Food programme assisted by The Future Factory
Thank you very much for your help and support for the children at our projects.
Times continue to be complicated as the countries where we work are all at different stages with their lockdowns and with the waves of the pandemic. The economic impact of the lockdowns is still being felt around the world and we are truly grateful to each of you, for carrying on with your support for the children and young people at our projects.
Out of the few main needs we have seen since the pandemic started, this update will focus on the following two:
1. Extra assistance for organisations offering a home and shelter to children;
2. Programmes set up during the lockdowns to assist with food and other basic needs.
With the first type of project, the needs of the children have either remained the same, or have increased during the pandemic, but it has been harder to find support, given all the challenges.
We are thankful that your help has made it possible to support two such organisations in Argentina and Romania.
In Argentina, we work with a centre which temporarily houses children aged 0 to 5, who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. The babies and children are given special care and attention during their time at the centre. With your help, it has been possible to sponsor a caregiver to work with the children throughout the pandemic. You have also made it possible to sponsor treatment needed for a five-year-old boy.
Natalia, who works at the centre, said "Once again, we appreciate your help which is very valuable and essential to continue carrying out our work with the children."
Whilst we are hoping it will be possible to continue to serve the babies and children in this way, there is another project underway at the centre. Work is being done to expand the building, to be able to cater for more children and to have better spaces for therapy, play and early stimulation activities. This will be a big project but very worthwhile! If anyone would like to partner, either with us or directly with the centre in Argentina, to help with the funding of the centre's expansion, we would love to hear from you!
We are also extremely grateful that, with your support, it was possible to again sponsor some of the running costs at Casa Mea's home in Romania. Casa Mea gives a warm, loving, family-style home to children and teenagers who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families.
Felicia, the manager at Casa Mea said "Thank you... for all the effort you put into helping us."
As well as helping with existing projects like the ones above, your support has also been making a difference at programmes that were set up in response to desperate needs caused by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
We want to thank you for also helping The Future Factory in South Africa, which is involved with a programme giving children and families hot food. The food is given out in disadvantaged areas of Cape Town. Times were especially complicated in parts of South Africa recently, due to unrest, whilst the country was already dealing with the third wave of Covid.
Anne, the founder of The Future Factory said, "We are doing our best. It has been tough as Covid is just growing still and it seems like it is not about to change at all, be we are thankful for you [Children's Helpers Worldwide's supporters]... as we can still make a difference daily."
Thank you very much for your kind contributions that you made through this project page. Your donations are always allocated to where they are most needed. CHW is a small charity and it is only with your support that it is possible to continue serving the children and youth at the projects. Thank you for making this happen!
With thanks to Anne, Natalia, Felicia and Jan and for these photos from our partner organisations.
Getting food - photo from The Future Factory
Work has started at the centre in Argentina
The children and teenagers at Casa Mea