged 0 to 5, who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, by supporting caregivers and also treatment for a child;

- Helping to resolve an issue with the water at a school and centre in Ghana.

Natalia at the centre in Argentina said, "Thank you for continuing to join with us and take care of our children."

The school in Ghana is run by New Life and your contributions have helped with various projects during the past year, including helping with new desks, chairs and tables for the school. Before the pandemic, New Life had asked for help with this, as more and more children were attending the school. With all the new health and safety protocols, it became a necessity, as children could no longer be allowed to crowd around the desks.

Primary schools in Ghana have been open since January and your support allowed this school to be able to safely reopen. The director, Derrick, thanked everyone who donated through CHW for their help and said it is so good that people want to donate towards the projects to help the children there.

A big thank you to you for caring about the children and for supporting them during this very challenging year.

Artwork by a child at the centre in Argentina
Artwork by a child at the centre in Argentina
Food programme in South Africa
Food programme in South Africa
Some of the chairs and desks arriving at New Life
Some of the chairs and desks arriving at New Life
New desks and chairs at New Life's school
New desks and chairs at New Life's school
New tables and chairs at New Life's school
New tables and chairs at New Life's school

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Christmas Party at New Life, Ghana
Christmas Party at New Life, Ghana

This past year has been incredibly challenging and we are so grateful to each person who has continued to support the children during this time. The needs of the children at our partner organisations have increased greatly and if it were not for people like you, it would not have been possible to continue to support them.

The donations you have made through this project page helps to make sure that we can respond to appeals from the organisations we serve.

As the lockdowns around the world caused an increase in poverty, more families needed assistance with food, to make sure that their children could be fed. The Future Factory, in South Africa, has been responding to this need by offering support and supplying food to programmes around Cape Town, that give warm, cooked food to families in disadvantaged communities.

Anne, the founder of The Future Factory wrote, "I feel that I am so appreciative of all you and your board and supporters are doing and it truly shows your love and kindness for us and the community."

Your donations have been helping the food programme since May. On Christmas Day, some further treats, that had been donated locally, were given to the children, as well as their usual meal.

After such a tough year, it was nice to bring some Christmas cheer to the children helped by New Life in Ghana. New Life held a Christmas party and CHW's supporters sponsored the food (rice and chicken stew), drinks and some extras, including biscuits, sweets, balloons and Santa hats! The children had a wonderful time.  

Derrick, the director of New Life, left the following comment on our Facebook page: "... it was much fun and all the children enjoyed themselves with much gratefulness. You should have been here to see the excitement. Thanks CHW, all supporters and donors."

We are so grateful to you for helping with the vital needs of the children and also for offering them some joy, especially over the festive season.

All of us at CHW send you our best wishes for 2021! We hope it will be an easier year for everyone, around the world, and that it will be a year filled with happiness, health, hope and peace for you.

Christmas Party at New Life, Ghana
Christmas Party at New Life, Ghana
Food cooking - The Future Factory, South Africa
Food cooking - The Future Factory, South Africa
Christmas Pack - The Future Factory, South Africa
Christmas Pack - The Future Factory, South Africa
Our New Year Greeting!
Our New Year Greeting!

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An outing for the kids at Casa Mea
An outing for the kids at Casa Mea

Thank you so much for your contribution though our page on GlobalGiving. This project makes it possible to give support to the children at our partner organisations who need it the most. Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) is a small charity, and your help makes such a difference.

Since the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns around the world started, CHW experienced a sudden and steep rise in the appeals for help from our partner organisations. There are the needs we have been responding to:

1. Extra assistance for organisations offering a home and shelter to children;
2. New programmes helping with food and other basic needs;
3. Resources for delivering education programmes online;
4. Sponsoring of items and equipment needed to safely reopen schools and education centres.

In this report, we are going to focus on the first need. We work with a diverse range of partner organisations and some offer a home or shelter to children. Some do this in a more permanent way, giving a warm, loving home to children and teenagers who cannot live with their families, and who also cannot be fostered or adopted for various reasons. Others offer temporary care, for babies and children who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect and need a place to stay and recuperate, before going to live elsewhere.

These above sorts of homes and centres have faced various difficulties since the pandemic started. As the situation became so uncertain for people around the world, support has dropped, but the needs of the children have stayed the same. Some organisations rely on fundraising events, but these have been postponed or cancelled due to social distancing rules.

In some cases, the expenses have increased. For example, one of our partner centres in Argentina has had to take on extra caregivers because the trained volunteers who would normally help could no longer go to the centre during the lockdown and, in addition to this, some of the caregivers who work with the children had to shield, so replacement caregivers needed to be employed.

Our partner organisations turned to us for extra support during these challenging times. Thanks to people like you, it was possible to help!

The recent donations that were given through this page have been supporting Casa Mea in Romania. Casa Mea is home to seven teenagers.

During the lockdown in Romania, the teens all attended classes online during the school year.

At the end of term, twins Livia and Stelian, who were in the final year of elementary school, were able to go back to school to prepare for their entrance exams for high school. Elementary school in Romania goes up to Grade 8. This past year, Stelian had received extra maths tuition, supported by CHW's sponsors. High school students start to specialise in certain subjects and, after passing his exams, Stelian now has a place at a good high school that has a focus on electromechanics. Livia will be going to a school with a vocational focus.

After the lockdown restrictions had relaxed, Felicia, the manager at Casa Mea, took the teens on some trips into nature. They really enjoyed this. They were able to go to a few places, including a hike in the Bucegi Mountains. One of CHW's supporters even gave an extra donation so that the children could have a treat and other people have helped Casa Mea directly too, which is so nice.

Some of the older teenagers had planned to take on summer jobs, like their friends do. Simona was going to tutor maths to two primary school children and Ana and Cristina were going to work in local shops. Although they were able to begin with this, stricter lockdown rules came into force again, and they had to stop. One of the boys, Raul, had also started playing football with a local team.

Felicia said that the teeangers read, help around the house and have been taking online courses that were run by volunteers during the summer. They learned about making PowerPoint presentations and also did a cooking class.

The school term in Romania starts again in mid September.

We are so grateful that, with your help, it has been possible to assist Casa Mea with some of its basic running costs. This is so important because meeting these costs allows the home to keep going.

The past few months have been challenging for everyone. Thank you so much for making a difference and for supporting the teenagers at Casa Mea, helping them to get through these tough times too. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

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With thanks to Jan and Felicia for the updates from Casa Mea and thank you to Felicia for the photos.

The twins taking an online cooking class
The twins taking an online cooking class
Taking an online cooking class
Taking an online cooking class
An outing
An outing
Birthdays were celebrated during the lockdown
Birthdays were celebrated during the lockdown
Working in the garden
Working in the garden
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Casa Mea, Romania: "Everything will be alright."
Casa Mea, Romania: "Everything will be alright."

Thank you so much for supporting Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) through our "Impact Fund" page on GlobalGiving. Your donations are used for urgent or unexpected needs at our partner projects, or if we are struggling to complete a campaign. CHW is a small charity and it is people like you who make it possible to support children and young people around the world!

Many of you have supported Casa Mea in Romania, through this page. Casa Mea provides a loving, family-style home for a group of children and teenagers who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families. Most recently, your donations have helped to sponsor a social worker to assist these children.
During the lockdown, the children have been staying safe and well in the home, and have been attending school classes online. Felicia, the manager at Casa Mea, explained that, to keep themselves busy, the children have also worked in the garden, as well as around the house, done some cooking and have done artwork too, especially with the rainbow theme, to send out a message of hope. Two of the teenagers, Ana and Cristina, have had birthdays during the lockdown, and they all celebrated together in the house.

During this time, when lockdowns around the world have made it difficult to continue with regular fundraising events and activities, any extra help towards the running costs of Casa Mea's home would be so greatly appreciated.

Before the lockdown, donations that you made were also used to help a home in Ghana. New Life runs a school, residential centre and assists the wider community. New Life's centre needed to have electrical rewiring work done, as most of the home was without electricity. This was a very big project and we are so grateful to all who contributed to support it. At first, we were unable to raise all the funds for this appeal, but with the help of those who donated to the Impact Fund, we reached the total needed in mid-January. The work at New Life was completed in March.
Derrick, the director of New Life said, "The compound [outside] light was the only light available. The ceiling woodwork had to be done before the electrical rewiring. After the whole work, light is all over the place. Thanks to you, CHW and supporters."

Also before the lockdown, some of your donations were used to assist Rooikappie Pre-School Centre, South Africa, with paying for their phone line rental. Thanks to you, we were able to sponsor this for a couple of months, to make sure that the centre had continued use of its phone line. The Principal, Faranaaz, explained this was important so the centre does not miss out on anything and can contact parents in case of an emergency. Faranaaz was very grateful and said the donation was "a tremendous help and assistance to us."

The photo below shows the children at Rooikappie attending a workshop a few months ago, at one of our other South African partner organisations, ORT SA CAPE. We are grateful to CHW's supporters who sponsored this workshop. Another of our South African partners, The Future Factory, introduced us to Rooikappie in the first place. Over the past couple of weeks, we have heard from both The Future Factory and ORT SA CAPE. The Future Factory is involved with a food distribution programme, and ORT SA CAPE has also started giving food packages to families in need. Any help with either of these food programmes would also be greatly appreciated.

Right now, our partner organisations have had to find ways to keep going, at a time when it is harder to get support. Casa Mea in Romania is an example of this. Other partner organisations have launched new projects in response to the situation, as you can see with the two food distribution programmes in Cape Town. We know this is a time of uncertainty for everyone and we are truly grateful to those of you who are continuing to support the children, young people and families at our projects. You are making such a difference.



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With thanks to Bev and Karen (ORT SA CAPE), Derrick (New Life) and Felicia (Casa Mea) for the photos included with this report.

In the kitchen at Casa Mea, Romania
In the kitchen at Casa Mea, Romania
Electrical rewiring, New Life, Ghana
Electrical rewiring, New Life, Ghana
ORT SA CAPE's workshop for Rooikappie in December
ORT SA CAPE's workshop for Rooikappie in December
Food ready for distribution by ORT SA CAPE
Food ready for distribution by ORT SA CAPE
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Isaac at a lecture
Isaac at a lecture

We hope you have had a great start to 2020! Thank you to each person who supported the children and young people at our projects in 2019! The "Impact Fund" enables your contributions to go to where they are most needed, whether this is to assist with an urgent or unexpected need at one of our partner organisations, or to help us complete an appeal. Your support really makes a huge difference and is life-changing for the children and youth at our projects!

In 2016, CHW's Trustees made an administrative change to the charity, so that we could help young people as well as children. The first young person to benefit from this was Isaac, who grew up at New Life's centre in Ghana. He wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. We are delighted to share with you that, in 2019, he completed his degree! One of our corporate sponsors assisted with his fees, and donations through the Impact Fund helped towards a stipend for his food as well as support for his educational materials. Isaac is currently undertaking a year of National Service. Thank you so much to each person who helped along the way and supported Isaac, so that he could complete his studies.

We are also very grateful for recent donations to the Impact Fund, which helped us to complete an appeal for another of our Ghanaian partner organisations, Meyah Preparatory School. This school serves the community of Medie, and, after growing rapidly, was looking for help with sponsorship for its teachers. Some donations given through this page helped with that project and we are truly grateful to each person who gave, as you are enabling these children to continue with their education. We also want to thank Claire from the organisation Move The World, for linking us with this school.

Last year, your donations through this page also helped Casa Mea in Romania, when we were running an appeal to help them to keep going. We are thankful to all who contributed to this. Today Casa Mea is continuing to provide a warm, loving home for children and teenagers who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families. We have previously fundraised to help sponsor a social worker to work with the children and we hope to be able to do this again in 2020. As a small charity, funding such projects can be challenging, and if we struggle to reach this goal, donations to the Impact Fund will go towards supporting Casa Mea in this way.

Along with this update, we are including some photos, our New Year greeting and a video of Isaac. We really appreciate your kindness and the difference you make for the children and youth. 

 

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With thanks to Felicia at Casa Mea, James at New Life and Moses at Meyah Preparatory School for the photos and video included with this report.

Children in class at Meyah
Children in class at Meyah
Casa Mea at Christmas
Casa Mea at Christmas
New Year Greeting from CHW!
New Year Greeting from CHW!

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