Aid Children's Health & Education in 5 Countries

by Children's Helpers Worldwide
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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
A class run by Stepping Stones, China
A class run by Stepping Stones, China

Thank you very much for supporting the "Impact Fund". Your kindness is helping children and young people at the projects we support and you are making such a big difference for them.

Over the past couple of months, your donations have helped some of the individual children and young people at our projects, as well as helping with resources for programmes for groups of children.

Stelian, a thirteen-year-old boy at Casa Mea, Romania, started attending maths tuition sessions last month. CHW was able to fund this, thanks to your support through our page. If Stelian is able to get a high grade at the end of this school year, he will have a better chance to enrol in a good high school. Felicia at Casa Mea said that Stelian attends the tutoring every Sunday and is focussing on algebra and geometry.

Dora, who grew up at New Life in Ghana, is in her third year of a vocational course on wedding decorations and sewing. One of CHW's supporters sponsored her course fees. Your contributions have helped to provide Dora with a stipend for her food for the term. After completing her course, Dora plans to work for other people and gain experience, until she can go on to open her own shop. Dora is very grateful for your support.

Stepping Stones in China runs health and educational programmes for migrant children in Shanghai. CHW was trying to fundraise to sponsor their teaching materials for the next semester. With your help, this was possible! During the last semester, 248 trained volunteers provided 1,775 lessons to 2,784 migrant children in 24 schools and community centres in Shanghai. Eva from Stepping Stones expressed her gratitude for your support for the migrant children.

Challenging Heights in Ghana rescues and rehabilitates children who were trafficked into the fishing industry. Some of your contributions went towards supporting their reintegration programme, which helps rescued children, who have spent some time at Challenging Heights' centre, to move on with their lives and to be reunited with their families and return to school.

We are currently trying to sponsor teachers to work with the children at Meyah Prepartory School in Ghana. The school has grown rapidly and, whilst the director is making plans for the sustainability of the school's future, this assistance right now would be a big help for them and will ensure that the 150 pupils at the school continue to receive an education. If we struggle to raise these funds, then contributions made to the Impact Fund over the next month or so, will go towards this and will be a massive support for everyone at the school.

Our partner organisations joined in with our "making an impact" campaign, and took photos holding up our sign. You can see some of the photos in our Facebook album. The link is below.

Thank you so much for making an impact for children through your wonderful support for CHW.

 

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With thanks to Cui at Stepping Stones, James at New Life, Jan and Felicia at Casa Mea, Jonathan and Willow at Challenging Heights and Moses at Meyah Preparatory School for the photos and updates. Thanks to Claire at Move The World for making our collaboration with Challenging Heights and Meyah Preparatory School possible!

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Stelian, Casa Mea, Romania
Stelian, Casa Mea, Romania
Dora, New Life, Ghana
Dora, New Life, Ghana
Challenging Heights Ghana: a family reuniting
Challenging Heights Ghana: a family reuniting
Stepping Stones, China - with our "impact" sign
Stepping Stones, China - with our "impact" sign
Meyah, Ghana - with our "impact" sign
Meyah, Ghana - with our "impact" sign

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Elizabeth attending the nursery class at New Life
Elizabeth attending the nursery class at New Life

Thank you for supporting this project, the "Impact Fund". Your help is making such a difference for the children and young people we work with around the world. In this update, we share with you some news about the children you have helped and how your donations will continue to help.

You have helped Dora and Elizabeth at New Life in Ghana. Dora grew up at New Life's home and is now taking a three-year vocational course on wedding decorations and sewing. Your contributions from the Impact Fund will provide her with a stipend for food for the next six months.

Elizabeth is a toddler, born to teenage parents. She lives with her mother and her family in a small village near New Life. Your donations have helped with her basic needs for this past school year, as well as covering the cost of her place at New Life's school, including educational materials and school lunches. This is giving her a better start to life.

You have also helped Casa Mea, a residential home in Romania, to keep going. The children and teenagers are all doing well. They have finished the school year and all are advancing into the next grade. A new girl, Simona, aged 15, came to live at Casa Mea last month. She is in the same class as Ana, one of the other girls at Casa Mea. Both Ana and Simona will be doing accountancy internships over the summer. In Romania, the final year of primary school is eighth grade. Cristina has just finished primary school and will be going to the local high school. She is 15 and, on Saturdays, she has been enjoying learning how to cut hair in a nearby salon. She hopes to do more work experience over the summer. Vlad is the oldest and he has just finished vocational school. He will be deciding what to do, whether it is continuing with his education or finding employment, in the near future. Raul is 14 and has just finished sixth grade. He has also completed two years of music lessons and he received a very high grade. He is a keen footballer and plays with a local young team. Thirteen-year-old twins, Livia and Stelian, will be going into eighth grade next year and the youngest, Robert, has just finished fourth grade.

At the end of eighth grade, children in Romania take an exam which determines where they will go to high school. Stelian would like to go to high school in the nearby city of Brasov, and will need a very good grade for this. Felicia, who manages Casa Mea, has asked if we can help with maths tuition for Stelian. This would cost around £379 for the year. So far, we have raised £284. If we struggle to raise the final £95 needed, we hope to be able to use future contributions to the Impact Fund to help with this.

We are also currently trying to raise funds to support the integration programme at Challenging Heights in Ghana. Challenging Heights rescues, rehabilitates and advocates for children trafficked into the fishing industry. They have asked us for help with £1000, which will help towards reuniting children with their families and offering them ongoing, holistic help. This will allow them to return to school, move on with their lives and to keep safe, so that they are not in the position of being trafficked again. As we are a small charity, it can be difficult to raise funds. However, our partner organisations are doing such great work. Any contributions, over the next month or so, may also help with supporting the wonderful, and vital, work being done for children at Challenging Heights.

Thank you very much for caring about the children and youth at our projects. It is so great that you are making such an impact for them.

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With thanks to Derrick and James at New Life, Jan and Felicia at Casa Mea and Jonathan and Willow at Challenging Heights for the updates and photos included in this report.

Dora working with materials
Dora working with materials
The children and teenagers at Casa Mea
The children and teenagers at Casa Mea
Challenging Heights- reuniting children & families
Challenging Heights- reuniting children & families
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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
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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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