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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
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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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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Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Thank you very much for supporting this project, the "Impact Fund". Your help makes it possible to really assist children and young people at our partner organisations, especially when there are urgent or unexpected needs. Without your support, it would be much more difficult for CHW to respond quickly.

New Life runs a children's home and school in Ghana and it was the first organisation that CHW linked with. New Life does wonderful work to support disadvantaged children and young people at the home, school and in the wider community. Your recent contributions have been such a huge help for them.

Derrick, Jackie and James at New Life have shared updates on the situations of some of the children and young people they are helping.

Isaac grew up at New Life's home. He is studying Mechanical Engineering in Cape Coast and is going into his third and final year. One of CHW's corporate supporters sponsored his tuition fees and school materials. New Life asked if CHW could provide a stipend to cover Isaac's food. Your contributions have helped to make this possible.

Dora also grew up at New Life's home. She is taking a three-year vocational course to learn how to do sewing and to make decorations for wedding and engagement functions. Her course fees were sponsored by one of CHW's supporters. A recent change in Dora's living situation left her struggling to buy food. The Impact Fund has helped CHW to be able to provide a stipend for Dora's food as well. This extra support will allow her to continue to focus on her course.

Elizabeth, aged two, lives in a village near New Life's school, with her mother and her mother's family. Her parents are teenagers and her mother would like to return to high school. New Life wants to offer Elizabeth a place at its nursery, as well as help with some of her basic needs. This will allow Elizabeth to have a good start to her education and will also enable her mother to finish high school, which means they will both have a brighter future ahead of them. We received some contributions to support Elizabeth, and the Impact Fund has allowed us to be able to help with these costs for the next six months. We are very grateful to you for your support.

Finally, heavy rain caused damage and blew the electrical light device at the children's home, leaving the home without electricity. This was definitely an unexpected need that suddenly arose, and thanks to your support, CHW was able to quickly and effectively respond and send funds for a new device the next day, which is great for all the children living in the home.

Thank you for believing in this project and for your kindness and generosity. As you can see, your help is having a direct impact on the lives of children and young people and you are truly making a difference.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Isaac
Isaac
Dora learning to make a flower arrangement
Dora learning to make a flower arrangement
Derrick, Jackie & Caroline & the Impact Fund sign
Derrick, Jackie & Caroline & the Impact Fund sign
James and Ellen with the Impact Fund sign
James and Ellen with the Impact Fund sign
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Isaac, a student in Ghana
Isaac, a student in Ghana

Thank you so much to each person who has supported our Impact Fund! We took part in GlobalGiving's Little By Little fundraising challenge in April and we are very grateful to everyone who supported this project!

As a small charity, we can sometimes struggle to complete appeals sent to us by our partner organisations. Your support for the Impact Fund gives much-needed help with this and you enable the children and young people to receive support more quickly.

Recently, we were trying to complete a campaign for Bethel, in Argentina. Bethel is made up of homes for children, teenagers and people with disabilities. Some computers were donated locally to House 8, one of the homes for teenagers. Bethel asked for help with funding to install WiFi in the computer room, study area and common room in House 8, and for the first six months of use. This will allow the teenagers to access educational resources for their homework and to learn how to use the internet competently for future work and study opportunities. 

Thomas, who has worked with the teenagers, said that a fifteen year old asked for help with writing an email. This made him concerned about how these young people were going to deal with work or further studies in a few years time, if they had never had the chance to use the internet. 

This project cost £198 in total and we were grateful to receive contributions from our generous supporters. However, we were £48 short of our total and the time was passing. We were able to use £48 from the Impact Fund to be able to complete the project. Last weekend Thomas went to get some of the cables necessary to install the internet.

Your contributions may also support Isaac, a student in Ghana. Isaac grew up in New Life's home. He wanted to study Mechanical Engineering at Cape Coast Technical University, but needed sponsorship for his fees. The company, Ronco Cayman, has been sponsoring Isaac's tuition fees through CHW. New Life then asked for support for Isaac's food and books and some sponsors have helped with this over the past couple of years. Isaac will be starting his third and final year of studies after the summer. If nobody is able to help him with the funds for food, then your donations through the Impact Fund will allow CHW to help with this. 

Isaac said that in the second year, the students were grouped into their individual fields of study. He said, "I really appreciate your brilliant efforts towards my education. My special greetings to my sponsors... Wishing you the very best in your lives."

Right now, we are also trying to fundraise for the summer programmes for migrant children, run by Stepping Stones in China. Each semester since late 2014, CHW's supporters have helped with the educational materials for Stepping Stones' programmes. The children are receiving vital support with their education through Stepping Stones and this will give them the opportunity to have brighter futures. Last year, we received a grant which was used to fund the materials for the summer programme. It is so wonderful to know that, this year, some of the materials can be bought from the contributions you made through the Impact Fund. 

We really cannot thank you enough for helping children and young people all around the world! Your kindness and generosity is making such a difference.

English classes run by Stepping Stones
English classes run by Stepping Stones
Bethel's sign(we cannot share photos of the kids)
Bethel's sign(we cannot share photos of the kids)
Bethel staff support the idea of the Impact Fund!
Bethel staff support the idea of the Impact Fund!

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Ismael riding with Veronica on Cafe, the horse
Ismael riding with Veronica on Cafe, the horse

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the Impact Fund! The idea behind this fund is that your contributions will go directly to help with any emergency needs at one of our projects, or to help with a project that Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) is struggling to support. In this way, your contributions will make sure that disadvantaged children can get the help they need and deserve. 

Right now, CHW needs to find funding to sponsor a year's worth of therapy sessions for Ismael, a little boy in Argentina who has Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. The sessions are offered by Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia, a horse-assisted therapy centre in Cordoba. The therapy is a massive help to Ismael both physically and emotionally. Ismael attends the centre every Tuesday. Sponsorship of a month's worth of sessions is 2000 Argentine pesos (around £73 at today's exchange rate) which is out of the reach of poor families, For this reason the centre would like us to be able to provide sponsorship for Ismael. We launched the Impact Fund on #GivingTuesday and 16 amazing people have donated a total of £559. This will sponsor over seven months of sessions for Ismael! 

Rosa, who is a single mother, is very grateful for this support for her son, Ismael. At home, Ismael uses a wheelchair. However, many of the local buses do not have ramps for wheelchairs so Rosa has to carry Ismael in her arms when they go out. She has carried him on the bus to the horse-assisted therapy centre. She really wants him to have the chance to attend the sessions as she has seen how beneficial it is for him. 

Veronica, the founder of the centre, wrote a book about horse-assisted therapy and included sections about some of the people benefitting from this, including Ismael. We would like to thank some of our translation volunteers for their support with this project, including Hafsa, who helped us through GlobalGiving's volunteer site, "GlobalGivingTIME". Luciana, who is from Cordoba, visited this project in December, along with Catherine from CHW. She kindly offered to help with translations as well. Below is her translation of what Veronica wrote about Ismael: 

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Ismael 

Ismael was born on 6th April  2008, and he was diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. It is a very unusual genetic condition which results from a deletion (loss of a part) of chromosome 22, which is associated with a delay in motor skills, as well as in language and learning abilities. Ismael takes Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) sessions, with a double saddle. The therapist who rides with the child gives him complete support and helps him to straighten and control his trunk, head and neck. During the session, and with the assistance of the therapist and his carers, Ismael changes his position to the following: “full Indian” (cross-legged), “half Indian” (one leg crossed and the other down to the side of the horse), “bear hug” (lying face down with the arms around the sides of the horse, “hugging” the horse), and “asleep” (face down, relaxed). In between these changes of position, Ismael enjoys relating to the nature surrounding him, like listening to the birds singing or to the gentle rustle of the reeds in the wind. His mother Rosa says, “I am happy that Ismael attends EAT because, since he was little, the horse has really helped him to relate to the people around him. Before the therapy started, he didn’t use to look for a connection with other people, just with his family: his dad, mom and grandpa. For instance, when he was younger, he would look away from people who wanted to say hi to him or touch him. Once he started EAT, we noticed he had a deep connection with the horse; and in turn, the horse helped him connect to people. Another reason why I like this therapy is that the horse riding aids him physically; it is as if Ismael was standing, and it strengthens his back, helping him straighten up.”

At home Ismael uses a wheelchair. However, Rosa needs to carry him in her arms when they are out, since she takes the bus (buses do not have a ramp for wheelchairs). Rosa notices the innocent gazes of people, who are intrigued, curious or just lack knowledge of Ismael’s condition. There are other gazes though, stronger and harder ones, stares from people who seem to be judging Ismael without even knowing him or his ailment, as if he suffered from a contagious disease. His grandfather, who accompanies them, adds, “their faces, expressions and eyes say it all.”

Rosa tells us of one clear occasion when lack of understanding prevailed. “It happened today. I arrived at the registry office with my eight-year- old son in my arms, and we went straight to the queue where birth certificates were issued. I asked the first person in the line whether it was the correct one. Pointing to the end of the line, he just succinctly replied, ‘Yes, madam’. I stood still in my place, looking at him, and I said, “Come again?” My kid was so heavy now that I was left there just wanting to reply to him, ‘Look, let’s do this: you pick him up, and I go to the end of the line’. Fortunately, the registry’s employee called us in. Sometimes I wonder why it always comes to situations like this; since our society is already improving in so many aspects, it would be even better if we all had a truly inclusive view towards the disabled person.”

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Thank you very much for supporting CHW's Impact Fund through GlobalGiving. Your contributions will make a huge difference for Ismael this year! Further contributions will help children at our other projects and we will always keep you updated with how your donations are making a difference. Thank you for your kindness and thank you for caring about the children at CHW's projects!

Changing position on the horse
Changing position on the horse
Ismael riding with Veronica
Ismael riding with Veronica
Luciana (in the light blue top) visits the centre
Luciana (in the light blue top) visits the centre
Catherine, from CHW, at one of Ismael's sessions
Catherine, from CHW, at one of Ismael's sessions
Taking part in CHW's #GivingTuesday Campaign
Taking part in CHW's #GivingTuesday Campaign

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